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Preparing For Corporate Worship - 9-9-18

Written By Ryan Egan on 09/04/2018 | Posted in Congregational LifeWorship

With the kickoff of a new Sunday School year comes the return of a (hopefully) weekly blog post to help prepare our hearts and minds for corporate worship.

These posts are intended to augment your own personal and family worship times. We hope to be a church that is firmly planted in God's Word and centered on the cross as we joyfully proclaim the living Word and willingly serve the Living God. Part of cultivating that culture begins as home. We'd love it if you would use these blog posts as a chance to listen to and learn the music for the service with your family (and listen to it throughout the following week); and talk about elements of the service as well. We also will be referencing our church-wide reading plan often as we move through it, so please feel free to visit the overview page of the plan and make use of the various resources there.

As well, as we often do we have linked to recordings and information to this week's music and encourage you to listen and learn before this Sunday's service.

Now, onto this week's gathering.

Call to Worship and Songs of Praise

We open each service with a Call to Worship. The idea behind his is that God's Word would help to re-focus our hearts and minds on His Word, promises, and directions within it. This week we will take a look at Psalm 48, a Psalm that declares God as king and that calls the people of God to "contemplate Your faithful love."

Come, People of the Risen King

As we read the Psalmists words that "God, within Your temple, we contemplate Your faithful love" we also invite each other to do the same. We, as the Church, are the people of a King who is triumphant over death and who take great delight in bringing Him praise. We've sung this song often at Living Word because of it's great way of calling us to invite each other to praise God (in a similar fashion to 'Praise to the Lord, the Almighty,' which we will sing later in the month).

Let It Be Said Of Us

This song, which we sung a couple of times during the month of August, will become a sort of theme song for us during our series on The Church of God. I'd love for the words of this song to be stuck in our heads as we take a look at how the Church works and that we would often call to mind the words:

Let the cross be our glory and the Lord be our song; by mercy made holy, by the Spirit made strong.
Let the cross be our glory and the Lord be our song; 'til the likeness of Jesus be, through us, made known;
Let the cross be our glory and the Lord be our song.

Confessions of Sin and Faith

Most Merciful God

We have a time of weekly confession of sin every week. This can either be a rich time or a trying time depending on how you look at it. It can be rich if we bring our sin before our Lord and empty our grasp of it and let His mercy and forgiveness wash over us. It can be trying if we have sin we are holding on to our don't want to confess. Often, as well, our time of confession ends with us confessing sin, hearing a declaration of Scripture over us and then ending there. We desire to confess our sins both to God and "to each other" as the book of James says, "that you may be healed." The song we will sing during our times of confession in September allows us to sing a prayer of confession and then enter into an attitude of "why" we are confessing:

That we may do justly, forever love mercy, together walk humbly with You.

There's a lot of depth packed into those very short phrases. We desire that we would act justly among each other, love mercy and grace and who it to each other, and walk humbly with the Lord in all we do. In order to do these things, often attitudes and issues in our lives can stand in the way. We'd like to use this time of sung confession as a way to help us realize these things and know what next steps can be.

Assurance of Pardon

Something.

The Church's One Foundation

We continue our celebration of God's grace and mercy by singing together a song of declaration. This week, as we begin a series on The Church it's good to remind ourselves where the ultimate foundation for that Church comes from: "Jesus Christ, her Lord." What a beautiful text on God's grace that is found within verse one as well!

from heav'n He came and sought her to be His holy bride;
with His own blood He bought her, and for her life He died.

Confession of Faith

This week we will spend a few minutes installing this year's Sunday School teachers, who are making a public confession that they are willing to be role models and teachers of God's Word to the children and youth of our congregation.

Greeting and Announcements

The Church works when its members are serving the roles and in the gifts to which God has called them. This time of the service can be an excellent overview of how that is being played out.

Tithes and Offerings

We don't just receive tithes and offerings as a church or give them as a church member or attender, we worship the Lord through this time, giving back to Him because He has given to us.

Message

This week begins a new series looking at the Church of God, beginning with a look at the gift of the congregation.

Sending

May The Grace

This beautiful benediction song is one we have sung off and on throughout the last few months at Living Word. As a call to us as the local Church I would love to have us sing these great words to each other as we go.

May the grace of Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Spirit be with us.

Benediction

And, as always, don't let the last 'good word' of the service pass you by. Receive the blessings and promises that God's Word proclaims over us and let them send you out with encouragement.


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Ryan serves as Director of Worship & Creative Arts at Living Word. He is a follower of Jesus, husband, father of three, worshiper and creative.

T-minus six days until all-out Christmas music. #trulyexcited #bringiton

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