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Preparing For Corporate Worship - I Have A Shelter In The Storm

This week begins a new series at Living Word - 'Storms of Life.' In it we will look at how we navigate different seasons of life that find us in turbulent weather. Sometimes we cause these storms because of our own choices. Sometimes they come through no fault of our own. Through it all, however, we see the constant and true Shelter in every storm. With that, let's take a look at this week's corporate gathering to help prepare our hearts and minds for Sunday and the rest of the month. As we often do, we have posted the music for the service on our music resource page so that you can listen to and learn it before Sunday.

Call to Worship

In The Name of God the Father

Last week we introduced this song as our call to worship and we will use it in the same manner this week, as well as sing it a couple more times throughout October. Within many historical liturgies there has been what's known as the 'Invocation' or a request to God to make His presence and purpose evident in the gathering. This song is a beautiful and concise invocation that covers a lot of ground, from declaring our belief in the Trinity to what we bring into the gathering and how God will take it and cover it with His grace. This song, and a handful of others we've been singing recently comes from the beautiful 'Songs for Sundays' project by Resound Worship. I highly recommend you grab a copy of this album, both as a tool to help cement the songs we're singing into your mind as well as to help you prepare for Sundays on your own.

Songs of Praise and Worship

We will be singing the beautiful and time-tested hymn, 'The Solid Rock' as we begin, to set the tone throughout this series that "when all around my soul gives way, He then is all my hope and stay." From there, we continue with emphasizing this concept as we sing 'In Christ Alone' which declares that Christ is "firm through the fiercest drought and storm."

Confession of Sin

Another song from the 'Songs for Sundays' project is 'Most Merciful God.' This is a beautiful and simple confession that, since it is put to music, helps us focus our time of confession in a different and fresh way.

Assurance of Salvation

This, I hope, has become one of the most important moments in the service for you. Having God's Word of comfort, triumph, and assurance declared over us is not something we should take lightly at all. Cherish this time. I will also be singing the song 'I Have A Shelter' as an exclamation point to this part of the service. The text of this modern hymn is quite something, and I encourage you to head to our music page and listen to it multiple times this week.

Greeting and Announcements

It's always a blessing to know what is happening in the life of the church.

Tithes and Offerings

As always, I remind you that we don't just take an offering at our church, we worship the Lord by giving Him back a portion of what He has given us.


It is so good for us to spend time in prayer for our church community and those beyond it. Pray along with Pastor Kirk in agreement as he prays.

Scripture Readings

As we mentioned last Sunday, we desire to be a congregation that is 'Firmly planted in God's Word.' As such, we make sure there are always times in the service dedicated to the public reading of Scripture.


This week we look at Jonah and how his actions created consequences, a literal storm that was caused by his choices. However, we also see God's grace at work, even in the midst of Jonah's mistakes.

The Lord's Supper

This is always a beautiful time to spend receiving God's forgiveness over us as we partake in the Sacrament.


We will sing another familiar hymn, 'How Firm a Foundation,' proclaiming that God's Word and Jesus Christ Himself are constant in every storm, trial, and path of life.


Let this 'good word' send you into the next week with peace and grace.

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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

Posted on 11/19/2017
Sunday Worship at 9 am | Christian Education at 10:30 am

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