Getting Ready for Sunday :: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, January 13

Getting Ready for Sunday :: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, January 13

Jeremiah – Michelangelo (Sistine Chapel)

 We continue this week in the book of Jeremiah. The Lord is grieved when he looks on his bride who has forsaken him. He sees whom he loves, and from whom he is owed all love and passion. But she runs wildly away from him and toward worthless idols and which are no gods at all. We are that bride, running from our home, our husband, turning to our old ways of being and living. And despite that, the Lord in his mercy calls even us to worship him each Sunday morning with his gathered body. And that call extends beyond the confines of our worship services, but extends to our homes, and compels us to rise and gather, to meet together, to feast on his word and his body. So with this in mind, let’s prepare for this meeting. Here are the songs we will sing, the scriptures we will hear, and the readings we will confess. Meditate on them, and ask the Lord to prepare you for worship.

THE WORD

Scripture: Jeremiah 2:1-3:5

Sermon: “Is It Worth It?”

SONGS

Worship Leader: Jeremy D. Goodwyne

How Firm a Foundation
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Begone Unbelief
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Poor Sinner Dejected With Fear

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Come Thou Fount

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Offering: Lord, Dissolve My Frozen Heart
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Song of Response: Out of My Bondage, Sorrow and Night (arr. Greg Thompson)

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RESPONSIVE READING

Confession of Sin : based on Jeremiah 2

Leader:     Loving God, you are a jealous husband who is owed every passion and affection, but is slighted by a wayward bride.

People:     We are that bride, once full of love and devotion, but time and again turning from your grace and pursuing worthless idols.

Leader:     Our sin is twofold: we have forsaken you and we have replaced you with a worthless substitute

People:     We have forsaken you, the only fount of living water. And we have replaced you with broken cisterns, hewn by our own hands, and which hold no water. Forgive us Lord, in Jesus name!

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