God in the Midst of Evil
Ben Reynolds
Esther 3


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Call to Worship

Shout for joy in the LORD, O you righteous!
Give thanks to the LORD with instruments.
Sing to him a new song.
Play skillfully on the strings and with loud shouts.
The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing;

he frustrates the plans of the peoples.
But His counsel stands forever,
the plans of his heart to all generations.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD,
the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!
Our soul waits for the LORD;
he is our help and our shield.
For our heart is glad in him,
because we trust in his holy name.
Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us,
even as we hope in you.
-Based on Psalm 33

Fortress (A Mighty Fortress is Our God)
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Almighty Father, we confess that too often our lives are unchanged by our profession of faith. Like Christ’s disciples in the olive grove we are easily lulled to sleep when you have called us to keep watch and pray.

We confess that we are often enticed by the the easy entertainment of a screen
Lord have mercy on us
We confess that we are too often ensnared by the fears and anxieties of our culture
Lord have mercy on us
We confess that we fail to live in the victory of Christ as adopted sons and daughters

Lord have mercy on us
We confess that we are prone to forget that the world is spiritual at all
Christ have mercy

My God (Psalm 54)
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Assurance of Pardon

I waited patiently for the LORD;
he inclined to me and heard my cry.
He drew me up from the pit of destruction,
out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock,
making my steps secure.

He put a new song in my mouth,
a song of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear,
and put their trust in the LORD.

Before the Throne of God Above
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Death in His Grave
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Go in peace, in the knowledge of God’s power.
Go in confidence, in the knowledge of God’s strength.
Go in joy, in the knowledge of God’s love.




Esther Bible Study
In Esther, we see that God is always at work for the good of his people even when he seems to remain hidden. Throughout the series we will learn how this unique narrative applies to our culture today. Please take part in our Esther Bible Study by visiting

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