Preparing for Worship


We hope this page will help prepare our hearts each week to receive and celebrate the Good News of Jesus Christ during Sunday worship. You will find here the Sermon focus, the Scripture passage and songs we will sing to give God all glory, praise and honor. For a richer experience please use the links provided. The informaton is updated each Thursday for the following Sunday.

For Sunday, February 17, 2019

Preparing to Hear God's Word


Scripture Passage: II Timothy 3:1-13 (Learn More)

1 But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding the faith. But they will not get very far, for their folly will be plain to all, as was that of those two men.

10 You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, 11 my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra—which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. 12 Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.



Preparing to Sing God's Praises

Hymn #111  “This Is My Father’s World” (Listen)

This is my Father's world, and to my list'ning ears,
all nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres.
This is my Father's world: I rest me in the thought
of rocks and trees, of skies and seas; his hand the wonders wrought.

This is my Father's world, the birds their carols raise,
the morning light, the lily white, declare their Maker's praise.
This is my Father's world: he shines in all that's fair;
in the rustling grass I hear him pass, he speaks to me everywhere.

This is my Father's world, O let me ne'er forget
that though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the Ruler yet.
This is my Father's world: the battle is not done;
Jesus who died shall be satisfied, and earth and heav'n be one.


“At The Cross”  (Listen)

Alas! and did my Savior bleed? And did my Sov'reign die?
Would He devote that sacred head For sinners such as I?

Chorus:  At the cross, at the cross, where I first saw the light,
              And the burden of my heart rolled away.
              It was there by faith I received my sight,
              And now I am happy all the day!

Was it for crimes that I have done He groaned upon the tree?
Amazing pity! grace unknown! And love beyond degree!

Well might the sun in darkness hide and shut His glories in
When Christ, the mighty Maker, died for man, the creature's sin.

Thus might I hide my blushing face while Calvary's cross appears,
Dissolve my heart in thankfulness and melt mine eyes to tears.

But drops of grief can ne'er repay the debt of love I owe.
Here, Lord, I give myself away 'Tis all that I can do.



“Find Us Faithful”  (Listen)

We're pilgrims on the journey of the narrow road,
And those who've gone before us line the way.
Cheering on the faithful, encouraging the weary,
Their lives a stirring testament to God's sustaining grace.

Chorus: Oh, may all who come behind us find us faithful,
              May the fire of our devotion light their way.
              May the footprints that we leave lead them to believe,
              And the lives we live inspire them to obey.
              Oh, may all who come behind us find us faithful.

Surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses.
Let us run the race not only for the prize;
But as those who've gone before us, let us leave to those behind us
The heritage of faithfulness passed on through godly lives.

After all our hopes and dreams have come and gone,
And our children sift through all we've left behind,
May the clues that they discover and the mem'ries they uncover
Become the light that leads them to the road we each must find.
© 1987 Birdwing Music, Jonathan Mark Music


Hymn #606 “Teach Me Thy Way, O Lord”  (Listen)

Teach me thy way, O Lord; teach me thy way!
thy guiding grace afford--teach me thy way!
Help me to walk aright, more by faith, less by sight;
lead me with heav’nly light, teach me thy way!

When I am sad at heart, teach me thy way!
When earthly joys depart, teach me thy way!
In hours of loneliness, in times of dire distress,
in failure or success, teach me thy way!

When doubts and fears arise, teach me thy way!
When storms o'erspread the skies, teach me thy way!
Shine through the cloud and rain, thro' sorrow, toil, and pain;
make thou my pathway plain, teach me thy way!

Long as my life shall last, teach me thy way!
Where’er my lot be cast, teach me thy way!
Until the race is run, until the journey’s done,
until the crown is won, teach me thy way!