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Looking Ahead



Dear family and friends of First Pres Fort Lauderdale,

Welcome to the Sermon Sneak Peek for Sunday, July 5, 2020!  This Sunday, we are looking at a text from one of two biblical books that does not exclusively mention “God” once throughout the book. Specifically, we will be taking a look at the Hebrew text from Song of Songs, or sometimes referred to as, The Songs of Solomon. We will focus on Songs 2:8-15.


In its most basic form, the Book of Songs is a lyrical and passionate love poem written from the voice of a woman as she expresses herself to her beloved. Over the centuries, scholars have debated whether it is a love poem written by God to express God’s passion for the Lord’s people of promise. Some believe it’s an allegory that describes Christ’s passion for the church. We are going to be paying attention to verse 15, “Catch us the foxes, the little foxes, that ruin the vineyards – for our vineyards are in blossom.”

If you are not familiar with the text, take some time between now and Sunday and read through the Song of Songs and get an overall feel for this beautiful poem and poignant piece of scripture. In your Bible, it is located after Proverbs and immediately before Isaiah.

Just a reminder that the Session will be voting on Saturday, July 4, upon whether or not we will commence in-person worship services on July 12. As soon as I know of the Session’s decision, I will send out a congregational email and will announce it live during worship this Sunday. Although I cannot tell you how the Session will vote. I can tell you that as Head of Staff, I have chosen to postpone our staff returning to the office on Monday, July 6 because of the recent statistical uptick on increasing cases and hospitalizations.

All of us are anxious to get back together, my friends. Last night I even dreamed of our gathering to worship together in one big celebration and I barely made it to church because I had go home and get another tie to wear! Your safety and that of your family and those you love is paramount. Whether it is July 12 or sometime after this recent peak subsides, we will be together again. The reality is, we are already in the Spirit.

I look forward to seeing you online this Sunday!

Know you’re loved.

Patrick