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Getting Ready for Sunday (May 22, 2011)


There is something special about the people of God coming together for worship (Hebrews 10:24-25). Thus, we hope that Sundays at New City are a highlight of your week. In an effort to help you get more out of it, we're posting a short preview of the upcoming Sunday gathering.

We're camping out again this week in Genesis 1, focusing especially on how God has made man. We'll consider what it means to be made in the image of God. To prepare, read Genesis 1:26-31. What do you learn about who you are and what you are called to do?

The flow of our gathering will be to call each other to worship with Scripture and song. We'll confess the holiness and majesty of God by singing of his character and reciting part of the Belgic Confession. We'll posture ourselves to listen to his word and commune with him in prayer. We'll get to hear a Community Story, from Alex and Martha Rodger: how God has turned their world upside-down in the last year, leading them to adopt two children.

Songs we'll sing this week include (links to listen to music and/or read lyrics):

Use the words of To Christ the Lord as a prayer to get your hearts ready for worship this week.

1. To Christ the Lord let every tongue

Its noblest tribute bring

When He’s the subject of the song

Who can refuse to sing?

Survey the beauties of His face

And on His glories dwell

Think of the wonder of His grace

And all His triumphs tell

2. Majestic sweetness sits enthroned

Upon His awful brow

His head with radiant glories crowned

His lips with grace overflow

No mortal can with Him compare

Among the sons of men

Fairer He is than all the fair

That fill the Heavenly train


3. He saw me plunged in deep distress

He fled to my relief

For me He bore the shameful cross

And carried all my grief

His hand a thousand blessings pours

Upon my guilty head

His presence gilds my darkest hours

And guards my sleeping bed


4. To Him I owe my life and breath

And all the joys I have

He makes me triumph over death

And saves me from the grave

To Heaven the place of His abode

He brings my weary feet

Shows me the glories of my God

And makes my joy complete


5. Since from His bounty I receive

Such proofs of love divine

Had I a thousand hearts to give

Lord, they should all be Thine

A thousand men could not compose

A worthy song to bring

Yet Your love is a melody

Our hearts can’t help but sing!

©2001 Laura Taylor Music.

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