Liturgical Guide for Sunday August 24th, 2014

Logo-FinalTo aid you in your preparation for corporate worship this week. We look forward to worshipping with you. We recommend downloading the songs and adding them to a playlist on your phone or iPod so that you and your family can learn them at home. Songs can be played in your web browser or downloaded by right clicking on the song title.

CALL TO WORSHIP (Revelation)

Musical Prelude & Opening prayer

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)

“In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.”

Hebrews 1:1-3 (NIV)

Song: God With Us by All Sons & Daughters

Key lyrics:

Our Deliverer, You are Savior
In Your presence we find our strength
Over everything, Our redemption
God with us, You are God with us

God With Us is a new song for us, but it’s easy to learn.

Song: Oh Our Lord by All Sons & Daughters

Key lyrics:

Oh, oh, oh Our Lord
Oh, oh, oh Our Lord
How Majestic is your name in all the earth

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)

“Christ has been raised from the dead.”

1 Corinthians 15:20 (NIV)

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, who died, was buried, and raised the third day for our redemption.

If our faith and hope is in Christ alone then our sins are forgiven and we are free from sin and all its penalties. 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: Because He Lives by David Crowder* Band

Key lyrics:

God sent his son; they called him Jesus
He came to love, heal and forgive
He lived and died to buy my pardon
An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives
 
Because he lives I can face tomorrow
Because he lives all fear is gone
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living just because he lives

GOSPEL INSTRUCTION (Proclamation) Message: Being A Good Neighbor  (Luke 10:25-37)

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: By His Wounds by Glory Revealed

Key lyrics:

He was pierced for our transgressions
He was crushed for our sins
The punishment that brought us peace was upon Him
And by His wounds, by His wounds we are healed

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: Hallelujah by Hillsong

Key lyrics:

Hallelujah, our God reigns

Songs of Response: All The Poor And Powerless by All Sons & Daughters

Key lyrics:

All the poor and powerless
And all the lost and lonely
All the thieves will come confess
And know that You are holy
And know that You are holy

And all will sing out, Hallelujah
And we will cry out, Hallelujah

CLOSING (Commission)

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.

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