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Getting Ready for Sunday 10/09/11

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 this Sunday's gathering.

It's week 5 in our I Am series (click here for past sermons and Study Guides). We're excited to have Marc Champagne with us this week. Marc has been a pastor at North Cincinnati Community Church for over a decade, and next year will be launching out to plant an intentionally multi-racial church in the northern suburbs. Marc will be teaching on "The Good Shepherd" from John 10:10-18, in many ways a Part 2 to what Josh talked about last Sunday.

Since Mike's off getting married or something, we'll have the privilege of having Ted Knapke with us on Sunday. Ted is one of the worship leaders at NCCC, and has worked with the worship band at New City several times before.

In addition to singing great songs, we'll affirm our faith using the words of the Apostles' Creed, pray for each other, the church, our city and the world. We'll also baptize Patrick and Graham Larson this week.

We hope you'll join us on Sunday, and invite a friend.

Songs we'll sing include:

  • All Creatures of Our God and King (listen below) - Written by Francis of Assisi in 1225, a great call for all creatures to worship the Creator.
  • To Christ the Lord (listen to a sample: track 11 on Beams of Heaven) - From Indelibe Grace: "This hymn is a reminder that [believing Jesus is beautiful] is the supreme battle of our lives, and worship is the front line of the battle."
  • Holy is the Lord (listen to a sample) - Reminds us of Isaiah 6:3.
  • How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds (listen to a sample: track 5 on Pilgrim Days) - "How sweet the Name of Jesus sounds in a believer's ear. It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds, and drives away his fear."
  • Jesus the Lord My Savior Is (listen) - We sang this last week too, hoping these words sink in: "Whate'er I need in Jesus dwells, And there it dwells for me."
  • In Christ Alone (listen below) - One of the best Christo-centric modern worship songs, and a fitting closing to a service focused on Jesus as the Good Shepherd.