Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, January 25, 2015

As a crazed sports fan growing up I began to develop superstitious habits like any normal die hard fan. In high school before I would watch football games on tv I would play as my team in a video game and beat the opposing team for good luck. With my favorite basketball team I would have to eat a certain meal beforehand or pace a certain way towards the end of the game. My mom was notorious for not really knowing what was going on during a basketball which would only annoy my brother and I when our team was losing. We would insist that she leave the room for ‘superstitious’ reasons. 

On the surface it is bizarre to think that superstitions would have some affect on an outcome in life. It is an attempt to appease a higher being so that things may go our way. Many believe that if they only do the right things or act a certain way than they will be able to manipulate their circumstances. If you are a Christian you may nod your head and agree that this is what a non-believing pagan world does. The sad thing is that we can often treat God the same way. On a heart level when we attempt to manipulate God we show that we are only concerned with our will and not his. When we think this way we come to God with the desires and wants that will further our our agenda. 

In order to counter this thinking we must remember that God is a personal God. He has saved us in order to have a relationship with Him. We must also remember that as His creatures we are called to do His will and surrender our own will. God has revealed His will in His Word and it will often oppose our will. As we come to worship on Sunday morning remember that God wants your hearts and not your outward religion, He wants us to love Him, Obey Him and seek Him. Our lives are about worshipping Him in doing His will. 

THE WORD

Scripture: 1 Samuel 4:1-22
Sermon: Lucky Charm or Living Lord?

SONGS

Here is a song to help you prepare for worship on Sunday, along with the songs we will be singing during worship:

Not To Us (arr. [arranger])
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Come Ye Sinners (arr. Indelible Grace)
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Jesus Cast a Look On Me  (arr. Indelible Grace)
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All I Have is Yours (arr. Sojourn Music)
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Song of Preparation: Afflictions Do Not Come Alone (arr. J. D. Goodwyne)
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Song of Response: Lead On O King Eternal (arr. Indelible Grace)
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