Worshipers, here is a quick explanation of the opening set so that you can be ready for the flow of thought in the music:
Our gathering song this week is a hopeful lament in which we recognize there is nothing we can do to deserve God’s grace, but “My trust is in the Lord and not in my own merit,” and that “Though great our sins and sore our woes, his grace much more aboundeth…Our Shepherd good and true is He who will at last His Israel free.”
At which point we will shift to how our God is that Shepherd by claiming him as the Father to the Fatherless, a Healer to the brokenness, You make beauty from the ashes.” And so we desire to have his heart to “love the unseen” and his eyes to “help us love those in need,” but as we stated in the opening song, we are powerless to do this in our own strength. “I need Thee, O I need thee…” through temptations, joy, and pain. We ask him to help us to live in his will and to fulfill his promises in us.
To collect all the thoughts and emotions we’ve just engaged in we will pray: “Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.”
I’m looking forward to worshiping with you.