Preparing for Sunday - March 4, 2018

Hi Shoreliners,

I trust the “7 Churches” series was encouraging and motivating for you. It had been awhile since I’ve been part of a study in Revelation, and it really stuck me how relevant and timely those chapters are for us, even though they were written to seven churches that existed long ago. Praise the Lord for His word! This Sunday we’ll be starting a new series through Malachi and learning a new song!

Check out what we’ll be singing:

1.   Sooner Count the Stars - Sovereign Grace Music

“I could sooner count the stars, than number all your ways.” The opening line of this great song reminds us of the vastness of God. It would be easier for us to count all the stars than to fully understand every part of who God is. We must continually remind ourselves who we are in light of who God is. Praise the Lord, that He accepts us in light of our weakness and insignificance!

2.   Blessed Assurance - Fanny Crosby

We have what scripture calls “a hope that does not disappoint.” We can know with 100% certainty that we are saved and in a right relationship with God. No other religion can offer this kind of hope. Let’s praise him for this blessed assurance!

3.   Build My Life - Passion

We’re excited to introduce this new song to you on Sunday! One of the characteristics of the faithful church in Philadelphia was that they held fast to the word of Christ. That is what we are encouraged to do in this song - “I will build my life upon your word, it is a firm foundation!” This song also has a great chorus that ascribes holiness to our God - “Holy, there is no one like you, there is none beside you, open up my eyes in wonder!”

4.   Man of Sorrows - Hillsong Worship

As we come to the Lord’s table, we’ll reflect on his sacrifice by singing this great song that takes us through the story of the cross. Only through the substitutionary atonement do we receive a right standing with God - “O that rugged cross, my salvation!”

5.   Happy Day - Tim Hughes

We’ll close out the service with this song of celebration, praising Jesus for giving us access again to the Father. “O what a glorious day, that you have saved me!” Some of us have had radical transformations, some of us have come to the Lord slowly, step by step. Whatever the way, we are all new creations in Christ! Let’s sing with joy!

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!

Preparing for Sunday - January 7, 2018

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Hey Shoreliners! Happy New Year! I’m excited to start 2018 with you all, we’re going to have a great year studying through and singing through God’s word. This Sunday, Pastor Pilgrim will be kicking off a sermon series through the first three chapters of Revelation which focuses on the church. We’ll be singing a new song to go along with this series called “O Church Arise.” We’ll also be singing songs that exhort us to have the right focus as we start 2018.

Check out the songs:

1.   Build Your Kingdom Here - Rend Collective

We’ll start off our service by praying this song, and encouraging one another to allow the Lord to “rule and reign in our hearts” in 2018. The Lord’s purposes will come to pass, He will build His church, and He desires to use us in the process!

2.   I Will Call Upon the Lord (Psalm 18:3, 46) 

This is a psalm I grew up singing, and it’s a great reminder for us to be consistent this year in calling upon our Lord in every situation. He is our Rock, Redeemer and Salvation!  

3.   O Church Arise - Keith & Kristyn Getty

I love the songs written by the Getty’s - they are original both lyrically and musically, and most importantly, they are deep, biblically sounds lyrics. This is a great battle-cry song for us as a church. It encourages us to be rooted in scripture, to take up our spiritual weapons and stand for truth. We are His radiant bride, we must “arise for the risen Son!”

4.   Lead Me to the Cross - Hillsong

As we prepare to take communion, this song encourages to have our focus in the right place. Jesus came to earth as a human and experienced life as one of us, all to be obedient to the Father to be our ransom. May we be living daily under the reality of the cross!

5.   Death Was Arrested - NorthPoint Worship

I love closing our service with this song. Christ’s death and resurrection brings freedom! Let’s join and sing together the “song of the redeemed”, praising our Savior for His perfect life, perfect sacrifice, and glorious resurrection!

Preparing for Sunday - December 3, 2017

Hey Shoreliners!

I’m excited to start the month of December! Pastor Pilgrim will be finishing Ecclesiastes this week, then we can bring on Christmas! For those of you who are excited to sing Christmas carols, we’ll be starting those next week. Until then, we have the great privilege to sing our salvation, to sing Christ’s work and to praise our everlasting God!

