Preparing for Sunday 8/27

Hey Shoreliners!

I hope you were in service last Sunday! We’re diving into Ecclesiastes and received a great exhortation about the vanity of pleasure from chapter two. If you weren’t there, make sure to catch up by listening to the sermon online. Pastor Pilgrim is continuing with chapter three this Sunday, and we’ll be singing the following songs together:

1. Our God (by Chris Tomlin)

We’ll open the service by reading from 1 Chronicles 16, which praises the Lord for his greatness and supremacy above all things. That’s a great intro for our first song! He is greater, stronger, our healer, defender and friend!

2.  Blessed Assurance (by Fanny Crosby)

Fanny Crosby is my favorite hymn writer of all time, and since Pastor Pilgrim quoted her last Sunday, I thought it would be appropriate to sing one of her most beloved hymns. As we study Ecclesiastes, and are confronted by the vanities of this world, this hymn helps us focus our thoughts on the “blessed assurance” we have in Christ!

3.  God You Reign (by Lincoln Brewster)

During our series in Ecclesiastes, we’ll be singing songs that are based on and sometimes directly taken from this book. “God You Reign” is a great song that highlights Ecclesiastes 3:14 “whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it. God has done it, so that people fear before him.” Our God reigns forever, he is sovereign over all of creation, and also over us. Hallelujah!

4. Lord I Need You (by Matt Maher)

As we prepare our hearts to hear from God’s word, this song again reminds us of our great need. We often think that we “need” things from this world, whether it be possessions, relationships, or status. But in truth, the only thing we need is to be forgiven and set free from sin. This why we sing, “Lord, I need you!”

5. Here’s My Heart (by Chris Tomlin, David Crowder arrangement)

We’ll close out our time together by focusing on our Savior, by declaring that he is more than enough, he’s our hope, and he gives us grace and love every day. Are we surrendered to him, and to his purposes for us?

Preparing for Sunday 8/20

Hey Shoreliners!

We had a great first look at the book of Ecclesiastes on Sunday. John MacArthur says, “The only lasting efforts are those designed to accomplish God’s purposes for eternity.” We know that everything in this life is temporary, so we must focus our thoughts and actions heavenward, living our lives with eternity in mind. We have a great privilege to sing and worship our eternal Savior this coming Sunday, check out the songs for this week:

1. Famous One

This song by Chris Tomlin is taken in part from Psalm 19:1, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.” It’s a great way to start the service as we declare what the Lord has done for us, and ascribe the glory due his name!

2.  Nothing but the Blood

I love singing this classic hymn, because it so simply reminds us that without the atonement of Christ on the cross, we would still be under the wrath of God. “O precious is the flow that makes me white as snow!”

3.  Forever Reign

Continuing with our theme of how life is meaningless without Christ, we will sing how Christ provides his righteousness, his peace, and his truth so graciously to us. We know that we have no inherent goodness without Christ, only he can give us peace, and only in him do we find the truth! Nothing can compare to our relationship with him, may he forever reign!

4. Man of Sorrows

We must always point to and worship our Savior for going to the cross for us. This song is probably one of the best songs Hillsong has ever released. Drawing from scriptures like Isaiah 53:3 and taking lyrics from the hymn “The Old Rugged Cross”, this song so beautifully takes us through the story of the gospel - Christ’s death, burial & resurrection. Praise and honor unto him alone!

5. Christ is Enough

This song is very appropriate for us to sing as we finish chapter two of Ecclesiastes. We learn from the story of the richest, wisest man who ever lived - he had it all and it wasn’t enough. How fortunate are we to study this book! Only in Christ do we find our true reward. It’s so easy to get lured away by temporary pleasures, may Christ be enough for us as we walk through the life He has given us!