This week’s text is Ephesians 5:21-33 in which Paul gives perhaps the Bible’s most important instructions to husbands and wives, revealing the glorious potential of marriage. The worship theme will be ‘The Bride of Christ,’ since the relationship of Christ and the Church is also highlighted in this passage. The visual theme will be weddings.
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Draw Me Nearer
Revelation 19:6-9 Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. 7Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; 8it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure”— for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. 9And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.”
Our God Has Made Us One – Hymn #287 (No Youtube version available)
Ephesians 5:21-33 (DSV) Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. 22Wives, submit to your husbands, as to the Lord. 23For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. 24Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. 25Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water through the word, 27so that he might present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29For no one ever hated his own body, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30because we are members of his body. 31“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and e united to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 33However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
Carry the Fire
The Sands of Time are Sinking