Preparing for Worship – Mar 20

from Mark Hoffman

“Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.”  Ephesians 6:14-18 

 

Paul paints quite a picture in these verses, doesn’t he? Go back and read them again… It’s a picture of confidence and fearlessness in the midst of a battle. It’s a picture of strength. In uncertain times like these, we long for strength that looks like this. We desperately need strength like this.  And in Christ, we can have it. This is why Paul urges us to “be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.” (Eph. 6:10) 

This week, even though we can’t gather in our usual way, we are going to gather through the use of technology with a live-streamed service of worship from the Bee’s home. Our songs of worship will praise the Lord for his greatness and acknowledge our need for him with How Great Is Our God and Lord I Need You

We will have a special prayer for our kids, we’ll have a few announcements about what’s going on at MCF in the midst of these unique times, and then Pastor Andrew will continue our Built Together sermon series with a message from Ephesians 6:14-18

To close our time of worship, we will sing a song expressing our hope and strength in the Lord, It Is Well With My Soul, and conclude with a Benediction.

To prepare for our time of worship, take some time to reflect on the spiritual armor in Ephesians 6, and on the message of our songs this week. Consider how truth and righteousness, the gospel and faith, salvation, the Word, and prayer, all make us strong in the Lord. And let’s gather at the same time on Sunday morning at 9:30am, ready to stand firm in the Lord’s strength through our worship together. Yes, we will be in many locations, but we will be one in Spirit! I hope you can join with us!
 
– Mark
 

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