Getting Ready for Sunday (April 10, 2011)
There is something special about the people of God coming together for worship (Hebrews 10:24-25). Thus, we hope that Sundays at New City are a highlight of your week. In an effort to help you get more out of it, we're posting a short preview of the upcoming Sunday gathering each week.
This is the last Sunday in our "Rooted" series. We take up the phrase in the Apostles' Creed "I believe...in the life everlasting." The teaching will be based on Revelation 21:1-8, 21:22 - 22:5. To prepare, read this passage and meditate on what you learn about the new heavens and the new earth. Also keep in mind that there is no mere academic theology in the Bible. John writes these chapters in Revelation to comfort a group of people enduring severe persecution. Consider how this passage would have affected John's first readers. How can it make a difference in your perspective on the troubles you face in your own life?
We'll start our gathering by singing a song based on a hymn by Charles Wesley called You Are the Light. It focuses our attention on Christ who, in the resurrection, triumphs over death: "Sun of righteousness, arise, triumph over shades of night, You are the Light." Then we'll sing a new song by Andrew Peterson called All Things New, which speaks us the effects of the work of Jesus in redeeming people and restoring the world. See below for videos of Peterson explaining the song and performing it. After a time of prayer we'll sing The Love of God.
After the message, we'll respond by affirming our faith using the Apostles' Creed and singing At Eve It Shall Be Light, Be Thou My Vision, and 'Tis So Sweet To Trust in Jesus. We're looking forward to Sunday. Bring some friends with you.