JANUARY 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 back in our sermon series “Multiply: a Journey Through the Book of Acts.” We’ll be looking at Acts 11:19-26 and seeing how God calls his church to discipleship and evangelism.
Our Call to Worship is Psalm 29:1-2:
Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.
Psalm 29 commands us to worship God by saying “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name.” What does it mean to “ascribe” something to God and why does he want us to do it? When we ascribe glory and strength to God we are correctly recognizing and remembering God’s glorious nature. But why do this? Does God need to be reminded how great, strong, and glorious he is? God does not need to be reminded of his glory; we do. We are prone to forget that God is always the most glorious, good, and strong one in our lives. We can believe that ourselves or others are in control and worthy of our worship. We can ascribe power to things that have no real power. When God calls us to ascribe to him the glory that he is owed, he’s going to set us free from worshipping lesser things and to restore our sanity as we trust him above all else.
Read Psalm 29:1-2 and:
Pray that we would see Christ as better and more worthy of our love than anything else.
Pray for those that are separated from God and ask him to restore them to himself.
Here are the songs we are singing this week. We chose them because they celebrate what Christ has done for us and remind us of the greatness of God.