Getting Ready for Sunday (May 22, 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.
We're camping out again this week in Genesis 1, focusing especially on how God has made man. We'll consider what it means to be made in the image of God. To prepare, read Genesis 1:26-31. What do you learn about who you are and what you are called to do?
The flow of our gathering will be to call each other to worship with Scripture and song. We'll confess the holiness and majesty of God by singing of his character and reciting part of the Belgic Confession. We'll posture ourselves to listen to his word and commune with him in prayer. We'll get to hear a Community Story, from Alex and Martha Rodger: how God has turned their world upside-down in the last year, leading them to adopt two children.
Songs we'll sing this week include (links to listen to music and/or read lyrics):
- Come and Sing (a call to worship)
- Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise (hymn of praise)
- We Are Listening (posturing ourselves to hear from God)
- To Christ the Lord (focusing on the redemptive work of Christ)
- His Love Can Never Fail (song of journeying toward renewal)
- My Raptured Soul (response of joy)
Use the words of To Christ the Lord as a prayer to get your hearts ready for worship this week.
1. To Christ the Lord let every tongue
Its noblest tribute bring
When He’s the subject of the song
Who can refuse to sing?
Survey the beauties of His face
And on His glories dwell
Think of the wonder of His grace
And all His triumphs tell
2. Majestic sweetness sits enthroned
Upon His awful brow
His head with radiant glories crowned
His lips with grace overflow
No mortal can with Him compare
Among the sons of men
Fairer He is than all the fair
That fill the Heavenly train
3. He saw me plunged in deep distress
He fled to my relief
For me He bore the shameful cross
And carried all my grief
His hand a thousand blessings pours
Upon my guilty head
His presence gilds my darkest hours
And guards my sleeping bed
4. To Him I owe my life and breath
And all the joys I have
He makes me triumph over death
And saves me from the grave
To Heaven the place of His abode
He brings my weary feet
Shows me the glories of my God
And makes my joy complete
5. Since from His bounty I receive
Such proofs of love divine
Had I a thousand hearts to give
Lord, they should all be Thine
A thousand men could not compose
A worthy song to bring
Yet Your love is a melody
Our hearts can’t help but sing!
©2001 Laura Taylor Music.