Preparing For Worship

Leading up to Sunday, September 10

Scripture Passage

1 Peter 1:1-2

Reflection

In the apostle Matthew we see someone who represented the worst of society, respond to Jesus’ call and ultimately finds rest and peace. Consider the passage from his gospel account where Jesus first calls him to follow:

As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him.

And as Jesus reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Matthew 9:9-13)

Are you wrestling with thoughts about your own “worthiness” as you prepare for worship this week? Are you hurting and broken within? Overwhelmed by the weight of your sin?

Remember, Jesus is calling. “Follow me.”

Songs We’ll Be Singing

Song of…

Invocation: O Come to the Altar

Adoration: How Great Thou Art

Confession: Draw Me Nearer

Thanksgiving: You Are My King

Response: On Jordan’s Stormy Banks