Preparing for Worship- June 28

Amazing love! How can it be That Thou my God shouldst die for me?   The amazing love of Jesus Christ draws us together and compels us to worship him! This week, the great hymn And Can It Be opens our service as an expression of awe and gratitude at the love of Christ toward us. John 13:1 underscores this as we see Jesus gathering his disciples and “loving them to the end.” This ragtag group of followers, whom Jesus knew would soon scatter from him and deny him, he persisted in loving them all the way to the cross. And such is his love for us! Responding to the truth of Christ’s abiding love, we join our voices to sing The Wonder of Your Love and One Thing Remains.   After we invite our kids up front for a special Kids’ Time, Pastor Andrew will continue our Know-Believe-Live sermon series with a message from John 13. As we encounter this first scene of Jesus gathering his disciples in the “upper room,” we respond together with a song that calls us as followers of Christ to be known By Our Love. We will then conclude our time of worship with Giving, a few brief announcements, and a Benediction. The message of the gospel never gets old! Let’s soak in the truth of Christ’s love represented in John 13 and reflected in the message of the songs above. May it be our desire to “know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge” (Eph 3:19) as we prepare our hearts and minds for gathered worship this week.   See you on Sunday!   Mark

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