Preparing for Worship – September 17, 2017

By Pastor Matt Sikes

Two weeks ago I wrote about the importance of singing in worship and Paul’s command to us in Colossians that we are not only singing to God, but to one another as well. Because singing is an important element of our worship services for teaching and admonishing one another it important to point out another aspect about our music making. In corporate worship the most important thing that we do musically is singing as a congregation.

It is easy for us to desire to hear beautiful music sung by the choir or a soloist or music that is played by the orchestra or some other ensemble. These are great and can help us to view the majesty of God from another angle. However, these things must always come second to the music making of the congregation. When we sing as a congregation we are displaying our unity in one of the most tangible expressions possible. As our voices join together in song we are actually with one voice glorifying the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ just as Paul tells us in Romans 15:6. We are connecting the truths of God’s goodness and love with the important heart engaging power that God has given us through music.

Let’s consider how to stir up one another to love and good works through the unifying gift of singing this Sunday.

For this Sunday:

This Sunday we will be singing:

O Worship the King

The Greatness of Our God

In Christ Alone with the Solid Rock

Jesus, Firm Foundation

Amazing Grace

We will be resuming our series in the Gospel of Mark this Sunday. Pastor Mark will be preaching from Mark 11:1-11. The title of his sermon will be “Welcoming and Worshipping the King.” We encourage you to read through this passage with your family as you prepare for worship. We also ask that you would continue in prayer for one another as we meet. We will also be observing communion, which is another extremely important element of our worship and an expression of our unity in Christ as his body.

See you Sunday!