Preparing Our Hearts for Worship, 05-27-2012

Thoughts on Worship

The Worship Arts team and I have been going through a little book called “The Air I Breathe” by Louie Giglio. I wanted to share a few quotes from that book for us to think about as we approach our weekly gathering.

“My hope is that somewhere in the pages of this book you’ll find yourself moving closer and closer to the kind of person Jesus calls a “true worshiper,” those who worship the Father from the heart with all they are…all they have.

“You may be like the woman Jesus met at the well that day— more concerned with your ‘place’ of worship than the God you meet there.

“Or you may be… feeling far away from the love of God.

“You might just be waking up to the idea of worship in the first place, only now realizing it’s that thing you’ve been doing your whole life long. Only now sensing you need to redirect its flow.

“Or maybe you’re a passionate lover of God, but frustrated by the presence of the idols you’ve kept around far too long.

“For all of us, the time for true worship is now. The door is open. The price has been paid. Jesus is here.

“…while the whole world is busy glorifying who knows what, God is inviting any and all to join the ranks of the true worshipers—those who are beginning to discover the connections between His infinite worth and their own inner longing to love something supremely.

“We’re talking about a brand of worship that’s lasting and true. The kind we were made for. Worship that both honors God and satisfies us.

“… For this we need a bigger definition, one that will take us deeper as we move together toward a life of true worship.

[True] worship is…
our response,
both personal and corporate,
to God—
for who He is!
and what He has done!
expressed in and by the things we say
and the way we live.

“… In a nutshell… worship is a whole-life response to God’s greatness and glory.

“… Worship isn’t something you attend, like a movie or a concert. Worship is something you enter into with all your might. Worship is a participation sport in a spectator culture.

“… When you break it all down, true worship is simply catching  sight of the greatness, majesty, glory, and grace of an infinite God.

“When God is not greatly praised, it’s only because we don’t think He’s that great of a God. When our worship is small, it’s because our concept of God is small.

“… We lose sight of the reality of all realities: There’s an infinite, limitless God high and exalted on His throne, ruling with all power and authority over the heavens and the earth. A God who’s still running the show— running our lives and running the whole universe on His timetable.

“And at this very moment, while He holds entire galaxies in place by His power, He also invites us at any time day or night to look up and behold Him as He is. He invites us to call Him by name and be His friend.”

– Louie Giglio, The Air I Breathe (Chapter 5)

This Week’s Songs of Worship:

Each week, we like to give the members of Grace a chance to learn the songs we will be singing on Sunday. Please use these lists as a way to ready your heart and mind, to come willing and able to worship our God in spirit and truth.

  1. O Worship the King – Passion version | Listen
  2. Sound of Melodies – Leeland | Listen
  3. Love and Grace Abound – Original  | Listen
  4. I Will Offer Up My Life – Matt Reedman | Listen
  5. Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee | Listen


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Prayer Tip #59: Your Prayers Matter

[From Lauris Shepherd, one of our Elders]

“One of the most wonderful things about the call to prayer is that every single one of us can experience divine power before the throne of Grace.  Whether we are young or old, rich or poor, male or female, no matter where we work, no matter where we live, we are powerful people and ‘heaven tall’ when we are down on our knees before the throne of Grace.”
– Beth Moore

Jesus said it this way, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father. 13 “Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 “If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.   John 14:12-14

To grow in faith and ‘ask in My name’, we must be ‘abiding in Him and His word abiding in us.’

Romans 10:17  So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.

John 15:7  If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

Are you abiding in Christ today?  Is His Word abiding in you?  Then ask whatever you wish according to His Word abiding in you.


For more information on the GBC Prayer Team, visit begrace.org/ministries/prayer-team.
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Prayer Tip #58: Praying for Real Needs

[From Lauris Shepherd, one of our Elders]

It’s always good to praise the Lord, but it is particularly critical to do so when I don’t feel like it.  It helps me get my focus off of myself and/or the circumstances and back on Jesus and the fact that He is faithful and mighty to save.

