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Preparing for Sunday - February 4, 2018

Hey Shoreliners!

God is good! I’m thankful for a great trip to Asia. I was able to connect with our missionaries there, and it was a profitable time together. It’s hard to believe that January is already gone, and I’m looking forward to being back with you and continuing our study of the seven churches. We’ll also have an opportunity to remember our Savior’s great sacrifice by taking communion together.

Check out what we’ll be singing:

1. Holy is the Lord - Chris Tomlin

Psalm 72:19 says, “Blessed be his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory! Amen and Amen!” We’ll start by worshipping our Lord and proclaiming his holiness and authority over all creation. He is our great God, and our response is to lift our hands in worship and sing!

2.   Mediator - Ghost Ship

Continuing in our singing, we’ll move from God’s holiness, to the story of salvation where the only mediator, the only way to God is through Jesus. He took our place at the cross and continually mediates for us, even now, so we can have access to the Father. Thank you Jesus!

3.   Come Thou Fount of Ev’ry Blessing - Robert Robinson (arr. by David Crowder)

As we’ve been progressing through the first three chapters of Revelation - we’ve seen the problems that plagued these early churches. This hymn has the famous line, “prone to wander Lord I feel it.” We know that this is an age-old struggle between our new and old natures. In our sin, we are prone to wander, yet Christ is faithful to work in us in spite of that. May we hold fast to Christ and His word!

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

As we prepare our hearts to participate in communion, we’ll sing this modern hymn that so eloquently describes the cross, our sin, the Father’s love, and Jesus’s work for us. One of my favorite lines in the song is “why should I gain from His reward, I cannot give an answer, but this I know with all my heart His wounds have paid my ransom.” It’s incredible that we have been given this great gift of Salvation!

5.   It is Finished - Dustin Kensrue

We’ll close out the service with this high-energy, uplifting song about the finished work of Christ. May our weary hearts rejoice!

Preparing for Sunday - December 3, 2017

Hey Shoreliners!

I’m excited to start the month of December! Pastor Pilgrim will be finishing Ecclesiastes this week, then we can bring on Christmas! For those of you who are excited to sing Christmas carols, we’ll be starting those next week. Until then, we have the great privilege to sing our salvation, to sing Christ’s work and to praise our everlasting God!

Check out what we’ll be singing this week:

1.   Happy Day - Tim Hughes

This is a great song to uplift our spirits as we begin the service. We truly can go throughout each day with joy because of what Christ has done in our lives! 

2.   Everlasting God - Chris Tomlin

As we continue singing, we’ll worship our God for some of his attributes. This song is taken from Isaiah 40:28-31. Our God never grows faint or weary, we can lean upon His strength in times of distress!

3.   Blessed Assurance - Fanny Crosby

We could spend hours discussing the hymns & life of Fanny Crosby. But instead of boring you to death, we’ll sing one of her many beloved hymns. Our story and song in life should be filled with the blessed assurance that comes with a relationship with Jesus!

4.   Grace Greater than Our Sin - Traditional

This great hymn was authored by Julia H. Johnston. She was a faithful Sunday School teacher for 40 years, and also served as president of the Presbyterian Missionary Society. Ms. Johnston wrote about 500 hymns, but this one is her most well-known. It beautifully describes the “marvelous grace of our loving Lord, grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt!” It is the perfect song to sing as we come to the communion table and reflect on the sacrifice of Jesus on our behalf.

5.   In Christ Alone - Keith & Kristyn Getty

We’ll end our service by singing this modern hymn that does such a great job of recounting Christ’s finished work on the cross. Only in Him can we find hope. We have no guilt in life, no fear in death because of the power of the cross!

Preparing for Sunday - November 19, 2017

Hey Shoreliners!

Responding in thankfulness to what Christ has done is a normal part of our worship, but since Thanksgiving is just around the corner, we’ll be focusing on this in a special way this coming Sunday. Our worship must come from an attitude of humble thankfulness, and we’ll be worshipping our God & Savior by thanking Him for his attributes, his faithfulness, and for redeeming us. I hope you’ll join us this Sunday!

Check out what we’ll be singing this week:

1.   Forever - Chris Tomlin

I love starting out our service with this song. It’s upbeat and easy to sing, with lyrics taken directly from many of the Psalms. He is forever faithful, forever strong and forever present with us!

2.   Cannons - Phil Wickam

This is a well-written song that praises God for the beauty that is shown throughout creation, specifically what we see in the heavens. When we are faced with the vastness of our universe, and how the galaxies and stars were created to work together to show off the majesty of God, we can say nothing except - “You are holy, great and mighty, the moon and the stars declare who You are.” We are so unworthy, and yet he still loves us - this is truly awesome!

3.   There is a Redeemer - Keith Green

When I preached last month, I mentioned that my son was named after Keith Green - a pioneer in Christian music and a hero of mine growing up. This song was very well-known in the 80’s & 90’s, but has since fallen by the wayside. This is sad, because it’s a beautiful song that simply, yet biblically drives us to worship our Redeemer and thank the Father for sending His Son to us! Looking forward to “bring it back” this Sunday.

4.   Great is Thy Faithfulness - Traditional (arrangement by Shane & Shane)

The author of this great hymn, Thomas Chisholm said this - ”My income has not been large at any time due to impaired health in the earlier years which has followed me on until now. Although I must not fail to record here the unfailing faithfulness of a covenant-keeping God and that He has given me many wonderful displays of His providing care, for which I am filled with astonishing gratefulness." The hymn reminds us that God doesn't only work in dramatic or miraculous ways, but also in simple, everyday ways. It also reminds us that Jesus has never failed us in the past, so we have no reason to doubt his faithfulness in the future.

5.   Jesus, Thank You - Sovereign Grace Music

We’ll end our service by singing this simple yet profound song about the cross, and His blood that washes away our sin. Jesus, thank you!

Preparing for Sunday - October 29, 2017

Hey Shoreliners!

I’m looking forward to this Sunday! We’ll be highlighting and celebrating the 500th anniversary of the reformation. We’ll be looking at the importance of what Martin Luther and other reformers stood for, many even gave their lives for the truth of the gospel. At Shoreline, we affirm and stand on the Five Solas - Faith Alone, Scripture Alone, through Christ Alone, by Grace Alone, to the Glory of God Alone! Our songs this week reflect this theme - check them out!

1.   My Hope is Built on Nothing Less - Traditional

This great hymn focuses on Solus Christus (through Christ alone). Our hope is built on Christ and the great work that he accomplished on the cross for us! Like we’ve been learning in our study in Ecclesiastes, everything else is vanity or “sinking sand”. He is the rock on which we stand!

2.   A Mighty Fortress is Our God - Martin Luther (arrangement by Matt Boswell)

What better way to remember the reformation, then by singing this hymn, written by the man who was the spark of it all. This hymn walks us through our relationship with God, while all the way praising him for his attributes, his victory over Satan, and how he equips us to live for him. 

3.   O Praise the Name (Anastasis) - Hillsong

This is one of my favorite songs that has been written by Hillsong. It helps us “cast our minds to calvary” and praise Jesus for the great work of redemption that was accomplished for us. Let’s praise his name together, for endless days!

4.   Give Me Faith - Elevation Worship

We’ll close the service by singing a song that focuses on Sola Fide (faith alone). We know from scripture that “without faith it is impossible to please God.” Through this song, we ask the Lord to increase our faith and to increase our dependence upon him. He is the one who does all the work, we have no merit, nothing to offer - may we be faithful to trust in is word and allow the Holy Spirit to work in our lives as we grow closer to 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!”

Preparing for Sunday - Hurricane Edition

Hey Shoreliners!

It’s been a nerve-wracking week waiting to see what direction Hurricane Irma heads. The song “Eye of the Storm” by Ryan Stevenson has definitely been stuck in my head this week! Let’s focus on the truth of those lyrics - our God remains in control through every situation, and He must be the anchor of our lives. We have a great opportunity to provide hope to our community through all of this!

As you’ve heard, we’ve had to cancel our service this week due to the severity of the storm. Although we may not be singing together as a body, check out these encouraging songs to help us keep our mind on the true Anchor this weekend!

How Great Thou Art

Cornerstone

Eye of the Storm

In Christ Alone

It is Well with my Soul

Great is Thy Faithfulness

We may still be able to meet for a time of brief worship & prayer on Sunday morning at the church office. If you’re not able to come, I encourage you to have a time of family worship on Sunday. You don’t have to go as long as Pastor Pilgrim preaches. 😉But just a simple time of prayer and mediation on scripture will be encouraging for you! Let’s be in prayer this weekend for our city and state!

