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Getting Ready for Sunday 11/06/11


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.

This week we start a new sermon series based on the book of Joel called When the Locusts Come. Click here to read more about the series. The teaching this week will be based on Joel 1:1 - 2:17 "Don't Waste Your Locusts." Our hope will be to set the stage for the series as a whole, and to consider what Joel says about how disasters now can help us escape bigger ones later. This whole series is a great opportunity to reflect on the nature of pain and suffering. Everyone has questions about pain and suffering, so it makes for a great series to invite friends to come out to.

As the culmination of our worship this week, we'll celebrate the Lord's Supper. To prepare your heart, read 1 Corinthians 11:17-34.

Songs this week include:

  • Everlasting God - (track 4 on See the Morning). Based on Isaiah 40:28-31 - an invitation to come and wait upon the Lord. 
  • Lead Us Back - (listen below). The theme of this song is along the lines of Joel's call is to "return to the Lord" (Joel 2:12).
  • I Will Sing - (listen). A song of joy about the redeeming work of Jesus.
  • Immortal, Invisible God Only Wise - (lyrics). A classic hymn of praise, and a good anchor as we begin to meditate on questions about pain and suffering.
  • Isaiah 43 - (listen to a sample). Our communion song this week.
  • All Must Be Well - (listen below). Sending us out in hope: "We expect a bright tomorrow; all will be well. Faith can sing through days of sorrow, all is well. On our Father's love relying, Jesus every need supplying,  Yes in living or in dying, All must be well."