Preparing for Worship




Sunday, June 24

Preparing to Hear God's Word


Sermon Text: Ephesians 5:1-14 (Learn More)

 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), 10 and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. 13 But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, 14 for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,

“Awake, O sleeper,
    and arise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”



Preparing for Worship:  


Hymn #457 “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” (Listen)

Come, thou fount of ev'ry blessing, tune my heart to sing thy grace;
streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet, sung by flaming tongues above;
praise the mount! I'm fixed upon it, mount of God's unchanging love.

Here I raise my Ebenezer; hither by thy help I'm come;
and I hope, by thy good pleasure, safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger, wand'ring from the fold of God:
he, to rescue me from danger, interposed his precious blood.

O to grace how great a debtor daily I'm constrained to be;
let that grace now, like a fetter, bind my wand'ring heart to thee.
Prone to wander - Lord, I feel it - prone to leave the God I love;
here's my heart, O take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above.


“I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say” (Listen)

I heard the voice of Jesus say, come unto Me and rest;
Lay down, O weary one lay down, your head upon My breast.”
I came to Jesus as I was, so weary, worn and sad;
I found in Him my resting place, and He has made me glad.

I heard the voice of Jesus say, behold I freely give
The living water; thirsty one, stoop down and drink, and live.”
I came to Jesus, and I drank from that life-giving stream
My thirst was quenched, my soul revived, and now I live in Him.

I heard the voice of Jesus say, I am this dark world’s light;
Look unto Me, thy morn shall rise, and all thy days be bright.”
I looked to Jesus, and I found in Him my star, my sun;
And in that light of life I’ll walk ‘til pilgrim days are done.
©1998 Kevin Twit Music


“Jesus, Thank You” (Listen)

The myst’ry of the cross I cannot comprehend; the agonies of Calvary.
You, the perfect Holy One, crushed Your Son,
Who drank the bitter cup reserved for me.              

Chorus  Your blood has washed away my sin. Jesus, thank You!
             The Father's wrath completely satisfied. Jesus, thank You!
             Once Your enemy, now seated at Your table. Jesus, thank You!

By Your perfect sacrifice, I've been brought near.
Your enemy You've made Your friend;
Pouring out the riches of Your glorious grace;
Your mercy and Your kindness know no end.                   (chorus)

Lover of my soul I want to live for You (x4)                    (chorus)
© 2003 Integrity's Hosanna! Music, Sovereign Grace Worship  


“Arise, My Soul, Arise” (Listen)

Arise, my soul, arise, shake off your guilty fears;
The bleeding sacrifice, in my behalf appears;
Before the throne my Surety stands, before the throne my Surety stands,
My name is written on His hands.              

Chorus  Arise (arise), arise (arise), arise. Arise, my soul, arise.
             Arise (arise), arise (arise), arise. Arise, my soul, arise.
             Shake off your guilty fears and rise

He ever lives above, for me to intercede;
His all redeeming love, His precious blood, to plead;
His blood atoned for every race, His blood atoned for every race,
And sprinkles now the throne of grace.                           (Chorus)

Five bleeding wounds He bears; received on Calvary;
They pour effectual prayers; they strongly plead for me:
"Forgive him, O forgive," they cry, "Forgive him, O forgive," they cry,
"Nor let that ransomed sinner die!"                                  (Chorus)

The Father hears Him pray, His dear anointed One;
He cannot turn away the presence of His Son;
The Spirit answers to the blood, The Spirit answers to the blood
And tells me I am born of God.                                       (Chorus)           

My God is reconciled; His pardoning voice I hear;
He owns me for His child; I can no longer fear.
With confidence I now draw nigh, with confidence I now draw nigh,
And "Father, Abba, Father," cry.                                     (Chorus)
©1996 Kevin Twit Music