A Worship Guide for Sunday, May 3
We hope that you will find this guide helpful as you worship alone or together with others.
Call to Worship
Psalm 104:1–4, 24-25, 31-34
 Bless the LORD, O my soul!
O LORD my God, you are very great!
You are clothed with splendor and majesty,
 covering yourself with light as with a garment,
stretching out the heavens like a tent.
 He lays the beams of his chambers on the waters;
he makes the clouds his chariot;
he rides on the wings of the wind;
 he makes his messengers winds,
his ministers a flaming fire.
 O LORD, how manifold are your works!
In wisdom have you made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.
 Here is the sea, great and wide,
which teems with creatures innumerable,
living things both small and great.
 May the glory of the LORD endure forever;
may the LORD rejoice in his works,
 who looks on the earth and it trembles,
who touches the mountains and they smoke!
 I will sing to the LORD as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have being.
 May my meditation be pleasing to him,
for I rejoice in the LORD. (ESV)
Use the words from the Psalm above to praise God for who he is. Give thanks to God for his love for us displayed in the redemption we have through Jesus Christ. And ask God to help us worship him in spirit and truth (John 4:23).
Playist of all three worship songs:
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Return again to Psalm 104 (above) and give thanks to God for who he is.
Acknowledge before God that we are sinful in our nature and that we sin in our thoughts, words and actions. "The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise" (Psalm 51:17).
Give thanks with this confidence, that "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9). "Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity" (Psalm 32:1-2)
The Bible tells us to make prayers and intercessions for all people (1 Tim 2:1). Pray now for:
The Summit Church - for a continued flourishing gospel ministry in and through their congregation, for a unity in their membership & leadership that honors God, for faithful preaching rooted in the Word of God.
Our elders - that each one, “as God’s steward,” would be “hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined” (Titus 1:7-8). Pray that God would grant them wisdom as they provide oversight to our church.
Lezgin of Turkmenistan - that the light of the gospel might shine forth among these people who have no Christian witness, that laborers would be sent and a church planted.
Hearts & Hands for Haiti - that Jesus Christ would be exalted in Haiti through this continued ministry to orphans and local churches. Pray for unity and Christlikeness among their leaders & financial provision for needed projects.
Read the Bible
 Light is sweet, and it is pleasant for the eyes to see the sun.
 So if a person lives many years, let him rejoice in them all; but let him remember that the days of darkness will be many. All that comes is vanity.
 Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth. Walk in the ways of your heart and the sight of your eyes. But know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment.
 Remove vexation from your heart, and put away pain from your body, for youth and the dawn of life are vanity.
[12:1] Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say, “I have no pleasure in them”;  before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars are darkened and the clouds return after the rain,  in the day when the keepers of the house tremble, and the strong men are bent, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those who look through the windows are dimmed,  and the doors on the street are shut—when the sound of the grinding is low, and one rises up at the sound of a bird, and all the daughters of song are brought low— they are afraid also of what is high, and terrors are in the way; the almond tree blossoms, the grasshopper drags itself along, and desire fails, because man is going to his eternal home, and the mourners go about the streets— before the silver cord is snapped, or the golden bowl is broken, or the pitcher is shattered at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern,  and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.  Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher; all is vanity. (ESV)
Watch the Sermon
Summary: The book of Ecclesiastes is a sermon. In our passage he brings his sermon to a close. His desire is to be like an older man who sees death approaching and who gives a word of encouragement, even warning, to someone who is young to listen and learn to live wisely, even joyfully. Ecclesiastes reminds us that our life is not to be suffocated with the reality of death but that death is to shape it. In this passage, he calls us to both rejoice and remember. The relationship between these two commands is that we can only rejoice in this life as we remember the truths of God as our creator.
Review and Apply
What level of joy do you experience in your life and what is its source?
Explain how God can command joy.
What do you most desire to do while you are young that may not available to you in your older years?
How can Ecclesiastes 11:9 be either a threat or an encouragement?
How does one remove vexation for his/her heart?
What is your attitude toward old age?
How is the reality of death like a surgeon wounding to heal?
Given the brevity of life, what changes need to be made to finish well in this life?