OCTOBER 19, 2017
"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 6:8–8:3 and seeing how God uses our suffering for a purpose and that when our suffering is connected to honoring the Lord, it is always worth it.
Our Call to Worship is Psalm 96:1-4.
Oh sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth!
Sing to the Lord, bless his name;
tell of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples!
For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
he is to be feared above all gods.
When we gather as the church every Sunday, God calls us to worship him by glorifying him in our hearts, to one another, and to a watching world. What does this mean? It means that we don’t sing, pray, and preach the glory of God because God has forgotten how glorious he is. Instead we proclaim his glory because we forget how glorious he is and the world needs to hear of a gloriously good savior. We worship God when we sing, pray, and preach the truth to one another, holding up Jesus as the only thing worthy of our trust and devotion. When we gather this Sunday let’s come ready to serve each other by pointing to Jesus as the only one who can satisfy, sustain, and restore us.
Read and pray Psalm 96:1-4 that God would:
Help us see our worship gathering as opportunities to serve one another with the truth of the gospel.
Bring people (pray for them by name) to faith in Christ.
Here are the songs we are singing this week. We chose them because they proclaim the truth that God is near us and victorious of sin, evil, death, and suffering.