preparing for sunday

Preparing for Sunday

Hey Shoreliners!

I hope you’re having a good week! John Wesley, the great evangelist, pastor, and founder of the Methodist church said that he wanted to be known as “a man of one book”. The book he was referring to, of course, was the Bible. He was not driven by fame or money, but by his relationship with Christ and passion to see souls saved. As we look at our own lives and our desire to grow in our worship, we too, must be people of one book. The better we know God through his word, the more genuine our worship will be. Bob Kauflin says, “regardless of what we think or feel, there is no authentic worship of God without a right knowledge of God.” May we as a church grow in our love for God’s word! Only then will we truly worship “in spirit and truth.” 

Check out what we’re singing this week:

1. God of Wonders

As we come into the service, this song helps us focus our minds and hearts on our God and his sovereign rule over all creation. He truly is the “God of Wonders” and has shown it to us, not only through creation, but through our own lives as well!

2.  How Can I Keep from Singing

When we contemplate our salvation and what Christ has done for us, it brings great joy to our hearts! This song communicates that fact really well and echoes Psalm 30:12 “that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise you forever.”

3.  Christ’s Return Medley

As we finish our our study of 2 Peter, I thought it would be great to sing a couple old hymns that rejoice in the fact that Christ is coming back and we will forever be with him. You better start practicing your clapping! We’ll be singing parts of “When the Roll is called up Yonder”, “I’ll Fly Away” and “When We all get to Heaven.”

4. There is a Fountain

We have the privilege of celebrating communion together this Sunday, and as part of our worship, we’ll sing this great hymn together. Because of His blood being shed on the cross we “lose all our guilty stains!” I love how this song finishes, “redeeming love will be my theme, and shall be till I die”. What great hope and joy the cross brings us!

5. Death Was Arrested

We are excited to introduce a new song to you this weekend! As we finish taking communion together, we’ll end our service with this powerful song that speaks of the freedom we now have in Christ! “Death was arrested and my life began!”

Preparing for Sunday 7/16/17

Hey Shoreliners!

Psalm 96:2 says “Sing to the Lord, bless His name; tell of His salvation from day to day”. This is one of the reasons why we sing every Sunday! What a joy it is to bless our Savior for what He has done, and proclaim the great salvation that He has given us!

Music in the church is not entertainment, it’s not a catchy tune that we can nod our heads to and it isn’t a venue for musicians to show off their talents. We sing and play music in the church for the purpose of exalting our triune God! What a privilege it is to come and worship, what a privilege it is to use the gift of music for His glory!

Here’s what we’ll be singing this coming Sunday:

1. Open the Eyes of my Heart

This is an important prayer we should pray as we come into the service. “Open the eyes of my heart Lord, I want to see you!” I love how this song concludes, in adoration, proclaiming the holiness of God. That really is the only response we can have after we come close to our Savior.

2.  Indescribable

As we continue in worship, we move from proclaiming His holiness to proclaiming His sovereign rule over all creation. Creation reveals His majesty, from every lightning bolt to the colors of fall, we see His grand design. The amazing thing is, as the song tells us, He sees the depths of our hearts and still loves us! How indescribable is that!

3.  All I have is Christ

We introduced this great song by Sovereign Grace Music a couple months ago. It reminds us how foolish and futile our life was before Christ and breaks into a great chorus of praise - “Hallelujah, all I have is Christ. Hallelujah, Jesus is my life!”

4. Come Lord Jesus (Even so Come)

This week Pastor Pilgrim will continue in 2 Peter, and through this whole series we’ll be singing songs that have the Lord’s return in mind. This song is taken directly from the book of Revelation, exhorting us as the church to be ready for Jesus’ return. The song concludes by echoing the apostle John in Revelation 22:20 “He who testifies to these things says, ‘Yes, I cam coming soon.’ Amen, come Lord Jesus!”

