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, December 15, 2019

Preparing to Hear God's Word

Sermon Focus:   “AN UNLIKELY EXPLANATION”

Scripture Passage: Luke 2:27-35  (Learn More)
27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, 28 he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,

29 “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace,
    according to your word;
30 for my eyes have seen your salvation
31     that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
    and for glory to your people Israel.”

33 And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. 34 And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed 35 (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”


Preparing to Sing God's Praises

Hymn # 203 “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing”  (Listen)

Hark! the herald angels sing, "Glory to the new-born King:
peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!"
Joyful, all ye nations, rise, join the triumph of the skies;
with th'angelic host proclaim, "Christ is born in Bethlehem!"

Refrain:
              Hark! the herald angels sing,
              "Glory to the new-born King."

Christ, by highest heav'n adored, Christ, the everlasting Lord!
Late in time behold him come, offspring of the Virgin's womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; hail th'incarnate Deity,
pleased as man with men to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel. [Refrain]

Hail, the heav'n-born Prince of Peace! Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings, ris'n with healing in his wings.
Mild he lays his glory by, born that man no more may die,
born to raise the sons of earth, born to give them second birth. [Refrain]

 

Hymn # 199 “See, amid the Winter’s Snow”  (Listen)

See, amid the winter's snow, born for us on earth below,
see the tender Lamb appears, promised from eternal years.

Refrain:
              Hail, thou ever-blessed morn! Hail, redemption's happy dawn!
              Sing through all Jerusalem, Christ is born in Bethlehem.

Lo, within a manger lies he who built the starry skies:
he who, throned in height sublime, sits amid the cherubim. [Refrain]

Say, ye holy shepherds, say - what's your joyful news today?
Wherefore have ye left your sheep on the lonely mountain steep? [Refrain]

"As we watched at dead of night, lo! we saw a wondrous light;
angels singing, 'peace on earth,' told us of the Savior's birth." [Refrain]

Sacred infant, all divine, what a tender love was thine,
thus to come from highest bliss down to such a world as this! [Refrain]

Teach, O teach us, holy child, by thy face so meek and mild,
teach us to resemble thee, in thy sweet humility. [Refrain]

 

“God Made Low”  (Listen)

Prophets promised long ago A King would come to bring us hope,
And now a virgin bears a son; The time to save the world has come.

Humble shepherds run in hast to see the One the angels praised.
In cattle stall they find a girl who holds the hope of all the world.

Chorus  Emmanuel has come to us; The Christ is born, hallelujah!
             Our God made low to raise us up, Emmanuel, has come to us.

As He sleeps upon the hay He holds the moon and stars in place.
Though born an infant He remain the sovereign God of endless days. (Chorus)

For all our sins one day He'll die to make us sons of God on high.
Let every heart prepare Him room; The promises have all come true. (Chorus x2)
© 2014 Sovereign Grace Praise

 

Hymn # 204 “Away in a Manger”  (Listen)

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
the little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head;
the stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay,
the little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay.

The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes,
but little Lord Jesus no crying he makes;
I love thee, Lord Jesus! Look down from the sky,
and stay by my cradle, till morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask thee to stay
close by me forever, and love me, I pray;
bBless all the dear children in thy tender care,
and fit us for heaven, to live with thee there.