singing scripture

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!