Getting Ready for Sunday :: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, August 12

Last week when we gathered for worship, Wes Andrews kicked off a new series on the Church by preaching from God’s word a sermon titled “The Blessing of Community.” This week we continue in that series as we look at the centrality of God’s Word in the life of the church, and the primacy of the ministry of preaching and teaching. Let’s use the following elements to prepare for this word, recognizing that the Lord has something very important he wants to say to us.

THE WORD

Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:14-4:4

Sermon: “Discipleship Through Teaching the Word”

SONGS

Worship Leader: Paul Winter

How Firm a Foundation
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And Can It Be (arr. Scott Roley)
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We Delight
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O Word of God Incarnate (arr. Bobby Guy)
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Laden With Guilt (arr. Sandra McCracken)
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Father of Mercies, In Thy Word
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RESPONSIVE READINGS

Confession of Sin : Based on 2 Tim 3, Psa 63

Leader:       Merciful Father, your Word is life. You have given us your Word for teaching, reproof, correction and training in righteousness.

People:        But we have not loved your Word. We have set ourselves as judges over the Word read and preached, and have deprived our souls of its benefits.

Leader:       Your Word is like cool water for a dry and weary soul.

People:        But in our pride we have refused your provision and have withered in this barren land. Forgive us for our neglect. Give us a genuine thirst for your Word, and a childlike submission to it.

Confession of Faith : Westminster Shorter Catechism, Q. 89-90

Q.                    How is the Word made effectual to salvation?

A.                    The Spirit of God maketh the reading, but especially the preaching, of the Word, an effectual means of convincing and converting sinners, and of building them up in holiness and comfort, through faith, unto salvation.

Q.                    How is the Word to be read and heard, that it may become effectual to salvation?

A.                    That the Word may become effectual to salvation, we must attend thereunto with diligence, preparation, and prayer; receive it with faith and love, lay it up in our hearts, and practice it in our lives.

Comments

  1. ericmoore3 says:

    I’m probably not the only one who noticed the line, “Here the fair tree of knowledge grows,” in each of the last two songs. I wanted to see if there was a common source for both writers – a biblical expression, perhaps a phrase from the Psalms.

    After a little bit of digging, I now think that Anne Steele just borrowed the line from Isaac Watts. It looks like he wrote it in 1709 and then she used it in 1760. She probably thought no one would ever notice!

    (Kevin Twit tells us that these hymn writers lived only 15 miles apart but probably never met — http://www.igracemusic.com/hymnbook/authors/anne_steele.html.)

    Still, I’m curious about the line. In both cases, if I’m reading it right, “here” means “in the Scriptures.” I think Psalm 1 is a likely inspiration.

    “But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
    and on his law he meditates day and night.
    He is like a tree
    planted by streams of water
    that yields its fruit in its season,
    and its leaf does not wither.
    In all that he does, he prospers.”

    Thanks, Jeremy, for the song selections and helpful links.

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