Preparing For Sunday – April 10th

Grace will confront you with depravity and and inability and then bless you with forgiveness and strength from above. (Paul Tripp)

The Sunday Worship Gathering gives us opportunity to magnify the grace of God together. This grace reminds us of our sin and our desperate need to be forgiven. Then this same grace reminds us that we are in fact forgiven by the sacrifice of another, our Lord Jesus Christ. This good news is why we gather, and our hearts are satisfied as we celebrate grace together.

In the sermon tomorrow we will continue to look at Jacob’s life. You can read Genesis 28-30 to get some context. As you prepare to hear the sermon, pray that God would use his Word to produce fruit in your life. We don’t simply gather to go through the ritual of hearing a Bible sermon, we want to be changed by God’s living Word! Therefore, pray for help from the Holy Spirit.

As you prepare to sing of God’s grace take some time to listen to these songs. God is honored as His people sing his praises with loud voices and open hearts. Come ready to raise your voice!

Preparing For Sunday – April 3rd

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:24–25 ESV)

Why Gather Together?

Each Sunday we gather together to encourage one another in the truth for a specific goal – that we be stirred to love and good deeds. This is one of the primary reasons we gather together. Disciples of Jesus are called to love others and to respond to the gospel with good and generous works, and the Sunday gathering is essential to that end. Here are some things to help prepare you for the weekend.

  • The Word: This Sunday we jump back into the life of Jacob as we look at Genesis 28:10-28. Take some time to familiarize yourself with the story. Read Genesis 28-30 to get some context.
  • Pray: Ask the Lord to apply Hebrews 10 to your mind and heart. Ask him to produce fruits of love and good works as a result of gathering together.
  • Sing: “I will sing to the LORD, because he has dealt bountifully with me.” (Psalms 13:6 ESV) Singing is the God-designed response of those who have experienced the goodness of the Lord. Our singing is not about the quality of our voices or what we think of that particular song, our singing is about the one to whom our praise is due. If we think much of Him, then we will sing!


Preparing For The Weekend – March 25-27

There are two gatherings for us to look forward to this weekend. Our Good Friday gathering at 6:30pm and Easter Sunday Worship Gathering, Sunday at 10:30. We are excited to spend this time together and we want to encourage you to prepare to engage well in these gatherings.

On Friday night we will specifically turn our attention to the Biblical account of Jesus’ last days, the trial, and the crucifixion. We will spend our time reading through the Scriptures together. We’ll also sing and participate in the Lord’s Supper.

On Sunday we turn our attention to our risen Christ! If Christ remains dead then we are to be most pitied, but Christ is risen indeed! Sunday is an opportunity to celebrate the hope of this resurrection. It’s a great opportunity to invite others to join us. In the sermon we will address the historical reliability of the resurrection, as well as the implications that this has for our present lives. Kid’s church is offered for those 4-9 years old, and in addition there will be an Easter egg hunt just following the gathering for those 12 and under. Along with the egg hunt we’ll have a photo booth set up so you can get a family photo. It’s going to be a great day!

As you prepare to gather, pray that your mind and heart would be free from distractions to be able to fully comprehend the love of God displayed for you in Christ. Let’s pray that we would see the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection produce fruit in a powerful way!

Here are a couple songs that we’ll be singing over the weekend:

Preparing for Sunday, March 20th

Sunday Gathering.001“Corporate worship is designed to put before us a glorious and gracious Savior, producing joyful celebration and willing surrender in us.” (Paul Tripp)

This Sunday is another opportunity for us to lift our attention to Jesus both to praise him and submit ourselves to him. That’s how Sunday functions in our lives. It’s not an empty ritual, it’s an opportunity to engage with God together. Here are some thoughts to get you ready for Sunday:

  • Pray: Prior to coming to Sunnyside this Sunday morning take some time to prayerfully submit yourself to the Lord. Acknowledge that you need to hear from him today and then ask that he would open your mind and heart to receive his word with humility. “…Receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.” (James 1:21b)
  • Come as a participant, not a spectator. We love this quote — “If [gathered worship] is a concert hall, we show up as passive observers and critics, eager to have the itches of our preferences and felt needs scratched. A banquet hall, by contrast is a communal gathering. We come hungry and in community, ready to participate and share the experience with one another.” (Mike Cosper, Rhythms of Grace, p. 99).  As you come, be ready to speak to one another, sing with one another, pray along with those leading in prayer, and so on. By doing so you are an engaged participant and not an observant spectator.
  • Read: This Sunday’s sermon will introduce us to “holy week”, the week leading to the death and resurrection of Jesus. Take some time to read Matthew 21:1-11 in preparation. If you’re looking for a book to read through next week that will walk you through the events of “holy week”, here is a great one!
  • Sing: Here are a few of the songs that we plan to sing this Sunday. Listening to them ahead of time will be helpful as you seek to engage together on Sunday morning. Let’s be ready to sing and shout to the Lord because he is a great God above all gods.

