APRIL 13, 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 concluding our Easter sermon series “The Kingdom is Near”. Watch the series bumper here:
This week we are looking at Luke 22:47-58 and seeing that we can have freedom from hurt, freedom from disappointment, and freedom from the way the world teaches us to handle betrayal because Christ has taken our betrayal and crucified it through the cross.
Our Call to Worship is Psalm 40:16-17:
May all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who love your salvation
say continually, “Great is the Lord!”
As for me, I am poor and needy,
but the Lord takes thought for me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
do not delay, O my God!
On Easter, we celebrate the good news that God has seen our sin and hurt and rescued us! This is sometimes difficult to believe because we may sin against God and others. We may experience seasons of need, hurt, or loneliness. We may be tempted to think that our present experiences and struggles are just how our lives are going to be. But the truth of the gospel and the good news of the resurrection is this: God knows the brokenness of our world and hearts and has done something about it. He is making all things new through the life, death, and resurrection of his Son, Jesus Christ. In Christ we are freed to rejoice!
Read Psalm 40:16-17 and pray that God would:
Give faith to those who have not placed their faith in Christ.
Give us great joy as we celebrate together.
Here are the songs we are singing this week. We chose these songs because they call us to rejoice in the power and goodness of Christ’s resurrection.