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.

“Your Love is Strong” – Jon Foreman
(Call to Continued Worship)

This contemporary take on the Lord’s Prayer is a perfect song for us to gather on.  Casting our agendas, worries, and cares on Jesus should be a daily practice for us as believers.  As one church body, we unite under cause of Christ.  “Our God in heaven, hallowed by Thy name above all names!  Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven!”

“In My Place” – Matt Boswell
(Corporate Confession)

Sin is a terrible thing.  The nature of sin is selfishness.  It pushes others away, and puts barriers up that can ruin relationships, tear apart families, and ultimately separate us from the presence of God.  BUT there is a hope.  There is one hope.  One hope for restoration and reconciliation, one hope that we might spend eternity with God and not separated from him.  This one hope hinges on the Person and work of Jesus Christ, namely the death he died in our place, for our sin.  2 Corinthians 5:21 says, “For our sake [God the Father] made [God the Son] to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”  That’s good news.  The death Jesus died, he died for our sin, so that the life we live can be lived for God.  We sing, “Hallelujah!  What a Savior!”

“In Christ Alone” – Stuart Townend

Reminding ourselves of the salvation that Christ wrought through his life, death, and resurrection should cause joy, peace, and humble adoration to well up inside of us.  ”What heights of love!  What depths of peace!  When fears are stilled, when strivings cease.  My Comforter, my All in all, here in the love of Christ I stand.”

“Christ Is Risen” – Matt Maher
(Song of Sending)

While the center of Christ’s work takes place on the cross when he exchanged his righteousness for our sin, we must live in light of the resurrection.  I heard a pastor once say, Jesus death was the payment for our sin and his resurrection gave us the receipt.  If Jesus didn’t rise from the dead, how would be know if he actually paid for our sin?  How would we know that we are forgiven and free?  We wouldn’t!  BUT thanks be to God that Christ is indeed risen!  We have great cause to celebrate.  We have great cause to live each and every day.  “O death, where is your sting?  O hell, where is your victory?  O Church, come stand in the light -our God is not dead, He’s alive!  He’s alive!”


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