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Preparing for Corporate Worship - The Only Perfect Father

Written By Ryan Egan on 06/19/2015 | Posted in Congregational LifeWorship

This Sunday at Living Word we will celebrate and observe Father's Day, issuing a challenge to father's to be used as "instruments of God."

While Father's Day can be a wonderful and joyous celebration, it can also cause some emotional stress for many. "Daddy issues" abound in our culture, and perhaps there may even be some of those issues among people here in our church this coming Sunday. As we listen, sing, and proclaim Scripture together on Sunday, let the focus on the love of our Heavenly Father and His unchanging care for us wash over you.

If you're missing your dad, feeling inadequate as a dad yourself, wishing you could be a dad, or even in a wonderful place, take hold of words like "My soul finds rest in God alone, my Rock and my Salvation: a fortress strong against my foes, and I will not be shaken."

With that in mind, let's take a close look at each element of the service, to help you prepare your hearts and minds.

Call To Worship

I will be singing the song "Come as You Are" which was written by David Crowder, Matt Maher, and Ben Glover. I love how this song immediately calls us to God's amazing grace:

"O wanderer come home, you're not too far, so lay down your hurt, lay down your heart, come as you are."

As we consider Father's day, we recall the story of the prodigal son, who wandered far away from his father's care. Yet, when he finally returned home, his father celebrated, indeed declaring that the son couldn't have strayed too far to lose his father's love. God's love indeed gives "hope for the hopeless and all those who've strayed."

Confession of Sin

Each week we are intentional about confessing our sin together. This could take the form of a congregational reading, silent confession, or sometimes a song. We will sing "Lord, I need You" as our confession together this Sunday. We will acknowledge that we are sinful by nature and then proclaim that

"Where sin runs deep your grace is more..." and that
"when I cannot stand I'll fall on You."

Assurance of Pardon

This is the moment of the service where our joy as saved Christians can be proclaimed with fullness and might; where we celebrate what God has done for us in Jesus Christ. We will be singing "Father to the Fatherless," based on Psalm 68 and will highlight verse three this week, where we find the words:

"My substitute, my sacrifice, my perfect spotless Lamb
My risen Lord, my gift of life, my Savior and my friend;
High King of love, God of all grace, perfect in power and strong to save,
You have become my righteousness, my glory and my song.

You Got This

We will also be enjoying a poignant video to help introduce the message for the day. Get an early preview below:

After hearing from Pastor Kirk on how father's can be used as instruments of God, we will close the service with the hymn "A Christian Home." The melody is familiar, taken from Sibelius's 'Finlandia,' the same melody for the hymn "Be Still My Soul" but the words are a call to place Jesus the center of our homes as fathers and mothers.

Listen to and Learn the Music

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

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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