Happenings for July 11th

This Summer’s Devotional For July: Chosen • Grab yours at the back from the baskets • 

No Wednesdays In July: As a special Thank you to all of you who serve at Mt Gallant • We want to say thank you by giving you the month of July off • Please use the extra time with your loved ones and especially with Jesus! •

Kids Krusade: Register your kids today! • Go to www.mgcog.com/events/  • It’s easy and quick • Kids Krusade is the week of August • form 6-8 pm •

We Are Praying Over You: As many of you head out for summer vacation, know that we are praying for you • Our prayer is that God would encamp His angels all about you and watch over you as you travel • Psalm 34:7 •

You Should Join the Community: The best way to get to know people in our community of faith is to join us • Why not join us as we gather each Sunday at 10 AM • We have dunkin’ coffee and fresh pastries each week •

Your Prayers Make A Difference: Why not sign-up and help us as we pray over the needs of the community • To become a prayer partner contact Mary at marymascioli@gmail.com •

We Like To Make Things Easy: Saying hello can seem difficult these days • So, to help here at Mt Gallant, we make it easy • We use 3 different colored stickers to help • Red (6 ft please), Yellow (handshakes), Green (we’re good) •

Please Be Respectful: With summer in the air and spring in full bloom, please be mindful of any cold symptoms you may have • We love seeing you, but we are always available online 

Fort Mill Food Pantry: Help fight hunger • Week 1—Can Vegetables #2—Pasta #3—Canned Meats #4—Breakfast •

Heart of Worship

I know that it is summer and not everyone likes Bee’s, but Bee’s are a necessary part of the orchestra of life. Today we want to consider some B’s, in fact, we want to break down the 4 ‘B’s’ of Worship (Ecclesiastes 5:1b-4) According to Soly the wise when we arrive at a worship service, we should do or Be 4 things. What to do in worship—#1 Be Attentive. When we are attentive to God’s Word, the author of Hebrews (Hebrew 4:12) says the Lord will spotlight any sin that is in our lives. Therefore we must be attentive to the Holy Spirit. Ecclesiastes 5:1b~…To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil. (ESV) The sacrifice of fools offers a lot of empty, insincere words. Don’t be a fool, rather live in obedience and be attentive to God’s voice.

What to do in worship—#2 Be Reverent. Remember who God is. Ecclesiastes 5:2~Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few. (ESV) Being reverent requires remembering the big difference between God and us. The prophet Isaiah asks in Isaiah 40:28~Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. (NIV) 

What to do in worship—#3 Be Focused. Be Attentive, Be Reverent, Be Focused. Ecclesiastes 5:3~For a dream comes with much business and a fool’s voice with many words. (ESV) The word dream is probably referring to daydreaming, it’s also called mental doodling. Do you drool often? Our minds will wander, especially when we are not focused. Life has a lot going on, right? Some may be rethinking what they should have said in that conversation, or the questions they need to ask at the appointment, or what would taste good for lunch. However, we must not let our minds wander. Psalm 46:10~Be still, and know that I am God! (NIV) Being focused allows us to honor God.

What to do in worship—# Be Committed. This is a double prong for us. On one hand, we need to be regular in our workshop, else we might feel uneasy after laying out a while. I have heard this from those who’ve stayed away during covid. Then the second prong is in Soly’s heart, do not delay our commitments. If the Lord is dealing with you, don’t say, I will pray at home, or I will make the change next week. The only time we have is now. Soly puts it like this in Ecclesiastes 5:4~When you vow a vow to God, do not delay paying it, for he has no pleasure in fools. Pay what you vow. (ESV) The keyword here is delay. If we commitment, or vow, and then delay, an hour because a day, a day a week, a week turns to a month and before we know it, it was last year. Today is the present.

When we accept Christ, He is our Savior, He is also our Lord. That means He is our master or boss. In Acts, Jesus is referred to as Savior only twice (5:31 and 13:23). However, He is called Lord over 90 times. In the entire New Testament, Jesus is called Savior about 20 times, but He is called Lord over 400 times. With this emphasis the Bible couldn’t be any more clear, Jesus cannot be Savior unless He is our Lord. 

Psalm 116:18~I will fulfill my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people, (NIV) Before you head out the door and get too busy with all of life’s rushing moments, why not take time to ask God to help you implement the 4 B’s of worship in your life. Make Him Lord over all of your life and just love on Him. Ask Him to help you put Him first and to fulfill all of your vows to Him. Be a person of integrity.

Set A Reminder

We have been looking at the wires word of Soly, son of David and the wisest and wealthiest man to ever live. In chapel 5 of Ecclesiastes, he shares 3 practical ways we can prepare to worship God in spirit and truth. Why spirit and truth you ask? Because Jesus tells us in John 4:23~The hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. (ESV) Our great God wants our worship to be in spirit and truth.

Preparation #1—Saturate With Prayer. If we want to get the most out of our time of worship then we must saturate our week with prayer. What does that entail? Pray every day for our worship leader and the team that leads us before the throne of grace. Pray for our pastors who break with us spiritual bread. Pray over the volunteers to help connect with people and make our Chuch a disarming space. Pray and ask God to remove any and all hindrances to worship. Moreover, we should pray and ask God to speak to us and draw us in closer. That’s one way we experience the truth of Jesus’ promise in John 16:24~Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. (NIV)

If we saturate our week with prayer, then step 2 will be automatic. Preparation #2—Anticipate. Let your expectation for a great worship service build all week long. Come expecting God to do great things in your life and the lives of others in your neighborhood. When we don’t get much out of our worship, it means we probably didn’t put much in. Listen to another promise of Jesus when we gather in His name. Matthew 18:20~For where two or three gathers in my name, there am I with them. (NIV) Therefore, before we get to a worship service, Saturate With Prayer, Anticipate that God is going to move, and…

Preparation #3—Cultivate Worship. Don’t let the only time you worship God be on Sundays or Wednesdays. We are to worship God in our life and heart all week long. In the parable of the soils, Luke 8:11 Jesus tells us that the seed is God’s Word. Now seed won’t take root and produce fruit in dry, hard soil. It needs cultivation and water and nutrients. In the same way, during a worship service, God’s Word cannot take root in us and bless our hearts unless we are pliable. So, how do we cultivate our hearts? By praying this prayer in Psalm 19:14~May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock, and my Redeemer. (NIV) 

Today, ask yourself, is God my Rock and Redeemer? If the Lord the one you run out to share with something goes awry in your life, you get the best news ever, or an unexpected blessing comes your way? If God is our Rock and Redeemer, then we will spend time with Him cultivating our relationship and lavishing on Him our worship. And we do so by taking 3 steps in Preparation. WE saturate our lives in prayer, We anticipate His arrival, and we cultivate worship into every aspect of our lives. Today, let’s do that by taking a step towards God, by worshiping Him.