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Getting Ready for Sunday, August 20

AUGUST 17, 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 continuing our sermon series “Multiply: a Journey Through the Book of Acts.”

This week we are looking at Acts 1: 12-26 and seeing how incarnational living is embodying the mission and the message of Jesus.

Our Call to Worship is Psalm 67:1-3.

May God be gracious to us and bless us
and make his face to shine upon us, Selah
that your way may be known on earth,
your saving power among all nations.
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you!

When the desire to proclaim and embody the gospel of Jesus drives us, it results in a life devoted to the worship of God. If our number one priority is to show and tell the glory and goodness of God to a watching world, it becomes the thing that governs our thoughts, actions, and futures. Psalm 67:1-3 calls us to worship God by showing us to ask that we could experience God’s grace and glory so that a watching world would come to know and worship him. We worship God when our whole lives are directed at calling others to worship God!

Read Psalm 67:1-3 and pray that God would:

  1. Give us deep desire to see the lost saved.

  2. Help us trust and experience his glory and goodness as we worship together.

Here are the songs we are singing this week. We chose these songs because they remind us of how good it is for God to rule our hearts and call us to share the gospel with the world.

Cornerstone
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King of Heaven
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Rock of Ages
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Sovereign Over Us
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Love Has a Name
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Here is last week's sermon in case you missed it.

Scripture... Not What You Think It Means... | ORBC Shares

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Scripture... Not What You Think It Means...

written by Walt Mueller for Center for Parent/Youth Understanding

"So once again, today, I was reminded of how easily we twist Scripture to say what we want it to say. And yes, I know that we all bring our cultural biases to our reading of Scripture. But because that happens we shouldn’t use that as excuse to pursue new or novel interpretations. In fact, we should endeavor with greater effort to interpret Scripture accurately. And then, we should stand firm."

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Getting Ready for Sunday, August 13

AUGUST 10, 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 beginning our new sermon series “Multiply: a Journey Through the Book of Acts.”

We are looking at Acts 1:1-11 and seeing how incarnational living is embodying the mission and the message of Jesus.

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.

The object of our focus is the object of our worship. Whatever dominates our outlook, drives our thoughts, or holds our attention is the thing that we serve and worship. Psalm 29 calls us to worship God by having our vision of the world and our hearts dominated by the glory of God. As we look to the glory of God we worship him “in the splendor of holiness.” This means when our hearts are ruled by the glory of God we get to enjoy the riches of his goodness, justice, and perfection. God’s glory is so very good for us!

Read  Psalm 29:1-2 and pray that God would:

1. Draw our eyes and hearts to him.

2. Set us free from the things that draw our attention away from God.

Here are the songs we are singing this week. We chose these songs because they remind us of God’s heart to seek and save the lost and proclaim his power to bring many to himself.

How Great Thou Art
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Love Has a Name
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Create In Me
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All the Poor and Powerless
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Multiplied
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Here is last week's sermon in case you missed it.

Funerals, Grieving, and Discipleship

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Funerals, Grieving, and Discipleship

from The Apollos Project

"James 1:27 tells us that Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this to visit orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained from the world. When we are looking after the widow and teaching our children to do the same, we are pleasing the Lord."

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Getting Ready for Sunday, August 6

AUGUST 3, 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 completing our series through the Psalms “Ascribe.”

This week we are looking at Psalm 51 and seeing how God bring us to repentance and creates in us clean hearts.

Our Call to Worship is Psalm 51:10-12.

 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from your presence,
and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.

We can often think about our gathered worship as what we do to honor and glorify  God. But that's not the only thing happening in our times of worship together. In worship God is shaping and aiming our hearts to love what he loves, to desire that it be on earth as it is in heaven. Psalm 51 calls us to worship God by reminding us that God desires to give us new hearts, led by the Holy Spirit that lives in the freedom, obedience, and joy of the gospel. As we worship God, he  does what he promises to do, creating in us new hearts and restoring us to the joy of his salvation.

Read  Psalm 51 and pray that God would:

1. Shape and aim our hearts to love what he loves.

2. Restore those who are tired, worn down, and exhausted.

Here are the songs we are singing this week. We chose these songs because they call us to desire what God desires and celebrate the goodness of God’s salvation. We’re singing a new original song this week. Check it out here:

Great Are You Lord
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Create in Me
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Jesus Is Better
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I Am Set Free
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There is a Fountain
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Here is last week's sermon in case you missed it.