5. Great is Thy Faithfulness

We’ll close out our time by singing this beloved hymn. He gives us strength for today, and bright hope for tomorrow - great is His faithfulness to us! Amen!!

Preparing for Sunday 7/9/17

Hey Shoreliners!

It’s so great to be back! We had a great time up north speaking at churches and updating supporters about our ministry with Global Serve, but I missed everything that was going on while we were gone! A big thanks to James for leading faithfully every week! This Sunday we’re blessed to have Pastor Eric Souza from Jacksonville back with us while Pastor Pilgrim fills in at Calvary Sarasota. Come with open hearts to hear from God’s word, and come ready to sing! Check out the following songs in preparation for Sunday:


1. Because of Your Love

This is a great song written by one of my favorite worship leaders - Paul Baloche. It’s a great way to start the service as we focus our thoughts on our God and what He has done for us. “As we come into your presence, we remember every blessing that You’ve poured out so freely from above!”


2.  10,000 Reasons

Based on Psalm 103, this song worships our God for His holiness, his kindness, and His love for us. It also encourages us to worship our Savior in spite of our past failings, and to trust Him for the future - knowing that He is in control and will be faithful to His word.


3.  My Jesus, I love Thee

At Shoreline, we love new songs and we cherish the older ones. This hymn was written by William Ralph Featherston, when he was a teenager! It has beautiful lyrics taken directly from the truth’s of scripture and speaks of how Christ loved us even when we were still sinners and “purchased my pardon on Calvary’s tree.” The last verse looks forward to when we will be with Christ and “sing with the glittering crown on my brow, if ever I loved Thee, my Jesus ’tis now!”


4. Cannons

What a better way to reflect on the sermon, then by singing “You are holy, great and mighty, the moon and the stars declare who You are. I’m so unworthy, but still You love me, forever my heart will sing of how great You are.” May God’s word and the lyrics of these songs go with you throughout the week!


5. Amazing Grace (My chains are gone)

We’ll finish our time together by singing this familiar song and praising our God for delivering us from the chains of sin! How amazing is His grace!

Preparing for Sunday 5/21

Hey Shoreliners!

I hope you had a great Mother’s day on Sunday. I thought the stage looked great with all the flower arrangements, we are thankful for all our Moms at Shoreline! Pastor Pilgrim’s message fit well with the holiday as we looked at Esther, who was not perfect and yet God used her in a huge way. May we be ready for Him to use us as well! This Sunday we’ll finish up chapter two and get in to chapter three, here are the songs we’ll be singing to Jesus this week. Check ‘em out! 

1. Happy Day

This is such a great song to start the service with. Jesus is alive! We can live a joyous life because we know our Savior conquered death and hell. Shout it out!  

2.  Everlasting God

This song is taken from Isaiah 40:28-31. We can draw strength from knowing that our God is everlasting, He is the creator of the ends of the earth, He does not grow faint or weary. As we walk with Him, through every situation in our lives, we can have confidence in the fact that He is in control and will be with us! 

3.  It Is Well With My Soul

Everlasting God flows naturally into this classic, beloved hymn. Because our God is everlasting, because we can draw strength from who He is, we can say “it is well with my soul” in any situation! Praise the Lord oh my soul!

4. Be Thou My Vision

At Shoreline, we believe that having a time to reflect on the sermon and respond to what we’ve heard is important. Be Thou My Vision is the traditional Irish hymn that encourages us to not trust in riches or mans empty praise, but to focus on Christ who is our true inheritance. We’ll be singing a version of this hymn that has an added bridge, make sure to listen to it by clicking on the link below.

5. Mediator

We’ll close our service on a high note, returning to our theme song for the book of Esther. You’ve heard it twice now, so I encourage you to sing it out and rejoice in Christ who is our perfect Mediator!

Preparing for Sunday 5/14

Hey Shoreliners!