Preparing for Sunday, March 13th

It’s our joy to gather on Sunday to celebrate who God is and what he has done! Here are some thoughts to help you prepare for Sunday:

  • Pray : Here is a segment from Psalm 119 that is an excellent prayer to help you prepare to hear the Word. “Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes; and I will keep it to the end. Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart. Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it. Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain! Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.” (Psalms 119:33–37 ESV)
  • The Word: Tomorrow’s sermon will cover Genesis 27 as we consider the power of God’s sovereignty. Kid’s church will learn about Joseph and his brothers from Genesis 37. Take some time to read through these passages prior to the gathering.
  • Singing: God delights in the songs of His children! Below are some of the songs that we plan to sing tomorrow. Come ready to raise your voice!

The Sunday Gathering is such an important time as we seek to grow as disciples of Jesus. Let’s get ready for Sunday!

Preparing for Sunday, March 6th

We gather each Sunday to respond to God’s saving initiative. He has saved us, so we respond! Here are a few thoughts to get you prepared for this Sunday’s Worship Gathering.

  • Pray: During our Sunday School time (9:30am), we gather to pray together. Communing with the Lord together is an outstanding way to prepare for the Worship Gathering. There are great classes for the kids during this time as well!
  • Be there on time: Each Sunday we begin with a “call to worship” in which the worship leader calls us from Scripture to turn away from distractions to worship God together. This is such an important part of our Sunday. It’s a time where we can take a pause, hear from the Word, and prepare ourselves to proclaim his greatness. There are always a million things going on each Sunday morning and it’s easy to run behind schedule. But let me encourage you to make every effort to be there and to be engaged with the call to worship each Sunday. I think you’ll find it helpful.
  • Prepare in the Word: We are continuing our series through the Jacob narrative, so take some time to read it (Genesis 25:19-35:29). If you missed the sermon last week, listen to it before Sunday. If you have a son or daughter ages 4-9, they will be learning about Joseph’s dreams from Genesis 37:1-11. Read through the passage with them so they can get the most out of this time.
  • Sing: We are exhorted throughout the Scriptures to sing praises to God together. Here are a few songs that we plan to sing together tomorrow.


Preparing for Sunday, February 28th

Sunday Prep.001It is a privilege to gather on Sundays to worship the Lord together! We’re all together to hear the Word, sing, greet one another… it’s great! But Sundays can be hectic, and everything can go by so quickly that sometimes you’re left wondering what happened. Taking some time to prepare is a great way to be ready to engage on Sunday morning.

Here are some suggestions for this Sunday:

  • Pray! You’ve probably had a tough week, maybe you’ve been distracted, or maybe things have been going great. Whatever the case, take time to ask the Lord to draw your mind and heart away from yourself to focus on who He is and what He has done. Submit yourself to Him and acknowledge that you need Him. We even have an opportunity for us to pray together right there during the Sunday School time (9:15am). As kids gather in their classes the adults have to opportunity to pray together in preparation for the Sunday Gathering.
  • Come ready to engage with others. Remember that what’s happening on Sunday morning is a gathering. The church is a group of people, not a performance for you to soak up. Expect to speak to one another, and build one another up with words of truth.
  • Prepare in the Word. The Sunday sermons are getting into the Jacob narrative in Genesis. Mike encouraged us last week to read through this account in Genesis 25:19-35:29. Why not familiarize yourself with the passage ahead of time? If you have a son or daughter in kids church (4-9 years old) they will be learning about Jacob wrestling with God (Genesis 32:22-32). Read through it with them prior to Sunday.
  • Sing! For generations and generations the people of God come together to sing his praises. When we gather on Sundays we don’t just do so to listen to music, we gather to sing together. God delights when His children gather to make a joyful noise to him! To do this, it’s helpful to be familiar with the songs we’re singing. Below you can view a couple of newer songs that we’re planning to sing this Sunday.

The Sunday Gathering is such an important time as we seek to grow as disciples of Jesus. Let’s get ready for Sunday!

October 4th Sermon Plus+

In today’s Sermon Plus+ we talk about the connection between circumcision and baptism, and how they function as signs of the covenant.

September 27th Sermon Plus+

In this Sermon Plus+ we recap last Sunday’s sermon, “The sign of the covenant” from Genesis 17.

September 20th

This Sermon Plus+ includes a recap of Abram, Sarai, and Hagar, as well as our conversation concerning that nature of Christian freedom. Thanks for listening, we pray this tool helps you better apply the Word.