Preparing for Worship - June 4, 2017

By Pastor Matt Sikes


As we look forward to our corporate worship gathering this Sunday, I would like to submit the following helpful quote to you from one church’s Theology and Philosophy of Worship:


The gospel – Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection – is what makes worship possible. The gospel is what we proclaim in worship. The gospel is what we sing in worship. The gospel is what calls a people together in worship, inspires a people to praise in worship, and sends a people out in a life of worship. Every Sunday is another opportunity to sing about the cross, glory in our Redeemer, and marvel at the good news that is Christ for us and in us. Jesus Christ is at the center of all biblical thinking about worship. He is the mediator between God and man. His substitutionary sacrifice on the cross is the propitiation for our sins. He is the procurer of salvation and blessing for the nations. He is the new temple in which and around which all true believers gather. Christ draws us to himself in worship and through him a new relationship with the Father is made possible.*


This is the reason why everything that we do as a church is centered on the gospel of Jesus Christ. And at the heart of that is the centrality of the gospel in our corporate worship services. Everything that we do in our worship services is about and reflective of the Good News. When we base everything on the gospel, it teaches, or disciples, us to go out from the church gathering and into the world proclaiming the gospel in our words and actions and viewing all of life through the “lens” of the gospel.


Will you view our service in this way as you enter in to worship with our church family this week?


For this Sunday


This Sunday we will have our call to worship from Zephaniah 3:14-17.

The songs that we will sing are below with links to recordings for your preparation:


Give to Our God Immortal Praise

Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy

O Church Arise (Arise, Shine)


All to Us


This Sunday Pastor Brady will be preaching from Ephesians 2:11-22. The title of his sermon is “Reconciled to God, Reconciled to Each Other” as we continue our series: Reconciled. Remember, this will lead us in to Grace Gives.

Please pray that we will once again consider how to stir up one another to love and good works as we ask God to prepare us for meeting together. Pray that we all have receptive ears and hearts and that the Holy Spirit would work through Pastor Brady’s words as he proclaims God’s Word to us.


See you Sunday!


*Taken from A Brief Theology and Philosophy of Worship – University Reformed Church. 2. Focused on the Gospel of Christ.