Check out what we’ll be singing this week:

1.   Happy Day - Tim Hughes

This is a great song to uplift our spirits as we begin the service. We truly can go throughout each day with joy because of what Christ has done in our lives! 

2.   Everlasting God - Chris Tomlin

As we continue singing, we’ll worship our God for some of his attributes. This song is taken from Isaiah 40:28-31. Our God never grows faint or weary, we can lean upon His strength in times of distress!

3.   Blessed Assurance - Fanny Crosby

We could spend hours discussing the hymns & life of Fanny Crosby. But instead of boring you to death, we’ll sing one of her many beloved hymns. Our story and song in life should be filled with the blessed assurance that comes with a relationship with Jesus!

4.   Grace Greater than Our Sin - Traditional

This great hymn was authored by Julia H. Johnston. She was a faithful Sunday School teacher for 40 years, and also served as president of the Presbyterian Missionary Society. Ms. Johnston wrote about 500 hymns, but this one is her most well-known. It beautifully describes the “marvelous grace of our loving Lord, grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt!” It is the perfect song to sing as we come to the communion table and reflect on the sacrifice of Jesus on our behalf.

5.   In Christ Alone - Keith & Kristyn Getty

We’ll end our service by singing this modern hymn that does such a great job of recounting Christ’s finished work on the cross. Only in Him can we find hope. We have no guilt in life, no fear in death because of the power of the cross!

Preparing for Sunday - November 5, 2017

Hey Shoreliners!

Hope you’re having a good week! How many donut holes did you eat last Sunday? Be honest! 😉I’m looking forward to this Sunday! We’ll be celebrating communion together, singing a new song together, and getting into the word together! Let’s kick off the month of November focused on the supremacy of God’s word in our lives, only there do we find truth and hope!

Check out what we’ll be singing this week:

1.   Mediator - Ghost Ship

The worship team has been discussing a book together called “Worship Matters”. In it, we are encouraged to make God’s word the forefront in the service. We are encouraged to sing directly from scripture, so I love songs like “Mediator” with lyrics taken directly from 1 Timothy 2:1-5: “There is one mediator between God and man, the man Jesus Christ.” What a privilege to sing this truth as we start the service!

2.   Sooner Count the Stars - Sovereign Grace Music

I’m looking forward to singing this new song with you on Sunday! The theme of this song is taken from Psalm 40:5 - “Many, O Lord my God, are Your wonderful works which You have done; and Your thoughts toward us cannot be recounted to You in order; if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.” The lyrics of the chorus say “No praise is high enough, no thanks is deep enough, no life is long enough to sing of all you’ve done.”  We cannot even come close to understand or fathom the nature of our God - and the little bit we do know, we cannot praise Him enough for it. How amazing is this - and yet He still invites us to come. It’s truly mind-blowing. Make sure to take a listen before Sunday.

3.   Let my Words be Few - Matt Redman

Continuing with the importance of singing words directly from scripture, we’ll be singing this song again to go along with our study in Ecclesiastes. We sang it a couple weeks ago when we were studying chapter five - and it’s a good song to keep in our list. We’re reminded where we stand before our almighty, holy God. He is in heaven, and we are on earth - we stand in awe of who He is and what He’s done.

4.   The Wonderful Cross - Isaac Waats (arrangement by Redman/Tomlin)

As we prepare our hearts for communion - we’ll sing this great hymn by Isaac Waats, known as the “Godfather of English Hymnody”. There are few hymns that so accurately and deeply describe what our Lord went through at the cross and it is punctuated by a solid chorus from Chris Tomlin. “Love so amazing, so divine! Demands my soul, my life, my all.”

5.   Jesus Paid it All - Traditional (arrangement by Kristian Stanfield)

We’ll finish out our time of communion by praising “the one who paid our debt” and thanking him for paying it all for us, for satisfying the debt we owe at the cross. This hymn also looks forward to the future, to when we stand before the throne and will finally be complete in Him. Then we will truly and perfectly praise Him forever! Amen!