It arrives every Sunday. We take it up, and yet the wonder of encountering
God in worship can pass us by through distraction, just going through the
motions or boredom. Yet, God promises that as we draw near to him, he will
draw near to us (James 4:8). How can that become more of a reality in our
worship Sunday by Sunday?
One answer to that question is cultivating a greater appreciation of what
happens in worship. We gather together as the people of God at his
invitation; we confess our sin and receive his forgiveness; we receive light
from his Word and respond to God with our lives; we are blessed and sent
back into our everyday lives to live for him. Becoming more aware of these
movements in worship and entering into them with heart and soul helps us to
focus more fully in meeting with God.
Worshipping God week by week is a privilege that we need to treasure and
recapture in an age when increasingly we ‘go to church when it suits us’.
The Encounter sessions offer a mix of biblical pictures of what it is
to meet with God, a way of refreshing our experience of worship and
practical suggestions for approaching each Sunday with anticipation and
expectation. So, come and let's learn again what it is to encounter God as
we worship together.
||Meeting With God in worship
(Isaiah Chapter 6)
Illumination - We hear God speak (Exodus 3:1-15)
||Gathering - Coming
to Worship Psalm 100)
||Week 5 3rd
- We respond to God speaking to us (Acts 2:36-42)
||Confession - and
assurance of forgiveness (1 John 1:4 to 2:2)
& sent - We go out in love and serve the Lord (Numbers 6:22-27)
Encounter will be
running at our midweek meetings, in the Galbraith Hall, for 6 weeks
commencing on the 6th March. Each evening will begin with tea and coffee
from 7.45pm and end at 9pm.