Preparing for Worship – Nov 1

from Mark Hoffman

“See what kind of love the Father has given to us,

that we should be called children of God; and so we are.” 1 John 3:1

 
 
We gather this week to once again experience together the love and grace of our God and to respond in worship. We begin by singing praise to our Good Good Father and proclaiming that we are his beloved children. Scripture from 1 John 3:1 and Romans 8:15-16 affirms this truth and leads us to respond with How Deep the Father’s Love for Us.
 
The extravagant love of God is most gloriously displayed in the message of the gospel. The atoning death of Christ on the cross purchased forgiveness and eternal life for all who believe, and we come to remember this gospel truth at the Communion table.
 
At MCF, we invite all believers in Christ to take of the bread and cup. Please hold the elements when they are passed so that we may take them together as an expression of our unity as redeemed children of God in Christ Jesus. We will respond together with the Lord’s Prayer and in song with New Doxology.
 
Following a few brief announcements, we get to hear an update on all that God is doing in our Game Night ministry. After Children’s Church dismissal (all kids 5 years old through 4th grade are invited to attend) and our regular time of Giving, Pastor Andrew continues our Holy Spirit sermon series with a message entitled “The Holy Spirit and Prayer.” His sermon text will be Ephesians 6:18 and Romans 8:12-17.
 
Our closing response is a prayer in song to the Holy Spirit. The final verse of the song Holy Spirit goes this way:
 

Holy Spirit from creation’s birth Giving life to all that God has made Show Your power once again on earth Cause Your church to hunger for Your ways Let the fragrance of our prayers arise Lead us on the road of sacrifice That in unity the face of Christ May be clear for all the world to see

 
Will you pray in this way? Use the songs and Scriptures above to prepare for gathered worship this Sunday. As you do, pray that we would all hunger for the ways of the Spirit in our midst, and that our unity in worship would clearly show the beauty of Christ to the world.
 
 
See you on Sunday,
 
Mark