worshipThis Sunday, we would like to invite you to worship with us by responding to the truths of God’s word as seen in the book of 1 Peter (Prayer and Song) and Genesis 2 (Sermon).  We’ll read portions of it together and allow 1 Peter to inform our prayers and fuel our songs and Genesis 2 to shape and mold our hearts.

Below is the order of our service:

[opening worship]  Praise to the Lord the Almighty  |  rooted in 1 Peter 1:3-9

[Scripture Reading] 1 Peter 1:3-9

[Corporate Prayer]  Rooted in 1 Peter 1:13  “Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

[Worshipful Response] Grace Greater than our Sin

[Corporate Prayer]  Rooted in 1 Peter 1:14-15  “As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.

[Worshipful Response]  Holy, Holy, Holy

[Corporate Reading and Prayer]  Prayer for the Lost rooted in 1 Peter 2:12 “Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation.

[Worshipful Response] Let our Faith be not alone

[Corporate Prayer]  Rooted in 1 Peter 2:24-25 “and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed. For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.

[Worshipful Response]  Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us

[Communion]  1 Peter 3:18  “For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit;

[Worshipful Response] Stricken, Smitten and Afflicted

[Worshipful Response]  Nothing but the Blood

[Communion | Cup]  1 Peter 4:8 “Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.

[Worshipful Response] Here is Love

[Sermon]  Genesis 2  |  A Biblical Blueprint for Marriage

[Benediction] 1 Peter 5:10-11 “After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you. To Him be dominion forever and ever. Amen.”

[Worshipful Response and Closing] Doxology

Here are two things to note:

  1. In order to be mindful of time and text driven, we’ve chosen 1-2 stanzas of each hymn that align thematically.
  2. All Church denominations/traditions have their form of “liturgy” (how you do things in the service). This is a little bit different that our normal service structure.

Here are two requests:

  1. As we approach this Sunday, would you read through this wonderful epistle?  It is often said, “The more you spend time with this fisherman (Peter), the deeper your nets will go.”
  2. In preparation for celebrating Communion/The Lord’s Supper, here are a few Scriptures that will guide your heart:
    • Matthew 5:24 “Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering.
    • 1 Corinthians 11:27-28  “Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. But a man must examine himself, and in so doing he is to eat of the bread and drink of the cup.
    • 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

We eagerly await our coming Savior together with you and we look forward to gathering with you as we wait,

Mike

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