Preparation for Worship: Sunday, March 4, 2018

Psalms 81:10–12 ESV, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it. “But my people did not listen to my voice; Israel would not submit to me. So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts, to follow their own counsels.”

The Lord’s Day is when we gather to receive from God.  Our worship does not complete something lacking in God, but is used by God to complete what is lacking us. Let’s gather together so God might fill us with the joy and splendor of his glory.


Singing:

We plan to sing a new song this week. You can read the lyrics here and listen to the entire song by using the link below.  Be sure to listen ahead of time to prepare yourself to sing!


Preaching:

Pastor John Petrilli will be preaching from the Gospel of John.  Read John 11:1-44 to prepare yourself for the preaching ministry.  Do you find anything interesting about Jesus’s response to Lazarus’s illness? What does this passage teach you about God?


Communion & Benevolence:

The church family will remember and renew our covenant together in Christ by observing the Lord’s Supper together.  Afterwards, during our final hymn we will collect a benevolence offering.


Pray:

Pray that the soil of our hearts would be receptive to the seed of God’s Word.  Ask God to grant us faith and repentance so we might enjoy more of God’s glory as redeemed children of a glorious king.

 

Preparation for Worship: Sunday, February 11, 2018

Exodus 15:11 ESV, ““Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders?”

Sunday reminds us and shows us God’s majesty and holiness.  We gather together to celebrate and remind each other of God’s glorious deeds.  Come and worship!


Singing:

The links below are provided to help us sing together. Familiarize yourself with these truth-filled songs so you can help your church family grow in love and adoration of our great God.


Preaching:

The sermon on Sunday will be preached from Mark 1:12-20.  Read through the passage sometime before Sunday.

  • What do you believe is significant in verses 14-15? Why?
  • What similarities do the two accounts of Jesus calling disciples share?
  • What do verse 16-20 teach us about discipleship?

Pray!

Pray for God to grow our love for him and increase our loving service to others.

Matthew 22:37–40 ESV, “And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.””

Preparation for Worship: Sunday, February 4, 2018

Psalms 90:14 ESV, “Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.”

God alone is the one who can truly satisfy us.  Because he satisfies us with his steadfast love we can sing and rejoice.  Come and worship this great and glorious God!


Singing:

The voices of the church are the most important instruments in our music ministry. Use the links provided below to prepare yourself to sing loud praise to God with God’s redeemed people.


Preaching:

We will begin our expository sermon series through the Gospel of Mark by looking into Mark 1:1-11.  Read through this passage and consider reading Matthew 3:1-17 for comparison and further insight.

  • According to Mark, what is the purpose of his gospel?

Commune:

We look forward to remembering the great saving acts of God accomplished through Jesus Christ in the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper.  In preparation for this act of covenant-renewal, spend some time praising God for the miracles of redemption and forgiveness of sin that make enjoying a relationship with God possible.

*We will take a benevolence offering during our final hymn.


Pray:

We do not serve a God who cannot save (Isaiah 45:20).  We serve a God who is mighty to save (Isaiah 63:1)!  Since God is mighty to save, pray that he will use the proclamation of the gospel to save more people.  Pray that he would further transform us as his people through a greater understanding and awe of his glories.

Preparation for Worship: Sunday, January 28 2018

Psalms 25:4–5 ESV, “Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.”

The Lord’s Day reminds us God has never needed a teacher or counsellor.  And he offers himself to us through Jesus.  We gather on Sunday to confess our need for God to teach us and lead us in truth.  Come and learn and worship!


Singing:

Use the links below to prepare us to sing well together. The loud praises of God’s people are on elf the ways we ascribe glory to God.


Preaching:

We plan to finish our “Core Statement” series by looking into what the Scriptures teach about our core values of “Gospel-community,” “Gospel-restoration,” and “Gospel-multiplication.”  How do the following passages describe the gospel-community?

  • Romans 12
  • Ephesians 2:11-22

Pray!

Pray that God would bear much fruit in us.  Pray that we would abide in Christ so that whatever we ask the Father he may give it. Pray!

John 15:16 ESV, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.”

Preparation for Worship: Sunday, January 21, 2018

Isaiah 42:6–8 ESV, ““I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness; I will take you by the hand and keep you; I will give you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness. I am the Lord; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols.”

The Lord is glorious in his mighty actions of salvation.  He delivered us from blindness and brought us out of the dungeon of our sin when he shined the light of the glorious gospel in our hearts.  Come and worship our glorious God!


Singing:

Get ready to sing loud praise to God with your forever family by using the links below.


Preaching:

The sermon will be our third installment in our “Core Statement” series.  We will look into the rich truth of God’s Word concerning our first three values: Treasure Christ, Biblical Instruction, and Prayer.

  • How do these values help us strive together to fulfill our mission of spreading a passion for the glory of God by making disciples?
  • Which of these three values excites you the most? Why?
  • Which of these three values do you feel most needs growth in your life?
  • Who will you ask to help you grow in this biblical value?

Pray:

Based on God’s Word below, for what will you ask him in regards to our gathered worship on Sunday? Pray!

