June 30, 2019
This Sunday will be week four of Christ in the Psalms, our annual summer series. The Psalms give us a vocabulary and a “hymnal” for relating to God through the full range of human experience and emotion, ultimately pointing us to Jesus.
As a means to engage further with the Psalms each summer, we have a different artist in our community make a piece each week to be displayed in the foyer. Last week our piece for Psalm 92 was done by Benjamin Rogers. Read more about that here. You can also see and read about all past Christ in the Psalms artwork pieces here (they go back as far as Psalm 41). Lastly, be sure to visit the side gallery each week (where you get coffee) to see the originals of all this year’s artwork pieces displayed together.
Here’s how you can prepare for this week:
1. Read through our text, Psalm 93.
We’re no strangers to the chaos of this world, especially when the headaches and hardships of life batter us with rhythmic devastation. Our hearts cope somehow, but often in anemic ways. All the while, Yahweh reigns as King. He rules the brokenness by His word: “This far and no further.” (Job 38:8–11) He does battle with the chaos and knows no defeat, and He is building a house, a dwelling place for His presence among His people. It is marked by His abiding word and perfect beauty and is ruled by Jesus, King over the chaos and Savior of our souls. Here we find hope and rest without ceasing.
2. Read, pray, and sing through the service:
CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 93:1–2, 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,
Our Great God (Fernando Ortega, Matt Powell)
God I Look To You (Ian McIntosh, Jenn Johnson)
CONFESSION OF SIN: Based on The Worship Sourcebook:
you have crowned Jesus Christ as Lord of all.
We confess that we have not bowed before Him
and are slow to acknowledge His rule.
We give allegiance to the powers of this world
and fail to be governed by justice and love.
In your mercy, forgive us.
Raise us to acclaim Him as ruler of all,
that we may be loyal ambassadors,
obeying the commands of our Lord Jesus Christ.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Based on Revelation 5:5, 9–10:
Do not weep!
See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed.
With His blood He has purchased people for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation.
He has made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God,
and they will reign on the earth.
King Of My Heart (John Mark McMillan, Sarah McMillan)
GREETING, SERMON, RESPONSE & COMMUNION:
How Majestic (Brian Eichelberger)
Jesus Is Better (Aaron Ivey, Brett Land)