Preparing for Sunday 8/27

Hey Shoreliners!

I hope you were in service last Sunday! We’re diving into Ecclesiastes and received a great exhortation about the vanity of pleasure from chapter two. If you weren’t there, make sure to catch up by listening to the sermon online. Pastor Pilgrim is continuing with chapter three this Sunday, and we’ll be singing the following songs together:

1. Our God (by Chris Tomlin)

We’ll open the service by reading from 1 Chronicles 16, which praises the Lord for his greatness and supremacy above all things. That’s a great intro for our first song! He is greater, stronger, our healer, defender and friend!

2.  Blessed Assurance (by Fanny Crosby)

Fanny Crosby is my favorite hymn writer of all time, and since Pastor Pilgrim quoted her last Sunday, I thought it would be appropriate to sing one of her most beloved hymns. As we study Ecclesiastes, and are confronted by the vanities of this world, this hymn helps us focus our thoughts on the “blessed assurance” we have in Christ!

3.  God You Reign (by Lincoln Brewster)

During our series in Ecclesiastes, we’ll be singing songs that are based on and sometimes directly taken from this book. “God You Reign” is a great song that highlights Ecclesiastes 3:14 “whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it. God has done it, so that people fear before him.” Our God reigns forever, he is sovereign over all of creation, and also over us. Hallelujah!

4. Lord I Need You (by Matt Maher)

As we prepare our hearts to hear from God’s word, this song again reminds us of our great need. We often think that we “need” things from this world, whether it be possessions, relationships, or status. But in truth, the only thing we need is to be forgiven and set free from sin. This why we sing, “Lord, I need you!”

5. Here’s My Heart (by Chris Tomlin, David Crowder arrangement)

We’ll close out our time together by focusing on our Savior, by declaring that he is more than enough, he’s our hope, and he gives us grace and love every day. Are we surrendered to him, and to his purposes for us?

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 8/13

Hey Shoreliners!

So, have you figured out your views on eschatology? I think I lean toward the “pan-millenial” view. 😉Well, wherever you landed - I trust it brings you joy & hope. Christ is coming back! Let us not scoff, or be ashamed at His coming. I’m excited to start the book of Ecclesiastes this Sunday, so this week and all through this series we’ll be singing songs that speak about our hope in Christ, and in him alone. There is no peace or worth found in anything else! 

Check out what we’re singing this week:

1. Holy is the Lord

We see God’s holiness on display all throughout scripture. It’s so important that we never forget or diminish this truth. We have no right or claim to call on God, yet He invites us to come boldly before His throne of grace. This is possible only through Jesus, so let’s stand and sing with joy!

2.  The Solid Rock

As we start the book of Ecclesiastes, this song helps us remember that Christ is our solid rock - everything else is vanity, or as the song tells us, “sinking sand”. We must stand on Christ’s finished work on the cross!

3.  Great are You Lord

Continuing with the theme of finding our worth in Christ, we sing in this song that we have life, love, light & hope only in Him. We shout in worship - “great are you Lord!” There can be no other response than to fall on our knees, 1 John 3:1 says, “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!”

4. Death Was Arrested

We introduced this song last week, 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. Give me Faith

As we close our service, this is great song to sing in response to the message we have heard. We must recognize that without faith it is impossible to please God. We are broken people, and we need mercy and grace every day. However, we can rest in this truth, and echo the apostle Paul, “for when I am weak, then I am strong.” We will fail, but our God will remain faithful and will be our strength in times of weakness!

 

Preparing for Sunday

Hey Shoreliners!

I hope you’re having a good week! John Wesley, the great evangelist, pastor, and founder of the Methodist church said that he wanted to be known as “a man of one book”. The book he was referring to, of course, was the Bible. He was not driven by fame or money, but by his relationship with Christ and passion to see souls saved. As we look at our own lives and our desire to grow in our worship, we too, must be people of one book. The better we know God through his word, the more genuine our worship will be. Bob Kauflin says, “regardless of what we think or feel, there is no authentic worship of God without a right knowledge of God.” May we as a church grow in our love for God’s word! Only then will we truly worship “in spirit and truth.” 

Check out what we’re singing this week:

1. God of Wonders

As we come into the service, this song helps us focus our minds and hearts on our God and his sovereign rule over all creation. He truly is the “God of Wonders” and has shown it to us, not only through creation, but through our own lives as well!

