Preparation for Worship: Sunday, November 19, 2017

John 10:14–15 ESV, “I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.”

We worship our Good Shepherd.  He knows his sheep and he laid down his life for his sheep.  What wondrous love we experience from our Good Shepherd!  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:

The expository sermon will be preached from Psalm 18. Please prepare yourself to grow in the grace of God by reading through the Psalm before Sunday. Before you read, ask God to open your heart to God’s Word and God’s Word to your heart.

  • How does Psalm 18 strengthen your faith in God?
  • How does Psalm 18 humble you before God?

Pray:

Be sure to pray about the Lord’s Day.  We need more than a gathering of people.  We need God’s powerful Word by and with God’s Spirit to transform us to be more like Jesus.  Ask God to accomplish his perfect work in us.

Psalms 18:30 ESV, “This God—his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.”

Preparation for Worship: Sunday, November 12, 2017

Psalms 84:1–2 ESV, “How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts! My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God.”

Sunday morning offers us reminders of how lovely it is to be in God’s presence.  The Lord’s Day invites us to help our spiritual family remember and rekindle our longing for the Lord.  Only when we long for the Lord can we sing for joy to God. Come and worship!


Singing:

The voices of the church are the most important instruments in our music ministry. Get ready to sing with your church family!


Preaching:

The expository sermon will be preached from Psalm 17. Read through the Psalm with someone else and ask each other:

  • What aspect of God’s character does this Psalm lead you to worship and appreciate?
  • What does this Psalm teach us about prayer?

Pray:

Be sure to pray for your church family and for our time together this Lord’s Day.  Turn these words from Psalm 17 into your own prayers for your spiritual family.

Psalms 17:6–7 ESV, “I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God; incline your ear to me; hear my words. Wondrously show your steadfast love, O Savior of those who seek refuge from their adversaries at your right hand.”

Preparation for Worship: Sunday, November 5, 2017

Psalms 86:8–10 ESV, “There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours. All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name. For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God.”

Sunday worship should be a little taste of heaven on earth foreshadowing the day when all nations will come and worship before the Lord and glorify his name.  Come and worship God for he is great and he does wondrous things!


Singing:

The links below are provided to help us learn the tunes so we can sing well together. Hearing one another sing Bible truth strengthens our faith, encourages the fainthearted, and helps the weak (1 Thess. 5:14). Sing!


Preaching:

Last week we learned from the first half of Psalm 16.  This Sunday we look forward to the rest of the Psalm.  Read through the Psalm and prepare yourself to be an “expository listener.”  What truth from last week encouraged your faith-filled obedience to God this week? Pray!

REMINDER: Because this is the 1st Sunday of the month, children will not be dismissed for “Grace Kids” during the sermon.


Communion & Benevolence:

The church family will remember and renew our covenant together in Christ by observing the Lord’s Supper together.

  • Reflect on this reality: “…we who are many are one body…” (1 Corinthians 10:17).

Afterwards, during our final hymn we will collect a benevolence offering. The contributions from this monthly offering are managed by our deacons and enable us to help those in need.


Pray!

Let’s use Psalm 16 to shape our prayers for God to build his church.  Ask God to increase our treasuring of him so that we would always set the Lord before us and not be shaken.

Psalms 16:8 ESV, “I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.”

Preparation for Worship: Sunday, October 29, 2017

Isaiah 46:9–10 ESV, “remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,’”

Sunday worship is a chance to remember and focus our attention on the one true and gloriously great God.  He is awesome in power, eternal in glory, and loving toward sinners.  Every word of his counsel will stand and he will accomplish all his purposes.  Join us and worship!


Singing:

The links below are provided to help us learn the tunes so we can sing well together. Singing with other Christians is one way we teach and admonish one another (Col 3:16).


Preaching:

The expository sermon will be preached from Psalm 16.  Read through the Psalm to prepare yourself to be an “expository listener.”  Try memorizing Psalm 16:11.

REMINDER: Because this is the 5th Sunday of the month, children will not be dismissed for “Grace Kids” during the sermon.


Pray!

Use Psalm 16 to fuel your faith-filled prayers for your church family.  Ask God to make known to us with greater understanding that in his presence and from his hand are pleasures and joy forevermore.

Psalms 16:11 ESV, “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

Preparation for Worship: Sunday, October 22, 2017

Jeremiah 17:5, 7 ESV, “Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the Lord. “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord.”

Every Sunday is a grace from God reminding us the blessed life trusts in the Lord. If we do not worship God we are turned away from him in man-centered trust.  Let the grace of God found in his gathered people turn your heart toward Christ with greater passion. 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:

The expository sermon will be preached from Psalm 15.  Read through the Psalm to prepare yourself to be an “expository listener.”

