Preparing for Worship



Sunday, April 22

Preparing to Hear God's Word


Sermon Text: John 6:35-51 (Learn More)

35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. 36 But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. 37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. 40 For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

41 So the Jews grumbled about him, because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 42 They said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” 43 Jesus answered them, “Do not grumble among yourselves. 44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. 45 It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me— 46 not that anyone has seen the Father except he who is from God; he has seen the Father. 47 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50 This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”


Preparing for Worship:


“Father, Long Before Creation” (Listen)

Father, long before creation  thou hadst chosen us in love,
And that love so deep, so moving, draws us close to Christ above.
Still it keeps us, still it keeps us. Firmly fixed in Christ alone.

Though the world may change its fashion,  yet our God is e'er the same;
His compassion and His covenant through all ages will remain.
God's own children, God's own children must forever praise His name.

God's compassion is my story, is my boasting all the day;
Mercy free and never failing moves my will, directs my way.
God so loved us, God so loved us that His only Son He gave.

Loving Father now before Thee we will ever praise Thy love,
And our songs will sound unceasing 'til we reach our home above,            
Giving glory, giving glory to our God and to the Lamb;
Giving glory, giving glory to our God and to the Lamb.
©2005 The Velvet Eagle Sings


Hymn # 461  “Not What My Hands Have Done” (Listen)   

Not what my hands have done can save my guilty soul;
not what my toiling flesh has borne can make my spirit whole.
Not what I feel or do can give me peace with God;
not all my prayers and sighs and tears can bear my awful load.

Thy work alone, O Christ, can ease this weight of sin;
thy blood alone, O Lamb of God, can give me peace within.
Thy love to me, O God, not mine, O Lord to thee,
can rid me of this dark unrest, and set my spirit free.

Thy grace alone, O God, to me can pardon speak;
thy pow'r alone, O Son of God, can this sore bondage break.
No other work, save thine, no other blood will do;
no strength, save that which is divine, can bear me safely through.

I bless the Christ of God; I rest on love divine;
and with unfalt'ring lip and heart, I call this Savior mine.
This cross dispels each doubt; I bury in his tomb
each thought of unbelief and fear, each ling'ring shade of gloom.

I praise the God of grace; I trust his truth and might;
he calls me his, I call him mine, my God, my joy, my light.
'Tis he who saveth me, and freely pardon gives;
I love because he loveth me, I live because he lives.


“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


“His Love Can Never Fail” (Listen)

I do not ask to see the way, my feet will have to tread;
But only that my soul may feed, upon the living Bread.
'Tis better far that I should walk by faith close to His side;
I may not know the way I go, but oh, I know my Guide.

Chorus  His love can never fail, His love can never fail,
             My soul is satisfied to know His love can never fail.
             My soul is satisfied to know His love can never fail.

And if my feet would go astray, they cannot, for I know
That Jesus guides my falt'ring steps, as joyfully I go.
And tho' I may not see His face, my faith is strong and clear,
That in each hour of sore distress, my Savior will be near.           (Chorus)

I will not fear, tho' darkness come abroad o'er all the land,
If I may only feel the touch of His own loving hand.
And tho' I tremble when I think how weak I am, and frail,
 My soul is satisfied to know His love can never fail.                    (Chorus)
©2004 Christopher Miner Music.Used by permission. All rights reserved.