Sunday, February 17 Worship; Leading Through the Power of the Spirit

We will observe the Lord’s Supper this Sunday morning. Communion services are always the richest worship times because  the Lord’s Supper is the most magnificent proclamation of the gospel, and Jesus left it for us to observe until He comes again (1 Corinthians 11:26),

Here is the order for Sunday:

Baptisms of Davin & Drew Dyal (9a)
Baby Dedication of Aria Elise Herman (10:30a)
Scripture responsive reading – Psalm 103:1-5, 8-12
Songs – “To God Be the Glory” & “Before the Throne of God Above”
Scripture reading & prayer – Romans 10:8-13
Song – “Behold the Lamb (Communion Hymn)”
Message – “Sinners with the Sinless” (1 Corinthians 11:17-26)
Lord’s Supper
Offering

As we lead the church in worship, the Holy Spirit leads us. That is what a faithful worship leader does – we magnify the greatness of God in Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. “Through Him (Christ) we…have access in one Spirit to the Father.” (Eph. 2:18) “For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God…” (Phil. 3:3)

To know the Spirit’s leading in worship, we could say there are three attitudes we need:

1. Eager expectation – Not a theoretical belief, but a belief in reality that the Spirit leads and works in worship. We should be seeking to know what the Spirit wants to accomplish in worship. How much do you really expect to encounter Him in worship each week?

2. Humble responsiveness – If we expect God to reveal Himself in worship, then we should be ready and eager to respond to His revelation. We do that by faithfully fullfilling our responsibilties, showing up every week prepared to lead. We should never consider any worship service routine or ordinary. God is near, and we should be ready to respond.

3. Desperate dependence – The Spirit’s leading and anointing is directly related to two things in the worshiper’s life – obedience and prayer.
obedience – the Spirit works powerfully through the person whose heart is fully devoted to the Lord, whose hands and heart are clean, and who lives obediently to the commands of Scripture (2 Chronicles 16:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:3, 7-8). The extent of Spirit power in our lives is relative to our obedience. If we truly want to walk in the Spirit, we will not fulfill the desires of the flesh (Galatians 5:16).
prayer – Spirit-filled, Spirit-led worshipers are deep, sustained pray-ers. It is what we are commanded to do (Colossians 4:2; Ephesians 6:18; Jude 20; Romans 8:26).
How desperate are we for the Spirit’s presence and power in our lives?

We will come to worship this Sunday expecting, responsive, and dependent. The elements for worship are planned – rich songs, a wonderful worship team, great teaching, Scripture reading.  The Spirit’s power at work in us is what will make it authentic and honoring to God, so let’s pray to that end.

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