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Getting Ready for Sunday, January 21st

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JANUARY 18, 2017

Church family,

"Getting Ready for Sunday" is a resource we provide to help the church look ahead to the upcoming Sunday. We want to prepare well for gathering together by reading God’s word, praying, and singing.

This week we are back in our sermon series “Multiply: a Journey Through the Book of Acts.” We’ll be looking at Acts 11:27-30 and seeing how the Christians in Antioch demonstrated sacrificial mercy and generosity.

Our Call to Worship is Psalm 63:1-2

O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
beholding your power and glory.

Do you come to church with a hunger for God? Do you wake up on Sunday morning with a spiritual thirst that drives you to seek for God? Sometimes gathering together as a church on Sunday mornings can feel routine maybe even like an obligation. But why do we gather? We gather together on Sunday mornings because we have a deep need to behold the power and glory of God. We need to have our thoughts and fears about the world challenged by the very character and acts of God. We need to be refreshed by God’s word and the encouragement of our church family. God calls us to come worship together with seeking hearts, beholding his power and glory, so that we can be changed and renewed. Let’s gather together this week hungry to experience Jesus together.

Read Psalm 63:1-2 and:

  1. Pray that we would believe the truth that we are covered by the mighty faithfulness of Jesus.

  2. Pray that God would save those separated from him.  

Here are the songs we are singing this week. We are singing these songs because they help us express our deep need for Christ and shape us to follow Christ on his mission.

Jesus Is Better  
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Only You Can Satisfy (Psalm 63)
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All the Poor and Powerless
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In Christ Alone
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Lion and the Lamb
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Here is last week's sermon in case you missed it.

Talk with My Children About Bullying | ORBC Shares

How can I talk with my children about bullying?

video of Julie Lowe for CCEF

"Bullying has been a longstanding issue among kids. It has become more prevalent and the conversation to stop bully has taken a center stage among schools. As parents, when should we have the conversation? The time is now. This video gives an insight of conversation starter points to have with your children. To stand up for what is right and good. It gives you, the parent, the chance to teach your child on how to respond rightly to the conflict and to be peacemakers." - ORBC Preschool Minister, Teresa Prendergast

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Getting Ready for Sunday, January 14

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JANUARY 11, 2017

Church family,

"Getting Ready for Sunday" is a resource we provide to help the church look ahead to the upcoming Sunday. We want to prepare well for gathering together by reading God’s word, praying, and singing.

This week we are back in our sermon series “Multiply: a Journey Through the Book of Acts.” We’ll be looking at Acts 11:22-26 and seeing how God calls his church to pursue discipleship.

Our Call to Worship is Psalm 89:8-9.

O Lord God of hosts,
who is mighty as you are, O Lord,
with your faithfulness all around you?
You rule the raging of the sea;
when its waves rise, you still them.

What’s your week been like? As January progresses and we get back into our regular rhythms of life, do you find yourself facing the same old struggles and situations? Are you discouraged by yours and others inability to keep New Year's resolutions? Despite our best intentions for a new year we often still find ourselves feeling caught in a raging storm with the water rising around us. Psalm 89:8-9 reminds us that in the midst of our struggle and disappointment God is strong and faithful. His very presence covers us with his faithfulness and brings us comfort. As we worship together this Sunday, let’s draw near to God, eagerly desiring to see the Lord of hosts, full of glory and goodness.

Read Psalm 89:8-9 and:

  1. Pray that we would believe the truth that we are covered by the mighty faithfulness of Jesus.

  2. Pray that God would save those separated from him.  

Here are the songs we are singing this week. We are singing these songs because they remind us of God’s presence and work in our lives and help us express our love and devotion to following him.

You Carried Me
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Rising Sun
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Nothing I Hold Onto
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To Him Who Overcomes
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This Is Amazing Grace
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Here is last week's sermon in case you missed it.

Here is last week's sermon in case you missed it.

Getting Ready for Sunday, January 7

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JANUARY 4, 2017

Church family,

"Getting Ready for Sunday" is a resource we provide to help the church look ahead to the upcoming Sunday. We want to prepare well for gathering together by reading God’s word, praying, and singing.

This week we are back in our sermon series “Multiply: a Journey Through the Book of Acts.” We’ll be looking at Acts 11:19-26 and seeing how God calls his church to discipleship and evangelism.

Our Call to Worship is Psalm 29:1-2:

Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness. 

Psalm 29 commands us to worship God by saying “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name.” What does it mean to “ascribe” something to God and why does he want us to do it? When we ascribe glory and strength to God we are correctly recognizing and remembering God’s glorious nature. But why do this? Does God need to be reminded how great, strong, and glorious he is? God does not need to be reminded of his glory; we do. We are prone to forget that God is always the most glorious, good, and strong one in our lives. We can believe that ourselves or others are in control and worthy of our worship. We can ascribe power to things that have no real power. When God calls us to ascribe to him the glory that he is owed, he’s going to set us free from worshipping lesser things and to restore our sanity as we trust him above all else.

Read Psalm 29:1-2 and:

  1. Pray that we would see Christ as better and more worthy of our love than anything else.

  2. Pray for those that are separated from God and ask him to restore them to himself.   

Here are the songs we are singing this week. We chose them because they celebrate what Christ has done for us and remind us of the greatness of God.

Jesus Paid It All
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Forever Reign
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Come To Me
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Your Great Name
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Called Me Higher
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Here is last week's sermon in case you missed it.

Here is last week's sermon in case you missed it.

Is Church Membership Biblical? | ORBC Shares

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Is Church Membership Biblical?

written by Matt Chandler for 9 Marks

"As we enter into the New Year, we make several resolutions about our lives. Most of the things we resolve to do differently are for the betterment of our lives. Most of the time we are resolving to discipline ourselves in an area that are weak in our lives, or requires attention. One of the most revolutionary ways I have ever corrected bad habits in my life was changing the way I viewed church membership and allowing that view to change my spiritual life. This article is encouraging to me and I hope it is to you."  - Matt Bowles, ORBC Student Minister

What’s the bottom line? Local church membership is a question of biblical obedience, not personal preference.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE