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, July 12, 2020

Preparing to Hear God's Word


Scripture Passages:  Psalm 97: 1-12   (Learn More)

97 The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice;
    let the many coastlands be glad!
Clouds and thick darkness are all around him;
    righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
Fire goes before him
    and burns up his adversaries all around.
His lightnings light up the world;
    the earth sees and trembles.
The mountains melt like wax before the Lord,
    before the Lord of all the earth.

The heavens proclaim his righteousness,
    and all the peoples see his glory.
All worshipers of images are put to shame,
    who make their boast in worthless idols;
    worship him, all you gods!

Zion hears and is glad,
    and the daughters of Judah rejoice,
    because of your judgments, O Lord.
For you, O Lord, are most high over all the earth;
    you are exalted far above all gods.

10 O you who love the Lord, hate evil!
    He preserves the lives of his saints;
    he delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
11 Light is sown for the righteous,
    and joy for the upright in heart.
12 Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous,
    and give thanks to his holy name!



Preparing to Sing God's Praises

* Hymn # 16 “Come, Let Us Sing unto the Lord” (Listen)
            Come, let us sing unto the Lord new songs of praise with sweet accord;
            for wonders great by him are done, his hand and arm have vict'ry won.

            The great salvation of our God is seen through all the earth abroad;
            before the heathen’s wond'ring sight he has revealed his truth and right.

            He called to mind his truth and grace in promise made to Israel’s race;
            and unto earth’s remotest bound glad tidings of salvation sound.

            All lands, to God lift up your voice; sing praise to him, with shouts rejoice;
            with voice of joy and loud acclaim let all unite and praise his name.
            © Words & Music: Public Domain


* “Before the Throne of God Above”  (Listen)
            Before the throne of God above, I have a strong and perfect plea,
            A great High Priest whose name is Love, Who ever lives and pleads for me.
            My name is graven on His hands, my name is written on His heart,
            I know that while in heav’n He stands, no tongue can bid me thence depart,
            No tongue can bid me thence depart.

            When Satan tempts me to despair, and tells me of the guilt within,
            Upward I look and see Him there, Who made an end of all my sin.
            Because the sinless Savior died, my sinful soul is counted free,
            For God the Just is satisfied, to look on Him and pardon me,
            To look on Him and pardon me.

            Behold Him there the Risen Lamb, my perfect spotless Righteousness,
            The great unchangeable I AM, the King of Glory and of Grace.
            One with Himself I cannot die, my soul is purchased by  His blood,
            My life is hid with Christ on high, with Christ my Savior and my God,
            With Christ my Savior and my God.

            One with Himself I cannot die, my soul is purchased by  His blood,
            My life is hid with Christ on high, with Christ my Savior and my God,
            With Christ my Savior and my God.
             ©1997 Sovereign Grace Worship


* Hymn #181 “We Come O Christ, to You  (Listen)
We come, O Christ, to you, true Son of God and man,
            by whom all things consist, in whom all life began:
            in you alone we live and move, and have our being in your love.

            You are the Way to God, your blood our ransom paid;
            in you we face our Judge and Maker unafraid.
            Before the throne absolved we stand, your love has met your law’s demand.

            You are the living Truth! All wisdom dwells in you,
            the Source of every skill, the one eternal TRUE!
            O great I AM! In you we rest, sure answer to our every quest.

            You only are true Life, to know you is to live
            the more abundant life that earth can never give:
            O risen Lord! We live in you: in us each day your life renew!
            © 1957. Renewed 1985 InterVarsity Press. Assigned 1987 to Hope Publishing Company


*“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)

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