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Preparing for Corporate Worship - God Is The Ruler Yet

Written By Ryan Egan on 02/07/2019 | Posted in Congregational LifeCurrent EventsWorship

We continue our 'Speaking to the Heart' series this week as we look at how God's Word speaks to the troubled heart.

To that end, we have selected music and confessions that point us to the faithfulness, help, and sovereignty of God.

Call to Worship & Songs of Praise

We highly encourage you to come to gathered worship early or at least on time so that you don't miss the call to worship to engage our hearts and minds in worship and the opening songs of praise in the service. This week we will be singing the time-tested "O God Our Help In Ages Past" as well as a new song on God's rich and deep love that we introduced last week - "Great is the Lord."

Confession of Sin, Assurance of Pardon, and Confession of Faith

The climax of the beginning of the service is always meant to be the moment when we hear God's word of grace and mercy spoken over us and respond in song. Please don't miss this. While we are careful to include a time to confess our sin as we believe it's meaningful and necessary to do so we always want to be moved beyond that point, to the point of knowing that God will cover us with grace. We hope that's evident each week.

To that end, after we confess our sin and hear God's pardon over us we will respond by singing the beautiful and well-known "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" and corporately recite the text from Lamentations where the hymn comes from.

Greeting, Announcements, and Installation of New Council Members

At times this portion of the service can be hard to get through but we would love to encourage you to look at it as a time of celebrating what God is doing in, among, and around us.

Tithes and Offerings

We are so blessed to experience great provision in our culture! We worship by giving a portion of how God has provided for us back to Him.

Scripture Readings

This week we will sing "Your Word, O Lord" as a prayer of preparation for the Scripture readings and the message. Would you make it your prayer even before you get to church on Sunday?


This week Pastor Kirk will take a look at Jeremiah and wrestle through some of the things Jeremiah wrestled with and show us how these things are still applicable today.


As we go we will sing the hymn "This Is My Father's World." While this may seem like a simple hymn on the surface the third verse, in particularly, speaks some powerful truth to us that we need to sing:

This is my Father's world, O let me ne'er forget
That though the wrong seems oft' so strong,
God is the ruler yet.

We may be facing discouragement over how the world looks. We may be facing hardships that seem to never go away. It might seem like God is not in control. But, even if we can't see it or understand it at this point in our lives - He truly is still sovereign, the ruler over everything.

So, whatever we face, we can continue to sing:

This is my Father's world why should my heart be sad?
The Lord is King, let the heavens ring,
God reigns, let the earth be glad.

Listen to and Learn The Music

As always please feel free to visit our music resource page to listen to and learn the music for Sunday as well as use it as a resource for your family throughout the days leading up to Sunday and the week beyond.

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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.

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