The weekend worship service is all and only about glorifying God, through finding our utmost joy in God, growing in our understanding of him, and learning the desires of his heart. One of the primary means of loving God is by letting his Word, namely the gospel, dwell in us richly. Colossians 3:16 gives us this command, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” This weekend worship preview serves to help the word of Christ dwell in you richly at all times, and to give you a taste of how I pick songs for the church I get to lead worship at.
“Come Thou Fount” – Public Domain
(Call to Continued Worship/Adoration)
“Prone to wander, Lord I feel it, prone to leave the God I love…” We all come together on Sunday morning from different spots on the map geographically, emotionally, and spiritually. As we gather we remember that even when we wander, God is faithful to draw us back. This song helps us to fix our eyes in the right place and to tune our hearts to the One worthy of our praise.
“Never Once” – Matt Redman
(Assurance of God’s Providence)
Since the beginning of creation, God has been making promises that he always keeps. The New Testament tells us that “all the promises of God find their ‘Yes’ in Christ” (2 Cor. 1:20). Through all of life we can cling to God’s promise to sustain, provide, and walk along side us, no matter what trials we face. As a church we declare, “Never once did we ever walk alone, never once did you leave us on our own. You are faithful; God you are faithful!”
“Before the Throne of God Above” – Shane and Shane
(Assurance of Salvation through the Gospel)
“When Satan tempts me to despair and tells me of the guilt within, upward I look and see Him [Jesus] there, who made an end of all my sin. Because a sinless Savior died, my sinful soul is counted free; for God, the Just, is satisfied to look on Him and pardon me.” This is the gospel. Christ is the measure of God’s love, and anyone who is in Christ has no condemnation (Romans 8:1).
“Build Your Kingdom Here” – Rend Collective
(Song of Mission & Sending)
“Come set your rule and reign in our hearts again…” When God rules our lives, we live differently than the rest of the world. We will with conviction, direction, and purpose infuses all that we do -to glorify God in every facet of our lives. God didn’t save us to kill time just listening to Christian music, or to join multiple Bible studies. God saves us so we can join him in his mission -to build his kingdom here in Salina and around the globe.