How to Prepare for Sunday Worship June 2nd

On Fridays we’re posting a guide for how to prepare for the upcoming Sunday service. It gives you a chance to read the Bible passage ahead of time, see the song list, and get your mind and heart ready. You can see some of the rationale here.

There’s a whole range of choices for how we spend our time on a Sunday morning in the summer. Golf, work in the yard, brunch with friends. When we come to church, it can feel like it’s our decision, one choice amidst a lot of other possibilities. And certainly in a way that’s true.

Yet at the same time, we come, because God has called us. He’s the one who takes the initiative and seeks us out. He’s gathering us so that we can praise him. As we hear from him and speak to him, and interact with each other, all of that is part of God drawing us to himself. And hopefully we find, that in praising him, we’re actually living out what it means to be truly human.

Shay Roush will preach this Sunday from James 4:11–12, “Who are You to Judge?” James 4:11–12 reads, “11 Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. 12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?

Words matter. How we speak matters. Two ways we can misuse words are by slander, when we speak falsely against a person, and judging, when we have a persistent, critical spirit that finds fault with others. What are our motives? What’s the impact on others, on us, on our relation to God? James will push us to see what’s really happening when we use words in these ways.

Our song list for this Sunday (with links to lyrics and recorded versions where possible)

Holy, Holy, Holy (Lord God, Almighty) [lyrics] – lyrics by Reginald Heber; music by John Dykes

Awakening [lyrics; listen] – Chris Tomlin, Reuben Morgan

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

Rock of Ages [lyrics; listen] – lyrics by Augustus Toplady; music by Thomas Hastings

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

Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken [lyrics; listen] – lyrics by Henry Lyte; music by Bill Moore

See you Sunday morning.

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