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Heart Prep for Sunday, May 7, 2023

This week we will be looking at Romans 15:1-7 , where we find four insights for welcoming others. The worship theme is “The God who Gives Endurance and Encouragement,” and the visual theme is rainbows, because God encourages us through his promises in Scripture.

Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 230507 Heart Prep

Call to Worship:
Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee – Hymn #1

Psalm 33:1–5 Shout for joy in the Lord, O you righteous! Praise befits the upright. 2Give thanks to the Lord with the lyre; make melody to him with the harp of ten strings! 3Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts. 4For the word of the Lord is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness. 5He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.

Psalm 27:1–6 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? 2When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall. 3Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident. 4One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple. 5For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock. 6And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me, and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the Lord.

Worship Set:
I Choose to Worship

Do it Again

So Will I

Preparation for Communion:
Near to the Heart of God

Closing Worship:
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms – Hymn #354

Scripture for Meditation:
Hebrews 12:1–2 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Isaiah 57:14–15 And it shall be said, “Build up, build up, prepare the way, remove every obstruction from my people’s way.” 15For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.