This post is intended to 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)
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
“How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me? Consider and answer me, O LORD my God; light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death, lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,” lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken. But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. I will sing to the LORD, because he has dealt bountifully with me.”
(Psalm 13 ESV)
Christian worship is the rhythm of revelation and response. God reveals himself to us and we respond in worship. The revelation of God in the Scriptures is what fuels and informs our worship. So, we begin our services with a reading from the Scriptures wherein we find God’s revelation of himself and all his glorious attributes.
Song: You Are My Vision by Rend Collective Experiment
You are my vision, O king of my heart
Nothing else satisfies, only You, Lord
You are my best thought by day or by night
Waking or sleeping, Your presence, my light
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 / Alleluia / Alleluia
CORPORATE PRAYER Confession of Sins
“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.
Assurance of Pardon
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: Lord I Need You by Matt Maher
Lord, I come, I confess
Bowing here I find my rest
Without You I fall apart
You’re the One that guides my heart
Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You
GOSPEL INSTRUCTION (Proclamation)
Message: Pastor Jason McNutt (Exodus 21)
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: Death In His Grave by John Mark McMillan
On Friday a thief / On Sunday a king
Laid down in grief / But woke with the keys
Of hell on that day / The first born of the slain
The man Jesus Christ laid / Death in his grave
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 given through our online community called The City.
Song of Response: Christ Is Enough by Hillsong Worship
Christ is my reward / And all of my devotion
Now there’s nothing in this world / That could ever satisfy
Through every trial / My soul will sing
No turning back / I’ve been set free
Christ is enough for me / Christ is enough for me
Everything I need is in You / Everything I need
I have decided to follow Jesus
No turning back / No turning back
The cross before me / The world behind me
No turning back / No turning back
CLOSING (Challenge and Commission)
Gospel Charge: Go 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.