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:
In Jesus, we've been adopted by our Father into His Family. You are not an orphan because there are no orphans in the Family of God. Anyone who is in, is in. Period.
Additionally, we have many brothers and sisters who God calls us to be for, just as He is, and has been, for us.
Charles Spurgeon: Christ did not die to make his Father loving, but because his Father is loving: the atoning blood is the outflow of the very heart of God toward us.
Martin Luther: If we really believed with all our heart, firmly and unflinchingly, that the eternal God, Creator and Ruler of the world, is our Father, with whom we have an everlasting abode as children and heirs, not of this transitory wicked world but of all God’s imperishable, heavenly, and inexpressible treasures, then we would, indeed, concern ourselves but little with all that the world prizes so highly; much less would we covet it and strive after it.
Charles Spurgeon: He (Father) never loves them less, he cannot love them more.
Here's a few new-to-us songs we'll sing together this Sunday. Enjoy, and endeavor to enter into worship as you do.
YOU BROUGHT ME BACK TO LIFE
MAN OF SORROWS