Veritas Gathered: Preparing for Sunday – March 9th, 2014
Our sermon this week will come from Genesis 2:1-3. Join us as we consider what it means to rest in the Gospel. We so often run ourselves ragged in an attempt to merit or earn our salvation, yet God commands us to rest. When we rest in the gospel we have freedom considering that the work of salvation has been completed by Jesus.
L: Righteous God, in Christ You became sin for us. You took what we are so that we might become what You are. But we confess that often we ignore our sin. We confess that too often we do not confess. We keep silent about the sin that clings to us. But our sins are too great a burden for us. In this season of Lent, may You remind us of our brokenness. May You reveal to us our desperate need of Your grace. May we be faced with our mortality and sin so that we will turn to You in repentance.
C: Forgive us, O God. In Christ, take away our iniquity. We confess our sins, that we might rejoice and be glad in You and in the righteousness that flows over us as a mighty stream of grace. In Christ we pray, Amen.
—Adapted from the Reformed Worship Journal, 34:19
This is our liturgy of confession this week. Not only does it point out the fact that Jesus became sin for us, but it also reminds us of our complete and absolute need for such a truth. On our own we would never be able to atone for our sin, however, Jesus did so and in return all we must do is acknowledge the very sin from which we need saving. God is faithful to redeem and mighty to save. Reflect on this and what weight it holds in your day to day life and then come and communally experience the grace of God that awaits.
Check out this list of some of the songs we will be singing together this week:
- “Truly Today” – a new song that speaks of the effects of our sin and how God dealt with them through Jesus Christ.
- “Great is Your Name” – praises God for the way that he has redeemed us for our sin and the great cost at which it was accomplished
- “Be Thou My Vision” – a song that pleads for God to be our everything- to be our delight and our one true satisfaction.
Even though our arrangements might be slightly different, listen through these songs and see the great truths that they speak about our God and then come prepared to sing them out loudly and joyfully as a gathered church.
See you Sunday!