John Wesley, the father of the Methodist Church had a powerful conversion experience on the evening of May 24, 1738 when he attended a meeting in a chapel on Aldersgate St. in London. It was there when he heard someone reading from the Introduction to Martin Luther's commentary on the book of Romans and felt his heart strangely warmed. This fact is well known to Church historians and many Methodist leaders. However, what is not so well known is that on the afternoon of that same day, Wesley attended a Vespers Service at St. Paul's Cathedral where Psalm 130 was sung as an anthem. Wesley was greatly moved by this anthem and his heart was opened to what God would reveal to him that night and in the days ahead.
Martin Luther loved this Psalm as well and saw it as a great Old Testament exposition of forgiveness offered by grace apart from human works. This Psalm, "Out of the Depths," is treasured today for the writer's brutal honesty and for his bold declaration to wait on the Lord who brings forgiveness. This upcoming Wednesday, our Pastor Emeritus, the Rev. Thomas J. Kochenderfer will be joining us for dinner at 6:30 and then will be preaching on this Psalm as part of our 7:30 Worship. It is a privilege to have Pastor K back with us to share the Word.
We hope that many of you will be able to join us this Wednesday as we return to the Lord in prayer. See you in church!