Over a delicious potluck breakfast this past Sunday, February 8 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, we prayed for our missionaries, their families, and their ministries around the world. Our missions prayer breakfasts are a special time during our Christian-Ed. hour when we go “in the trenches” with our brothers and sisters, praying for their work for the kingdom. Use this list of prayer requests to continue praying this week for our Redeemer-supported missionaries. If you’d like some help in how to pray for missionaries, use this guide.
During our worship service at 10:30 am, our senior pastor progressed in our Deuteronomy sermon series focusing on Deuteronomy 12:4-12. We continued looking at worship, which takes first place in this law book because above all we’re called to be worshipers. We observed, first, that worship must be God-centered. Knowing that what God ordains our enemy opposes, we see direct evidence around the world of Satan’s trying to stop worship of God through Christians’ being arrested and killed. But there are also indirect ways that the enemy opposes worship of God: Inside places of worship with people even dressed in clothes for worship, true worship isn’t always happening.
Second, we saw that worship must be in community, as written in verse 12: And you shall rejoice before the Lord your God, you and your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, and the Levite who is within your gates. Worship is corporate, and we must worship together.
Then we looked at Psalm 68 with King David’s description of worship that sounds like a wedding procession.
They have seen Your procession, O God,
The procession of my God, my King, into the sanctuary.
The singers went on, the musicians after them,
In the midst of the maidens beating tambourines. (verses 24-25)
Like wedding guests wait to see what the bride looks like as she finally comes down the aisle, worship is about the procession of Christ our King. We eagerly and expectantly gather together in worship looking for what will happen.
We also see that all are included in worship–men, women, servants, sojourners. There’s no division and no self-interest in worship, and why would this be? Because worship is a picture and proclamation of the Gospel. Regardless of social stature or color, we all stand in equal need of the Gospel because the “ground is level at the foot of the cross.”
The Gospel is not limited; barriers and dividing walls can come down. So let’s continue to pray and plan strategically that our worship would reflect these truths. Listen to the whole sermon here.