PREPARE YOUR HEART FOR WORSHIP ON FEBRUARY 25, 2018
“Every day of your life you will find reasons to complain and every day of your life you will have reasons to be thankful. These two themes, complaint and gratitude, pull at the heart of each of us. They form fundamentally different ways of viewing the world because they are rooted in fundamentally different ways of viewing yourself… If you have placed yourself in the center of your world…you will be constantly focused on what you want, you will have an inflated sense of what you need, and you will be all too conscious of how you feel, so you will grumble your way through life… But if you humbly admit that as a sinner you deserve nothing but God’s wrath, that in acts of outrageous grace he has turned his face of mercy and kindness toward you, and that every good thing in your life is an undeserved blessing, you will find reasons to be grateful everywhere you look. Feelings of need and thankfulness rather than entitlement and disappointment will fill your heart.” – Paul Tripp, New Morning Mercies
WORSHIP IN SONG :: Rest My Soul
Rise, my soul, arise, God’s in control You’re not alone
Rise into His light, His plans are good You’re on His side
God of perfect peace, You are here with me on this raging sea it’s true
You won’t let me go, You’re my joy my hope
I will rest my soul in You
I will rest my soul in You
Sing, my soul, now sing for He is strong and you are weak
Yes, sing with everything your Savior’s praise wave after wave
I will call upon Your name
You’re above my circumstance
All my life is in Your hands
GOD CALLS US TO WORSHIP :: Lamentations 3:22-24
CONFESSION OF FAITH :: Heidelberg Catechism, Questions 88-91
Q. 88. What is involved in genuine repentance or conversion?
A. Two things: the dying-away of the old self, and the rising-to-life of the new.
Q. 89. What is the dying-away of the old self?
A. To be genuinely sorry for sin and more and more to hate and run away from it.
Q. 90. What is the rising-to-life of the new self?
A. Wholehearted joy in God through Christ1 and a love and delight to live according to the will of God by doing every kind of good work.
Q. 91. What are good works?
A. Only those which are done out of true faith, conform to God’s law, and are done for God’s glory; and not those based on our own opinion or human tradition.
GOD’S WORD PREACHED :: Philippians 2:19-30
 I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I too may be cheered by news of you.  For I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare.  For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.  But you know Timothy’s proven worth, how as a son with a father he has served with me in the gospel.  I hope therefore to send him just as soon as I see how it will go with me,  and I trust in the Lord that shortly I myself will come also.
 I have thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, and your messenger and minister to my need,  for he has been longing for you all and has been distressed because you heard that he was ill.  Indeed he was ill, near to death. But God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.  I am the more eager to send him, therefore, that you may rejoice at seeing him again, and that I may be less anxious.  So receive him in the Lord with all joy, and honor such men,  for he nearly died for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was lacking in your service to me. (ESV)