Veritas Gathered: Preparing for Sunday – October 20th, 2013
This weeks sermon is taken from Romans 13:8-14. Have you ever asked yourself what it means to love someone else? Take it one step further and consider what it means to love a stranger as though they were yourself? In a world that seemingly rewards self centeredness and incourages individuality see what the Gospel says about being selfless and dependent upon Jesus Christ.
L: Let us lay aside every weight and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
C: Jesus came and perfectly exampled how our mission might be lived out.
L: Father, keep us from looking to the world to determine how we should live our lives and help us to continually look to Jesus’ life for guidance in living out our mission.
C: Give us the faith and courage to live in the radical, joy-producing way Jesus calls us to live. May we be grateful for the kingdom of God that we have been brought into and may we boldly live out our mission to proclaim Jesus as Savior and King.
– Based on Hebrews 12
This weeks commitment reading ties in so well with the sermon text. It will allow us as a congregation to respond together to the teaching heard and focus on Christ. The liturgy text itself comes from the book of Hebrews and proclaims to us the truth that we have been so greatly and sacrificially loved that the only response is to love others in the same fashion.
Check out this list of some of the songs we will be singing together this week:
- “Hail The King”- a newer song that puts to music the bold and wonderful truths of Romans 5.
- “Death Has Lost Its Sting”- reminds us that in Christ we have life who has removed the eternal sting of death.
- “O Fount Of Love”- is a gospel saturated song of praise and thanks.
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!