Preparing for Worship (02/06/11)
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.
The gospel tells us that we are worse than we ever thought we were, and yet more loved than we ever dared imagine - at the same time! That's the dynamic of our worship service this week. We'll take time to take stock of our sins and confess them to the Lord in both song and in prayer. Then we'll hear about the work of Christ on the Cross and what it means for us. All this will be driving us to the Lord's Supper, where see both what our sin cost God, and what infinite love he has lavished on us. To prepare for the Lord's Supper this week, read 1 Corinthians 11:23-32.
The teaching this week is based on 1 Peter 3:8-22. We're in the fifth week in our series on the Apostles' Creed, and we're honing in the work of Christ on the cross - "he suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried." Read this passage to prepare for worship and reflect on what Christ has done for you, and what implications there are in this for how you live.
During communion, the worship team will be singing a new song for us called "My Savior! I Behold Thy Life." You can download the song for free here, and also read the lyrics.