MAY 4, 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 Romans 12:1-13 that the Church is a family created by the gospel who worship God by prioritizing, serving, loving, and taking responsibility for one another.
Our Call to Worship is Psalm 23.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name's sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
In Psalm 23, God calls us to worship him remembering his great love and protection. Psalm 23 reminds us that God is an attentive, wise, and active shepherd who leads us in goodness and mercy. As we look and remember who God is, our hearts are filled with confidence in him and his victory for us.
Read Psalm 23 and pray that God would:
Help us see him as he really is: glorious and gracious.
Strengthen our hearts with his compassion and greatness.
Here are the songs we are singing this week. We chose these songs because they remind us of God’s great saving work on our behalf and help us express our gratitude and freedom that he has given us.
Here is last week's sermon in case you missed it.