FEBRUARY 22, 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 continue our sermon series “Multiply: a Journey Through the Book of Acts.” We’ll be looking at Acts 14:1-7 and seeing how God gives the perseverance needed to follow him on mission.
Our Call to Worship is Psalm 32:6-7.
Therefore let everyone who is godly
offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found;
surely in the rush of great waters,
they shall not reach him.
You are a hiding place for me;
you preserve me from trouble;
you surround me with shouts of deliverance.
When we gather together on Sunday, God calls us to worship him by paying attention to him above all the noise and busyness of life. The Psalm commands us to make a habit of praying to God and abiding in him as our refuge before we find ourselves in hard times. Why? Because God knows if we are not habitually drawing near to him in prayer that when we encounter hard times we will run and hide ourselves in refuges that are not him. It's not as if when difficulty strikes we will suddenly develop the habit of drawing near to God if we have not been habitually going to him in prayer. God calls us to draw near to him even if we are content and suffering-free because he is worth our full attention and desires to preserve us by teaching us the habit of running to him as our refuge.
Read Psalm 32:6-7 and:
Pray that we would know God as our refuge in contentment or conflict.
Pray that we would be still before God this Sunday as a church full of anticipation for him to make us more like Christ.
Here are the songs we are singing this week. We are singing these songs because they call us to trust in Christ as our source of courage and perseverance in any circumstance.