Gathering Preparation 04.03.16

Greetings friends!

As we prepare together for our gathering Sunday morning I’d like to share a bit about what I’ve been meditating on through our liturgy text and upcoming songs.

Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to a city to dwell in; hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them. Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He led them by a straight way till they reached a city to dwell in. - Psalm 107.4-7

When I see city language like this I can’t help but be reminded & rejoice for the eternal city that will drop out of the sky like a bride on her wedding day! (Revelation 21.2) How often do I feel like the people in the text? Wandering in a wasteland, a land of death, rebelliously searching for anything but God to quench my eternal thirst. But God is rich in mercy and His love is steadfast. He did not leave me on my own to die.  Jesus Himself is the way (John 14.6) and because of Him we will  reach that city in which we will dwell with God forever. Because of Christ we have hope in a future joy that surpasses the suffering of this life. Just the thought of that city, where death is dead and the Lord Himself is the light around us fills me with worship!

Be preparing your hearts with me by reading Psalm 107.1-7 and listening to the Ezra spotify playlist, especially the following songs:

How Great Thou Art

Death Has Lost its Sting

All My Tears

We Will Feast in the House of Zion

Satisfied in You

Grace Alone

John will be preaching from Ezra 8.1-20, so spend some time thinking this Scripture.

As always, I praise God for you all.

“It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace.” - Philippians 1.7

- Kirsten