Posted: June 10, 2020
Online Vacation Bible School
Online Sunday Services
Sunday Worship Online
Come back and join us on Sunday for worship through music and message from our pastor on our website.
This Sundays Topic:
Experiencing The Life God Intended
Sunday School Live Stream
Carl Hobbs, the teacher for Christians Under Construction, is teaching live on Facebook each Sunday at 10:00 AM. Everyone is
welcome to join.
To Join: Search for Carl Hobbs on Facebook. You will then see a link to join on his page.
If you have any questions, give
Jonathan a call.
Sunday School Material
The Summer quarter of our Sunday School material is available. You may stop by the office to pick up your book, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon. If you know someone who needs a book, please let us know.
Giving as of June 10, 2020
Budget for 2020 . . . . . . . . . . . . . $326,787.00
Tithes Needed to Date . . . . . . . . $131,971.77
Received to Date . . . . . . . . . . . . . $98,937.56
Needed for weekly budget . . . . . . $6,284.37
Tithes Received this week . . . . . . . $3,784.64
A letter from our Pastor on resuming services.
8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
This Sunday, June 14, marks the return to corporate worship. The sanctuary will be prepared, and the service will be planned to minimize risk. Everyone who feels comfortable attending must prepare any measures that we think are wise to protect our health (mask, gloves, etc.). All of this is on top of the usual preparations for a worship service!
But, while these logistical preparations are important, they are secondary to the spiritual preparation. We must prepare our hearts to meet with the Lord.
How do we spiritually prepare for worship? We find an excellent guide in Psalm 95. This psalm was written by David (Hebrews 4:7) to lead the people to worship (probably during the Feast of Tabernacles). The instructions are as valid for us today as they were for Israel in the days of David. Please take a moment and think about the preparations we must make for real worship.
The first preparation is that we focus on seeking the Lord. Israel’s feasts were times of gathering family and friends. But, in verses 1-2, all the focus is on the Lord. While it will be good to be in the sanctuary and to be with each other (while socially distancing!), our focus must be the Lord Himself. As we who are able to assemble come together, our focus must be on the Lord.
The next preparation needs to be a deep reverence for the Lord. In verses 3-5, David praises the Lord for His position as the only real, sovereign, ruling God. Worship is as high or low as the worshipper’s concept of God. The root problem of most so-called worship today is a low view of God. Only when we see God as who He is and have a healthy Biblical fear of him, can we truly worship.
We also must have a humble adoration for the Lord. In verses 6-7a, David wrote, “Come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord and Maker. For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand…” Our heart must overflow in adoration to this great God who has made us His own by His grace. What a wonderful God we have! How worthy is He of our praise!
Last, we must be prepared to obey the Lord. The psalm ends in verses 7b-11 by calling Israel not to be like the generation that God brought out of Egypt. In spite of seeing God’s mighty power and works, they disobeyed God due to lack of faith. This passage is quoted in Hebrews to show our need to live in faith. As we prepare to worship, we must decide to believe who God has revealed Himself to be and to commit ourselves to obeying Him. The fruit of true worship is trusting obedience.
As we prepare to assemble for worship this Sunday, let’s not overlook the spiritual preparations. Those are the most important preparations.