It was a privilege to have Pastor Carl Dixon (and Matthew) with us last Sunday. What a great encouragement it is to know that Jesus truly does love sinners. May we strive to emulate our Savior and love those around us!
This Sunday, Pastor Pilgrim will be back with us, and we’ll be starting the book of Esther! I’m really excited to revisit this great story, in this book we see God’s sovereignty, providence and faithfulness on full display as He works through Esther to protect His chosen people. Sony Gatanis will be leading us in worship this week, and he has picked some great songs that we’ll be singing together:
1. Build Your Kingdom Here
This is becoming a favorite for us. It echoes the Disciples' prayer in Matthew 6:10 - “Your kingdom come, Your will be done.” It’s a fun song to sing and it has really solid lyrics that encourage us to be an active part of seeing God’s kingdom built here on earth!
2. 10,000 Reasons
Matt Redman is one of the great song writers for the church today. 10,000 Reasons is taken from Psalm 103, which praises our Lord for His attributes. He is “rich in love and slow to anger”, His “name is great and His heart is kind”. The song encourages us to start worshipping as the day begins and continue through the night, and to praise the Lord even when “our strength is failing.” It all comes together in the great chorus - let’s “sing like never before” this Sunday!
3. The Heart of Worship
This song also by Matt Redman has been a part of my life since I was a teenager. It reminds us what true worship really is - so much more than a song! It challenges us to look way beyond the music, the stage, the lights and to present our lives to God as an act of worship. Romans 12:1 “present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.”
4. Take Me In
Although this is not a new song, it may be new for some of you. It popped up on Kutless’ worship album “Strong Tower” album in 2005, and it’s great song to sing as the sermon finishes. The lyrics are a great words of praise to Christ for giving us access to the Father. The curtain is torn, we now have access through the “blood of the Lamb!”
5. Our Great God
We’ll conclude our service by directing all praise to our great God! This song praises our Savior for who He is - unchanging, eternal, unfailing, gracious, merciful and loving. It speaks of our frailty and how we depend daily on our sovereign God, and how all of creation brings forth praise to the living God, all culminating in a powerful chorus “Hallelujah! Glory be to our great God!”
Listen to the setlist here: