Getting Ready for Sunday | 2/26/12
"And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." (Colossians 3:17) We all ought to worship God daily in all that we do. But there is something special about the people of God coming TOGETHER for worship (Hebrews 10:24-25). Thus, we hope Sundays at New City are a highlight of your week. In an effort to help you get more out of it, we're posting a short preview of this Sunday's gathering.
We're continuing in our series of sermons from the life of Abraham. The series is entitled Life in the Gap and we are exploring how Abraham truated God in between God's promise and the fulfillment of that promise in reality. Genesis 17:1-14 is our text for this week so take some time to read it over the new few days.
You can access previous sermons and download study/discussion guides if you CLICK HERE.
Here are this week's songs:
- Arise, My Soul, Arise (This song is incredibly rich with Scripture. Explore all the Scripture woven into this hymn text here.)
- Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven (Click track #4.)
- Abide With Me ("In life, in death, Lord, abide with me.")
- God the Spirit (From Cardiphonia's Pentecost Songs album. "When we wander Lord direct us, Keep us in the Master’s way")
- Beloved (From the second enter the worship circle album.)
- Let Your Kingdom Come (This is a sample & the lyrics.)
Prayer from the Valley of Vision, Puritan prayer book:
My God, I feel it is heaven to please thee, and to be what thou wouldst have me be. O that I were holy as thou art holy, pure as Christ is pure perfect as thy Spirit is perfect! These, I feel, are the best commands in thy Book, and shall I break them? must I break them? am I under such a necessity as long as I live here?
Woe, woe is me that I am a sinner, that I grieve this blessed God, who is infinite in goodness and grace!
O, if he would punish me for my sins, it would not wound my heart so deep to offend him;
But though I sin continually, he continually repeats his kindness to me.
At times I feel I could bear any suffering, but how can I dishonour this glorious God?
What shall I do to glorify and worship this best of beings?
O that I could consecrate my soul and body to his service, without restraint, for ever!
O that I could give myself up to him, so as never more to attempt to be my own!
or have any will or affections that are not perfectly conformed to his will and his love!
But, alas, I cannot live and not sin.
O may angels glorify him incessantly, and, if possible, prostrate themselves lower before the blessed King of heaven!
I long to bear a part with them in ceaseless praise; But when I have done all I can to eternity I shall not be able to offer more than a small fraction of the homage that the glorious God deserves.
Give me a heart full of divine, heavenly love.