Prayer & Preparation for March 3rd, 2024

This Lord's Day

Hey church,

Here are some details about this week's morning service:

Songs we'll sing: "Behold Our God," "O Father, You Are Sovereign," "Blessed Be Your Name," "Come, People of the Risen King," "Happy Day"

Sermon text: Psalm 9

Sermon title: I Will Rejoice

Cross-references: Romans 5:1-5; 10:14-17

Teaching that helped me in my preparation:

"The world rings with praise-lovers praising their mistresses, readers their favorite poet, walkers praising the countryside, players praising their favorite game-praise of weather, wines, dishes, actors, horses, colleges, countries, historical personages, children, flowers, mountains, rare stamps, rare beetles, even sometimes politicians and scholars. My whole, more general difficulty, about the praise of God depended on my absurdly denying to us, as regards the supremely Valuable, what we delight to do, what indeed we can't help doing, about everything else we value.... I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because that praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation. It is not out of compliment that lovers keep on telling one another how beautiful they are, the delight is incomplete till it is expressed."

C.S. Lewis

"If men ever worship God aright, they must purpose to do it."

W.S. Plumer

"Faith is an intelligent grace; though there can be knowledge without faith, yet there can be no faith without knowledge."

Thomas Watson

And here are some of the elements of worship in our Communion Service in the evening:

Songs we'll sing: "Christ the True and Better," "Living Hope," "Behold the Lamb (Passion)," and "Jesus, I Am Resting, Resting"

Communion meditation: Ps. 9:10; Jn. 1:14-18; 14:7-11; 18:37; Rom. 5:6-11; 1 Cor. 1:18-31; Col. 1:15-20; Heb. 1:1-4; 1 Pet. 1:13-21; 1 John 4:7-12

May you grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen (2 Peter 3:18).

Love you, church!

Jeff Tague