Getting Ready for Worship Night, Friday March 7th

We have a special worship night this Friday, March 7th, at 7pm. It’s a chance for us to step away from our normal routine and have an extended time of praising God through singing and praying. We’ll go from 7-8:30. Childcare is available for kids age 0-5. Elementary school-age kids are very welcome to join us, as we hope the pace and structure of the service will be a good fit for them.

The value of a time like this is that it can help re-calibrate how we relate to God. We can get bogged down by the day-to-day, but corporate worship has a way of getting us unstuck. That’s along the lines of what Thomas Watson says,

When the falling dust of the world has clogged the wheels of our affections, that they can scarce move towards God, the Sabbath comes, and oils the wheels of our affections, and they move swiftly on.

Hopefully this time on Friday can oil the wheels for many of us and renew our desire for God.

We’re taking Psalm 62 as a guide for our time. We’ll follow how it moves between praise, lament, and confession. It’s a way to let Scripture guide how we speak to God. It makes sure that we’re relating to God according to what our lives actually look like, with the ups and the downs that are true of this world. Take some time, if you can, to read and even pray the psalm beforehand.

1 Truly my soul finds rest in God;
    my salvation comes from him.
2 Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
    he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.
3 How long will you assault me?
    Would all of you throw me down—
    this leaning wall, this tottering fence?
4 Surely they intend to topple me
    from my lofty place;
    they take delight in lies.
With their mouths they bless,
    but in their hearts they curse.
5 Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
    my hope comes from him.
6 Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
    he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
7 My salvation and my honor depend on God;
    he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
8 Trust in him at all times, you people;
    pour out your hearts to him,
    for God is our refuge.
9 Surely the lowborn are but a breath,
    the highborn are but a lie.
If weighed on a balance, they are nothing;
    together they are only a breath.
10 Do not trust in extortion
    or put vain hope in stolen goods;
though your riches increase,
    do not set your heart on them.
11 One thing God has spoken,
    two things I have heard:
“Power belongs to you, God,
12     and with you, Lord, is unfailing love”;
and, “You reward everyone
    according to what they have done.”

Here’s our song list for this Friday (with links to lyrics and music).

Divine Invitation [lyrics; listen] – Eric Owyoung and Steve Hindalong

In Christ Alone [lyrics; listen] – Stuart Townend and Keith Getty

Psalm 62 [lyrics and listen] – Stuart Townend and Aaron Keyes

Dear Refuge of My Weary Soul [lyrics; listen] – words by Anne Steele; music by Kevin Twit

Solid Rock [lyrics; listen] – words by Edward Mote; music by William B. Bradbury; arranged by Page CXVI

Cling to the Crucified [lyrics; listen] – words are anonymous; music by Kevin Twit

Rock of Ages [lyrics; listen] – words by Augustus Toplady; music by Thomas Hastings; arranged by Page CXVI and David Wilton

Nothing but the Blood [lyrics; listen] – Robert Lowry; arranged by Page CXVI

From the Depths of Woe [lyrics and listen] – words by Martin Luther; music by Christopher Miner

O My Soul, Arise [lyrics and listen] – words by Charles Wesley; music with additional lyrics by Eric McCallister

Behold Our God [lyrics and listen] – Jonathan Baird, Meghan Baird, Ryan Baird, and Stephen Altrogge

The Gospel Song [lyrics and listen] – words by Drew Jones; music by Bob Kauflin

How Deep the Father’s Love for Us [lyrics; listen] – Stuart Townend

It is Finished [lyrics; listen] – Dustin Kensrue

See you on Friday!

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