OCTOBER 13, 2016
"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. We are including Care Group discussion questions at the bottom of the email to help your care group discuss God’s word together.
This week we continuing our new Fostering and Adoption series. Watch the preview video here:
This week we are looking at Ephesians 1:3-5 & James 1:27. When you’re adopting or even fostering a child, we will see how you are given the opportunity to explain to the world that God didn’t just forgive us our sins, but adopted us into His family.
Our Call to Worship is Psalm 84:1-4:
1 How lovely is your dwelling place,
O Lord of hosts!
2 My soul longs, yes, faints
for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and flesh sing for joy
to the living God.
3 Even the sparrow finds a home,
and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may lay her young,
at your altars, O Lord of hosts,
my King and my God.
4 Blessed are those who dwell in your house,
ever singing your praise!
This psalm describes the encounter with the perfectly satisfying beauty of God that we are given as members of God’s household, his family. We worship God because nothing else will fulfill us “heart and flesh” but the nearness, presence, and assurance that comes from living as God’s family. We are blessed to dwell in the house of God, joyful and free, because those of us who were once far off (Ephesians 2:13) are no longer strangers but through Christ, God’s beloved family.
Read Psalm 84:1-4 before we gather and ask God to:
Give us a deep experience of his beauty and goodness as we gather to worship.
Draw those who have not experienced the goodness of God in Christ to himself.
Here are the songs we are singing this Sunday. We chose these songs because they remind us of the beauty of the gospel. Because he is always faithfully loving, Christ has made us family through his cross.
O Sleeper Awake
(Recording Coming Soon)
Here is last week's sermon in case you missed it: