Worship Guide for Sunday, December 20th @ HCBCDS

Logo-FinalWorship is the lifeblood of the church. It’s the very reason for our existence, to glorify God the Father in the Son through the power of the Holy Spirit. Singing on Sunday mornings in a worship gathering is just one small part of that, but it’s an important and vital part. We are commanded to sing together, and this weekly post is designed to help you prepare to do that.

The apostle Paul instructed the Ephesian church to not be like the pagans in their misguided worship but to “be filled with the Spirit.” How do we do that? He tells us that as well.

“Be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Ephesians 5:18-20 (NIV)

When we gather for corporate worship we are to encourage one another by singing. Singing together, according to Paul is the means by which we are filled with the Spirit of God. The following is a brief summary of how we do that each week. 

CALL TO WORSHIP (Revelation)

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 liturgical elements (i.e. Scripture readings, songs, responsive readings, etc.) that reveal something about the character of God and who he is for us in Christ Jesus.

Song: O Come All Ye Faithful by Third Day

Lyrics:

O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem
Come and behold Him, born the King of angels

Oh come, let us adore Him
Oh come, let us adore Him
Oh come, let us adore Him
Christ, the Lord

Sing choirs of angels, sing it exultation
Sing, all ye citizens of Heaven above
Glory to God, glory in the highest

Song: 10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord) by Matt Redman

Lyrics: 

Bless the Lord oh my soul, Oh my soul
Worship His Holy name
Sing like never before, Oh my soul
I’ll worship Your Holy name

The sun comes up, it’s a new day dawning
It’s time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass and whatever lies before me
Let me be singing when the evening comes

You’re rich in love and You’re slow to anger
Your name is great and Your heart is kind
For all Your goodness I will keep on singing
Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find

And on that day when my strength is failing
The end draws near and my time has come
Still my soul will sing Your praise unending
Ten thousand years and then forevermore

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 altogether. 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 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: Cornerstone by Hillsong Worship

Lyrics:

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly trust in Jesus name

Christ alone; cornerstone
Weak made strong; in the Saviour’s love
Through the storm, He is Lord; Lord of all

When Darkness seems to hide His face
I rest on His unchanging grace
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil
My anchor holds within the veil

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found;
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless stand before the throne.

GOSPEL INSTRUCTION (Proclamation)

Message: Jason McNutt (Exodus)

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: Come As You Are by David Crowder

Lyrics:

Come out of sadness from wherever you’ve been
Come broken hearted, let rescue begin
Come find your mercy, Oh sinner come kneel
Earth has no sorrow that heaven can’t heal
Earth has no sorrow that heaven can’t heal

So lay down your burdens, Lay down your shame
All who are broken, Lift up your face
Oh wanderer come home, You’re not too far
So lay down your hurt, Lay down your heart
Come as you are

There’s hope for the hopeless
And all those who’ve strayed
Come sit at the table, Come taste the grace
There’s rest for the weary, Rest that endures
Earth has no sorrow that heaven can’t cure

There’s joy for the morning, Oh sinner be still
Earth has no sorrow that heaven can’t heal
Earth has no sorrow that heaven can’t heal

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: How Great Is Our God by Chris Tomlin

Lyrics:

The splendor of a king, Clothed in majesty
Let all the earth rejoice, All the earth rejoice

He wraps Himself in light, And darkness tries to hide
And trembles at His voice, Trembles at His voice

How great is our God, Sing with me
How great is our God, And all will see
How great, how great is our God

Age to age He stands, And time is in His hands
Beginning and the end, Beginning and the end

The Godhead Three in One, Father, Spirit, Son
Lion and the Lamb, Lion and the Lamb

Name above all names, Worthy of all praise
My heart will sing, How great is our God

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, how great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

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.

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