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Getting Ready for Sunday (March 13, 2011) & Don't Forget Daylight Savings

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.

Don't forget to "Spring Forward" for daylight savings time this Sunday.

We continue this week in our series "Rooted." We've been using the Apostles' Creed as a springboard for talking about the key doctrines of the Christian faith. This week's message is "How to Wreck a Church" based on Ephesians 4:1-6. Read this text to prepare for Sunday, and think about how a text like this informs your view of the importance of the church.

Songs old and new this week include O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing, My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less, How Deep, For Every Soul in Every Need, The Church's One Foundation, and Thy Mercy My God. How Deep is a new song based on an old Puritan prayer. You can read the words by clicking here.

St. Patrick's Day is coming up next Thursday, so we'll be using one Patrick's prayers in our worship. It's a good time to remember the life and ministry of a great missionary. Patrick was Scottish, not Irish. He was kidnapped in a raid in the year 405 AD and was taken to Ireland as a slave. There, far from home, he began to get serious about the faith he had largely taken for granted as a teenager. After six years in bondage, he escaped and returned to Scotland.

Patrick became a priest, and in his 40's, sensed a call to proclaim the gospel to the land of his captors. So he returned to Ireland as a missionary. He saw many come to faith in Ireland, and he left behind a legacy of Celtic Christianity (with impressive architecture, art, music, and prayer). Below is a prayer adapted from one of Patrick's more famous liturgical prayers. Make this your prayer this weekend.

I bind unto myself today the power of God to hold and lead, His eye to watch, His might to stay, His ear to hearken to my need; the wisdom of my God to teach, His hand to guide, His shield to ward; the word of God to give me speech, His heavenly host to be my guard.

Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ in quiet, Christ in danger, Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in the mouth of friend and stranger.

Praise to the Lord of my salvation – salvation is of Christ my Lord. Amen.

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