Preparing For Worship

Leading up to Sunday, March 5

Scripture Passage

Nehemiah 3

Reflection

Even as the liturgical calendar turns toward Lent (a season of fasting to prepare for the celebration of Jesus’ death and resurrection), we stay with Nehemiah and the rebuilding of Jerusalem’s walls. As all of scripture points us forward to Jesus and his gift of redemption, we sense a foreshadow in this Old Testament narrative of our ultimate home in the New Jerusalem.

Our offertory song this week is called “Jerusalem! My Happy Home!” While it is written from the point of view of Christ, can you too identify with this longing for our long-sought home, where sorrows end and joy is complete?

Jerusalem! My happy home!

Oh, how I long for thee!

When will my sorrows have an end?

Thy joys when shall I see?

 

Home, sweet home,

my long-sought home,

my home in heav’n above.

 

My friends, I bid you all adieu;

I leave you in God’s care;

And if I here no more see you,

Go on; I’ll meet you there.

 

Home, sweet home,

my long-sought home,

my home in heav’n above.

-Words: “F.B.P.”, 1583

Songs We’ll Be Singing

Song of…

Invocation:  Holy Spirit

Adoration:  Eternal King

Confession:  By His Wounds

Thanksgiving:  He Hideth My Soul

Response:  Psalm 130