Reflections on worship service this morning –
“Come Just as You Are”

Come Just as You Are

                                                                         Powerful moments in worship this morning


The invitation this morning at church tied several things from the worship service together. It was a powerful service that emphasized our need for Jesus and His willingness to receive us. The song Karen and I did interpretive movement to was “People Need the Lord” and the sermon was on asking the Lord these questions – “What do you want from me? What do you want me to do, Lord?” For the rich young ruler, it was to give up his property and possessions. For some, it might be to give up our time, our talent, our energy, or our strength to serve Him.

The point of the message was that Jesus deserves our heart-felt commitment to Him since He willingly gave Himself for us at the cross. I will remind us all that He did all this for us out of love. Let’s let our response to Him be done the same way. “We love Him because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19)

For unto us a child is born

A child to be born to us – Day 10 of 100 prophecies fulfilled by Jesus

Is. 9:6 –
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government will be upon His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Luke 2:11 – Today in the City of David a Savior has been born to you. He is Christ the Lord!

A child to be born to us

"to be born of a virgin"

Day 9 of 100 prophecies fulfilled by Jesus – to be born of a virgin

9.) Be born of a virgin – Is. 7:13-14; Mat. 1:18-23; Luke 1:27-35

Is. 7:13-14 – Then Isaiah said, “Hear now, O house of David! Is it not enough to try the patience of men? Will you try the patience of my God as well? 14Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and she will call Him Immanuel.

Mat. 1:18-23 – This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged in marriage to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with Child through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and was unwilling to disgrace her publicly, he resolved to divorce her quietly.

20 But after he had pondered these things, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to embrace Mary as your wife, for the One conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21She will give birth to a Son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus because He will save His people from their sins.”

22All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “Behold, the virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call Him Immanuel” (which means, “God with us”).

Luke 1:27-35 – to a virgin pledged in marriage to a man named Joseph, who was of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” 

29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 So the angel told her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 Behold, you will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David, 33and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever. His kingdom will never end!” 

34“How can this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” 35 The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the Holy One to be born will be called the Son of God. 

to be born of a virgin outside sources

https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/the-virgin-birth

https://www.charismanews.com/culture/53743-compelling-historical-evidence-for-the-virgin-birth-of-jesus-christ

Hands raised in worship

This worship chorus came to mind this morning. It has great reminders in it. What worship song, you may ask? It is called “We Have Come Into His House”. The words give us some great perspective and help us get our focus back on Jesus, at least those of us whose mind gets so easily distracted. Here are the words, and a link to the website I got this from. 

“We have come into His house to magnify His name and worship Him. (Repeat). We have come into His house to magnify His name and worship Christ the Lord. Worship Him, Christ the Lord.”

Let’s forget about ourselves and concentrate on Him and worship Him …

Let us lift up holy hands. Magnify His name and worship Him … 

He is all my righteousness. I stand complete in Him and worship Him …

(I learned this chorus while attending an Assembly of God church in Richmond, Kentucky while attending college there at Eastern Kentucky University. Let’s just say that was a few years ago! )

https://gospelchoruses.wordpress.com/2014/12/14/we-have-come-into-his-house/

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You and I were made to worship!

“Made to Worship” by Chris Tomlin is a hymn for all ages. It is for the young who are just learning about worship, and for those of us on the senior side of life. As part of our recognizing who God is and giving Him credit for all He is and does, we need to speak, sing, or otherwise express these ideas. In short, we need to worship the Lord with all our heart. That’s because, as the song says, “All we are and all we have is a gift from God that we receive.” Let’s get hold of Jesus, get a good look at His face, and allow the words to come from our lips that give Him full props. After all, we were made to worship!
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Hands and feet pierced

The song “Jesus Paid it All” is a hymn to honor what Jesus did for us on the cross. As we continue our series on Worship, let us focus our attention on worshipping the King, on worshipping King Jesus.

Here are the lyrics, some of which I have not heard.

Lyrics of “Jesus Paid It All”

  1. I hear the Savior say,
    “Thy strength indeed is small;
    Child of weakness, watch and pray,
    Find in Me thine all in all.”

    • Refrain:
      Jesus paid it all,
      All to Him I owe;
      Sin had left a crimson stain,
      He washed it white as snow.
  2. For nothing good have I
    Whereby Thy grace to claim;
    I’ll wash my garments white
    In the blood of Calv’ry’s Lamb.
  3. And now complete in Him,
    My robe, His righteousness,
    Close sheltered ’neath His side,
    I am divinely blest.
  4. Lord, now indeed I find
    Thy pow’r, and Thine alone,
    Can change the *leper’s spots [*leopard’s]
    And melt the heart of stone.
  5. When from my dying bed
    My ransomed soul shall rise,
    “Jesus died my soul to save,”
    Shall rend the vaulted skies.
  6. And when before the throne
    I stand in Him complete,
    I’ll lay my trophies down,
    All down at Jesus’ feet.

Rev. 19:6 – And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”

SONG: “BRETHREN, WE HAVE MET TO WORSHIP.”

The song “Brethren We Have Met to Worship” was written by George Askins of Ireland, who immigrated to the United States as an adult. He became an itinerant preacher with the Methodist church. Like many older hymns, there is a lot of depth of meaning to this hymn. To me, the title alone implies the main point, that being that worship involves more than one person. It is corporate. It is together. It is unified under one purpose – to honor God, and to do so together with other believers. Here are the words to this hymn. Notice the action words in bold and the main concepts in italics.

1.) Brethren, we have met to worship and adore the Lord our God;
Will you pray with all your power, while we try to preach the Word?
All is vain unless the Spirit of the Holy One comes down;
Brethren, pray, and holy manna will be showered all around.

2.) Brethren, see poor sinners round you slumb’ring on the brink of woe;
Death is coming, hell is moving, can you bear to let them go?
See our fathers and our mothers, and our children sinking down;
Brethren, pray, and holy manna will be showered all around.

3.) Sisters, will you join and help us? Moses’ sister aided him;
Will you help the trembling mourners who are struggling hard with sin?
Tell them all about the Savior, tell them that He will be found;
Sisters, pray, and holy manna will be showered all around.

4.) Is there here a trembling jailer, seeking grace, and filled with fears?
Is there here a weeping Mary, pouring forth a flood of tears?
Brethren, join your cries to help them; sisters, let your prayers abound;
Pray, oh, pray that holy manna may be scattered all around.

5.) Let us love our God supremely, let us love each other, too;
Let us love and pray for sinners, till our God makes all things new.
Then He’ll call us home to Heaven, at His table we’ll sit down;
Christ will gird Himself and serve us with sweet manna all around.

Key scripture: Ps.133 – dwelling together in unity. Please click the link below for the full scripture.

https://biblehub.com/nlt/psalms/133.htm

Outside sources:
https://library.timelesstruths.org/music/Brethren_We_Have_Met_to_Worship/