Romans 8:32 ESV, “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?”

Preparation for Worship: Sunday, January 14, 2018

Psalms 107:1–2 ESV, “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble”

We have every reason we need to gather to give thanks and praise God together.  The Lord has redeemed us.  He has rescued us from the power of sin, death, and hell.  Come and worship!


Singing:

The voices of the church are the most important instruments in our music ministry. We help each other follow Jesus as we hear each other sing loud praise to God.  Get ready to sing together!


Preaching:

Our second sermon in our “Understanding our Church Vision” series will focus on our Vision Statement.  Be sure to read through our mission, vision, and values before Sunday. Read through some of the Bible passages listed below to begin preparing your heart for God’s vision for us (If you read this entry on our church blog, hover your cursor over the passages below to read them) .

  • Romans 1:16; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 1 John 5:2; Romans 12:12; John 6:63; Ephesians 2:19; Ephesians 4:31-32; 2 Corinthians 5:20.
  • Based on God’s Word, what spiritual fruit do you hope to see grow in us over the next five years?

Pray:

Would you pray for this work of grace to be done in us through our love-soaked obedience to God?

1 Corinthians 15:10 ESV, “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.”

Preparation for Worship: Sunday, January 7, 2018

Isaiah 64:4 ESV, “From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him.”

We gather on Sunday to wait on God because he acts for those who wait for him.  What we need most on Sunday (and every day) is God.  Come and worship!


Singing:

The links below are provided to help us sing together. Familiarize yourself with these truth-filled songs so you can help your church family grow in love and adoration of our great God.


Preaching:

The sermon on Sunday will begin our series through our Core Statements.  This series will help us understand from God’s Word why we as a church exist, what we hope to become, and what we value.  Read through our Core Statements and ask God to convince our minds and grab our hearts with fresh realizations of his glory.


Pray!

Don’t neglect prayer.  Ask God to make us even more God-centered in all we do.

Romans 11:34–36 ESV, ““For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.”

Preparation for Worship: Sunday, December 31, 2017

Revelation 19:6–8 ESV, “Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure”— for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.”

The Lord’s Day offers us the blessing of rejoicing and exulting in God with others.  As we look ahead toward 2018 and no matter what happened in 2017 we can say, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns.”  Come and worship!


Singing:

The links below are provided to help us sing together. Familiarize yourself with the tune so we can sing these rich Bible truths together.  Singing with other Christians is one way we teach and admonish one another (Col 3:16).


Preaching:

As we look ahead toward a new year the preaching this Sunday will be a topical sermon focusing on our relationship with the Bible.  You will not want to miss the simple truths and helpful applications God has for us. Read through the following passages and ask yourself, “What do these verses teach me about my relationship with the Bible?”

  • 1 Peter 1:23
  • Deuteronomy 8:3
  • Acts 20:32

Pray!

Our preparation for worship is woefully incomplete if we do not pray!  In 2 Corinthians the Apostle Paul writes the Christians in Corinth they must help his ministry team “by prayer so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many (2 Cor. 1:11).” Pray!

2 Corinthians 1:11 ESV, “You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.”

Preparation for Worship: Sunday, December 24, 2017

Revelation 15:3–4 ESV, “And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, “Great and amazing are your deeds, O Lord God the Almighty! Just and true are your ways, O King of the nations! Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.””

Christmas is a reminder of God’s righteous acts revealed to us through Jesus. God’s deeds for us are truly great and amazing. Come and worship!


Singing:

The voices of the church are the most important instruments in our music ministry. Singing together is one way we obey Scripture’s commands to encourage and exhort one another. Get ready to sing!

  • Joy To the World
  • O Little Town of Bethlehem
  • Joy Has Dawned
  • What Child Is This

Preaching:

The expository sermon will be focused on the rich truths of Advent found in 1 John 3:7-8.

1 John 3:7–8 ESV, “Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.”

  • According to the Apostle John what was the purpose for Jesus’s first coming?
  • What hope does this give you?

Pray:

What we need most is God’s transforming and renewing work in us through a fresh appreciation of Christ’s glory.  Pray for this!  Let John 1:14 shape your prayers for your church family. Pray!

John 1:14 ESV, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

Preparation for Worship: Sunday, December 17, 2017

Revelation 1:5b–6 ESV, “To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.”

We gather together as a people loved by God who have been freed from sin by the blood of Jesus Christ.  God alone is worthy of all glory and dominion forever and ever.  Come and worship!


Singing:

The voices of the church are the most important instruments in our music ministry. Singing together is one way we obey Scripture’s commands to encourage and exhort one another. Get ready to sing!


Preaching:

We will finish our first section of the Psalms today with an expository sermon preached from Psalm 22. Prepare yourself by reading through the Psalm. Ask God to open our hearts to God’s Word and God’s Word to our hearts.

  • What emotion does the Psalm begin with?
  • What emotion does the Psalm end with?
  • Can you find where Psalm 22 is quoted in the New Testament?

Pray:

Pray that God would equip us to be faithful workers in the harvest of lost souls.

Matthew 9:37–38 ESV, “Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.””