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Preparing for Sunday - October 8, 2017

Hey Shoreliners!

What an encouraging Sunday it was! It was awesome to see new folks and some of our kids be baptized as a step of obedience and to proclaim the new life they have in Christ! This week Pastor Pilgrim will be teaching out of Ecclesiastes 7:-14, which contrasts the wise with the foolish. I encourage you to prepare by reading this passage before our service this weekend. 

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

1.   Your Love Awakens Me - Phil Wickam

This is a great, energetic song to kick off our worship service. It reminds us of who we were before Christ, separated and bound in chains. But when Christ called our name, He brought us back to life! How great is His love for us!

2.   Cornerstone - Hillsong Worship

Hillsong did a wonderful job updating the hymn that we have sung for so many years. The hope we have in this world is all built on Christ - our cornerstone!

3.   What a Friend we have in Jesus - Traditional (arrangement by The Sing Team)

John 15:15 says, “No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.” This author of this hymn wrote it for his mother, who was going through a particularly tough struggle. It continues to give us comfort today as we bring every burden, every care to Him. Jesus! What a friend for sinners!

4.   Death was Arrested - North Point Worship

We introduced this song back in August, and I’m excited to sing it again with you as we focus on the new life we have, the new creations we are because of the cross. We are free & redeemed, and when we sing, we join in the same song that believers have sung now for two thousand years!

5.   The Stand - Hillsong United

As we move into a time of response, this song exhorts us to stand in awe of what Christ has done for us. The lyrics of the song echo the words of missionary C.T. Studd, who said, “If Christ be God and died for me, then there can be no sacrifice too great for me to make for Him.”

Preparing for Sunday - October 1, 2017

Hey Shoreliners!

I’ve been up at Liberty University in Virginia this week challenging college students to serve the Lord overseas. It’s been a great time, but I missed being with you all on Sunday. A big thanks to James and the team for leading so well. I’m looking forward to be back with you all as we continue in our study of Ecclesiastes! 

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

1.   It is Finished - Dustin Kensrue

We last sang this song during our Easter services. It’s been awhile, but I believe we should rejoice and sing about the cross as often as possible! It’s a great way to start our service, by worshiping our Savior for finishing the work of redemption. “It is finished, He has done it, let your weary heart rejoice!”

2.   How Marvelous - Traditional (arrangement by Chris Tomlin)

As we continue singing, this is a great hymn to help us rejoice in our salvation. We are so unworthy and yet we can sing with confidence, “How marvelous, how wonderful is my Savior’s love for me!”

3.   Our Great God - Fernando Ortega

I love singing this song that focuses on His attributes, and His sovereign & creative power. He is eternal, unchanging, mysterious, and unknown. He lavishes His boundless love and grace upon us in spite of our weakness and frailties. The chorus sums up what our response should be - “Hallelujah! Glory be to our great God!” 

4.   How Deep the Father’s Love for Us - Stuart Townend

This modern hymn will focus our minds on the cross and our Savior’s great love & sacrifice for us. It’s a great way to help us prepare to take communion together. Almost every line of this song corresponds to a specific scripture, but one of my favorites is Hebrews 12:2, “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

5.   Jesus, Thank You - Sovereign Grace Music

We introduced this song during last communion, and I’m excited to sing it again with you. The lyrics focus on our response to the what Christ has done for us - “Your blood has washed away my sin, Jesus thank you!”. My favorite line in the songs speaks of how we were once at enmity with God, and now we are invited to His table - “once your enemy, now seated at your table, Jesus thank you!”