August 2, 2020
We'll begin a new ministry year this Sunday! With it, we'll also start back over on our liturgical themes as well as start a new series on Ezra and Nehemiah. God is Light will be our theme this week.
Prelude – "Give Me Jesus"
This one is a heartfelt plea that actually begins the morning on a darker note. Our hope for singing it is two-fold. The first reason is that as we enter to worship and fix our eyes on Jesus, we do so with the sober reality that we can feel the darkness of this world all around us. We know it is there but we also must rest assured that the One who has overcome the darkness is with us and commands us to worship him. The second reason is to set up the theme by way of contrast. He is the Light of the world who has overcome the darkness. Essentially, we'll contrast the idea of light by starting with a darker tone in the hopes that it makes his radiance all the more perceptible as we progress through the morning. "Give me Jesus, give me Jesus, you can have all this world, but give me Jesus."
"Only A Holy God"
We'll begin the corporate singing with the affirmation that God is wholly other. He is infinite in his holiness and worth. His radiance outshines the sun and there is none like him. "What other beauty demands such praises? What other splendor outshines the sun? What other majesty rules with justice? Only a holy God."
"Be Thou My Vision"
This is a prayer for us to sing that as we run our race, our eyes would be fixed on the Lord who lights our paths. "Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart. Naught be all else to me, save that thou art; thou my best thought by day or by night; waking or sleeping thy presence my light."
"His Mercy Is More"
We'll round out the set with the truth that whether we are struggling with the darkness from within ourselves or from without all around us, his mercy is more. Indeed, as we've said, he has overcome all our darkness! "Praise the Lord! His mercy is more. Stronger than darkness, new every morn. Our sins, they are many, his mercy is more!"
Response – "Doxology (Old Hundredth)"
We'll respond to the Word preached and be sent back into the world with the timeless expression of praise to our God, Three in One. "Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise him all creatures here below. Praise him above ye heavenly hosts. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen." Enjoy this a cappella arrangement as you prepare to meet with God's people in his house this week!