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- GIVE US OUR FOOD FOR TODAY…
*He Reigns Praise Team with Congregation B (F) AG,HR,AG,BRx2, AG Song 3
Mat 5:23-24 Worshiping includes others and you must be rightly related to them. If not, then get back together before you worship.
The Pharisees were intent only on the external act in worship. They looked not at all to the internal state of the mind. If a man conformed to the external rites of religion, however much envy, and malice, and secret hatred he might have, they thought he was doing well.
Our Savior taught a different doctrine. It was of more consequence to have the heart right than to perform the outward act. If, therefore, says he, a man has gone so far as to bring his gift to the very altar, and should remember that anyone had anything against him, it was his duty there to leave his offering and go and be reconciled.
While a difference of this nature existed, his offering could not be acceptable. He was not to wait until the offended brother should come to him; he was to go and seek him out, and be reconciled.
So now the worship of God will not be acceptable, however well performed externally, until we are at peace with those that we have injured. “To obey is better than sacrifice” 1 Samuel 15:22.
He that comes to worship his Maker filled with malice, and hatred, and envy, and at war with his brethren, is a hypocritical worshiper, and must meet with God’s displeasure. God is not deceived, and He will not be mocked.
- FORGIVE US FOR DOING WRONG…
Be Thou My Vision Choir with Piano Song 3
Gen 22:1-8 And the two of them went on together.
Praise Team and Congregation B (E), CH, CH Song 2
I bring an offering of worship to my King. No one else deserves the praises that I sing. Jesus, may You receive the honor that you’re due, O Lord, I bring an offering to You.
What a wonderful personal statement of worship!
When we take these great feelings of devotion that we want to express and put them with music, great things happen. We can all raise our voices together with the same message. Making music just makes the statement sweeter.
A side benefit is that we can more easily learn and memorize Biblical truth if it is put to music and used in a worship setting.
From Old Testament times to today, God has gifted His people with the ability to create great music. We have the privilege of singing all of these songs today.
Whether they are the Psalms of David, a text and tune written during the Reformation, a gospel song from the last century, or a brand new expression, we can worship in many ways.
One of the best of these is more than two hundred years old and is the most beloved song of our faith. In fact, it is probably the most widely known song in the world. Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me.
- KEEP US FROM BEING TEMPTED…
Amazing Grace (#330) Choir and Congregation P/O (G) Verses 1 and 3 Song 2
Amazing Grace/My Chains Are Gone Praise Team and Congregation B (G), CH, CH a-cap Song 2
How Great Is Our God Praise Team and Congregation B (C), CH, Song 2
1 Corinthians 14: 24-26 Encourages worship to be conducted in a manner so that the secrets of the heart are laid bare.
Even if an unbeliever or someone who doesn’t understand comes into our worship service, we should be worshiping in such a way that the unbeliever is convinced he or she is a sinner, and he or she would fall down and worship God, exclaiming, “God is really among you!”
Hebrews 12:24 says that Jesus is the mediator of a new covenant, and that His blood on the cross is the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.
Perhaps someone here today has seen among us that God is present…we would invite you to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior by simply coming forward during this hymn and allowing us to introduce you to Him before you leave today.
Each time we close our services, we know we are stepping away from the announced and intended gathering of our brothers and sisters for the express purpose of worship and we are going into a distracting and in some cases a hostile world….not receptive nor helpful to our convenient walk with God….pilgrims in a foreign land….and so we need His rule and reign in our hearts…..we pause to agree with Him for the actions He has called on us to do in our receipt of His will in our lives during this worship time.
1 Corinthians 14:26 also assures us that worship strengthens us to do His will in our lives yielded to His will and purpose. What has He led you to do, as a result of your worship offered to Him this morning?
- FOR THINE IS THE KINGDOM…
*I Surrender All Choir and Congregation Chr B (C/D)
The Lord’s Prayer (spoken)