When people share a need or we observe people in need and we want to intercede for them, our tendency is to pray our sympathies.  This approach often has us praying about symptoms without addressing root issues and real needs.  I think we would all agree that to pray, “Lord, help my friend feel better.” will not have a very deep or lasting impact.

In Mark 2 friends brought a paralytic to Jesus to be healed and Jesus said, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.”  The paralyzed man had a need much more critical and with greater consequences than physical healing.

In Luke 18 (also Matt. 19 and Mark 10) a rich young ruler asked Jesus how to receive eternal life.  How would you have counseled/prayed for this man?  Jesus told him to keep the commandments. (What happened to ‘believe on Me and be saved’?  Jesus hadn’t been through our evangelism class.)  He knew the good man was trusting in his good works, so He told him if he really wanted to grow he should sell all his possessions and give to the poor and then come and follow Jesus.  The man couldn’t trust Jesus for salvation while trusting in his riches.

In John 5 Jesus picked a man out of a crowd of sufferers who had been an invalid for 38 years and asked him, “Do you want to be made well?”  The obvious is not always the greatest need.

When interceding, pause to think about what the real needs might be, asking God for discernment and just what you should pray.  Then pray in the Spirit.


For more information on the GBC Prayer Team, visit begrace.org/ministries/prayer-team.
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Women’s Ministry “Prayer and Share” Resources

Recently, our Women’s Ministry completed another season of ministry through fellowship, prayer, and studying the Word. During this time, they have collected some great prayer resources that we wanted to make available to you. Please feel free to use these documents to help you in your group or personal prayer times.

For more information on Grace Bible Church, visit begrace.org. For more information about the Grace Bible Church Women’s Ministry, visit begrace.org/ministries/women.

Preparing Our Hearts for Worship, 05-20-2012

This Week’s Songs of Worship:

Each week, we like to give the members of Grace a chance to learn the songs we will be singing on Sunday. Please use these lists as a way to ready your heart and mind, to come willing and able to worship our God in spirit and truth.

  1. Everlasting God – Lincoln Brewster version [Listen]
  2. 73 – Original [Listen]
  3. Lord, You Have My Heart – Delirious [Listen]
  4. Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder – Laura Taylor version [Listen]
  5. TBD


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Preparing Our Hearts for Worship, 05-13-2012

This Week’s Songs of Worship:

Each week, we like to give the members of Grace a chance to learn the songs we will be singing on Sunday. Please use these lists as a way to ready your heart and mind, to come willing and able to worship our God in spirit and truth.

  1. Beautiful One – By The Tree version [Listen]
  2. Glory to God Forever – North Point Live [Listen]
  3. Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus – Original Arrangement [Listen]
  4. Forever Changed – North Point Live [Listen]
  5. In Christ Alone – remix of Matt Papa version [Listen]


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Prayer Tip #57: It is Good to Praise the Lord

[From Lauris Shepherd, one of our Elders]

It’s always good to praise the Lord, but it is particularly critical to do so when I don’t feel like it.  It helps me get my focus off of myself and/or the circumstances and back on Jesus and the fact that He is faithful and mighty to save.

To willfully praise Him at such a time, I find it very helpful to use prayers recorded in scripture.  One of my favorites is found in I Chron. 29:10-13

10 So David blessed the LORD in the sight of all the assembly; and David said, “Blessed are You, O LORD God of Israel our father, forever and ever.
11 “Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O LORD, and You exalt Yourself as head over all.
12 “Both riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all, and in Your hand is power and might; and it lies in Your hand to make great and to strengthen everyone.
13 “Now therefore, our God, we thank You, and praise Your glorious name.

Let’s join together in giving much praise to God this week (whatever your circumstances and feelings).


For more information on the GBC Prayer Team, visit begrace.org/ministries/prayer-team.
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