Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, September 15

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, September 15

One of the great developments of the acting world within the past century was the emergence of a set of training techniques referred to as “method acting.”  The goal of these techniques is to focus an actor on the psychological and emotional identity of his or her character, producing a genuine, lifelike performance. It is reported that while shooting the 2012 film Lincoln, actor Daniel Day Lewis did not break character for three months and would only respond when director Steven Spielberg and his   staff and cast referred to Lewis as “Mr. President.”

Christianity far eclipses method acting in its focus on identity.  Indeed, large parts of Christian doctrine can be summed up with the questions “Who is God?” and “Who am I?”  This week, as we continue to study the book of 2nd Peter, we are exhorted by the author to remember who we are and what this means for how we are to live.

This Sunday, we will participate in one of our faith’s most visceral and physical acts of remembrance: the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.  In this, we remember the great exchange in which Christ fully assumes our sinful, broken state and we receive his perfect, righteous standing in the eyes of God.  As we take the bread and the cup, let us all remember who we are: beloved sons and daughters of the living God.  And as we remember our true identity, let us also remember what we are called to: virtue, knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly affection, and love (2nd Peter 1:5-7).

THE WORD

Scripture: 2nd Peter 1:12-15
Sermon: “Remember Who You Are”

SONGS

Brethren We Have Met To Worship (arr. Traditional)
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Beneath the Cross of Jesus  (arr. Indelible Grace)
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Here is Love (arr. Matt Redman)
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Offeratory: O Come and Mourn With Me Awhile (arr. Indelible Grace)

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Song for the Supper: Communion Hymn (arr. Hiram Ring)
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Song of Response: Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken (arr. Indelible Grace)
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THE SACRAMENT OF THE LORD’S SUPPER

“Churches that follow the apostolic, Reformation faith are charismatic in the fullest sense of that term. That is, they believe that every service of Word and Sacrament is a time of signs and wonders. They eagerly anticipate–or, at least, should eagerly anticipate, the miraculous when they come to church, because God has promised that when we gather to worship and receive God’s forgiveness, he will faithfully feed his flock in the wilderness. But we often become like the cynical generation of Israelites in the wilderness who, when God reaffirmed his promise to feed them, cried out, “What! Is the Lord going to spread out a banqueting table for us right here in the middle of the desert?” But that is precisely what God does. He is a wonder-working God who feeds us among the thorns and sand of our spiritual wasteland, when and where we are least expecting.”

Michael Horton

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