Preparing for Sunday - November 19, 2017

Hey Shoreliners!

Responding in thankfulness to what Christ has done is a normal part of our worship, but since Thanksgiving is just around the corner, we’ll be focusing on this in a special way this coming Sunday. Our worship must come from an attitude of humble thankfulness, and we’ll be worshipping our God & Savior by thanking Him for his attributes, his faithfulness, and for redeeming us. I hope you’ll join us this Sunday!

Check out what we’ll be singing this week:

1.   Forever - Chris Tomlin

I love starting out our service with this song. It’s upbeat and easy to sing, with lyrics taken directly from many of the Psalms. He is forever faithful, forever strong and forever present with us!

2.   Cannons - Phil Wickam

This is a well-written song that praises God for the beauty that is shown throughout creation, specifically what we see in the heavens. When we are faced with the vastness of our universe, and how the galaxies and stars were created to work together to show off the majesty of God, we can say nothing except - “You are holy, great and mighty, the moon and the stars declare who You are.” We are so unworthy, and yet he still loves us - this is truly awesome!

3.   There is a Redeemer - Keith Green

When I preached last month, I mentioned that my son was named after Keith Green - a pioneer in Christian music and a hero of mine growing up. This song was very well-known in the 80’s & 90’s, but has since fallen by the wayside. This is sad, because it’s a beautiful song that simply, yet biblically drives us to worship our Redeemer and thank the Father for sending His Son to us! Looking forward to “bring it back” this Sunday.

4.   Great is Thy Faithfulness - Traditional (arrangement by Shane & Shane)

The author of this great hymn, Thomas Chisholm said this - ”My income has not been large at any time due to impaired health in the earlier years which has followed me on until now. Although I must not fail to record here the unfailing faithfulness of a covenant-keeping God and that He has given me many wonderful displays of His providing care, for which I am filled with astonishing gratefulness." The hymn reminds us that God doesn't only work in dramatic or miraculous ways, but also in simple, everyday ways. It also reminds us that Jesus has never failed us in the past, so we have no reason to doubt his faithfulness in the future.

5.   Jesus, Thank You - Sovereign Grace Music

We’ll end our service by singing this simple yet profound song about the cross, and His blood that washes away our sin. Jesus, thank you!

Preparing for Sunday 4/23

Hey Shoreliners!

I trust that Easter Sunday was an encouragement for you. What a great time we had together celebrating our risen Savior! Let’s not let that joy diminish as time continues to march forward.

This Sunday we’re looking forward to having Pastor Carl Dixon from Calvary Sarasota with us. We’re going to be looking at Mark 2:13-17, which reminds us that God’s grace is available to every person, even to those who are considered the “dregs” of society. All that is needed is a repentant heart! With this passage in mind, we’ll be singing the following songs together:

1. God of Wonders

This is always a great song to start out with - it praises God for being “Lord over all creation”, the omnipotent, holy, awesome creator of all things - beyond the galaxies and beyond our imagination! See Psalm 40:5 & 19:1-4.

2.  Your Grace is Enough

As we get ready to hear from the book of Mark, this song encourages us to remember how gracious our God is.  The 2nd verse references the old testament, reminding us that just as God was patient and gracious with the Israelites, that grace continues to be offered to us!

3.  All I have is Christ

We introduced this new song on April 2nd. The lyrics are so well-written and help us remember that before Christ we were utterly lost and on the opposite path. It reminds me of Romans 10:9-10 “There is none righteous, no not one!” and Roman's 5:8 “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” The only boast we have is to exclaim “Hallelujah! All I have is Christ!” 

4. Here’s My Heart

As the sermon finishes and we go into a time of worship & response, this is a great prayer to sing. “Here’s my heart Lord, speak what is true.” Our desire should be to always be humble, always be open to the Lord molding and teaching us. All truth comes from Him - speak to our hearts Lord!

5. How Great Thou Art

We’ll finish our service similar to the way we started - with a great hymn of praise that again focuses on how wonderful and awesome our God is. I also love the third verse of this hymn - it looks forward to the future when we will be in God’s presence proclaiming His greatness! “When Christ shall come, with shouts of acclamation, and take me home what joy shall fill my heart. Then I shall bow, in humble adoration, and there proclaim, my God how great Thou art!”

Listen to our setlist below: