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Preparing for Sunday - November 4, 2018

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Hi Shoreliners,

I’ve been really encouraged by our time studying John 10! What an incredible picture we have in Jesus being our Good Shepherd. This week we will continue in this chapter and consider one of the most well-known verses on eternal security - John 10:27-29. You don’t want to miss this Sunday!

Come ready to sing the following songs:

Mediator - Ghost Ship

As we start our service, we’ll worship and sing to the one mediator between God and man, the man Jesus Christ. He took our place and became the only Door that gives us access to the Father. Let’s put aside cares and worries from this past week and focus on this great truth!

All Creatures of our God and King - Traditional (Sov. Grace arr.)

Last week we sang “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”, one of the oldest hymns left that we still sing. This week, we’ll be singing another ancient hymn, written by St. Francis of Assisi in the 1100’s! This version has two extra verses written more recently that describe our response (come and rejoice in His great love) and Jesus’ return (He shall return in power to reign…). Each verse culminates in “O Praise Him! Allelujah!” What an amazing song that has stood the test of time.

He Will Hold Me Fast - Matthew Merker

We normally don’t introduce two new songs in two weeks, but I couldn’t pass this one up because it so beautifully illustrates the passage we will be in this week. With lyrics like “Those He saves are His delight, He will hold me fast” and “He’ll not let my soul be lost, His promises shall last”, this song accurately reminds us that a soul once saved can never be lost. No one can take us out of the Father’s hand!

Grace - CityALight

We introduced this song last Sunday, and it’s a great introduction to our time around the Lord’s table. There is great beauty in solid words and a simple melody. This song captures that well, and it also beautifully describes the great grace that “leads us home”, grace that restores us, grace that frees us.

Death Was Arrested - NorthPoint Worship

We’ll conclude our service by celebrating together with this song of victory! Thought Christ’s life, death & resurrection we have been made new!

Preparing for Sunday - September 9, 2018

Hi Shoreliners,

I really enjoyed our family service last Sunday. It was great to get the kids involved a little bit by reading scripture. Next time, I’d love to see a few singing with us on the worship team! This week we’ll be learning a new song and continuing to exalt Christ, the I AM, our Redeemer and Deliverer both through our songs and through our teaching as we finish out chapter six of John.

Come ready to sing the following songs:

This is Amazing Grace - Phil Wickam

Last Sunday, we sang a couple great songs focusing on God’s grace in our lives. We’ll continue this theme as we start on Sunday morning - remembering the great work of redemption that was accomplished by Jesus. 

Everlasting God - Chris Tomlin

As we continue singing, we’ll turn our focus to God’s attributes as reflected in the book of Isaiah. He is the almighty, everlasting God who cares for the weak and promises to give strength to His people. May we look to Him and stand on the promises of His word!

Cornerstone - Hillsong

Speaking of standing on His promises, this solid hymn arrangement encourages us to look to Christ for our salvation and for our daily strength. He is the solid rock, our Cornerstone - the unchanging God who is constant in the midst of a chaotic world. 

All Glory be to Christ - Kings Kalaidoscope

I’m so excited to sing this new song with you. It goes along well with the book of John as we study the “I AM” statements. Jesus is the great I AM, He is faithful and true. When we seek to live our lives centered in His will, we know we can have confidence that everything will “work together for good”. It’s when we look to do things in our own strength that “no legacy will survive”. When we have this perspective we can truly say “All glory be to Christ our King!”

There is a Redeemer - Keith Green

We’ll finish our service with this classic song that brings glory to Christ for being our Redeemer. Thank you Father for sending us Your Son!

Preparing for Sunday - June 10, 2018

Hi Shoreliners,

How is your week going? Are you filling your mind with God’s word, seeking to be filled by Him every day? As we seek to live out Romans 12:1-2, I’m more and more convinced that what we fill our heads with affects this in a monumental way. Let us be a church categorized by our knowledge of God’s word, not our knowledge of movie quotes or sports stats. May we be living our lives with an eternal perspective! I’m looking forward to worship with you on Sunday!

Come ready to sing the following songs:

How Great Thou Art - Traditional (Paul Baloche arr.)

This is one of the most popular hymns, sung by believers in many languages all across the world. It was written by a Swedish poet in 1885, translated into German, then into Russian and became a hymn. Our English version was translated in 1949 by English missionary Stuart Hine. However, it wasn’t until George Beverly Shea started singing it during Billy Graham’s crusades that it became such a popular hymn here in America. Since then it has exploded, and not a Sunday goes by without many churches singing this great hymn about the greatness of our God!

Forever - Chris Tomlin

We’ll continue our time of singing by worshipping our God for His faithfulness in all seasons of life. This song is based on a number of psalms, but we’ll be reading 1 Chronicles 16:8-12, which says in part “Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works! Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!”

Hymn of the Ages - Rend Collective

We introduced this new song from Rend Collective last Sunday. It is a well-written, singable song extolling the majesty and greatness of our triune God. We are beggars, standing in awe of what Christ has done. He is our redemption, the hope of all the world, the alpha and omega without end. O that we would have a thousand tongues to sing His praise!

Build My Life - Passion

This song reminds us that Christ alone is worthy, and He alone can save. We must build our lives upon His word, it is a firm foundation that we can trust! Let us not be shaken!

All I have is Christ - Sovereign Grace

We’ll finish our service by directing all glory to Christ. We must remember where we were before Christ, understand the work of Christ on the cross, and know how that changes everything! It’s only when we understand our own unworthiness, can we truly understand our new life in Christ - Hallelujah! 

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 - 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 - November 12, 2017

Hey Shoreliners!

Check out what we’ll be singing this week:

1.   Open the Eyes of My Heart - Paul Baloche

This simple song is a great prayer to open up our service. Our attitude must be one of humility as we come to learn, repent, and encourage one another during our Sunday service. We must have open eyes, and open hearts to receive what the Holy Spirit desires to teach us through His word!

2.   Sooner Count the Stars - Sovereign Grace Music

We introduced this song last week, the theme 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.

3.   Leaning on the Everlasting Arms/’Tis so Sweet to Trust in Jesus - Traditional (arr. by David Crowder)

These hymns were both written to give us peace and comfort in times of fear and anxiety. The author wrote “Leaning on the…” to be a comfort to two friends whose wives had recently passed away. The theme is taken from Deuteronomy 33:27, “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.” When we rest in the sovereignty of our Savior, then we can truly sing, “Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus!”.

4.   Revelation Song - Jennie Lee Riddle (arrangement by Kari Jobe

With lyrics taken directly from Revelation chapter five, this song drives us to worship our God for His holiness, majesty and great power. It also helps us look to the future, to the great day when we will proclaim His praises forever and ever. Our Lord will prevail! He has already conquered sin & death - one day He will conquer Satan with a final blow and all will be made new.

5.   Your Name - Paul Baloche

We’ll end our service by directing our praise to the one whose name is above every name! May these lyrics be in our mind and on our lips as we start a new week.


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!