APRIL 27, 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 “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 2 Corinthians 5:11-17 that God calls us be a proclaiming church, motivated by the fear of God and inspired by the love of God to be persuasive in word and deed.
Our Call to Worship is Psalm 116:5-6:
Gracious is the Lord, and righteous;
our God is merciful.
The Lord preserves the simple;
when I was brought low, he saved me.
Return, O my soul, to your rest;
for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.
When we gather to worship together, God calls us to remember and return to him. Our lives are filled with distractions, business, and temptations. These things demand and consume our energy and attention. We come to see them as the strongest power in our lives, as the the things that we must obey or do in order to find rest. But this Psalm tells us a different story. This Psalm calls us to remember that God is truly gracious, strong, kind and attentive to our needs. It calls us to worship God by returning to him for rest and peace. As we gather this Sunday, God calls us to breathe in deeply his grace and forgiveness. He calls us to bow our hearts before him in humility and gratitude because he satisfies and protects us.
Read Psalm 116:5-6 and pray that God would:
Help us remember and return to him.
Refresh and renew us through his word.
Here are the songs we are singing this week. We chose these songs because they call us to look to Christ and his kingdom for our hope and joy.
Here is last week's sermon in case you missed it.