Worship Preparation: December 27, 2020

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Read the sermon text: Romans 12:10-11

Read the sermon summary: Almost every Sunday we are reminded of our mission statement: We exist to love God’s glory, love God’s people, and love God’s world. This Sunday, as we look forward to 2021, we will be considering in more detail what it means for us to love God’s people. Specifically, we will be considering three commands given to us in Romans 12:10-11; 1) Love one another with brother affection, 2) Outdo one another in showing honor, and 3) Be fervent in spirit. In preparation for the sermon consider the following questions: Considering the wider context, what is the basis of these commands? For each of these commands, what are sins which keep you from fulfilling them? What goals do you have for loving God’s people in 2021?
 
Read the following song lyrics in relation to the sermon:
 
Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee (Ode To Joy)
Joyful joyful we adore Thee
God of glory Lord of love
Hearts unfold like flow’rs before Thee
Opening to the sun above
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness
Drive the dark of doubt away
Giver of immortal gladness
Fill us with the light of day
 
All Thy works with joy surround Thee
Earth and heav’n reflect Thy rays
Stars and angels sing around Thee
Center of unbroken praise
Field and forest vale and mountain
Flowery meadow flashing sea
Chanting bird and flowing fountain
Call us to rejoice in Thee
 
Thou art giving and forgiving
Ever blessing ever blest
Wellspring of the joy of living
Ocean depth of happy rest
Thou our Father Christ our Brother
All who live in love are Thine
Teach us how to love each other
Lift us to the joy divine
 
Mortals join the mighty chorus
Which the morning stars began
Father love is reigning o'er us
Brother love binds man to man
Ever singing march we onward
Victors in the midst of strife
Joyful music lifts us sunward
In the triumph song of life
 
CCLI Song # 25321
Edward Hodges | Henry Van Dyke | Ludwig van Beethoven
© Words: Public Domain
Music: Public Domain
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Preaching: Jim Upchurch
Leading Music: Congregation

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