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 - October 22, 2017

Hey Shoreliners!

It was such a privilege to teach last Sunday, I trust that our study of Mary’s song was encouraging and challenging for you! This week we’ll be back in Ecclesiastes, continuing in chapter seven. Let’s come ready to learn and ready to sing!

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

1.   How Can I Keep from Singing - Chris Tomlin

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.”

2.   Hosanna (Praise is Rising) - Paul Baloche

As we continue to sing, we’ll move from praising God for His love for us, to praising Him for the work of salvation. We sing “hosanna” as a shout of praise for the work of salvation the Lord did in our hearts, and continues to do around the world. He is worthy of all praise!

3.   Come Thou Fount of Ev'ry Blessing - Traditional (arr. by David Crowder)

This well beloved hymn reminds us of God’s great grace in our lives. He is faithful to “tune our hearts to sing thy grace”. We are “prone to wander”, but He is faithful to “seal our hearts” and to carry us “safely home by His good grace.” Amen!

4.   All I have is Christ - Sovereign Grace Music

Last week, we looked at the example of Mary - how she was humble and understood that she was a sinner before God. We were reminded to remember our history with Christ, and what He has done in our lives. This song communicates that so well! 

5.   Come Lord Jesus (Even so Come) - Passion

In our study of Ecclesiastes, we are reminded in every chapter how everything this world has to offer is vanity. This should make us all the more ready for Christ’s return - what a great way to end our service by singing “Lord Jesus, come!”