Preparing for Worship // February 17, 2019

Preparing for Worship // February 17, 2019

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Every time my family went to the beach growing up, we had the same routine. We would lay out a blanket, put all of our things down, and apply liberal amounts of sunscreen right away (and then forget to re-apply for the rest of the day). Immediately after sunscreen, one of our parents would sit us down and look us in the eye and sternly tell us something along the lines of, “Pay attention to each other out there. Keep looking back at the beach to make sure you’re not drifting too far. If you go past the lifeguard tower, you’ll be in big trouble.” As soon as the speech was over, we’d turn and sprint into the water, completely forgetting that boring stuff our parents said. It wouldn’t take long to realize how badly we messed up. After two minutes, we’d be out to where our feet couldn’t touch, and just five minutes after that we’d be half a mile down the beach (wayyyyyy past the lifeguard tower) still not realizing how far we’d gone. That’s when the panic would set in.

Drifting is easy. All you have to do is sit still and not pay attention for a little while and it’s something that happens to you. Unfortunately, it is just as easy to drift in our spiritual lives as it is in our physical lives. It is jarring when you suddenly look back to shore and realize just how far you’ve gone and how much trouble you are in. Similar to being at the beach, there are two options going forward. You can stay in the water and try to swim against the current to get back to where you started, or you can go to shore. Going to shore is significantly less fun. It can involve everyone on the beach knowing that you went too far. But it is the quickest and safest way back. With your feet firmly planted in the sand, you can slowly march back to where you started. Most of the time when we came back, everyone was just relieved that we were safe and all back together, the way things should be. The advice was always, “You can go back out there. Just be sure to keep your eyes on shore.” The more often you check your surroundings and have others looking out for you, the less likely you are to drift.

THE WORD

Scripture: Hebrews 2:1-4
Sermon: Zealously Follow Jesus

SONGS

Come Thou Fount (Traditional)
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Lord I Need You  (Matt Maher)
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Lead Us Back (Sojourn Music)
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Song of Preparation: In the Hours  (Indelible Grace)
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Song for the Supper: The Feast (Karl Digerness)
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Song of Response: I Will Offer Up My Life  (Matt Redman)
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