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!”

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!”

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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