Preparing for Sunday - March 18, 2018

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Hi Shoreliners,

John Piper says this about congregational singing: “What should be the defining sound of corporate worship, besides the voice of biblical preaching? The answer we gave was “The people of Bethlehem (church) singing. If our church is not “singing and making melody to the Lord with [our] heart,” (Ephesians 5:19), it’s all over. We close up shop. This is no small commitment.”

Often we look at singing in church as the “warmup” to the sermon. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Every song we sing is a prayer to the Lord, every song we sing teaches us something about who God is, the songs we sing bring comfort, hope, joy and instruction into our lives. They also bind us together as a congregation when we, with once voice, worship our Savior and proclaim what He has done. Singing on Sunday isn’t a spectator sport - come ready to sing this week!

Check out what we’ll be singing:

Everlasting God - Chris Tomlin

We’re kicking off our service this week with this uplifting song taken from Isaiah 40:28. Our strength in this life must only come from the Lord and His word, otherwise we will burn out quickly! We must rest in our new identity in Christ - “it is no longer I live who live, but Christ who lives within me!”

Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies) - Chris Tomlin

We’ll continue this theme with our next song, which comes in part from Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid.” What great comfort to know that our Lord goes before us and gives us strength to stand firm!

What a Friend we have in Jesus - Traditional (arr. by The Sing Team)

We’ll finish this theme of songs by singing this favorite hymn. We know that no matter what comes our way - trials, temptations, troubles, Jesus is our refuge!

All I Have Is Christ - Sovereign Grace Music

As we prepare to hear from God’s word, we’ll put our focus on Christ’s finished work and the state of our lives before we received Him. We were lost in sin with no hope, but Christ “looked upon our helpless state and led us to the cross”. It brings back to my memory the line of the old hymn - “At the cross, at the cross where I first the light and the burden of my soul rolled away. It was there by faith I received my sight and now I am happy all the day!”

Jesus Paid It All - Traditional (arr. by Kristian Stanfill)

We’ll close out the service with this song of praise, again focusing on the cross and praising the one who “paid our debt and raised this life up from the dead.” We certainly do owe everything to Christ for what He’s done. Amen!