Each week, we aim to prepare our hearts before the Lord in anticipation of our worship gathering. Therefore, we'll post the Scriptures, Big Idea, Songs, and other reflections that will help us enter into worship together - with one heart, one voice, and one mind - in full accord (Philippians 2:2). Here are some simple ways to prepare your heart...
- READ through the text that will be preached on Sunday. Take a few moments or more to familiarize yourself with it, study, or meditate on it.
- SING, LISTEN, OR READ through the songs that we'll be singing together. Meditate on the truth and substance they instill. Consider the ways of your own heart as you do. This is also a good opportunity to become familiar with new songs in advance of our time together.
- PRAY and ask the Lord to open your heart to Him and to draw you into thoughtful worship as you reflect on who He is, what He's done for us in Jesus, who we are, and what He's called us to do.
SUNDAY'S BIG IDEA:
There are no Christians who aren't missionaries. The Holy Spirit empowers His people to be on His Mission. We are not a powerless people with a common message. We are a new community sent in power to show and share the goodness of God with all people. Will we?
Charles Spurgeon: Every Christian is either a missionary or an imposter.
Jeff Vanderstelt: Being missional does not mean that we go on a mission trip for a week in another country. We are the missionary people of God sent by God for his purposes every single second of our lives.
Richard Lovelace: The failure to recognize the Holy Spirit as personally present in our lives is widespread in churches today. Sometimes the lack of recognition is intentional and theologically motivated… More often it is simply ignorance. Even where Christians know about the Holy Spirit doctrinally, they have not necessarily made a deliberate point of getting to know him personally. They may have occasional experiences of his reality on a hit-and-run basis, but the fact that the pronoun “it” is so frequently used to refer to him is not accidental. It reflects the fact that he is perceived impersonally as an expression of God’s power and not experienced continually as a personal Guide and Counselor.
Here are a few songs we'll sing together this Sunday. Enjoy listening and endeavor to enter into worship as you do.
ALL THE POOR AND POWERLESS
THE DIGITAL AGE
GREAT ARE YOU, LORD
ALL SONS & DAUGHTERS