2.  How Can I Keep from Singing

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.”

3.  Christ’s Return Medley

As we finish our our study of 2 Peter, I thought it would be great to sing a couple old hymns that rejoice in the fact that Christ is coming back and we will forever be with him. You better start practicing your clapping! We’ll be singing parts of “When the Roll is called up Yonder”, “I’ll Fly Away” and “When We all get to Heaven.”

4. There is a Fountain

We have the privilege of celebrating communion together this Sunday, and as part of our worship, we’ll sing this great hymn together. Because of His blood being shed on the cross we “lose all our guilty stains!” I love how this song finishes, “redeeming love will be my theme, and shall be till I die”. What great hope and joy the cross brings us!

5. Death Was Arrested

We are excited to introduce a new song to you this weekend! As we finish taking communion together, we’ll end our service with this powerful song that speaks of the freedom we now have in Christ! “Death was arrested and my life began!”

Preparing for Sunday 7/30

Hey Shoreliners!

The worship team is going through a book called “Worship Matters”. The last chapter encouraged us to remember that the most important thing we can bring to Sunday morning is not our voices, instruments, or musical arrangements, but our hearts. It challenged us to keep our focus and desires on the Lord and what His purposes are. So, as we come together this Sunday, let’s check our hearts - what do we love the most? Where do we spend most of our time? What do we spend our money on? Great questions to think about as we seek to grow deeper in our walk with the Lord become more like Jesus! Here’s what we’ll be singing this Sunday:

1. Happy Day

I love starting off our service with this joyful song about “the greatest day in history”! It helps us put our focus on Christ, who has redeemed us and given us a new identity in Him. 

2.  Everlasting God

As we continue singing, we direct our praise to the one who gives us strength, who is everlasting, does not change and will not fail. We know that everything here on earth is temporary and has a potential to fail, even the ones closest to us may let us down - but our God never will!

3.  Ever Be

Philippians 1:6 says “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” This song reminds us of our Lord’s promise to sanctify us and continue to work in our lives until Christ comes back, or we go to be with Him. May all the glory and praise always go back to Jesus for doing this in our lives. We could never achieve this without Him!

4. This I Believe

This song is based on The Apostles Creed, and it’s important for us to always affirm and hold to the historic teachings as put forth in scripture and affirmed throughout the centuries. I think its especially appropriate to sing this after last week’s teaching on false teachers. We live in an age when so many are abandoning truth - we must fight against this and stay true to God’s word!

5. I Will Rise

During this series in 2 Peter, we’re singing songs that focus on Christ’s return. We’ll close out our service by singing this beautiful, well-written song about the confidence we can have in Christ’s return. We will rise and join with the angels and saints in singing “worthy is the Lamb”. O what a day that will be!

Preparing for Sunday 7/23/17

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I was so fired up and encouraged by our pastor’s message last Sunday! We can trust in the reliability & inerrancy of God’s word - may we live out verse 19 and “heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.” We are to be people of one book, and that plays out in every area of our lives - even in the worship songs we listen to and sing on Sunday. We must do our best to surround ourselves with biblically faithful songs. To that end, come prepared to sing to our God on Sunday! Here’s what we’ll be singing:

1. Forever

Taken from several of the Psalms, the first line of this song encourages us to “Sing praise to the Lord, our God and King, His love endures forever!” From there the song extols our God for some of His attributes and culminates in a chorus that reminds us that our God is eternal, and never changes. Forever He is faithful!

2.  Mediator

This was our theme song for the book of Esther, and I don’t want us to forget this one. I love it when we can sing directly from scripture, in this case directly from 1 Timothy 2:5. Jesus is the perfect sacrifice and constant mediator between us and God the Father. Worship songs don’t get much better than this one!

3.  Our Great God

Sony led us in this great song a couple months ago. This is another example of a really well-written song that clearly praises God for His many attributes and what He has done for us. 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. Hosanna

As we continue in 2 Peter, we’ll be singing this song that is focused on Christ’s return. We’re looking forward to the day when we’ll see the King of Glory coming in clouds of fire, and we echo that cry of praise that was uttered so long ago, “Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest!”

5. Be Thou My Vision

As Pastor Pilgrim closes out his teaching this week, we’ll leave with this great hymn on our lips. This prayer asks the Lord to be our vision, be our everything and for help to put Him first above all else, until we we reach “bright heaven's sun” and our faith becomes sight.

Preparing for Sunday 7/16/17

Hey Shoreliners!

Psalm 96:2 says “Sing to the Lord, bless His name; tell of His salvation from day to day”. This is one of the reasons why we sing every Sunday! What a joy it is to bless our Savior for what He has done, and proclaim the great salvation that He has given us!

Music in the church is not entertainment, it’s not a catchy tune that we can nod our heads to and it isn’t a venue for musicians to show off their talents. We sing and play music in the church for the purpose of exalting our triune God! What a privilege it is to come and worship, what a privilege it is to use the gift of music for His glory!

Here’s what we’ll be singing this coming Sunday:

1. Open the Eyes of my Heart

This is an important prayer we should pray as we come into the service. “Open the eyes of my heart Lord, I want to see you!” I love how this song concludes, in adoration, proclaiming the holiness of God. That really is the only response we can have after we come close to our Savior.

2.  Indescribable

As we continue in worship, we move from proclaiming His holiness to proclaiming His sovereign rule over all creation. Creation reveals His majesty, from every lightning bolt to the colors of fall, we see His grand design. The amazing thing is, as the song tells us, He sees the depths of our hearts and still loves us! How indescribable is that!

3.  All I have is Christ

We introduced this great song by Sovereign Grace Music a couple months ago. It reminds us how foolish and futile our life was before Christ and breaks into a great chorus of praise - “Hallelujah, all I have is Christ. Hallelujah, Jesus is my life!”

4. Come Lord Jesus (Even so Come)

This week Pastor Pilgrim will continue in 2 Peter, and through this whole series we’ll be singing songs that have the Lord’s return in mind. This song is taken directly from the book of Revelation, exhorting us as the church to be ready for Jesus’ return. The song concludes by echoing the apostle John in Revelation 22:20 “He who testifies to these things says, ‘Yes, I cam coming soon.’ Amen, come Lord Jesus!”

5. Great is Thy Faithfulness

We’ll close out our time by singing this beloved hymn. He gives us strength for today, and bright hope for tomorrow - great is His faithfulness to us! Amen!!

Preparing for Sunday 7/9/17

Hey Shoreliners!

It’s so great to be back! We had a great time up north speaking at churches and updating supporters about our ministry with Global Serve, but I missed everything that was going on while we were gone! A big thanks to James for leading faithfully every week! This Sunday we’re blessed to have Pastor Eric Souza from Jacksonville back with us while Pastor Pilgrim fills in at Calvary Sarasota. Come with open hearts to hear from God’s word, and come ready to sing! Check out the following songs in preparation for Sunday:

 

1. Because of Your Love

This is a great song written by one of my favorite worship leaders - Paul Baloche. It’s a great way to start the service as we focus our thoughts on our God and what He has done for us. “As we come into your presence, we remember every blessing that You’ve poured out so freely from above!”

 

2.  10,000 Reasons

Based on Psalm 103, this song worships our God for His holiness, his kindness, and His love for us. It also encourages us to worship our Savior in spite of our past failings, and to trust Him for the future - knowing that He is in control and will be faithful to His word.

 

3.  My Jesus, I love Thee

At Shoreline, we love new songs and we cherish the older ones. This hymn was written by William Ralph Featherston, when he was a teenager! It has beautiful lyrics taken directly from the truth’s of scripture and speaks of how Christ loved us even when we were still sinners and “purchased my pardon on Calvary’s tree.” The last verse looks forward to when we will be with Christ and “sing with the glittering crown on my brow, if ever I loved Thee, my Jesus ’tis now!”

 

4. Cannons

What a better way to reflect on the sermon, then by singing “You are holy, great and mighty, the moon and the stars declare who You are. I’m so unworthy, but still You love me, forever my heart will sing of how great You are.” May God’s word and the lyrics of these songs go with you throughout the week!

 

5. Amazing Grace (My chains are gone)

We’ll finish our time together by singing this familiar song and praising our God for delivering us from the chains of sin! How amazing is His grace!

Preparing for Sunday 5/21

Hey Shoreliners!

I hope you had a great Mother’s day on Sunday. I thought the stage looked great with all the flower arrangements, we are thankful for all our Moms at Shoreline! Pastor Pilgrim’s message fit well with the holiday as we looked at Esther, who was not perfect and yet God used her in a huge way. May we be ready for Him to use us as well! This Sunday we’ll finish up chapter two and get in to chapter three, here are the songs we’ll be singing to Jesus this week. Check ‘em out! 

