The text for this week is Ephesians 1:15-22, where Paul tells them he’s praying for them, to know the hope and riches God gives and the power he has exerted toward them in the resurrection. The worship theme will focus on that resurrection power, and the visual theme will be resurrection, but with the use of more abstract images.
Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 160207 Heart Prep
The Power of the Cross – Instrumental
Forever – Kari Jobe
Invitation to Communion:
Christ is Risen from the Dead – Matt Maher
His Be the Victor’s Name – Zac Hicks
Scripture for Meditation:
1 Peter 1:3-5 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
Ephesians 1:15-23 (DSV) For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, 16I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him, 18having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19and his immeasurably great power toward us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength 20that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over all things for the church, 23which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
1 Peter 1:17-21 And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, 18knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. 20He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you 21who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.