Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, 02/01/2015

I have worked a smorgasbord of jobs over the years.  From working at a car wash to being a lifeguard to working as a library page. One thing I observed in all of these jobs is that there was a noticeable difference in the work ethic of the employees when the boss came around. One job I worked at was particularly bad because everyone knew how strict of a boss he could be. There is even a TV show that encapsulates this mindset, called “Undercover Boss.” Part of the Boss’ objective is to see what the conditions are like for their employees, but he also wants to see what their employees think of him and how they act when he is not around. When employees behave differently when the boss is absent the employee is acting as if the boss has no bearing on their work. When the boss shows up then the employee changes and acknowledges the authority and standards of the boss with their new found work ethic. 

In our lives we can often act as if God is a strict boss and we think to straighten up when He is around. This mindset is wrong on many levels, but namely there are two reasons it is an error. The first is that we fail to see that God is a loving God. He has sent His Son to die for us. This is the greatest act of love. He has done it in order to rescue us, not so that he can become our task master. The second error is that we do not acknowledge God’s sovereignty. When our lives are inconsistent we are acting as if there are areas in which God has no bearing. 

A proper understanding of the Lord’s power is that he is a loving, sovereign Lord over his creation. Not only does he know all things, but he is in total control of all things. Therefore, as his creatures we are to live before Him. Unlike the demanding, harsh boss that we may have at work, our God is a God of love and his law is life. We can trust Him in His sovereignty knowing that all things work together for the good of those who love Him. This is the God that we worship, let us acknowledge Him for who He is and worship Him. 

THE WORD

Scripture: 1 Samuel 5:1-6:21
Sermon: Showing Who Is Boss

SONGS

Jesus Shall Reign
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Lion of Judah (arr. Robin Mark)
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Psalm 110 (arr. R.V. Williams)
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This is My Father’s World
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Song of Preparation: Arise O God  (arr. Christopher Miner)
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Song of Response: Let Your Kingdom Come (arr. Bob Kauflin)
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RESPONSIVE READINGS

Confession of Sin

L: Holy and Mighty God, your ways are perfect and your word proves true. You are a shield for all those who take refuge in you. For you save a humble people, but the haughty eyes you bring down.

P: We confess that we have been haughty, sinning with impunity, wor- shiping idols. We repent, O Lord, and turn away from our idols, and our faces from abominations.

L: With the merciful you show yourself merciful, with the blameless man you show yourself blameless; with the purified you show yourself pure, but with the crooked you make yourself seem tortuous.

P: Oh wretched people that we are! Who will save us from this body of death? Have mercy, O God, according to your steadfast love. Make us blameless and pure, for your glory, and in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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