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A Worship Guide for May 24

We hope that you will find this guide helpful as you worship alone or together with others. 

Call to Worship

Psalm 66:1–4
[1] Shout for joy to God, all the earth;
[2] sing the glory of his name;
give to him glorious praise!
[3] Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!
So great is your power that your enemies come cringing to you.
[4] All the earth worships you
and sings praises to you;
they sing praises to your name.”

Pray

God of all creation, we worship you along with all that you have created. The heavens declare you glories. Your eternal power and divine nature are clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So we honor you as the God over all and give thanks to you. It is right for us to give thanks especially for the love that you have shown to us by sending Jesus Christ into the world to save sinners. We rejoice that we are forgiven through him. We rejoice in the hope of eternal joy in your presence. As we sing and pray and listen to your word, we ask that your Holy Spirit would help us to worship you in spirit and in truth. We pray in the name of our wonderful Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

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Pray

Our God and Father, we come before your throne of grace desiring that you will find our worship to be pleasing and acceptable in your presence.  You are worthy to receive all praise from everything that draws breath and so we praise you with our voices for your mighty deeds and according to your excellent greatness.  You are a great God, a great King above all gods, and you hold in your hands the depths of the earth, the heights of the mountains and the seas and all that dwell in them. For your hands formed all things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible.  Thrones, powers, rulers and authorities are there only by your will.

We acknowledge that before you our hearts are darkened and our thinking futile. We are so like the Israelites of old, bringing polluted sacrifices whenever we hold back from you the best part of our minds, our time and our offerings.  With our mouths we declare that you are worthy, but our lives belie what we claim to be true whenever we withhold our best from you.  We are all guilty of robbing you and doubting your love for us.  But we take great comfort in the reality that you are a gracious God, slow to anger and abounding in love and mercy.  For if you were to execute your perfect justice, none of us will be spared. In our sinful nakedness we cannot stand in your presence, except by the covering that we have by Christ’s death on the cross.  It is His name that we want to exalt this morning, the only name by which we can and must be saved.  Thank you, Lord Jesus that by your death we escape condemnation and by your perfect life we can stand in and enjoys the Father’s presence for eternity.

Father, thank you that our unity is around the gospel - not our interests, not our economic standing, not our political convictions, skin color, or anything else temporal in nature.  And we ask Lord God, that you strengthen and preserve our unity as a body.  Help us to extend kindness and grace to one another, whether we are in the majority or in the minority on any issue or status, always remembering that we are all united under the banner of Christ.  We need your grace especially in these days when our oneness as a church family is threatened by current events. You have gifted each of us differently, and we ask that you use our differences to lift each other up, and not tear each other down.  Give us joy as we regather.  We also ask for wisdom as we continue to think through how we might best love and serve each other and glorify you in the weeks and months ahead.

And in the same way we ask that your preserve and protect the unity of your churches everywhere.  In particular this morning we pray for Wake Crossroads Baptist.  We ask that you give pastor Harry Kennedy and the other leaders wisdom as they make plans to regather next week.

Likewise, we ask that you generously give wisdom to our leaders in government – especially our president and governor.  Guide their steps as they make decisions for the benefit of our community and of our country,

We also lay petitions before you on behalf of the Sunda people of Indonesia.  Lord, from our perspective they are unreached, but your hand is never too short and no one is beyond your reach.  And to that end, we ask that You use the resources that have been developed by caring and gifted people to communicate your gospel to them.  Thank you that your word is available in their heart language.  We bring the Sunda before you, O Lord and ask for a great outpouring of your mercy and grace that there would be a great number of them singing your praises before your throne.

We ask, Lord God for your continued care for our brother and sister, Danny and Lauren.  Lord, as they continue to obey your call for them to minister in North Africa, uphold them. Encourage them and give them joy in their work as well as wisdom and open doors to enact a business plan.  We acknowledge that they can make plans, but You alone will direct their steps and we ask this for them.  Thank you for bringing them safely to the US and may their time with family be refreshing to their spirits.  Thank you that our church family will have opportunities to encourage them when they come to Raleigh in the coming weeks.

And now Oh Lord we pray that you anoint your servant Tom.  As he speaks to us from your word, guard and guide his thoughts and speech so that as he serves us with the bread of your word it will be out of the abundance of the wisdom you give so freely to those who ask for it.  And for us who will hear grant us sharp minds, soft hearts and open ears that our spirits might be fertile soil for the seed of your word.  Help us to heed what you have to say about marriage.  And we pray all of these things in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Read the Bible

Genesis 2:18–25, [18] Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” [19] Now out of the ground the LORD God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. [20] The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. [21] So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. [22] And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. [23] Then the man said,

“This at last is bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called Woman,
because she was taken out of Man.”

[24] Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. [25] And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.

Watch the Sermon

Listen to the sermon HERE

Summary: Although marriage is the most basic unit of society, a source of great joy and vital to the health of humanity, we struggle at it. Isn't it ironic that after thousands of years of marriage, we still misunderstand its purpose and design. What did God intend for marriage to be? To see God’s design for marriage, we will look at the first wedding recorded in the Bible. In this creational account of marriage, we see God’s design for marriage. For those single, by choice or not, the principles found in this passage remain helpful to our relationships.  

Review and Apply

In your own words, what is God's purpose for marriage?

How does the text inform/change your view of the woman in marriage?

In what ways does society hinder a God glorifying marriage?  What are steps that you can take to meet these challenges of secularism in your marriage?

Give one area of needed change for improvement in your marriage beginning with you. 

How would you rate and define your spiritual 'oneness'?  Why?

What are some regular spiritual disciplines to become 'one flesh'?

What hinders you from praying with your spouses regularly?

How does the gospel restore the fallenness of marriage?