APRIL 20, 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 beginning our new sermon series “The Church Is”.
In this series we’ll be looking at specific characteristics and practices to which the church is called. This week we’ll see from Matthew 18:15-20 that the church is called to be a reconciling community, following in the way of our reconciling savior, Jesus.
Our Call to Worship is Psalm 111:1-3
Praise the Lord!
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart,
in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
Great are the works of the Lord,
studied by all who delight in them.
Full of splendor and majesty is his work,
and his righteousness endures forever.
He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered;
the Lord is gracious and merciful.
“Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them.” Why do we gather together on Sunday morning to hear God’s word and respond? Do we possibly view gathering together on Sunday as a task to check off? Do we come desiring more information about God, but not necessarily transformation from God? God calls us to worship him together because we delight in him. We “give thanks” with our “whole hearts...in the congregation” and study his great works, because we know there is no one more satisfying and glorious than Christ. We study, and remember, and praise his great works because our hearts and minds are full of awe and wonder at his work!
Read Psalm 111:1-3 and pray that God would:
Help us worship with both our minds and hearts.
Give us deeper delight in him in every area of our lives.
Here are the songs we are singing this week. We chose these songs because they remind us Christ’s great power to reconcile us to him and one another.
Here is last week's sermon in case you missed it.