To aid you in your preparation for corporate worship this week. We look forward to worshipping with you. Songs can be played in your web browser or downloaded by right clicking on the song title.
CALL TO WORSHIP (Revelation)
Opening prayer (10:15am) Knowing that we can do nothing apart from Christ we humbly ask for God to open our eyes and hearts to the revelation of who he is, and to help us as we seek to worship him accordingly, in spirit and truth. As the Spirit himself has instructed us, we seek to:
“Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.” Colossians 3:16 (NIV)
In keeping with the instructions for worship in the church we sing our prayers and our praises to him who alone is worthy.
Exhortation from Scripture (A Call to Worship)
“Hallelujah! Praise the name of Yahweh. Give praise, you servants of Yahweh who stand in the house of Yahweh, in the courts of the house of our God. Praise Yahweh, for Yahweh is good; sing praise to His name, for it is delightful. For Yahweh has chosen Jacob for Himself, Israel as His treasured possession. For I know that Yahweh is great; our Lord is greater than all gods. Yahweh does whatever He pleases in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all the depths. Yahweh, Your name endures forever, Your reputation, Yahweh, through all generations. For Yahweh will vindicate His people and have compassion on His servants. House of Israel, praise Yahweh! House of Aaron, praise Yahweh! House of Levi, praise Yahweh! You who revere the Lord, praise the Lord! May the Lord be praised from Zion; He dwells in Jerusalem. Hallelujah!” Psalm 135 (HCSB)
Song: Rejoice by Dustin Kensrue
Come and stand before your Maker
Full of wonder, full of fear
Come behold His power and glory
Yet with confidence draw nearFor the one who holds the heavens
And commands the stars above
Is the God who bends to bless us
With an unrelenting loveRejoice, come and lift your hands and
Raise your voice, He is worthy of our praise
Rejoice, sing of mercies of your King
And with trembling, rejoice
Song: All Creatures Of Our God And King by David Crowder* Band
Let all things their creator bless
And worship Him in humbleness
Oh, praise Him, Alleluia
Praise, praise the Father praise the Son
And praise the Spirit three in one
Oh, praise Him, Oh, praise Him, Alleluia
CORPORATE PRAYER (Confession/Assurance of Pardon)
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
1 John 1:9 (ESV)
Confession of sins and assurance of our pardon in Christ through the gospel are essential to Christian worship. On the one hand, if we revel in the glories of the good news that God is for us in the death of his Son without acknowledgment of sin our gospel is weak, nothing more than moral-therapeutic deism. On the other hand, if we know the holiness of God and if our hearts droop under the weight of our own sinfulness without knowing the free grace of God that brings salvation to sinners we miss the point of the cross. It is because we are sinners that Christ came to redeem, and it is because we acknowledge our guilt in repentance that we by faith obtain the promise of forgiveness in Christ. Without both confession of sin and rejoicing in assurance of our pardon our worship of God is incomplete.
Exhortation from Scripture (Assurance: we are forgiven in Christ)
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” Lamentations 3:22-24 (ESV)
Sometimes the hardest thing for us to believe is that if we are in Christ then God no longer punishes or demands payment for our sins. The reality is, however that when God the Father looks at one of his broken, sinful and often rebellious children he sees them, not in wrath and anger but in mercy and grace; God sees us as he sees his perfect Son. We are truly free from the curse of sin because of Jesus. Let us always hope in the mercy of God that is for us through the death and resurrection of our Savior King, Jesus, by whom we who were once his enemies have been made friends.
Song: Your Love Never Fails by Jesus Culture
Nothing can separate Even if I ran away Your love never failsI know I still make mistakes
But You have new mercies for me everyday
Your love never failsYou stay the same through the ages
Your love never changes
There maybe pain in the night but joy comes in the morning
And when the oceans rage
I don’t have to be afraid
Because I know that You love me
Your love never fails
GOSPEL INSTRUCTION (Proclamation) Message: Who Am I? (Finding Your Identity In Christ) Part 9
Primary text: Ephesians 5:1-20 (ESV)
“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.”
Pastoral Prayer & Communion Instruction
“On the night he was betrayed Jesus took bread, and broke it, and said, “This is my body which is broken for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, in remembrance of me.” 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (ESV)
As Jesus instructed we observe the ordinance of communion every time we gather. There is not a clearer picture of the gospel than the bread and wine of the Lord’s supper. We believe that this communion is not only a mere memorial, a remembrance of what Jesus did for us at the cross, but that, in the context of the gathering of the saints communion is a type of spiritual nourishment whereby we feast upon the goodness and mercy of our Lord in the Spirit, as we remember that he died on our behalf.
Communion Song: Christ Be All Around Me by All Sons & Daughters
Above and below me
Before and behind me
In every eye that sees me
Christ be all around me
ADORATION, PRAISE, THANKSGIVING (Response) Offering (Worship Through Generosity)
“Do not be arrogant or put your hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but put your hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Do good, be rich in good deeds, and be generous and willing to share. In this way you will lay up treasure for yourselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that you may take hold of the life that is truly life.” 1 Timothy 6:17-19 (NIV-paraphrased)
Jesus said, “Where your treasure is there your heart will be also” (Matt. 6:21). Taking Jesus at his word and knowing that God desires our hearts above all else we give. We practice generosity in every area of our lives (including our finances), not because we are working to earn favor with God, but because Jesus has earned God’s favor for us by freely giving his life for ours. So, we seek to worship God with our time, our talents, and our money.
Tithes & offerings can also be done through our online community called The City.
Song of Response: To The King Of The Ages by Christopher Gates
This is a poor quality demo I created on my iPad so the band could learn the song. Perhaps I’ll get a real recording of it one day.
To the king of the ages Immortal, invisible To the king of the ages Jesus the merciful Be honor and glory, forever To the only God, Amen.
Gospel Charge: Go and live “Life Between Sundays”
Our vision is that every man, woman and child in Dripping Springs has the chance to experience the life-transforming power of Jesus.
We believe this can be accomplished as we build a community of people that are integrating the life transforming power of Jesus into everyday life. We call this Life Between Sundays. We fulfill this purpose by intentional living and taking the gospel with us everywhere we go. Faith is not an event or duty we fulfill on Sunday mornings but the character and lifestyle we exhibit everyday in all circumstances. Monday is just as important as Sunday.