Tomorrow is Sunday – and we get an extra hour of sleep! I can hardly think of a more exciting combination.
This past week has been more than a little anxiety-ridden and definitely one that I am definitely ready to finish. I love that the first day of the week – of every week, but especially this one – is the Lord’s day, a day where we get our focus back on Christ. For the Church – the Bride of Christ – every Sunday is supposed to gather in remembrance and worship of all that Christ has done for us, but, most importantly because “He is risen, as He said” (Matthew 28:6), we gather to honor our resurrected Savior who is our “living hope” (1 Peter 1:3)!
There is plenty to distract us from that hope. It is as Jesus said in Matthew 6:34, “Sufficient for the day is its own trouble”. But, rather than be distracted, let us be reminded all the more of Who our reason to hope is!
I love the dual promises found in John 16:33 that “in the world you will have tribulation” but that we should “take heart” because Jesus has already “overcome the world.
I love the reminder Jesus gave to Paul in the midst of his great trial and thorn (2 Corinthians 12:9): “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
And I love and rejoice in the hope that one day I – and all believers – will be with Him forever, the Sovereign all-powerful God and His ransomed, adopted, redeemed Church, where there will be no more “mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:3-4) and the final tear will be wiped away by a hand still bearing the scars of the wounds by which we are healed (Isaiah 53:5)!
Tomorrow, I hope you’ll gather with us. It’s likely you need reminding, too. There world is a hopeless place, but this world is not all there is. So, tomorrow, we’ll gather as our little corner of the Kingdom and make much of Him in worship to prepare for the eternal life that is to come!
Here are our Scriptures & songs:
- Psalm 130
1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord!
2 O Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
to the voice of my pleas for mercy!
3 If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,
O Lord, who could stand?
4 But with you there is forgiveness,
that you may be feared.
5 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope;
6 my soul waits for the Lord
more than watchmen for the morning,
more than watchmen for the morning.
7 O Israel, hope in the Lord!
For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
and with him is plentiful redemption.
8 And he will redeem Israel
from all his iniquities.
- Chain Breaker
Scripture References / Inspiration for the Song: Matthew 11:28-30, John 8:44, Hebrews 11:35, Isaiah 53:4, John 14:6, Galatians 5:1, Acts 16:25-26, Psalm 116:16, Romans 6:20, John 1:4-5, John 8:12, Galatians 6:9, Romans 3:10-18, Romans 10:9-13
- Great I AM
Scripture References / Inspiration for the Song: Psalm 73:28, Philippians 3:20, 1 Corinthians 15:54-56, Revelation 5:9-13, Psalm 113:1, Isaiah 6:3, Revelation 4:8, 1 Samuel 2:2, Revelation 5:4-6, Revelation 15:3, Revelation 11:17, Exodus 3:14, John 8:58, Psalm 145:18, 1 John 3:16, 1 John 4:13-18, Proverbs 8:13, Psalm 119:63, Ezekiel 37:1-14, Isaiah 64:1, James 2:19, Luke 8:31-33, Luke 10:17, Psalm 76:7
- Galatians 3:10-14
10 For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.” 11 Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.” 12 But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.” 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”— 14 so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.
- Jesus Paid It All (O Praise the One)
Scripture References / Inspiration for the Song: Matthew 11:28-30, John 19:30, Colossians 2:13-14, 2 Corinthians 4:15, Hebrews 12:28-29, Isaiah 1:18, Jeremiah 13:23, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Ezekiel 11:19, Revelation 4:10-11, Romans 6:4, Revelation 5:9-10
- King of Kings
Scripture References / Inspiration for the Song: Proverbs 4:19, John 3:19-21, Ephesians 2:1, Philippians 2:5-11, Matthew 5:17, Isaiah 7:14, Luke 1:31, Isaiah 9:6-7, Luke 2:7, Psalm 3:3, Psalm 8:1, John 1:14, Psalm 136:3, Matthew 28:18, Revelation 19:16, Matthew 13:24-52, 2 Corinthians 5:18-21, Isaiah 53, John 3:16, Romans 5:6-10, Galatians 3:13, Colossians 2:14, Titus 2:14, Acts 4:33, 1 Corinthians 15:3-8, Matthew 27:52-53, Luke 15:7, Acts 2:1-4, Matthew 24:35, Ephesians 1:7, Galatians 5:1, Galatians 2:19-20, 2 Timothy 2:11
- (invitation) Here Again
Scripture References / Inspiration for the Song: Deuteronomy 31:6, Psalm 23:4, Psalm 46:1, Matthew 28:20, John 14:16-17, Romans 8:38-39, John 15:5, Romans 5:6-8, Exodus 20:3, Matthew 22:36-37, Luke 14:26-33, 1 John 4:18, 2 Corinthians 12:9, Hebrews 4:13, Ezekiel 37:1-14
- (offertory) I Wonder
Scripture References / Inspiration for the Song: Romans 1:19-20, Psalm 8:1-4, 2 Corinthians 3:18, Psalm 150:6, Psalm 104:1, Song of Solomon 8:6, Psalm 33:21, Romans 5:1-5, Colossians 2:13-15, Romans 7:14, Matthew 27:32-28:10, 1 John 2:1-2, 1 Timothy 2:5, Titus 2:11-14, Ephesians 2:1-5
We invite you to join us this Sunday at Christ Community Church in Grenada, MS!
We have Sunday School classes for all ages at 9:30a and worship – everyone is welcome – at 11:00a!
If you are concerned about social distancing or are at-risk, consider gathering with us at 10:00a for a small group Bible study in our worship center. There is plenty of room to spread out, but there is also opportunity to gather with others at the same time! No one will crowd you, and you can exit out of our side door and avoid the crowd coming in to worship after the Bible study!
We also continue to live stream from Pastor John Goldwater’s facebook page and have current and past services on the CCC YouTube page.