Preparing for Worship (08/01/10)
Corporate worship is a great thing. We, of course, 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 worship, we're going to start posting a little preview of the upcoming worship service each week. Hopefully you'll find this helpful and encouraging.
This week we continue in our series called "Summer Psalms." The text on which the teaching is based is Psalm 42:1-11. Psalm 42 is a lament, and it particularly speaks to a condition Martyn Lloyd-Jones called "Spiritual Depression." To prepare for Sunday, read through Psalm 42. With a pen and paper, list the things going on in the life of the psalm writer. Especially take note of the emotional content of the psalm. Have you ever found yourself in a similar place? Reflect a little on what that experience was like for you.
One of the liturgical elements to worship this week will be the confession of our sins. As we approach God and glimpse his holiness and majesty, we become aware of our own sin and weakness. It's appropriate that we confess our sins together. We'll have the opportunity to do this silently in worship, in the form of corporate prayer, and also through song. We'll be singing "Kyrie, Eleison" which is Greek for "Lord, Have Mercy." It's a simple, ancient prayer that appears throughout the Scriptures (i.e. Mark 10:47) and that the church has used in worship liturgies throughout the centuries.
We'll also celebrate the Lord's Supper this week. In preparation for communion, read 1 Corinthians 11:17-34.
Also, don't forget that both the Kims and Colizzas are loading up the moving trucks on Sunday morning - and they could use your help. Both families will be starting the loading process at 11am.