Preparing for Sunday - February 4, 2018

Hey Shoreliners!

God is good! I’m thankful for a great trip to Asia. I was able to connect with our missionaries there, and it was a profitable time together. It’s hard to believe that January is already gone, and I’m looking forward to being back with you and continuing our study of the seven churches. We’ll also have an opportunity to remember our Savior’s great sacrifice by taking communion together.

Check out what we’ll be singing:

1. Holy is the Lord - Chris Tomlin

Psalm 72:19 says, “Blessed be his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory! Amen and Amen!” We’ll start by worshipping our Lord and proclaiming his holiness and authority over all creation. He is our great God, and our response is to lift our hands in worship and sing!

2.   Mediator - Ghost Ship

Continuing in our singing, we’ll move from God’s holiness, to the story of salvation where the only mediator, the only way to God is through Jesus. He took our place at the cross and continually mediates for us, even now, so we can have access to the Father. Thank you Jesus!

3.   Come Thou Fount of Ev’ry Blessing - Robert Robinson (arr. by David Crowder)

As we’ve been progressing through the first three chapters of Revelation - we’ve seen the problems that plagued these early churches. This hymn has the famous line, “prone to wander Lord I feel it.” We know that this is an age-old struggle between our new and old natures. In our sin, we are prone to wander, yet Christ is faithful to work in us in spite of that. May we hold fast to Christ and His word!

4.   How Deep the Father’s Love for Us - Stuart Townend

As we prepare our hearts to participate in communion, we’ll sing this modern hymn that so eloquently describes the cross, our sin, the Father’s love, and Jesus’s work for us. One of my favorite lines in the song is “why should I gain from His reward, I cannot give an answer, but this I know with all my heart His wounds have paid my ransom.” It’s incredible that we have been given this great gift of Salvation!

5.   It is Finished - Dustin Kensrue

We’ll close out the service with this high-energy, uplifting song about the finished work of Christ. May our weary hearts rejoice!