July 8, 2018
We’re in Christ in the Psalms, our annual summer series. It’s our seventh week and we’re in Psalm 84.
One of the ways we enjoy and study the psalms each year is by having different artists do a piece each week for the respective psalm we’re in. Our Psalm 84 artwork is by Katie Riehl. Learn more about her artwork and all the preceding weekly artworks right here.
Here’s how you can prepare for this week’s service:
1. Read through our text, Psalm 84.
Reflecting on the temple of God, the psalmist longs to be counted in the assembly of the blessed, those who dwell in the house of God ever singing His praise! He expresses the deepest longing of his heart: to find a home in the house of the Lord. The writer, like the Christian, can endure all, walking even through the valley of the shadow of death, if they know they’ll arrive at the all-surpassing destination—the courts of the Lord. We, then, equipped with strength that comes only from the Lord, must live our lives with the compass of our hearts set towards the dwelling place of God, for in His presence is fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore.
2. Read, pray and sing through the service:
CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 84:1–4, Welcome (From Immanuel Nashville):
To all who are weary and need rest,
To all who mourn and long for comfort,
To all who feel worthless and wonder if God cares,
To all who fail and desire strength,
To all who sin and need a Savior,
This church opens wide her doors
with a welcome from Jesus Christ,
the Ally of His enemies, the Defender of the guilty,
the Justifier of the inexcusable, the Friend of sinners.
Holy Spirit (Bryan Torwalt, Katie Torwalt arr. Jesus Culture)
House Of God Forever (Jon Foreman)
CONFESSION OF SIN: Psalm 51:1–2; 9–12
ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Hebrews 10:19–22
Jesus We Love You (Kalley Heiligenthal, Hannah McClure, Paul McClure)
Build My Life (Barrett, Kable, Martin, Redman, Younker)
GREETING, SERMON, & COMMUNION
RESPONSE: Song & Prayer
Be Thou My Vision (Mary Elizabeth Byrne, Eleanor Henrietta Hull, arr. Ascend The Hill)
Oh! Great Is Our God (Brian Eichelberger)