Getting Ready for Sunday | 4/29/12
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 Sunday. Here's a preview of this week's gathering:
This is the last week for our Living in the Gap sermon series. This week we'll take a look at Genesis 25:7-11 and take a journey through all that we've learned throughout the sermon series, exploring how to live in the gap between promise and reality.
We also have the joy to celebrate with the sacrament of baptism.
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.
The songs we'll be singing together this week are:
- Come Thou Fount (Here's a version by Matthew Smith)
- Come Away From Rush and Hurry (Very rough demo of this song. Old tune [called Nettleton used with Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing] with new lyrics.)
- Love Me to the End
- 10,000 Reasons (We sang this for the first time last week, still new for us so learn it well and be ready to sing out!)
- Hallelujah! What a Savior (You can download the whole album that this song came from here)
- All Must Be Well (Another Matthew Smith version)
See you Sunday, bring a friend!