We're thankful that you joined us for this week's ToGather.church! We pray that today's worship blesses you as you share in home worship. Whether you are alone or with friends, family, a home group, or a house church, please know that the Lord's followers are joining you from all around the world to honor our Savior. (Find out more.) This week we focus on the foundation of our lives, the place we choose to take a stand with our lives, and it is God's grace!
Let's begin our worship by praising Jesus for all that he has done for us. Let's sing, "We Place You on the Highest Place," led by the Feather River Baptist Church:
Let's pray together:
Thank you, our Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father, for loving us and giving us eternal comfort and wonderful hope through your grace. Please comfort us, your children, and strengthen us in every good thing we do and say so that we may share your blessings with others in our broken world.
We pray this prayer in the name of Jesus and through the intercession of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
(Prayer adapted from 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 NLT.)
One way we anchor the grace of God in the center of our lives is to remember in Communion what Jesus has done to save us — his death, burial, and resurrection. What Jesus did to save us is the good news God provided to us. This is the good news that was preached to us, that we welcomed, that saves us, and on which we now STAND (1 Corinthians 15:1-2). We are humbled, yet also rejoice in what Jesus was willing to do for us. So, before we share the Lord's Supper, let's proclaim that Jesus is worthy of our lives as Andrew Peterson leads us in the song, "Is He Worthy?":
Now let's remember the Lord's sacrifice in the Supper as celebrate it knowing he is alive and has triumphed over sin, death, and hell for us. Longtime friend of Heartlight.org and VerseoftheDay.com, Randy Yarbrough, leads us in thoughts about what this holy meal means for us as believers:
Let's respond appropriately to our Lord's sacrifice with the song of praise, "Oh Lord, You're Beautiful," led by Hallal Music:
The Verse of the Day reminds of the place we need to stand:
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this GRACE in which we now STAND. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God (Romans 5:1-2).
So, where do we STAND?
If we STAND in grace, we can rejoice! Let's sing "King of Kings," led by Hillsong Worship, as praise to Jesus who brought us this grace:
Words mean a lot whether we speak them, shout them, or whisper them. However, even the most articulate words can't truly capture all the emotions of our hearts. That's why the Holy Spirit intercedes in prayer for us with words that cannot be expressed (Romans 8:26-27). So, as we approach the close of our worship time, let's praise Jesus with music, words, and the emotions of our hearts using the Hallal Music song, "Listen to Our Hearts":
Because we stand in grace, we rest our future in the sure and loving hands of our Father in heaven. Let's praise him for holding our future securely in his hands:
Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault. All glory to him who alone is God, our Savior through Jesus Christ, our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! Amen. (Jude 1:24-25 NLT)
God bless you as you live and move and breathe and STAND in the grace of God!