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Preparing for Sunday - February 18, 2018

Hi Shoreliners,

This week we’ll be learning from the church in Philadelphia, the church who held fast to the words of Christ with patient endurance. May we also hold fast to God’s word, come what may. This week our songs focus on God’s reign, His majesty in every sphere of creation, and the comfort He gives us through Christ.

Check out what we’ll be singing:

1.   God You Reign - Lincoln Brewster

Psalm 931:1a says, “The Lord reigns; he is robed in majesty.” It’s hard to wrap our minds around it, but the Lord has always existed. That is something that will never change! He rules and reigns the whole universe, from the smallest microbe to the largest star. We’ll start our service by worshipping Him, remembering these attributes, and being encouraged that He has everything under control!

2.   How Great Thou Art - Traditional (arr. by Paul Baloche)

Continuing in our singing, we’ll carry on with this theme of God’s greatness and majesty by singing one of the most beloved hymns of all time. When we look at creation, when we look at the cross, and when we look to the future it should stir up our souls to sing with joy - how great Thou art!

3.   Blessed be Your Name - Matt Redman

Our last two songs of the morning will focus on God’s comfort, grace and sovereignty during suffering. Through good times and bad, through joys and sorrows, we must give praise to the Lord knowing that we don’t suffer without reason. It’s for our good and growth in Jesus!

4.   Our Great Savior - Traditional

This great hymn was written by John Wilbur Chapman in 1910. He was a great evangelist on the east coast who worked with D.L. Moody and others. They hymn speaks of the comfort we receive from Jesus - He is our friend, our guide, our strength, and our Savior. Hallelujah, what a friend!

5.   Give Me Faith - Elevation Worship

We’ll close out our service being reminded of our great need for the Lord. He knows our weaknesses, and promises to give us faith throughout our lives if we walk with Him and feed off of His word. He is good!

Preparing for Sunday - October 8, 2017

Hey Shoreliners!

What an encouraging Sunday it was! It was awesome to see new folks and some of our kids be baptized as a step of obedience and to proclaim the new life they have in Christ! This week Pastor Pilgrim will be teaching out of Ecclesiastes 7:-14, which contrasts the wise with the foolish. I encourage you to prepare by reading this passage before our service this weekend. 

Check out the songs we’ll be singing this week:

1.   Your Love Awakens Me - Phil Wickam

This is a great, energetic song to kick off our worship service. It reminds us of who we were before Christ, separated and bound in chains. But when Christ called our name, He brought us back to life! How great is His love for us!

2.   Cornerstone - Hillsong Worship

Hillsong did a wonderful job updating the hymn that we have sung for so many years. The hope we have in this world is all built on Christ - our cornerstone!

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

John 15:15 says, “No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.” This author of this hymn wrote it for his mother, who was going through a particularly tough struggle. It continues to give us comfort today as we bring every burden, every care to Him. Jesus! What a friend for sinners!

4.   Death was Arrested - North Point Worship

We introduced this song back in August, and I’m excited to sing it again with you as we focus on the new life we have, the new creations we are because of the cross. We are free & redeemed, and when we sing, we join in the same song that believers have sung now for two thousand years!

5.   The Stand - Hillsong United

As we move into a time of response, this song exhorts us to stand in awe of what Christ has done for us. The lyrics of the song echo the words of missionary C.T. Studd, who said, “If Christ be God and died for me, then there can be no sacrifice too great for me to make for Him.”