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Getting Ready for Sunday, July 2

JUNE 29, 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 series through the Psalms “Ascribe.”

This week we are looking at Psalm 92 and seeing how God calls us to be faithful and fruitful witnesses.

Our Call to Worship is Psalm 92:1-4.

It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
and your faithfulness by night,
to the music of the lute and the harp,
to the melody of the lyre.
For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work;
at the works of your hands I sing for joy.

Why is it good to give thanks and praise God? We give thanks because the work of God makes us glad in him. Our worship is a gift from Christ. Its results from  his work and outpouring of love to us. Our worship isn’t something we do to earn God’s love or favor, but something we do because God has given us his favor through Christ. God’s steadfast love calls us to worship him with joy and praise!

Read Psalm 92 and pray that God would:

1. Help us remember the goodness of the gospel.

2. Grow our hearts to be more like Christ.

Here are the songs we are singing this week. We chose these songs because they remind us of the great work of Christ and help us respond in thankfulness and joy.

Lion and Lamb
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Jesus Paid It All
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Rising Sun
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Shout to the Lord
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I Am Set Free
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Here is last week's sermon in case you missed it.

Jesus-Centered Parenting in a Child-Centered World | ORBC Shares

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Jesus-Centered Parenting in a Child-Centered World

Author: Trevin Wax from The Gospel Coalition

"Psalm 127 says that children are like arrows in the hand of a mighty warrior. Arrows are given to the warrior to launch into battle. And here’s the key: When you take what God intended to be a weapon and you turn it into a piece of furniture for your house, not only do you thwart the plan of God for their life, you discourage them from faith altogether!"

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Getting Ready for Sunday, June 25

JUNE 22, 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 series through the Psalms “Ascribe.”

This week we are looking at Psalm 63 and seeing how Christ satisfies.  

Our Call to Worship is Psalm 63:1-4.

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.
Because your steadfast love is better than life,
my lips will praise you.
So I will bless you as long as I live;
in your name I will lift up my hands.

We come to God with needs and hurts and the Lord sees them. He goes beyond what we can do, and heals and changes us. He satisfies the deepest parts of us. In His work, we are freed from anxiety, depression, and slavery to status, image, and perfectionism. In turn, He gives us a home. He is our safe place. In Him, we are free from the world that beckons and we find fullness of joy

Read Psalm 63 and pray that God would:
1. Give us a deep experience of the goodness of the gospel.
2. Bring people to faith who are trying to find refuge in something other than him.

Here are the songs we are singing this week. We chose these songs because they remind us of the faithfulness of God and how he truly satisfies.
We’re singing our new song Only You Can Satisfy (Psalm 63) this week. Check it out here:

Great Are You Lord
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Multiplied
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Only You Can Satisfy (Psalm 63) New ORBC Song!
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Sovereign Over Us
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There is a Fountain
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Doxology
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Here is last week's sermon in case you missed it.

Can I View My Small Group as My Church? | ORBC Shares

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Can I View My Small Group as My Church? 

Author: Sam Allberry from 9Marks

"Many churches run some kind of small-group ministry. Groups of varying size (typically ten or so believers) tend to be one of the best contexts for discussion of Scripture, and for sharing needs for support and prayer. During a main Sunday gathering, there might not be the same kind of opportunity to interact at this level, so small groups tend to be where some of the most vital “one another” ministry takes place. Relationships are depended, insights are are shared, and the problems and difficulties in life are discussed and addressed.

Because of all this, it can be easy for such a group to become the main focus of its members’ spiritual lives. The group becomes, in effect, church..."

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Getting Ready for Sunday, June 18

JUNE 15, 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 series through the Psalms “Ascribe.”

This week we are looking at Psalm 73 and seeing that when we are tempted to compare ourselves to others and view life as unfair God calls us to find our fulfillment in him.

Our Call to Worship is Psalm 73:28.

But for me it is good to be near God;
I have made the Lord God my refuge,
that I may tell of all your works.

God calls us to worship him by looking to him alone for our refuge and joy. God is most exalted when we find our joy and delight in him. While we are tempted to find refuge in rest, work, family, friends, wealth, and status, only God can provide us true peace and reconciliation through Christ. As we gather to worship, we gather to remind one another of how good it is to be near God, finding all we need in him.

Read Psalm 73:28 and pray that God would:

1. Give us a deep experience of the truth that it is good to be near him.

2. Bring people to faith who are trying to find refuge in something other than him.

Here are the songs we are singing this week. We chose these songs because they remind us of the goodness of God and his presence and call us to desire him alone.

We’re singing our new song Behold (Psalm 24) this week. Check it out here:

How Great Thou Art
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Forever Reign
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Behold (Psalm 24) New ORBC Song!
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What a Beautiful Name
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Called Me Higher
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Here is last week's sermon in case you missed it.