Good Evening Brothers and Sisters
It is good to gather here together to worship the Lord through song, confession, prayer, and the hearing of his word.
One of the themes of the night is the beauty of the local church and tonight as we worship together, I encourage you not to get lost in worship. Know, and thank God, that we have been called to the community of believers. Thank the Lord that it is not just you and God, but that he has been kind enough to let us work alongside other believers who serve the same king.
So as we worship tonight, do not get lost, do not block out the voices of the saints around you. but stay aware of and be encouraged by where you are. Worshipping next to brothers and sisters. Family who you have wept with in trials and heart ache, and who you have laughed and rejoiced with as you have seen prayers answered and the fruit of your labor for the kingdom.
Rejoice that together, we come before our Sovereign God in awe and wonder, and worship him.
Sing with me about our Sovereign God. This is our Father’s world.
Father, Thank you for your son. I pray that he is our one foundation. Thank you for your glorious plan of salvation. Thank you that through the death of your son we are forgiven, and that through his resurrection we have been justified and have been reconciled to you. Thank you for Jesus. Thank you for your promise to conform us into the image of Jesus. Teach us to be more like him. Teach us to love the church the way he loved the church. He gave himself up for it, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of the water of the word that he might present her to himself in splendor, without any spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and blameless. Thank you for the way you have loved your church. We wait for the day Jesus comes back to claim us his bride.
Teach us from your word tonight. Be with Trevin as he speaks from the text and help us submit to the authority of the word. In the name of Jesus, Amen.