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 9/3

Hey Shoreliners!

A.W. Tozer said, “Without worship, we go about miserable.” I believe this is so true, and our attitudes during the week reflect this. If we try and “fix” everything by ourselves, we are depending on our own efforts and not on what the Lord desires to teach us while we’re in the midst of it. On the other side, if our week is going well and we give ourselves the glory, we’re robbing God of what truly belongs to Him. Either way, a life consistent with these two pitfalls will slowly make us miserable. Let’s give him all the worship and praise throughout our week, be in His word, growing through everything the Lord gives us.

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

1.   Build Your Kingdom Here - by Rend Collective

We’ll kick off our service this week by asking the Lord to continue His work in our nation and in our hearts. He has appointed us, the church, to be His ministers of reconciliation. We must have pliable hearts for Him to work in us, and in turn we will be passionate about reaching our world!

2.   Blessed Be Your Name - by Matt Redman

As we move into this song, we’ll start by reading Ecclesiastes 4:1-3, which focuses on the oppression and evil that exists in this world. This song encourages us to live a life of faith, submitting to God’s sovereignty, and blessing His name through every situation, knowing that He desires to help us conform to the image of His Son.

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

In contrast to the situation that Solomon describes in Ecclesiastes 4, is the truth that “if God is for us, who can be against us?” Without Christ, there is no comfort from the darkness of this world - only Christ gives us that peace and hope! Nothing formed against us will stand, He holds the whole world in his hands!

4.   At the Cross (Love Ran Red) -  by Chris Tomlin

As we prepare our hearts to take communion, we’ll focus on the cross and what Christ has done for us. This song also reminds us what our response should be - an attitude of surrender and brokenness. The Christian life is a life of dying to self, and living for Christ!

5.   Jesus, Thank You - by Sovereign Grace Music

We’ll close our service by singing this simple yet profoundly true song together. It’s not a new song, but it will probably be new for most of you. The lyrics focus on our response to the what Christ has done for us - “Your blood has washed away my sin, Jesus thank you!”. My favorite line in the songs speaks of how we were once at enmity with God, and now we are invited to His table - “once your enemy, now seated at your table, Jesus thank you!”

Preparing for Sunday 8/13

Hey Shoreliners!

So, have you figured out your views on eschatology? I think I lean toward the “pan-millenial” view. 😉Well, wherever you landed - I trust it brings you joy & hope. Christ is coming back! Let us not scoff, or be ashamed at His coming. I’m excited to start the book of Ecclesiastes this Sunday, so this week and all through this series we’ll be singing songs that speak about our hope in Christ, and in him alone. There is no peace or worth found in anything else! 

Check out what we’re singing this week:

1. Holy is the Lord

We see God’s holiness on display all throughout scripture. It’s so important that we never forget or diminish this truth. We have no right or claim to call on God, yet He invites us to come boldly before His throne of grace. This is possible only through Jesus, so let’s stand and sing with joy!

2.  The Solid Rock

As we start the book of Ecclesiastes, this song helps us remember that Christ is our solid rock - everything else is vanity, or as the song tells us, “sinking sand”. We must stand on Christ’s finished work on the cross!

3.  Great are You Lord

Continuing with the theme of finding our worth in Christ, we sing in this song that we have life, love, light & hope only in Him. We shout in worship - “great are you Lord!” There can be no other response than to fall on our knees, 1 John 3:1 says, “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!”

4. Death Was Arrested

We introduced this song last week, 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. Give me Faith

As we close our service, this is great song to sing in response to the message we have heard. We must recognize that without faith it is impossible to please God. We are broken people, and we need mercy and grace every day. However, we can rest in this truth, and echo the apostle Paul, “for when I am weak, then I am strong.” We will fail, but our God will remain faithful and will be our strength in times of weakness!