1. Happy Day

This is such a great song to start the service with. Jesus is alive! We can live a joyous life because we know our Savior conquered death and hell. Shout it out!  

2.  Everlasting God

This song is taken from Isaiah 40:28-31. We can draw strength from knowing that our God is everlasting, He is the creator of the ends of the earth, He does not grow faint or weary. As we walk with Him, through every situation in our lives, we can have confidence in the fact that He is in control and will be with us! 

3.  It Is Well With My Soul

Everlasting God flows naturally into this classic, beloved hymn. Because our God is everlasting, because we can draw strength from who He is, we can say “it is well with my soul” in any situation! Praise the Lord oh my soul!

4. Be Thou My Vision

At Shoreline, we believe that having a time to reflect on the sermon and respond to what we’ve heard is important. Be Thou My Vision is the traditional Irish hymn that encourages us to not trust in riches or mans empty praise, but to focus on Christ who is our true inheritance. We’ll be singing a version of this hymn that has an added bridge, make sure to listen to it by clicking on the link below.

5. Mediator

We’ll close our service on a high note, returning to our theme song for the book of Esther. You’ve heard it twice now, so I encourage you to sing it out and rejoice in Christ who is our perfect Mediator!

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 4/30

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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Is Our Worship Full?

In church we usually sing three or so songs, raise our hands, pray, and then we move on with the message. We call this time “worship”. We sing worship songs that are written by worship bands, and lead by worship leaders. We all are worshipers. As Christians, our entire lives are supposed to be worship. Worship isn't the song we sing, and how we sing it; it's our life and how we live it; living it for God.

Mark 14:3-9 shows us a beautiful example of what our worship should look like.

And being in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, as He sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenard. Then she broke the flask and poured it on His head. But there were some who were indignant among themselves, and said, “Why was this fragrant oil wasted? For it might have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.” And they criticized her sharply.

But Jesus said,“Let her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for Me. For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you wish you may do them good; but Me you do not have always. She has done what she could. She has come beforehand to anoint My body for burial. Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.”

This woman stepped out in bold faith. She knew who Jesus was, and didn't care what it took to honor him the best way she could.

Looking closer we can see that her worship was:

1. COSTLY

The oil was costly and worth over three hundred denarii. That's a year's worth of wages. The average single American income is around $50,000. Imagine giving that all at once. She risked being criticized by the people around her. She didn't let what others thought hold her back. What will our worship cost us? Our reputation, time, effort, energy, or talents?

2. SACRIFICIAL

To pour the oil, she had to break the jar so that it would never be used on someone of lesser importance. In one simple move she gave him all the hard work of her family, as it was likely a family investment or even part of her dowry. She lessened her value as a bride to bring glory to Jesus as she honored him in it. The disciples sacrificed their fishing nets, a tax collector's booth, even a desire to overthrow the government. What have we sacrificed to follow Jesus?

3. FRAGRANT

When she poured the oil, it's aroma filled the air. As the smell of an exotic perfume traveled the room, heads may have turned to see where it was coming from. To see this woman pour such a costly oil on Jesus brought light to his worthiness. Jesus corrected the critics from the group, and stated his appreciation for her good deed. Her act affected everyone in the room. The fragrance of the oil filled their noses, and they noticed what she had done for Jesus. In the same way our worship should be fragrant. It should be noticeable to those around us.

4. INTIMATE

As she walked up to Jesus she was focused on what she was going to do. She had the boldness to break the jar above his head and John 12 tells us that she moved down to his feet and wiped them with her hair. To have a level of comfort to spontaneously pour oil on someone's head requires an intimate relationship. Jesus says that she was preparing him for burial; she understood who he was. She became a servant as she used her hair to wipe his feet. Literally, she was serving Jesus at his feet. Our worship needs to be an intimate relationship.

Though she initially received criticism from the people around her, Jesus knew her heart and used her to teach the others that what she did was good and pleasing to him. She gave Jesus the best she could. Jesus gives us everything. His perfect life takes the place of ours, and we are given eternal life with him. In response we worship, and give him praise through our lives. Let's worship him for all that he is, with all that we have.

Have you sacrificed anything to follow Jesus?

Is your relationship with Him intimate?

Is your worship full?