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Preparing for Corporate Worship - Hasn't He Blessed Us?

Written By Ryan Egan on 07/10/2015 | Posted in Congregational LifeWorship

This coming Sunday, July 12, we will begin a new series at Living Word entitled "God Bless You - A Closer Look at the Blessings of God." Throughout the series we will be looking to Scripture and seeing a multitude of ways that God has blessed us.

While it's good to realize the blessings of God and how He has abundantly lavished them on us, we need to keep in perspective WHO does the blessing and what we are to do with those blessings when they are received.

Matt Redman and his wife Beth wrote the song "Blessed Be Your Name" as an anthem in response to the events of 9/11 after they had been traveling in the United States. The song is meant to be a response to pain, but it's really a song that allows the worshiper to specifically praise God in every situation:

"when the sun's shining down on me, when the world's all as it should be" and "on the road marked with suffering; when there's pain in the offering."

I particularly love these words, especially as we prepare to dwell on how God has blessed us:

"Every blessing You pour out I'll turn back to praise."

We could easily dwell in the blessings of God, sing "Hasn't He blessed us time after time?" and stay there, saying, "God has blessed me. I'm so blessed. I'm so happy God is treating me so well."

But when we learn to take all of those blessings and give them back to the One who gave them to us in the first place, we learn that they are given to us in order that He might be glorified and magnified. Then, even in the dark times, we can give those situations back to Him and realize that even those hard times can be blessings given by our God.

Pay close attention to the song that will be sung during our tithes and offerings this Sunday, and the testimony behind it, making the words of the song come so alive:

What if Your blessings come through raindrops, what if Your healing comes through tears?

Songs We Will Be Singing

As we begin to think about the blessings of God, we will begin our service by reminding ourselves with a rhetorical question: Isn't He Good? God has blessed us time after time, as we will sing, but we know that He has blessed us by His character, His mercies, and His grace. I love singing these words:

"Your mercies meet us with the daybreak and every step that we take points us to Your grace."

We will continue by singing 10,000 Reasons, a song that helps us turn those blessings back to praise and say, in the midst of the blessings that God pours upon us, that we will "Bless the Lord" and "Sing like never before."

We will also be singing the Gospel Doxology, an updated version of the traditional doxology, which helps us understand WHY we get to the place where we can say "Praise God from whom all blessings flow." Because God's "perfect law exposes" us and because the Jesus life is "my only victory" and his death has "forever sealed in time that I am His and He is mine" we can then praise God with incredible boldness and confidence. This song also serves as a wonderful way to both confess our sin and proclaim assurance of pardon through the life and death of Jesus Christ.

As we come to the Lord's Supper the worship team will be singing a song called "We Hunger and Thirst," helping us put the very difficult concept of what we do in the Lord's Supper into words. Feel free to just listen as you worship at the Table while the team is singing.

Lastly, throughout this series, we will be singing a new "Benediction" together as a congregation. For the first couple weeks the worship team will sing it over the congregation as a blessing and as we get to know the song we will sing it together. It will be a wonderful way to remind each other that, indeed, "Blessed we came to this place today and blessed, now, we will go." We can proclaim to each other the wonderful words,

"May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord smile on you, shine His light upon you. May the Lord lift you, turn His face towards you, give you His peace, give you His peace."

Confession of Faith

This Sunday we will also be confessing our faith through the words of Ephesians 1:3-14, looking at how God has blessed us immeasurably, giving us identity and inheritance in Christ and through the Holy Spirit.

Listen to and Learn the Music

As always, you can head to our music page to listen to and learn the songs for Sunday.

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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