Monthly Archives: March 2015

Preparing for Worship – March 29, 2015

 

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CALL TO WORSHIP

This week, we will begin our service by reading scripture from Colossians 1:15-17, where we see how Jesus alone is above all.

15 He (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

In response, we will sing the song Rejoice.

Rejoice (Purchase)

 

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

After welcoming one another, we will then confess our our desperate need for a Savior to wash us clean of our sin as we sing the song Rock of Ages.

Rock of Ages (Purchase)

 

 

ASSURANCE OF SALVATION

Because we are sinful, it is obvious that we need a Savior. Thanks be to God that we have a Savior who is a Rock and a Fortress. The lines from the song The Solid Rock (My Hope Is Built) are worth clinging to to remind us that in Christ our salvation is sure:

Dressed in his righteousness alone / faultless to stand before the throne

On Christ the solid rock I stand / All other ground is sinking sand

The Solid Rock (My Hope Is Built)

 

 

PROCLAMATION

We then continue in our study of the book of Ephesians with Chapter 6:18-20

18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.

 

RESPONSE

We will remember what God has done through Jesus by participating together in Communion and singing songs that remind us that we have been saved.

How Deep the Father’s Love for Us

 

Come Thou Fount (Purchase)

 

Learn the songs. Meditate on the scripture. Come worshipping to church.

See you on Sunday.

Preparing for Worship – March 22, 2015

 

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CALL TO WORSHIP

This week, we will begin our service by reminding ourselves of how great our God is as we sing How Great Thou Art.

How Great Thou Art (Purchase)

 

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

We will then confess our our tendency to try to rely on our own righteousness as we sing Poison Tree. Oh, that God would help us to trust in Jesus’ righteousness alone!

Poison Tree (Purchase)

 

 

ASSURANCE OF SALVATION

It is true that we are only saved by the grace of the Father through the work of Jesus by the power of the Spirit. We will sing Grace Alone to remind us of this beautiful and assuring truth.

Grace Alone (Purchase)

 

 

PROCLAMATION

We then continue in our study of the book of Ephesians with Chapter 6, verses 10-18a:

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18a praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.

 

RESPONSE

We will remember what God has done through Jesus by participating together in Communion and singing songs that remind us that we have been saved.

Before the Throne (Purchase)

 

My One Comfort (Purchase)

 

Psalm 18 (Purchase)

 

Learn the songs. Meditate on the scripture. Come worshipping to church.

See you on Sunday.

Preparing for Worship – March 15, 2015

 

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CALL TO WORSHIP

This week, we will begin our service by rejoice in the hope of the glory of God (Romans 5:2) by singing Hail the King. This song paints a beautiful picture of Jesus as the one who has accomplished salvation for his church.

Hail the King (Purchase)

 

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

We will then confess our tendency to go our own way as we sing My God My Father. Oh, that God would mold our wills to his!

My God My Father (Purchase)

 

 

ASSURANCE OF SALVATION

The beauty of the gospel is that if we have truly been saved by Jesus, we have been adopted into God’s family (Ephesians 1:5) and nothing can separate us from the Love of God. We see this truth in Romans 8:38-39 and we’ll be singing that truth to remind us that our salvation is sure.

38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Oh God (Purchase)

 

 

PROCLAMATION

We then continue in our study of the book of Ephesians with Chapter 6, verses 5-9:

5 Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, 6 not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, 7 rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, 8 knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a bondservant or is free. 9 Masters, do the same to them, and stop your threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him.

 

RESPONSE

We will remember what God has done through Jesus by participating together in Communion and singing songs that remind us that we have been saved.

Jude Doxology (Purchase)

 

In Christ Alone

 

 

Learn the songs. Meditate on the scripture. Come worshipping to church.

See you on Sunday.

Bring them up…

Last Sunday we worked through Ephesians 6:1-4. You can listen to the sermon here. In verse 4 Paul instructs parents (specifically fathers) to bring their children up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Although this does take intentionality, we also saw in Deuteronomy 6:4-7 that the instruction of our children can be accomplished in the natural, every day flow of life.

EverythingAs a church, we have a desire to provide resources to help you in your efforts to teach your children to love the Lord with all their heart, soul and might. These resources may be found in the Library at our building.

This past week we added a new resource to our Library – Everything a Child Should Know About God. This book is a beautifully simple look at systematic theology for children (geared for ages 3-6). Pick up a copy this Sunday!

Preparing for Worship – March 8, 2015

 

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This week, we continue our series In Him by studying Ephesians 6:1-4.

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), 3 “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” 4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

This week, we move into Paul’s challenges for children & parents. In this passage, we will see both instruction to children and instruction to parents. I encourage you to be reading this passage in preparation for our gathering on Sunday.

Join us  as we worship the king of all creation! To prepare, check out these helpful links:

 

Praise to the Lord (Purchase)

 

The Gospel (Purchase)

 

God is Good (Purchase)

 

Alas! (Purchase)

 

God Undefeatable (Purchase)

 

 

See you on Sunday.

The Beauty of Figure Skating (repost from 2.18.14)

figure-skating-ice-dancing-daviswhite-usa[Yesterday (3.1.15) we discussed the Christ-like, sacrificial role of the husband in loving his wife. In the sermon yesterday, I mentioned an article I had posted last year. Below is a reposting of that article.]

On February 16th we discussed the qualifications and duties of elders in the church. They are a gift of God to lead, shepherd and guide the church. In our discussion of elders we looked at Paul’s qualifications listed in 1 Timothy 3 and we see that elders are to be men. This is not because men are more valuable.  I mentioned an article in my sermon about the beauty of of the differing roles as seen in figure skating. Now, I am not what you would call the biggest fan of figure skating (shocking I know), but this picture  of the roles and values of men and women is a very helpful illustration.

If he makes a mistake, she pays the larger physical price; he pays the larger emotional price. She falls, but he fails! So he has to learn to initiate and risk. She has to help him understand her moves and to endure his learning curve.

I would encourage you to read the entire article.