  • What in this Psalm concerns you?
  • What in this Psalm encourages you?

Pray!

Use 2 Peter 3:18 to shape your prayers. Please pray!  Ask God to grow us up in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.

2 Peter 3:18 ESV, “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.”

Preparation for Worship: Sunday, October 15, 2017

Micah 7:18–19 ESV, “Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love. He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.”

The forgiveness and pardon God grants through faith in Jesus is astonishing.  God has every reason to retain his anger, but because he delights in steadfast love he has compassion and grants forgiveness. Come and worship this awesome pardoning God!


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 expository sermon in our series through Psalms will be preached from Psalm 14. After you read it what do you think the main idea of the psalm is?


Pray!

Use Romans 15:5-6 to fuel your prayers for our church family.  What we need most is not the things we might do, but the spiritual blessings only God can provide. Pray!

Romans 15:5–6 ESV, “May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Preparation for Worship: Sunday, October 8, 2017

Isaiah 55:7–8 ESV, “let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.”

Jehovah God is worthy of worship. His thoughts and ways are unique in holiness, goodness, wisdom, and power.  The Lord’s Day gives us a precious occasion to have our thoughts confronted with God’s thoughts as found in the Bible.  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 expository sermon in our series through Psalms will be preached from Psalm 13. Try to read through the Psalm with someone in your family or church family before Sunday.

  • How would you describe the emotion of this Psalm?
  • For what does David ask?
  • What does this Psalm teach you about your relationship with God?

Pray!

Please, please, please PRAY!  Ask God to remind us of his extravagant mercies to us so that we would present ourselves as living sacrifices to him in spiritual worship.

Romans 12:1 ESV, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.”

Preparation for Worship: Sunday, October 1, 2017

2 Corinthians 4:18 NLT, “So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”

Gathered worship as a church family is one of the few times in the week we may deliberately look to matters of faith with our spiritual brothers and sisters.   Join us for God-centered worship and let God’s Word along with God’s people be a means of grace to our walk of faith.


Singing:

We sing together to proclaim and remind each other of God-sized truths that are ours in Christ Jesus. Be sure to listen to a new song, “Hallelujah For the Cross.”  Use these links to get ready to worship our great God with our church family!


Preaching:

We will continue our expository sermon series in Psalms by looking at Psalm 12. Please read the Psalm before Sunday to better prepare us to be expository listeners.

  • What do you believe is the main theme/topic of Psalm 12?
  • What does this Psalm teach you about people?
  • What does this Psalm 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. The contributions from this monthly offering are managed by the deacons and enable this church family to help those in need.


Pray:

Jesus said he would build his church (Matthew 16:18).  Will you pray, asking God through Christ to build his church? The church growth we need most is the kind that only God can give. Pray!

Preparation for Worship: Sunday, September 24, 2017

Psalms 86:8–10 ESV, “There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours. All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name. For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God.”

The one we gather to worship is like none other.  Our gathered worship is just a glimpse of the world-wide glory belonging to our great God. Join us as we praise and exalt God for his great and wondrous acts for us in Christ.


Singing:

The links below are provided to help us sing together. Get ready to sing so that with our united voices we can remind each other about our Great God through truth-filled praise.


Preaching:

The expository sermon will be preached from Psalm 145 with a focus on verses 14-21. Read through the Psalm and then focus on verses 14-21.

  • What truths about God do you see?
  • In what way(s) have you forgotten these truths?
  • Describe what would be your experience if you lived in the reality of those truths?
  • Pray!

Pray!

Use Isaiah 55:11 to shape your prayers for our time of gathered worship.  Ask God to accomplish in us through his Word and by his Spirit all that he has purposed for it to do.  Ask God to make his Word successful in transforming our lives.

Isaiah 55:11 ESV, “so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”

Preparation for Worship: Sunday, September 17, 2017

Psalms 94:18–19 ESV, “When I thought, “My foot slips,” your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up. When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.”

The only One who never slips or becomes overwhelmed with cares is the Lord.  Only the Lord can truly cheer our souls. Come and worship!


Singing:

The links below are provided to help us sing together. The united voices of God’s people is one of the most precious sounds. It’s a little taste of heaven on earth!


Preaching:

We continue our expository sermon series in Psalms by looking to Psalm 11.  Read through the Psalm and let these questions encourage your study of God’s Word to prepare yourself for the sermon.

  • What troubles the writer (David)?
  • What truths give David comfort?
  • What are the two categories of people found in this Psalm?

Pray!

Will you pray? Ask God to do a spiritual work of growth in us by his Word so that God the Father would be glorified in the Son (John 14:13).