June 21, 2020
We are now finished with our liturgical themes until they start over again this fall! We'll be planning the summer worship songs as closely as possible around the Scripture texts for the morning. This week, our text is from the last part of Acts 2 on the Fellowship of Believers. Each of our songs will then speak to some aspect of the body of Christ on this earth called the church.
Prelude – "How Firm a Foundation"
We'll play a fresh, instrumental arrangement of this but wanted to use it to draw our hearts and minds to the truth we'll sing together in the next song: the church is built upon the sure foundation of Christ Jesus our Lord! "How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord, is laid for your faith in his excellent Word!"
"The Church's One Foundation"
We'll open the corporate singing with this hymn for the same reason we played "How Firm" as the prelude. "The church's one foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord, she is his new creation by water and the Word, from heaven he came and sought her to be his only bride, with his blood he bought her and for her life he died."
"O Church Arise"
This song shifts our focus more towards the action and purpose of the church in daily living. We have a call to take up, a faith that we serve the risen Savior, and confidence that we are being led as the church has from the beginning by the power of the Holy Spirit. "O church arise and put your armor on, hear the call of Christ our captain, for now the weak can say that they are strong in the strength that God has given. With shield of faith and belt of truth we stand against the devil's lies. An army bold whose battle cry is love, reaching out to those in darkness."
"Speak, O Lord"
We then begin to transition into the Word preached with what amounts to a sung prayer of illumination – that the Holy Spirit would cause the word to come alive in us, that we may truly be the body of Christ on this earth. "Speak, O Lord as we come to you to receive the food of your holy Word, take your truth and plant it deep within us, shape, and fashion us in your likeness. That the light of Christ might be seen today in our acts of love and our deeds of faith. Speak, O Lord and fulfill in us all your purposes for your glory."
Response – "Come, Lord Jesus"
We'll respond to the Word preached by this text taken from Revelation which looks ahead to one day when all the wrongs have been righted. In the meantime, we've already spoken of our call and now we cry out to the Lord that we will be prepared for that day as his bride when he comes again for us as his church. "Like a bride waiting for her groom, we'll be a church ready for you. Every heart longing for her King, we sing, 'even so come, Lord Jesus, come!'"