How to Prepare for Sunday June 9th Worship

On Fridays we’re posting a guide for how to prepare for the upcoming Sunday service. It gives you a chance to read the Bible passage ahead of time, see the song list, and get your mind and heart ready. You can see some of the rationale here.

We tend to think of worship on Sundays vertically, that we are praising and speaking to God, and listening to him. That is entirely true, yet the Bible tells us there’s more than that going on. Sundays are also a horizontal day. When we sing, for example, we don’t sing just to God but to each other as well. Ephesians 5:19–20 tells us to sing to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Our time of music this Sunday isn’t directed to God exclusively; we sing to and for each other as well.

Dave Cover will preach this Sunday from James 4:13–17, “What is Your Life?” James 4:13–17 reads, 13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. 17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.

James hits at big issues through a very practical scenario, just as he has throughout his letter. Who owns our life? Who’s in charge of us? One way to measure is how we make our plans and decisions. Perhaps a way to reflect and prepare for this Sunday is to think back on a recent big decision you’ve made, maybe about a new job, or whether to move, or a relationship. How did you make the decision? What considerations came into it? And where or how did God factor in?

Our song list for this Sunday (with links to lyrics and recorded versions where possible)

Come Ye Sinners [lyrics] – words by Joseph Hart; music by Christine Cover and Greg Wiele

God Who Saves [lyrics; listen] – Aaron Senseman

With Melting Heart and Weeping Eyes [lyrics; listen] – words by John Fawcett; music by Clint Wells

Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone) [lyrics and listen] – John Newton; additional chorus by Chris Tomlin and Louie Giglio

Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken [lyrics; listen] – words by Henry Lyte; music by Bill Moore

See you Sunday morning.

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