Getting Ready for Sunday | 4/1/12
Worship means, literally, acknowledging the worth of something or someone. It means recognizing and saying that something or someone is worthy of praise. It means celebrating the worth of someone or something far superior to oneself. (N.T. Wright)
When we gather on Sundays, we do so to celebrate and affirm the worth of God. We hope you'll join us this week. Here's a preview of our upcoming gathering:
Our text this week is Genesis 21:8-21 taking a look at the complicated relationship among Isaac and Ishmael, and Sarah, Hagar, and Abraham. To catch up with more of our Living in the Gap series' sermons about the life of Abraham and to download study/discussion guides: CLICK HERE.
This week we have the joy of celebrating the sacrament of baptism AND sharing together in the Lord's Supper.
Baptism is a sign and seal of the covenant of grace, a picture of what God has done for us in Jesus Christ, and also a picture of the community that God is forming. You'll see two kinds of baptisms at New City. Adults who place their faith in Christ come to baptism as an expression of their faith and as a sign of their entrance and participation in the covenant community. Children of believing adults are also eligible for baptism. For a child, baptism conveys the grace of being included in God's covenant community and acts as an engagement to be the Lord's. In neither case does baptism save a person. We are saved by grace through faith. Adult baptism reflects back to the work of Christ in bringing one to faith, and infant baptism looks forward to a day when a child can embrace the gospel by faith. In both cases, we rejoice in the saving work of Christ calling out a people for himself.
Jesus invites us to his table, calling us to remember and to proclaim what has has done through the breaking of bread and drinking of the wine. After the message we'll come to His table. To prepare your heart for the Lord's Supper, read 1 Corinthians 11:17-34.
The songs we'll be singing together include:
- The Lord is King
- Hosanna (An appropriate song for Palm Sunday!)
- Rejoice the Lord is King
- The Church's One Foundation
- You Have Redeemed My Soul
- Lead On O King Eternal
CLICK HERE to get a FREE SONG called It is Finished by Matt Papas. We'll be singing this song over the next few weeks, including Easter Sunday, so learn it and sing heartily!
See you on Sunday.