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Preparing for Corporate Worship - Children of God

Written By Ryan Egan on 06/04/2015 | Posted in Congregational LifeWorship

This Sunday marks a new season for Living Word Free Lutheran Church, as we anticipate the first Sunday of our new pastor, Kirk Thorson. Pastor Kirk will bring a strong reminder, for his first message at Living Word, that we are indeed "children of God" and that the love of the Father is great.

Music We Will Be Singing

Most of our songs will explore the theme of God's fatherly love or our status as His children. Here are some of my favorite lines from the morning's music:

Neither life nor death shall ever from the Lord His children sever;
Unto them His grace He showeth, and their sorrows all He knoweth.

For our good, He will not deny us; in triumph and trial He is here.

It was my sin that held Him there, until it was accomplished.
His dying breath has brought me life; I know that it is finished.

We will also be singing "Spirit of the Living God," a re-tuned hymn that we introduced a couple of weeks ago, as well as introducing "Our Father," a new congregational song written by Stephen Miller. Here's a little bit of history behind the text for "Spirit of the Living God":

Originally written in 1933, Henry Hallam Tweedy said this about the hymn text:

"Some of the old Pentecostal hymns were to me unsatisfactory, and I was eager to interpret the symbolism of the story in Acts in a way that modern men could understand and sincerely mean."

And from the worship notes section of

The theme of the text is the Holy Spirit, using the metaphors of fire, wind, and speech in the first three stanzas to illustrate the nature of the third person of the Trinity. The fourth stanza explains how the church can better understand the power of Christ through an understanding of the Holy Spirit's work.

As we continue through Sundays after Pentecost this hymn serves as a good reminder of the power of the Holy Spirit and the Spirit's work in the Church.

Listen to and Learn the Music

We want to help you learn and know the music sung at Living Word, especially as we introduce new music. To listen to and learn the music, as well as hear some of the history behind "How Deep the Father's Love for us," head to our music page.

Confessing our Faith

We use a variety of ways to confess our faith at Living Word, and this Sunday we will be declaring a portion of God's Word together. The text from Ephesians 1:3-12, summarizes the great inheritance God has given us as He has adopted us as His children. You can read the text below.

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.

In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory." Ephesians 1:3-12

The Lord's Supper

We also have the opportunity, as we do each first Sunday of the month, to celebrate The Lords Supper together. The true body and true blood of Jesus Christ will be present with us at the table, and His act of redemption shown in a tangible way.

Singing of the Father's love,

Ryan Egan
Director of Worship & Creative Arts

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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.

Worship: Sundays at 9:00 AM | Christian Education: 10:30 AM