Preparing for Worship – Oct 10

from Mark Hoffman

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God

that was given you in Christ Jesus. 1 Corinthians 1:3-4


The apostle Paul talks quite a lot about grace throughout the New Testament. In his greeting to the Corinthians we see just how much God’s grace in Christ is at the front of his mind. Grace, simply put, is a gift God gives that is totally undeserved. With this definition in mind, if we began to list the many graces of God to us, we would never reach the end of the list! He keeps on giving to us more than we could ever deserve, and at the top of that list of graces is our life and salvation in Jesus Christ. This week, we will remember and respond to God’s grace in prayer and in song, singing Grace Greater Than Our Sin and Grace Alone. Romans 8:1-4; 9-11 further emphasizes the gift of life that we have in Christ as we respond with Because He Lives (Amen).

Following a few brief announcements and a Catch the Wave update from Erik Hildebrandt, we will pray for and dismiss all kids 5 years old through 4th grade to Children’s Church. Then, after our regular time of Giving, Pastor Andrew continues our Holy Spirit sermon series with a message entitled “The Holy Spirit – God In Us.” His sermon text will be Romans 8:1-11.
God raises us to new and abundant life through faith in Christ by powerful working of his Spirit in us. Responding to this incredible truth together, we close by singing Glorious Day.
Paul said that he was giving thanks to God always because of the grace given to us in Christ. Can you try to adopt that attitude this week? Start seeing God’s grace toward you in the everyday things of life. And be sure to set aside a few quiet moments this weekend to prepare your heart for gathered worship on Sunday as we come before the Lord together to remember, receive, and respond to his amazing grace toward us in Jesus Christ.

See you on Sunday! Mark