Preparing for Sunday 8/27

Hey Shoreliners!

I hope you were in service last Sunday! We’re diving into Ecclesiastes and received a great exhortation about the vanity of pleasure from chapter two. If you weren’t there, make sure to catch up by listening to the sermon online. Pastor Pilgrim is continuing with chapter three this Sunday, and we’ll be singing the following songs together:

1. Our God (by Chris Tomlin)

We’ll open the service by reading from 1 Chronicles 16, which praises the Lord for his greatness and supremacy above all things. That’s a great intro for our first song! He is greater, stronger, our healer, defender and friend!

2.  Blessed Assurance (by Fanny Crosby)

Fanny Crosby is my favorite hymn writer of all time, and since Pastor Pilgrim quoted her last Sunday, I thought it would be appropriate to sing one of her most beloved hymns. As we study Ecclesiastes, and are confronted by the vanities of this world, this hymn helps us focus our thoughts on the “blessed assurance” we have in Christ!

3.  God You Reign (by Lincoln Brewster)

During our series in Ecclesiastes, we’ll be singing songs that are based on and sometimes directly taken from this book. “God You Reign” is a great song that highlights Ecclesiastes 3:14 “whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it. God has done it, so that people fear before him.” Our God reigns forever, he is sovereign over all of creation, and also over us. Hallelujah!

4. Lord I Need You (by Matt Maher)

As we prepare our hearts to hear from God’s word, this song again reminds us of our great need. We often think that we “need” things from this world, whether it be possessions, relationships, or status. But in truth, the only thing we need is to be forgiven and set free from sin. This why we sing, “Lord, I need you!”

5. Here’s My Heart (by Chris Tomlin, David Crowder arrangement)

We’ll close out our time together by focusing on our Savior, by declaring that he is more than enough, he’s our hope, and he gives us grace and love every day. Are we surrendered to him, and to his purposes for us?