Preparing for Worship - September 27, 2020
Last week, we heard that Biblical mourning leads to repentance, and that Biblical repentance leads to life and restoration. As we considered this, Pastor Andrew reminded us of the story of the raising of Lazarus. In this story, as Martha comes to Christ, mourning her dead brother Lazarus, Jesus tells her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26)
For Martha, and for us as well, this is an amazing promise along with an intensely relevant question from our Savior Jesus Christ. As followers of Christ, we cling to this promise of eternal life in Him, and as we gather for worship it is an opportunity for us all to be built up in our faith and to proclaim our answer to his question... Yes, we believe this! As these words of Jesus call us into worship this week, we’ll declare our shared belief in eternal life through Christ as we sing Glorious Day and King of Kings.
Following our Kids Time and a special Catch the Wave update, Pastor Andrew will wrap up our 40 Days focus with a message from Joel 2:18-3:17 centered on the theme of Preparation. We’ll respond together by singing Who You Say I Am, pray together for our Giving, and close with a Benediction. As always, tell us how we can be praying for you. Send your prayers requests to: email@example.com.
Take a few moments this weekend to prepare your heart and mind for worship. Use the Scriptures and songs above to focus your attention on the Lord. Remember also that attendance is limited at our in-person services right now, so you must register if you’d like to attend. Click here to register: Meadows Christian Fellowship Registration Form. I look forward to worshiping along with you this Sunday!
Preparing for Worship - September 20, 2020
Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying,
“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand;
repent and believe in the gospel.”
The call of Christ is a call to repentance. To repent is to turn completely away from one way of life in order to follow another. This means that repentance is by its very nature a decisive change in the direction of a person’s life. As we continue exploring the Biblical motivations for prayer and fasting as part of our 40 Days focus, our theme for this week is repentance. We’ll begin by turning away from all other cares and distractions by turning the attention of our hearts toward the Lord in song with Come Thou Fount Come Thou King. Then, together we will read words of confession and repentance from Psalm 32, leading us to respond with a desire to “repent and believe in the gospel” as we sing Yet Not I, But Through Christ in Me.
Following a special Kids’ Time with Marcia Jarrett, Pastor Andrew will dig deeper into the theme of repentance with his message from Joel 2:1-17. We‘ll respond together in prayer and in song with His Mercy Is More. Concluding our time of worship will be a prayer for our Giving and a Benediction. As always, tell us how we can be praying for you. Send your prayers requests to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
As you prepare your heart and mind for worship, I pray that the Scripture and songs above would help you to repent and believe in the gospel ever more deeply as you seek to follow Christ this week. Remember that attendance is limited at our in-person services right now, so you must register if you’d like to attend. Click here to register: Meadows Christian Fellowship Registration Form. I look forward to worshiping along with you this Sunday!
Preparing for Worship - September 13, 2020
We believe that the Bible is the true Word of God. And yet, the Bible is clearly not just a collection of transcendent spiritual sayings. The Bible is filled with teaching and stories and prophecies that, while inspired by God, are at the same time very real and relatable, and profoundly human. This is how God speaks to us. Suffering, mourning, and lament aren’t glossed over or dismissed with simple platitudes. Instead, the Bible paints a very real picture of human suffering and mourning, and provides us with very real hope as well.
In his classic book on the Psalms, Dietrich Bonhoeffer writes:
The Psalter gives us ample instruction in how to come before God in a proper way, bearing the frequent suffering which this world brings upon us… There is in the Psalms no quick and easy resignation to suffering. There is always struggle, anxiety, doubt… But even in the deepest hopelessness God alone remains the one addressed… It is common to all of them that they cast every difficulty and agony on God: “We can no longer bear it, take it from us and bear it yourself, you alone can handle the suffering.” That is the goal of all the lamentation in the Psalms. They pray concerning the one who took upon himself our diseases and bore our infirmities, Jesus Christ. They proclaim Jesus Christ to be the only help in suffering, for in him God is with us.
This week in our worship, as part of our 40 Days focus, as we begin to explore the Biblical motivations for prayer and fasting, our theme for the week is mourning. We’ll encounter mourning in Lamentations 3 and see that even in the midst of great lament, there is an even greater hope when we look to the Lord. Our response together to the truth of Scripture and the hope we find in Christ will be to sing Unchanging and Behold Him.
Following a special Kids’ Time with Marcia Jarrett, Pastor Andrew will dig deeper into the theme of mourning as he brings us a message from Joel 1. We will again respond with hope in the midst of mourning as we sing Our God Saves. We’ll conclude our time of worship with Prayer and Giving, and be sent out with a Benediction. If you have a prayer request you’d like to share this week, please email it to: email@example.com.
Find a few moments to prepare for worship as you prayerfully engage with the Scripture and songs for this week. Remember also that attendance is limited at our in-person services right now, so you must register if you’d like to attend. Click here to register: Meadows Christian Fellowship Registration Form. I look forward to worshiping along with you this Sunday!