christmas worship

Preparing for Sunday - December 17, 2017

Hey Shoreliners!

We’re continuing our Christmas sermon series this week - Pastor Pilgrim will take us further into Luke 2 to discover the worship of Simeon. We have the awesome privilege to keep singing both classic and newer versions of Christmas carols, you do not want to miss a Sunday this month!

Check out what we’ll be singing this week:

1.   Joy to the World - Isaac Waats (arr. by Chris Tomlin)

Next to “Silent Night”, this is the one of the most popular and well-known Christmas carols. It was written by Isaac Waats in 1719 based off of Psalm 98, Psalm 96:11-12 and Genesis 3:17-18. Mr. Waats originally wrote this hymn with Jesus’ second coming in mind, but over the years it has become more popular to sing at Christmastime. This version includes an added chorus by Chris Tomlin, which speaks of the affect that joy has on our lives.

2.   Angels from the Realms of Glory - James Montgomery (arr. by Paul Baloche)

Pastor Pilgrim shared the amazing story of James Montgomery and the background behind this hymn last Sunday. Go listen to last weeks sermon if you missed it!  

3.   God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman - Traditional (arr. by Meredith Andrews) 

We’ll continue by singing another traditional Christmas carol that speaks of the comfort and joy we have because of Christ’s appearing. This version includes an added chorus worshipping our Savior for bringing hope to all mankind.

4.   Come Thou Long Expected Jesus - Charles Wesley (arr. by Fernando Ortega)

We’ll finish our opening time of worship by singing one last Christmas hymn, written by the great hymn-writer, Charles Wesley.  The lyrics focus on God choosing to give the Messiah to the world in the form of Jesus. It also focuses on the Israelites longing for the Messiah to come and take the burden of sins from them to take them upon himself.

5.   There is a Redeemer - Keith Green

We’ll close out our service by looking to Christ’s redemptive work on the cross. He is the perfect Lamb of God, the Messiah and our Redeemer. Thank you Father for sending us Your Son!

Preparing for Sunday - December 10, 2017

Hey Shoreliners!

I was so encouraged & challenged by the finale of Ecclesiastes - if you weren’t able to make it last Sunday, go listen to the sermon podcast! We’re into Advent season now, and for the next couple weeks we’ll be observing the worship of those who were present during Christ’s birth and early years - starting with the angels. This Sunday we’ll also be starting to sing classic Christmas hymns, you don’t want to miss these upcoming services!

Check out what we’ll be singing this week:

1.   Angels We Have Heard on High - James Chadwick (arr. by Chris Tomlin)

This classic Christmas song was written in 1862 by the English bishop, James Chadwick. The lyrics are taken from Luke’s account of the angels arriving to tell the shepherds the good news of Christ’s birth. What a privilege to join with the angels and sing “Gloria, in Excelsis Deo! (latin for Glory to God in the highest).

2.   O Come all Ye Faithful - Various Authors (arr. by Paul Baloche)

This Christmas hymn is attributed to at least three different authors. It was originally written in Latin as “Adeste Fideles” sometime in the early 1700’s. It continues in the same theme as “Angels We Have Heard on High” by inviting us to come worship the newborn King. 

3.   O Come, O Come, Emmanuel - Unknown (arr. by Sovereign Grace Music) 

This hymn was also originally written in Latin, some say in the 1st century, but it shows up prominently in the year 1710. Verses 1 and 2 are from the original text, while verses 3-5 are new verses written by Steve Cook of Sovereign Grace. This hymn has a distinct progression - starting with the promised Messiah coming to save Israel, and finishing by looking the future when Jesus will reign eternal as our Prince of Peace.

4.   Our Great God - Fernando Ortega (arr. by Todd Agnew)

We’ll finish our opening time of worship by transitioning from Christmas hymns to a modern one, but we’re still keeping the same theme: praising our great God for who He is, what He has done and what He will do! Glory be to our Great God!

5.   I Will Rise - Chris Tomlin

We started our service by joining with the angels in worship at Christ’s birth and we’ll end our service by again joining with the angels - but this time looking to the future, at the end of all things, when Jesus invites us to rise with Him to glory. Worthy is the Lamb!