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Scripture Reading: 1 Timothy 1:15-17
We will open our worship gatherings with this scriptural call to worship, reminding us of the incredible grace of Christ in contrast to our brokenness.
The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
Our first song reminds us that God is eternal, immortal, invisible, and wise. To this God alone "we bring honor, glory, and praises." In the flow of corporate worship, it is helpful to open with elements (songs, scripture, etc.) that point us to the character of the God we worship.
As Christians, our hope is fixed firmly in the person and work of Jesus. This song of worship is based on the lyrics of the hymn The Solid Rock with a new tune and chorus. Let us declare our allegiance to King Jesus, as people who "wholly trust" in His name.
Christ alone, cornerstone
Weak made strong in the Savior's love
Through the storm, He is Lord
Lord of all
The Worship Choir and Orchestra will lead in this gospel anthem. Hebrews 10:19-22 teaches that it is because of the blood of Jesus that we can have confidence to approach God in worship. Regardless of changing circumstances, we can rest assured that the promises of God as fulfilled in Jesus remain the same — and because of that, we say that "the blood will never lose its power!"
As we prepare for the preaching of the Word, our congregation will sing this modern hymn of confident assurance in God's providence and care. Our hope is not found in political candidates or governments or even in our own actions, but rather in Christ alone. Praise be to God.
Our response to the preached Word is to sing the gospel — Jesus died for me. It is our only hope.
Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed. — Isaiah 53:4-5
Let us come to our weekend corporate worship gatherings as a people prepared.