Preparing for Worship – Oct 18

from Mark Hoffman

Hallelujah, what a Savior!

I owe everything to Him

Hallelujah, what a Savior!

Hallelujah to my King

Worship is a time to receive, remember, and respond to the truth of the gospel. We gather to be reminded that Jesus Christ is our Savior and King, and that we owe everything to him! These are the words we declare together as we respond in worship, singing Hallelujah to My King. The story of Jesus from Luke 4:16-21 reminds us that Christ came not only to proclaim good news but also to be the fulfillment of that good news. Through his death on the cross and his victorious resurrection, we have forgiveness and eternal life through faith in him. We continue to praise our Savior and proclaim the good news in song with Living Hope and Who You Say I Am. Following a few brief announcements, we are pleased to welcome Tony Piantine for an update on all that God is doing at Camp Daniel. 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 – God Through Us.” His text will be taken from John 20:21 and Luke 4:14-19. Our closing response, This I Believe, is a sung declaration of our faith in the Lord. As we have gathered to receive, remember, and respond to the truth of the gospel, we are sent out to proclaim this truth to a world that so desperately needs to hear it. Worship pastor and author Bob Kauflin writes, “There’s no strict divide between evangelism and worship. Evangelism, or telling others the good news of the gospel, is simply praising God in front of those who don’t know him.”  Receiving, remembering, and responding to the truth of the gospel isn’t just confined to an hour on Sunday mornings – it’s how we are called to live every day of our lives. It affects how we work, how we love our families, and how we treat our neighbors. All of life is worship; gathered worship on Sunday morning gives us the chance to express that worship together in the presence of the God who loves us and saved us. This weekend, prayerfully reflect on the Scripture and songs above. Pray for all those involved in leading the worship service (Eryn Bee and Dan Kyriak will be leading worship this week) and for all who will attend. Prepare your heart and mind to receive, remember, and respond to the gospel of Jesus Christ. See you on Sunday! Mark