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 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!”

Listen to the setlist here: