Preparing for Sunday 8/20

Hey Shoreliners!

We had a great first look at the book of Ecclesiastes on Sunday. John MacArthur says, “The only lasting efforts are those designed to accomplish God’s purposes for eternity.” We know that everything in this life is temporary, so we must focus our thoughts and actions heavenward, living our lives with eternity in mind. We have a great privilege to sing and worship our eternal Savior this coming Sunday, check out the songs for this week:

1. Famous One

This song by Chris Tomlin is taken in part from Psalm 19:1, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.” It’s a great way to start the service as we declare what the Lord has done for us, and ascribe the glory due his name!

2.  Nothing but the Blood

I love singing this classic hymn, because it so simply reminds us that without the atonement of Christ on the cross, we would still be under the wrath of God. “O precious is the flow that makes me white as snow!”

3.  Forever Reign

Continuing with our theme of how life is meaningless without Christ, we will sing how Christ provides his righteousness, his peace, and his truth so graciously to us. We know that we have no inherent goodness without Christ, only he can give us peace, and only in him do we find the truth! Nothing can compare to our relationship with him, may he forever reign!

4. Man of Sorrows

We must always point to and worship our Savior for going to the cross for us. This song is probably one of the best songs Hillsong has ever released. Drawing from scriptures like Isaiah 53:3 and taking lyrics from the hymn “The Old Rugged Cross”, this song so beautifully takes us through the story of the gospel - Christ’s death, burial & resurrection. Praise and honor unto him alone!

5. Christ is Enough

This song is very appropriate for us to sing as we finish chapter two of Ecclesiastes. We learn from the story of the richest, wisest man who ever lived - he had it all and it wasn’t enough. How fortunate are we to study this book! Only in Christ do we find our true reward. It’s so easy to get lured away by temporary pleasures, may Christ be enough for us as we walk through the life He has given us!

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!”

Preparing for Sunday 4/30

Hey Shoreliners!

It was a privilege to have Pastor Carl Dixon (and Matthew) with us last Sunday. What a great encouragement it is to know that Jesus truly does love sinners. May we strive to emulate our Savior and love those around us!

This Sunday, Pastor Pilgrim will be back with us, and we’ll be starting the book of Esther! I’m really excited to revisit this great story, in this book we see God’s sovereignty, providence and faithfulness on full display as He works through Esther to protect His chosen people. Sony Gatanis will be leading us in worship this week, and he has picked some great songs that we’ll be singing together:

1.  Build Your Kingdom Here

This is becoming a favorite for us. It echoes the Disciples' prayer in Matthew 6:10 - “Your kingdom come, Your will be done.” It’s a fun song to sing and it has really solid lyrics that encourage us to be an active part of seeing God’s kingdom built here on earth!

2.  10,000 Reasons

Matt Redman is one of the great song writers for the church today. 10,000 Reasons is taken from Psalm 103, which praises our Lord for His attributes. He is “rich in love and slow to anger”, His “name is great and His heart is kind”. The song encourages us to start worshipping as the day begins and continue through the night, and to praise the Lord even when “our strength is failing.” It all comes together in the great chorus - let’s “sing like never before” this Sunday!

3.  The Heart of Worship

This song also by Matt Redman has been a part of my life since I was a teenager. It reminds us what true worship really is - so much more than a song! It challenges us to look way beyond the music, the stage, the lights and to present our lives to God as an act of worship. Romans 12:1 “present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” 

4. Take Me In

Although this is not a new song, it may be new for some of you. It popped up on Kutless’ worship album “Strong Tower” album in 2005, and it’s great song to sing as the sermon finishes. The lyrics are a great words of praise to Christ for giving us access to the Father. The curtain is torn, we now have access through the “blood of the Lamb!”

5. Our Great God

We’ll conclude our service by directing all praise to our great God! This song praises our Savior for who He is - unchanging, eternal, unfailing, gracious, merciful and loving. It speaks of our frailty and how we depend daily on our sovereign God, and how all of creation brings forth praise to the living God, all culminating in a powerful chorus “Hallelujah! Glory be to our great God!”

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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!”

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