Preparing for Worship (01/09/11)
Corporate worship is a great thing. Of course, we can worship God on our own and with our families - and we should. But there is something special about the people of God coming together for worship (Hebrews 10:24-25). Thus, we hope that corporate worship is the highlight of your week. In an effort to help you get more out of it, we're posting a short preview of the upcoming worship service each week.
This Sunday we begin a new sermon series called "Rooted," where we'll be walking through the Apostles' Creed. For each clause in the creed, we're going to look at one Biblical text that illustrates it. This week we'll be talking about what it means to believe "in God the Father Almighty." The teaching will be based on Psalm 19:1-7. To prepare for worship, spend some time reading this psalm and thinking about what you learn about God.
You also might want to take a look at the Apostles' Creed. If you want to learn more about the creed, and why it's important, you can read this short article by Mark Johnston ("Who Needs a Creed?"). Johnston tells us that the Apostles' Creed helps us articulate what Christianity is all about, provides a tool for teaching, forces us to focus on the heart of the faith, guards against distortions, and shows the need for personal faith.
You can click here to download a great (and free) worship album based on the Apostles' Creed. We'll be singing a number of these songs during the "Rooted" series. I want to especially draw your attention to "None Else But Thee," as it reflects this week's theme. Lyrics printed below:
None else but Thee, for evermore,
One, All, we dread, believe, adore :
Great Earth and Heaven shall have their day
And worn and old shall pass away,
But Thou remainest, on Thy throne
Eternal, changeless, and alone !
None else we praise ! in every form,
In peace of calm and power of storm,
In simple flower and mystic star,
In all around and all afar,
In Grandeur, Beauty, Truth, but Thee
None else we hear, None else we see.
None else we love ! for sweeter grace
That made anew a ruined race :
The heirs of life, the lords of death,
With earliest voice and latest breath,
When days begin, when days are done,
Bless we the Father for the Son !
None else we trust! our flesh may fail,
Our heart may sink when foes assail,
But Thou art Strength to be our stay,
And Glory not to pass away :
None else in life and death have we,
But we have all in all with Thee!
Yea, None but Thee all worlds confess,
And those redeemed ones numberless :
None else, from everlasting One,
And evermore beside Thee none.
Of all that is, has been, shall be,
Father of Life, None else but Thee!