Preparing for Worship 12.23.18

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As we look at the familiar story recorded in Luke 2 we find that in the midst of war, despair and grief people can experience the words of Love, Hope, Joy, Peace not as a disembodied concepts but rooted in the person of Jesus. Heaven has come to earth and we have the opportunity to experience it and spread its glory throughout the earth.

We will be singing the following songs for worship this Sunday:

Noel / Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, Matt Redman

O Come All Ye Faithful / John Francis Wade

What Child Is This / William Dix

Silent Night / Joseph Mohr & Franz Gruber

O Holy Night / Adolphe Adam & Placide Cappeau

Angels We Have Heard On High / French Carol

 

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Preparing for Worship 12.16.18

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Advent is a time of looking forward as we remember all the promises God has already kept. It is a season of hope and anticipation even as we enter into shorter days and more dark hours. This Sunday we will continue our series as we look at how Heaven came to earth in the Gospel of Matthew. While some see heaven as place to go what the Gospels show us that Heaven is the presence of God with us. As we gather this Sunday I want us to see from Matthew that: Jesus is the surprising, miraculous with us God. We look forward to seeing you.

Born Is the King (It’s Christmas) / Hillsong Worship

Go Tell It on the Mountain / John W. Work, Jr.

Immanuel (From the Squalor of a Borrowed Stable) / Stuart Townend

In the Bleak Midwinter / Gustav Holst & Christina Rosetti

Joy / Dustin Smith, Don Poythress, Travis Ryan

Joy to the World / G. F. Handel & Isaac Watts

Preparing for Worship 12.9.18

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One of the radical shifts that occurs in heaven coming to earth is the involvement of the Holy Spirit in the formation of the new creation. When the angel Gabriel told Mary that she would be overshadowed by the Spirit he was calling upon her and us to remember and trust the work of the Spirit who overshadowed the Creation from the beginning. This is why we can entrust ourselves to the Holy Spirit? He focuses our attention and leads us to exalt the glory of Jesus Christ. Therefore, if you long with your heart to live your life life for the glory of Jesus Christ, the Spirit will empower and help you with all his might. Join us as we look to spread the good news in our language and life so that men, women boys and girls in Cypress and the Congo and Cambodia and beyond might know that Jesus Christ is a great Savior, the Son of the Most High, and the never-ending King of kings. That’s the passion of the Holy Spirit and the joy of heaven. To be full of that is to be full of him and to see heaven on earth. Join us this Sunday as we sing and celebrate the promise of God spoken to Mary.

:Joy / Dustin Smith, Travis Ryan, Don Poythress

Joy Has Dawned / Keith & Kristyn Getty

The First Noel / Traditional English Carol

Lo How a Rose E’er Blooming / Michael Praetorius & Theodore Baker

This Is the Christ / Sandra McCracken & Martin Luther

Hark the Herald Angels Sing / Felix Mendelssohn & Charles Wesley

Preparing for Worship 12.2.2018

Heaven-on-earth_Facebook-CoverThe Gospels show us a unique moment in time—when heaven and earth come together in an extraordinary way. As we begin this new series for Advent we will look at the early gospel accounts of how God returned heaven to earth. We will focus on the Christmas story, which reveals the reason for joy and celebration because it announces the promise that people can be restored to our God and our full humanity. Christmas changes everything. God has come to us in the person of Jesus! Heaven has come to earth!
We hope you will join with us for this Advent Season:

Awake My Soul, Awake My Tongue / Benjamin Keach & Latifah Philliphs

Joy to the World / Isaac Watts & Lowell Mason

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus / Charles Wesley, Mark Hunt, R. H. Pritchard

O Little Town of Bethlehem / Phillips Brooks & Lewis Redner

He Has Come, The Christ of God / Horatius Bonar & Ryan Delange

Angels We Have Heard on High / French Carol

 

Preparing for Worship 11.25.18

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Jesus told parables to give us an understanding of how the Kingdom of God worked and to help us to see a new way to be human. As we consider our standing before God some of us can feel completely unworthy while others can have a far to lofty view of themselves. In the parable of the grand banquet Jesus surprises us with who he invites into the Kingdom and with who ultimately is left out!

We hope you will join us this Sunday as we offer thanksgiving to our great God and celebrate his kindness to us and sing the following songs:

Father, Let Your Kingdom Come / Liz Vice et al

His Love Can Never Fail / E. S. Hall & Christopher Miner

Great Is Thy Faithfulness / Thomas Chisholm & William Runyan

Satisfied / Karl Digerness

We Labor Unto Glory / Craig Harris, Paul Zach, Isaac Wardell

His Heart Beats / Andrew Peterson & Brian Shive

 

Preparing for Worship 11.18.18

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We know how powerful stories, whether being read, listened to or even watched, can be because if they are good they draw us in. We feel as if we are acting and experiencing the very thing we are hearing, listening to and seeing. Great Stories engage our imagination and cause us to often deal with profoundly complex and difficult issues of life that we might otherwise ignore or fail to fully appreciate. Paul is wants to see the Gospel Story as our story and to share that with others in our life, family, work and world. We will sing and worship together using the following songs:

We Labor Unto Glory / Craig Harris, Paul Zach, Isaac Wardell

Father, Long Before Creation / Francis Jones & Andrew Osenga

Good Good Father / Anthony Brown & Pat Barrett

Rock of Ages / James Ward & Christopher Webster

His Heart Beats / Andrew Peterson & Ben Shive

Hail To the Lord’s Anointed / James Montgomery & Sandra McCracken

Preparing for Worship 11.11.18

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Jesus makes us fully human, and if you want to practice resurrection, if you want to see the Jesus-Life demonstrated within your life, then it must happen in the context of community. One of the significant places that enables us to form healthy community is within marriage and within parenting. God created marriage and family to make Jesus famous, and to see you flourish. Join us this Sunday as we gather to celebrate and display the glory of God in our worship:

His Heart Beats / Andrew Peterson & Ben Shive

Come People of the Risen King / Stuart Townend, Keith & Kristin Getty

We Will Feast in the House of Zion / Sandra McCracken

Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior / Fanny Crosby, William Doane, Mary McDonald

Satisfied / Karl Digerness

On Jordan’s Stormy Banks I Stand / Samuel Stennett & Christopher Miner