Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, July 27th, 2014

THE WORD

Scripture: Luke 24:13-53
Sermon: Transformed by Understanding the Risen King

SONGS

Let Your Kingdom Come (arr. Bob Kauflin)
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O Love That Will Not Let Me Go
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Jesus
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Give Me Jesus
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Song of Preparation: See What A Morning
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Song of Response: Christ Is Risen He Is Risen Indeed
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RESPONSIVE READINGS

Confession of Sin

Leader: God our Father, you are majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders. In you there is no shadow of turning.

People: But we are like birds who stray from our nests, forsaking the path of righteousness, each turning to our own way. Lord have mercy!

Leader: You, Lord, have made us into a kingdom of priests and a holy nation, commanding us to be holy for you are holy.

People: Lord, forgive us for profaning the holy name that you have given us. You are the Lord who sanctifies us and has crushed the curse of sin and death by the power of the blood of Christ.

Assurance of Pardoning Grace: Romans 6:9-11

9We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Confession of Faith

Heidelberg Catechism, Q. 45

What does the “resurrection” of Christ profit us?

A. First, by his resurrection he has overcome death, that he might make us partakers of that righteousness which he had purchased for us by his death; secondly, we are also by his power raised up to a new life; and lastly, the resurrection of Christ is a sure pledge of our blessed resurrection.

RESPONSIVE QUESTIONS

1. Do you see in our culture a narrative about saving or about a savior?  Who or what is usally presented as a savior in the secular culture?

2. Jesus has come as savior.  How did he defy the expectations of the Jewish people for their savior?

3. We often get into routines where we assume things to go on as they always do without any thought of Jesus returning.  How can we live expectantly of Jesus’ second coming?

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