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, October 20, 2019

Preparing to Hear God's Word


Scripture Passage: Nehemiah 8:1-8  (Learn More)
8 And all the people gathered as one man into the square before the Water Gate. And they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses that the Lord had commanded Israel. So Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly, both men and women and all who could understand what they heard, on the first day of the seventh month. And he read from it facing the square before the Water Gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of the men and the women and those who could understand. And the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law. And Ezra the scribe stood on a wooden platform that they had made for the purpose. And beside him stood Mattithiah, Shema, Anaiah, Uriah, Hilkiah, and Maaseiah on his right hand, and Pedaiah, Mishael, Malchijah, Hashum, Hashbaddanah, Zechariah, and Meshullam on his left hand. And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was above all the people, and as he opened it all the people stood. And Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God, and all the people answered, “Amen, Amen,” lifting up their hands. And they bowed their heads and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground. Also Jeshua, Bani, Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodiah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, the Levites, helped the people to understand the Law, while the people remained in their places. They read from the book, from the Law of God, clearly, and they gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading.

Preparing to Sing God's Praises

Hymn #100 “Holy, Holy, Holy!” (Listen)

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore thee,
casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee,
who wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee,
though the eye of sinful man thy glory may not see,
only thou art holy; there is none beside thee
perfect in pow'r, in love, and purity.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All thy works shall praise thy name in earth and sky and sea.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!


“Come Ye Sinners”  (Listen)

Come, ye sinners, poor and wretched, weak and wounded, sick and sore;
Jesus, ready, stands to save you, full of pity, joined with power;
He is able, He is able; He is willing; doubt no more.

Come ye needy, come, and welcome, God's free bounty glorify;
True belief and true repentance, every grace that brings you nigh;
Without money, without money, come to Jesus Christ and buy.

Come, ye weary, heavy laden, bruised and broken by the fall;
If you tarry 'til you're better, you will never come at all.
Not the righteous, not the righteous; sinners Jesus came to call.

Let not conscience make you linger, Nor of fitness fondly dream;
All the fitness He requires is to feel your need of Him.
This He gives you, this He gives you, 'tis the Spirit's rising beam

Lo! The Incarnate God, ascended; Pleads the merit of His blood.
Venture on Him; venture wholly, Let no other trust intrude.
None but Jesus, none but Jesus Can do helpless sinners good..
©2000, detuned radio music


“O Praise the Name”  (Listen)

I cast my mind to Calvary where Jesus bled and died for me.
I see His wounds, His hands, His feet.  My Saviour on that cursed tree.

Chorus: O praise the Name of the Lord our God.  O praise His Name forevermore.
             For endless days we will sing Your praise.  Oh Lord, oh Lord our God.

His body bound and drenched in tears, they laid Him down in Joseph's tomb.
The entrance sealed by heavy stone.  Messiah still and all alone.

Then on the third at break of dawn, the Son of heaven rose again.
O trampled death, where is your sting?  The angels roar for Christ the King.

He shall return in robes of white, the blazing sun shall pierce the night.
And I will rise among the saints, my gaze transfixed on Jesus' face.
© 2015 Hillsong Music Publishing


“Jesus Messiah”  (Listen)

He became sin, who knew no sin, that we might become His righteousness.
He humbled Himself and carried the cross, love so amazing, love so amazing.

Chorus  Jesus Messiah, Name above all names, Blessed Redeemer, Emmanuel,
             The Rescue for sinners, the Ransom from heaven,
             Jesus Messiah, Lord of all!

His body the bread, His blood the wine, broken and poured out, all for love.
The whole earth trembled and the veil was torn. Love so amazing, love so amazing.   (Chorus)

Bridge  All our hope is in You. All our hope is in You.
            All the glory to You, God, The Light of the world!        (Chorus)
© 2008 sixsteps Music, Vamos Publishing, songs, Wondrously Made Songs