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, August 25, 2019

Preparing to Hear God's Word

Sermon Focus: “THE SURPRISING KINGDOM OF GOD”

Scripture Passage:  Mark 4:26-34
26 And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. 27 He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. 28 The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. 29 But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”

30 And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? 31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth, 32 yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”

33 With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it. 34 He did not speak to them without a parable, but privately to his own disciples he explained everything.


Preparing to Sing God's Praises

“Goodness of God”   (Listen)

I love You, Lord. Oh, Your mercy never fails me.
All my days I've been held in Your hands.
From the moment that I wake up until I lay my head,
I will sing of the goodness of God.

Chorus  All my life, You have been faithful.
             All my life You have been so, so good.
             With every breath that I am able
             I will sing of the goodness of God

I love Your voice, You have led me through the fire.
In darkest night, You are close like no other.
I've known You as a father, I've known You as a friend.
I have lived in the goodness of God  (Chorus)

Bridge   Your goodness is running after, it’s running after me.
             Your goodness is running after, it’s running after me.
             With my life laid down, I’m surrendered now; I give You everything.
             Your goodness is running after, It's running after me. (Chorus)
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 Hymn # 252 “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”  (Listen)

When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of glory died,
my richest gain I count but loss, and pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast, save in the death of Christ my God:
all the vain things that charm me most, I sacrifice them to his blood.

See, from his head, his hands, his feet, sorrow and love flow mingled down:
did e'er such love and sorrow meet, or thorns compose so rich a crown?

Were the whole realm of nature mine, that were a present far too small;
love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.

       

“Behold Our God”  (Listen)
Who has held the oceans in His hands?
Who has numbered every grain of sand?
Kings and nations tremble at His voice.
All creation rises to rejoice.

Chorus Behold our God, seated on His throne. Come, let us adore Him.
            Behold our King, nothing can compare, come, let us adore Him!

Who has given counsel to the Lord?
Who can question any of His words?
Who can teach the One who knows all things?
Who can fathom all His wondrous deeds? (Chorus)

Who has felt the nails upon His hand,
Bearing all the guilt of sinful man?
God eternal, humbled to the grave,
Jesus, Savior, risen now to reign! (Chorus)

Bridge   You will reign forever. (Let Your glory fill the earth) (x4)
Chorus (x2)
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Hymn # 521 “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less” (Listen)

My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus' name.

Refrain: On Christ, the solid rock, I stand;
              all other ground is sinking sand;
              all other ground is sinking sand.

When darkness veils his lovely face, I rest on his unchanging grace;
in every high and stormy gale my anchor holds within the veil. [Refrain]

His oath, his covenant, his blood support me in the whelming flood;
when all around my soul gives way, he then is all my hope and stay. [Refrain]

When he shall come with trumpet sound, O may I then in him be found;
dressed in his righteousness alone, faultless to stand before the throne. [Refrain]