PREPARING TO GATHER > JANUARY 10, 2016
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.
WE'VE JUST STARTED A NEW SERIES ON THE BOOK OF COLLISIONS
SUNDAY'S BIG IDEA:
Do My Prayers Do Anything? Are they for me only? Do they affect and benefit others too?
Intercession or intercessory prayer is the act of praying to God on behalf of others.
Lloyd John Ogilvie: Intercession is not so much placing our burdens on God's heart but God putting His burdens on ours.
Sam Storms: I can't prove it, but I suspect that God takes greater delight in blessing me in response to your prayers on my behalf than he does when I ask him myself. That isn't to say I shouldn't pray for myself or that you shouldn't petition God for the needs in your life. It's simply to say that with intercession, unlike other forms or expressions of prayer, there is a mutual love, fellowship, and spiritual bond that develops in a way that can't occur if we pray only for ourselves and not for others.
Here are a few songs we'll sing together this Sunday. Enjoy listening and endeavor to enter into worship as you do.
HOW HE LOVES US
DAVID CROWDER (Feat. Matt Chandler & John Piper)
GREAT ARE YOU, LORD
ALL SONS & DAUGHTERS