We're glad you joined us for ToGather.church! We hope you are blessed as you join with us in song, prayer, Communion, praise, and Scripture. No matter where you are, please know that God's people from all around the world are joining you in this time of special worship. (Find out more.)
Opening with Praise in Word and Song:
We begin our ToGather.church worship with Phil Wickham's song, "Great Things":
God has done great things! Let's confess the truth of his majesty and holiness, together:
Yours, LORD, is the greatness and the power
and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
Yours, LORD, is the kingdom;
you are exalted as head over all.
(1 Chronicles 29:11)
Let's declare God's "Majesty" in song with Hallal Music:
Focusing on the Scriptures:
We praise and magnify God because of his promise to be our all-sufficient Savior. Let's rejoice by singing "Magnificat" with the Zoe Group:
Our Verse of the Day provides the focus verses for Phil's ToGather message:
To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy — to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen. (Jude 24-25 NIV84)
We pray you are blessed and encouraged by Phil's message, "Because He Is Able, I Can Be Sure of Salvation":
Sharing the Supper:
To prepare our hearts to take the Lord's Supper, let's continue our praise by singing, "Your Great Name," with Natalie Grant:
We exalt and lift up Jesus so the world can see that we believe he is Lord and Savior. However, before the angels exalted Jesus in praise for his victory, the Lord was lifted up on the cross in front of a jeering mob to be God's example, and servant of grace, to us:
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death —
even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
Prayer for the Bread:
As we take the Bread and remember Jesus' sacrifice and commit to living like him in our broken world, let's pray:
As you share the Bread, remember that as we take this Bread, we are committing to be Jesus' bodily presence in the world.
Prayer for the Cup:
As we take the Cup, let's thank God for his plan to save us through the sacrifice of Jesus for our sins:
As you share the Cup, remember that Jesus' life didn't end in death on the cross. He rose in power and glory.
Let's praise our great God with the song of angels, "Great I Am," with New Life Worship:
Let pray together from Romans 8:28-34, which has been adapted into a prayer for us:
What can I say to all this? If you are for me, who can be against me? If you did not spare your own Son but gave him up for us all, will you not also give us all things with him? Who shall bring any charge against your chosen people? Since you alone do the justifying, who is to condemn?
In the name of Jesus and by his authority, I come, asking for the confirmation of the faith I have expressed here. Please fill me with it and let me walk according to your purposes. Amen.
Let's join in a song that focuses on our God, YHWH Jireh — our God who is able and who provides what we most need when we most need it.
"'Jehovah-Jireh' is one of the many different names of God found in the Old Testament. "Jehovah-Jireh" is the KJV's [King James Version's] translation of YHWH-Yireh and means 'The LORD Will Provide' (Genesis 22:14). It is the name memorialized by Abraham when God provided the ram to be sacrificed in place of Isaac." (From Got Questions.)
This song and our previous prayer remind us of the key points in today's message:
- God handles the work of salvation!
- Our job is to pursue Jesus and entrust our salvation to the God who is able!
Let's sing this truth with the song, "Jireh," with Elevation Worship and Maverick City Music:
Let's close our ToGather worship with the following blessing from the book of Hebrews:
Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. (Hebrews 13:20-21)