We're glad you joined us for ToGather! (Find out more about ToGather.) This is a do-it-yourself virtual guide for worship with Communion including a Communion reflection, YouTube worship songs, and a message from VerseoftheDay.com writer, Phil Ware. These features connected by Scriptures, prayers, and words of encouragement. We pray you are blessed!
Opening with Praise in Word and Song:
Let's begin with a song that points to our key theme of ToGather: glorifying God with all that we are. We sing "I Worship You" with Trey McLaughlin and SOZ:
Our opening prayer is from the apostle Paul in Romans 15:5-6. Let's receive this blessing-prayer as our encouragement to live in unity so we can glorify God together:
May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give [us] the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice [we] may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. [Amen.] (Romans 15:5-6)
We worship our Father in heaven because he is worthy of all worship, glory, honor, and praise. To honor our Father, let's sing "You Are God Alone" led by William McDowell:
Sharing The Supper:
God chose to enter our world in Jesus of Nazareth, Immanuel, God with us. No words can adequately describe the love that brought God to earth in Jesus, but we can celebrate this gift of grace with All Sons & Daughters as we sing "God With Us":
Fred Spain provides our Communion reflection today. He reminds us that The Supper calls us to love each other as Jesus has loved us (John 13:34-35). If we are to love and glorify our Father in heaven, we must not only love him with all that we are, but we must also genuinely love each other (Matthew 22:34-40; 1 John 4:8-20):
We love and worship God because he has been so good and gracious to us. When we glorify God, we are responding to our Father's love that reached out and saved us. God went first. He showed himself to us. He was gracious to us. We respond in worship and praise with lives devoted to him. However, as we love God and recognize all that he has done to save us, we also know that God is "majestic in holiness" (Exodus 15:11). He is deserving of our worship, honor, and praise. Let's sing "Majestic" with the Zoe Group as we glorify God for all that he is and all that he has done for us, for God is worthy of our worship:
Focusing on the Scriptures:
Our ToGather message is based on today's Verse of the Day and Psalm 63:3:
Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.
Phil's message for ToGather is focused on one clear point: We were created to glorify God:
While we commit to glorifying God with all we are, for as long as we are here on earth, and beyond into eternity, we also ask God to show his glory to the people of the world that do not yet know him. As we sing "Glorify Thy Name" with Keith Lancaster & The Acappella Company, let's pray for God to make his glory known:
Closing with Praise:
As we come to the close of ToGather, we will join in a song followed by a blessing-prayer.
First let's sing "New Doxology" with the Zoe Group. As we sing, let's commit to live to glorify God in all we say, do, and think each day:
May these words from John to persecuted Christians at the end of the first century awaken us to who we are and how we are to bring God glory:
To [Jesus Christ] who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father — to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen. (Revelation 1:5-6)