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Getting Ready for Sunday 08/21/11

crowd in worship

There is something special about the people of God coming together for worship (Hebrews 10:24-25). Thus, we hope 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.

This is the second to last week in our Origins series (click here for past sermons and study guides). The teaching will be from Genesis 9:18-29 "It Still Gets Pretty Ugly." To prepare for Sunday, read the text and think about how the story of a drunk farmer and his voyeuristic son fits into the story of redemption.

In our gathering this week we'll have the opportunity to confess our sins using the words of Psalm 51:1-3 and hear words of assurance from Romans 8:37-39, even as we sing about the deep love of Jesus and the wonders of his grace. We'll also pray for our church, our mission, and our city.

Songs we'll sing this week include: (if you're reading this on google reader, you'll need to go to the actual post on our site to hear most of the songs)

  • Come Thou Fount (listen below)
  • God, Be Merciful To Me (listen - make sure to click track 3)
  • O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus (listen below)
  • New Wonders (listen below) - this is a new song for us, so the words are posted below as well. They make for a good prayer to prepare for worship.
  • What Wondrous Love Is This (found on the album "Songs for Lent" by New York Hymns - track 19)
  • Faithful One (listen)


Use the words of "New Wonders" as a prayer to get your heart ready for worship this week.

New Wonders

Look again, at the cross

Where you are found and lost

Make a new song of praise

Fill your cup, at the mouth of the spring

and new wonders we will sing

as the Spirit blows the embers of our hearts

Tell the story, of Jesus, the Christ

and his promises we write

on the doorway of our house

hold the mirror, and remember your own face

brother, do not forfeit grace

as the Savior, pleads your pardon with his blood.


Look around, every sparrow, every flower

all creation, sings outloud, of a grand design

You are small, but you are filled with breath and life

If you seek, then you will find

As the Father, looks with favor on his child.

Oh, the Savior pleads your pardon with his blood.

And the spirit blows the embers of our hearts.

words and music by SANDRA McCRACKEN © 2010 DRINK YOUR TEA MUSIC (ASCAP), admin. by SIMPLEVILLE MUSIC, inc. All rights reserved.