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, September 27, 2020

Preparing to Hear God's Word

Sermon Focus: “KNOWING, AND BEING KNOWN”

Scripture Passages: 2 Peter 1:3-4 (Learn More)

3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, 4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.

 

         



Preparing to Sing God's Praises

* “Across The Lands”  (Listen)
            You're the Word of God the Father, from before the world began,
            Ev'ry star and ev'ry planet, has been fashioned by Your hand,
            All creation holds together, by the power of Your voice,
            Let the skies declare Your glory, let the land and seas rejoice.

            Chorus:  You're the author of creation, You're the Lord of ev'ry man,
                            And Your cry of love rings out across the lands.

            Yet You left the gaze of angels, came to seek and save the lost,
            And exchanged the joy of heaven, for the anguish of a cross,
            With a prayer You fed the hungry, with a word You stilled the sea,
            Yet how silently You suffered, that the guilty may go free. (Chorus)

            With a shout You rose victorious, wresting victory from the grave,
            And ascended into heaven, leading captives in Your wake,
            Now You stand before the Father, interceding for Your own,
            From each tribe and tongue and nation, You are leading sinners home. (Chorus)

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*Hymn # 460 “Amazing Grace”  (Listen)
            Amazing grace!– how sweet the sound– that saved a wretch like me!
            I once was lost, but now am found, was blind, but now I see.

            'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved;
            how precious did that grace appear the hour I first believed!

            Thro' many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come;
            'tis grace has brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.

            The Lord has promised good to me, his Word my hope secures;
            he will my shield and portion be, as long as life endures.

            And when this flesh and heart shall fail, and mortal life shall cease,
            I shall possess within the veil a life of joy and peace.

            When we've been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun,
            we've no less days to sing God's praise than when we've first begun.
            © Words & Music: Public Domain


 

* Hymn #642 “Be Thou My Vision”  (Listen)
            Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
            naught be all else to me, save that thou art -
            thou my best thought, by day or by night,
            waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.

            Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true word;
            I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord;
            thou my great Father, I thy true son;
            thou in me dwelling, and I with thee one.

            Be thou my battle shield, sword for my fight;
            be thou my dignity, thou my delight,
            thou my soul's shelter, thou my high tow'r;
            raise thou me heav'n-ward, O Pow'r of my pow'r.

            Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
            thou mine inheritance, now and always:
            thou and thou only, first in my heart,
            High King of Heaven, my treasure thou art.

            High King of heaven, my victory won,
            may I reach heaven's joys, O bright heav'n's Sun!
            Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
            still be my vision, O Ruler of all.
            © Words: Public Domain Music: Public Domain

 

*“Living Hope”  (Listen)
            How great the chasm that lay between us.
            How high the mountain I could not climb.
            In desperation I turned to heaven
            And spoke Your name into the night.
            Then through the darkness Your loving-kindness
            Tore through the shadows of my soul.
            The work is finished, the end is written.
            Jesus Christ, my living hope.

            Chorus Hallelujah, praise the One who set me free!
                        Hallelujah, death has lost its grip on me!
                        You have broken every chain.
                        There’s salvation in Your name.
                        Jesus Christ, my living hope.

            Who could imagine so great a mercy?
            What heart could fathom such boundless grace?
            The God of ages stepped down from glory
            To wear my sin and bear my shame.
            The cross has spoken; I am forgiven.
            The King of kings calls me His own.
            Beautiful Savior, I’m Yours forever.
            Jesus Christ, my living hope. (Chorus)

            Then came the morning that sealed the promise,
            Your buried body began to breathe.
            Out of the silence, the Roaring Lion
            Declared the grave has no claim on me. (REPEAT) (Chorus)
            © 2017 Phil Wickham Music, Simply Global, Sing My, Bethel Music Publishing