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January 8, 2013, 7:32 PM

This Year in Worship

Three items here tonight.  Two concerning worship; and one concerning the sermons.

First of all, I wanted to give you all a heads up about something that I want to be intentional about this year in worship.  Each Sunday I will be lifting up a couple of area churches in our prayer time, both at the earlier Prayer & Communion service, and then as well in the 11:00 service.  I want to pray especially for the pastor and the leadership of the church.  This past Sunday at the early service, we prayed for a couple Presbyterian churches close to us:  Colonial Presbyterian Church and their pastor, Brent Williams; First Presbyterian Church, Roanoke and their pastor, Bob Smith.  During the 11:00 service, we prayed for Will Robinson and Janet Chisom down the road at Salem Presbyterian.  We will continue to pray for our co-laborers in Jesus Christ.  We won't limit our prayers to Presbyterians, but will lift all who lift up the name of Jesus Christ in our Valley.

Secondly, for the Call to Worship, I want to work through the Psalter.  Of course, the first Sunday of the year, we used Psalm 1.  When I return on January 20th, we will use Psalm 2.  And so on.  Perhaps a good way to prepare your heart for worship is to read the upcoming Psalm that will call us into worship!

Now, about the sermons.  As you know, we have just come through the Advent season, and last week, opened up the year with a sermon on our necessary desire that Christ be formed in us.  That sermon will be the driving motivation behind every sermon this year.

We will be starting a seven sermon series on Jonah on January 27th.  We will follow that with ten sermons from 1 Corinthians.  After that, we will dive back in the Old Testament with ten sermons from 1st and 2nd Chronicles.  To lead us up to the end of the year, we will do ten sermons from the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew.

I am endeavoring to give you a good spread of the biblical canon.  I am balancing the OT and the NT.  Trying to make sure that we cover all genres in Scripture.  Trying to make sure that you hear the whole counsel of God, and not just the pet peeves and favorites of the preacher.

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