Preparing To Gather - October 25th, 2015

This is a blog that we post weekly to help prepare our hearts to gather together on Sunday mornings. Here, we will post the Scripture that we will be covering and the songs that we will be singing during our gathering together. Here are some ways that you can prepare your heart...

  1. READ through the Scripture that will be preached on Sunday, before the gathering. Use this time to study the text or meditate on a portion of it.

  2. SING, LISTEN, OR READ through some of the songs that we will be singing together and ask God to deepen our understanding of Him through them. This is a great way to learn new songs before we gather and to ask God for a new perspective on old ones.
  3. PRAY. Ask God to reveal Himself to you and the church in powerful ways as we gather and lift high His name through speaking, reading, and singing. 

THE WORD OF GOD SPOKEN

This week we will be continuing in our series, "The Parables Of Jesus".  We will be looking at 'The Parable of the Lost Coin', found in Luke 15:1-10.

THE WORD OF GOD SUNG

CALL TO WORSHIP 

"Shout for joy to God, all the earth;
sing the glory of his name;
give to him glorious praise!
Say to God,
“How awesome are your deeds!
So great is your power that your enemies come cringing to you.
All the earth worships you
and sings praises to you;
they sing praises to your name.”"
(Psalm 66:1-4 ESV)

God Is Able (Reuben Morgan, Ben Fielding)
How Great Thou Art (Ivey Arrg.)

CONFESSION

"Almighty God, we confess how hard it is to be your people.
You have called us to be the church,
to continue the mission of Jesus Christ to our lonely and confused world
Yet we acknowledge we are more apathetic than active,
isolated than involved, calloused than compassionate,
obstinate than obedient, legalistic than loving.
Gracious Lord, have mercy upon us and forge our sins.
Remove the obstacles preventing us
from being your representatives to a broken world.
Awaken our hearts to the promised gift of your indwelling Spirit.
This we pray in Jesus's powerful name. Amen.
(From "The Worship Sourcebook")

Gracious Redeemer (Marcus Dawes)

SERMON AND COMMUNION

Oh God (Citizens)
Center My Life (Aaron Ivey)