Welcome to ToGather.church, a worship guide for you, your friends and family, or your home group and house church. (Get more information.) Let's open our hearts to God and ask Jesus to fill us with the Holy Spirit as we sing "Holy Spirit," with Francesca Battistelli:
The Passion Translation gives us a fresh way to hear Paul's call for us to be "filled with the fullness of the Holy Spirit" as we worship — and as we live:
So be very careful how you live, not being like those with no understanding, but live honorably with true wisdom, for we are living in evil times. Take full advantage of every day as you spend your life for his purposes. And don't live foolishly for then you will have discernment to fully understand God's will. And don't get drunk with wine, which is rebellion; instead, be filled with the fullness of the Holy Spirit. And your hearts will overflow with a joyful song to the Lord Jehovah. Keep speaking to each other with words of Scripture, singing the Psalms with praises and spontaneous songs given by the Spirit! Always give thanks to Father God for every person he brings into your life in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. And out of your reverence for Christ be supportive of each other in love (Ephesians 5:15-21 TPT).
Great Joy in Worshipping Our Holy God:
The Holy Spirit leads us to praise God for his greatness, goodness, and faithfulness. God is holy and worthy of our adoration, so let's praise our God in heaven with the song, "How Great Is Our God," with Demetrius Collins and the Westover Hills praise team:
All too often, we forget the majesty and holiness of God. Today, Phil Ware reminds us of our need to reverence God as holy while still rejoicing in God and before God with full-body and heartfelt worship. In Phil's lesson, we look at the joy that David and the people of God felt as they brought the ark of the covenant back to dwell with God's people. The LORD's power, presence, and blessing would once again be with his people! Worship helps us express our love for God with hearts, souls, minds, and bodies as we celebrate his presence among us:
Today's message invited us rejoice in God's power and presence coming to live with us. We worship with our "Whole Heart," led by Hillsong United:
We don't have the ark of God with us today. Instead, we have something much more profound: The Holy Spirit lives in us and makes each of us into a holy temple in which God dwells (1 Corinthians 6:19). Because Jesus bought us at a great price, we should glorify God with our bodies (1 Corinthians 6:20). As our Savior, he has promised that nothing can ever separate us from his love for us (Romans 8:32-39). Since these gifts from Jesus are of such great value to us, let's celebrate by praising him with the song, "How Can I Keep from Singing?" led by the Zoe Group:
Sharing the Supper and Entering the World with God's Blessing:
Jesus invites us to his table of grace. We come to the Lord's Table troubled with heavy hearts because our world is in such a mess. Jesus, however, knows this broken world quite well. The bread and the wine remind us of how unjustly and brutally the Lord's adversaries treated him. He chose to endure the indignities and cruelties of the cross to defeat the power of sin, death, and hell for us. Because of his love for us, Jesus gave himself as the atoning sacrifice for our sins and the sin epidemic in our world (1 John 2:1-2):
May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God (Romans 15:5-7).
The blessing at the end of today's Communion meditation reminds us that we need to go forth to serve the world in the same way we entered our time of worship: with the Spirit leading and filling us. Let's close our worship time with the song, "Spirit Lead Me," with Michael Ketterer and Influence Music: