PREPARING TO GATHER > MARCH 6, 2016
Each week, we aim to prepare our hearts before the Lord in anticipation of our worship gathering. We'll post the Scriptures, Big Idea, Songs, and other Reflections that help us enter into worship together - with one heart, one voice, and one mind (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'RE IN A SERIES ON THE BOOK OF COLOSSIANS CALLED:
SUNDAY'S BIG IDEA:
We don't get from creatures what only a Creator provides. Yet, we try.
"Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them. Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. Bondservants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality. Masters, treat your bondservants justly and fairly, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven."
Johann Agricola: It sounds rather strange that we should command husbands that they should love their wives, as if they don't love their wives enough. Nevertheless it is a needed instruction which summarizes the entire relationship of husbands to their wives. Saint Paul says in Ephesians 5, "In this way husbands too should love their wives as their own bodies, just like Christ loves the congregation. Christ loves the congregation, and gave himself up for her, so that she would be holy."...Thus husbands are commanded that in all their words, works, signs and interactions they should demonstrate their love to their wives, so that a wife could not interpret all her husband does with her in any other way than that her husband intends to be honest and good to her.
John Calvin: By the former statements (v. 18-22; 4:1) he means that humans should be served in such a way that Christ at the same time holds supremacy of dominion and is the supreme master. Truly, this is an excellent consolation for all who are under subjection: when they willingly serve their masters, their services are acceptable to Christ as though they had been rendered to him.
Mick Jagger: You can't always get what you want...but if you try sometimes well you might just find...you get what you need.
Here are a few new songs we'll sing together this Sunday. Enjoy listening and endeavor to enter into worship as you do.
GREAT ARE YOU, LORD
ALL SONS AND DAUGHTERS