Preparing for Worship – Oct 25

from Mark Hoffman

But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith

and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God,

waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.  

Jude 20-21

These verses, tucked away in one of the shortest books in the Bible, portray an incredibly rich picture of what gathered worship is all about. As we gather this week, we desire for our worship to reflect this picture which God has painted for us. We will begin together with a responsive prayer, and then continue our prayers with a new song, Spirit of the Living God, asking that the Holy Spirit would move in us and speak to us, and that we would hear his voice clearly. Our Scripture reading from 2 Timothy 3:10-17 reminds us that God speaks to us most clearly through Scripture, which is breathed out by the Holy Spirit and fulfilled in Jesus Christ. We respond to this truth singing Jesus Firm Foundation and Build My Life. Following some brief announcements and our regular time of Giving, Erik Hildebrandt will lead a special Kids’ Time for our children which will include an exciting Catch the Wave project update. Then, Pastor Andrew continues his Holy Spirit series with a message from 2 Timothy 3:16-17 entitled “The Holy Spirit and the Word.” We close in response singing Spirit of the Living God. Worship is not passive; it’s active. And not only is worship active, but it is interactive. I say this because in order for us to truly experience all that God has for us in our gathered worship we must both give and receive. As receivers, we come as the people of God to experience the presence of God and to receive his grace, peace, and truth. As givers, we come to open our hearts and to humbly give all of ourselves to him and to offer him the praise and adoration that he so richly deserves. In addition, we must come ready to give to and receive from one another. We are called to love and to encourage, to serve and to build one another up. We must come ready to give these things and more. And we must come willing and ready to receive these things from others as well. Prayerfully reflect on the Scripture and songs for this week. Prepare to come and gather for worship on Sunday as one who receives and as one who gives – both to and from the Lord as well as to and from one another. See you on Sunday, Mark