FEBRUARY 16, 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 1st and 2nd Samuel: A Man After God’s Heart. Check out the sermon series bumper here:
This week we are looking at 1 Samuel 31 and seeing that repentance is a heartfelt sorrow for sin, a renouncing of it, and a sincere commitment to forsake it and walk in obedience to Christ.
Our Call to Worship is Psalm 71:1-6:
In you, O Lord, do I take refuge;
let me never be put to shame!
In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me;
incline your ear to me, and save me!
Be to me a rock of refuge,
to which I may continually come;
you have given the command to save me,
for you are my rock and my fortress.
Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked,
from the grasp of the unjust and cruel man.
For you, O Lord, are my hope,
my trust, O Lord, from my youth.
Upon you I have leaned from before my birth;
you are he who took me from my mother's womb.
My praise is continually of you.
God calls us to worship by reorienting our hearts around the truth that God has promised to be our faithful refuge. In every possible situation and stage of life God is continually present, attentive, and active for our good and his glory. God stirs our hearts to praise him because we know he is stronger, better, and kinder than any sin or struggle.
Read Psalm 71:1-6 and pray that God would:
Grow trust and obedience in our hearts.
Ask God for opportunities to share his steadfast love.
Here are the songs we are singing this week. We chose these songs because they help form and express our trust in God as our ever present refuge. They remind us we are free to repent because our forgiveness is freely given by Christ.
Here is last week's sermon in case you missed it.