I trust your week is going well - have you gotten a chance to get into chapter two of Esther?  Pastor Pilgrim will be continuing our study, and chapter two is where Esther first appears on the scene. As my father in-law says, “the plot thickens!” I’m excited to worship with you all this Sunday, check out the songs we’ll be singing!

1. Mediator

This week we’ll start right off with our theme song for this study. I hope you were able to connect with the melody & lyrics last Sunday - this is such a joyful, scriptural song and it’s a great way to get our minds focused on Christ to start the service! 

2. Indescribable

I believe it’s important to sings songs that highlight who God is and praise Him for His many attributes. This song does that well by praising God the Creator. The creation around us reveals His majesty - from the finite to infinite. Out of all of His creation, He treasures and loves us the most. He sees the depths of our hearts, and He STILL loves us - how amazing and incomparable is that?

3. I Stand Amazed (How Marvelous)

At Shoreline we want to worship our God for the cross, and we want to not forget the classic hymns that have stood the test of time. This hymn accomplishes both and drives us again to amazement for His great love for us. “He bore the burden to Calvary and suffered and died alone. How marvelous, how wonderful and my song shall ever be! How marvelous, how wonderful is my Savior’s love for me!”

4. The Stand

As we move into a time of response after the teaching, this song encourages us to live a life of surrender - “what can I say, what can I do? But offer this heart O God, completely to you.” We stand and lift our hands in awe of what Christ has done - let it not be just vain words as we sing this Sunday. Come with an open heart, ready to be molded by our Savior.

5. Your Name

We’ll close our service as we often do, with a song of praise that will hopefully stay with us during the week, give us comfort and motivate us to live for Christ. His name is a strong and mighty tower, in Him we find shelter, and we know that nothing else has the power to save! Lord, give us strength as we follow You.

Preparing for Sunday 5/7

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Hey Shoreliners!

I’m always excited to start a new book study, so I was encouraged and pumped when Pastor Pilgrim started Esther last week! I believe that through this study, we will come to know and love our Father even more as we see how He divinely works through Esther. And the donut intermission didn’t hurt either! ;) 

This Sunday, as we get into chapter one of Esther, we’re going to be learning a new song called Mediator. This will be our theme song for this study. As we will see, Esther acted as a mediator before the king for her people. God used her at the perfect time to intercede for the Israelites. However, Jesus is the perfect, for-all-time mediator between us and God the Father. I can’t wait to sing this with one with you! Check out the rest of the songs we’ll be singing this Sunday:

1. Our God

I enjoy starting off the service with this song from time to time. It helps us get our mind in the right place as we begin the morning, focusing on the greatness of our God. The bridge is very powerful, reminding us that if our God is for us, who can stand against us?

2.  Mediator

As I mentioned above, this is our new song for this month. I always love songs that are taken directly from scripture, it’s a great way to memorize! This song is taken from 1 Timothy 2:5 “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.”

3.  Mighty to Save

This Hillsong anthem is very familiar to most of us, and I haven’t gotten tired of singing it. The verses describe our condition well: every human being is in desperate need of true love, compassion and mercy. Only Christ offers those things perfectly to us, and all we can do is cry out “Savior! My God is mighty to save!”. I also love the bridge because it reminds us that we cannot keep this good news to ourselves, we must shine our lights and let the whole world see!

4. How Deep the Father’s Love for Us

After learning from Esther, we have the privilege to take communion together to remember our Lord’s death. This modern hymn beautifully captures the narrative of scripture with lines like “as wounds which mar the chosen one, bring many sons to glory.” That line is taken from 1 Peter 2:24 “by whose stripes you were healed.” We are the sons & daughters being prepared for glory! How deep is His love for us!

5. Revelation Song

We’ll finish off our time of communion by worshipping the Lamb who was slain for us. He is the one whose name is power, breath and living water, He is the one clothed in rainbows, He is a marvelous mystery! When we think on His great sacrifice for us, how can we not fall on our knees and cry “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty…You are my everything, and I will adore You!”