worship (Page 2)

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Singleness and the Glory of God

In our family series on Sunday mornings, we have been examining the Biblical foundation and theological significance of marriage. In dealing with marriage, we have also addressed singleness. While singleness is an honorable thing and frees one up for serving Christ, it is sadly often either resented or wasted. On April 22nd this challenge was given by Pastor Mike as part…

New Song: Come Praise and Glorify

The first chapter of Ephesians contains a beautiful doctrinal tapestry of truth woven together with outbursts of worship. The refrain comes over and over again that we are saved “to the praise of his glorious grace” in Ephesians 1:5-6, and “to the praise of his glory” in Ephesians 1:12;14.This Sunday night we will be teaching a new song that…

Dark Death and the Living Light of the World

The suffering of Christ is not a morbid fascination for Christians. It is a real historical happening that carries immense spiritual importance. For those who know Christ, the suffering of Jesus is personally significant: the Messiah absorbed the wrath “my” sin earned. But the suffering of Christ is also corporately significant: the Messiah absorbed the wrath…

What Are Your Idols?

After finishing over 70 sermons through the gospel of John, we are taking a few weeks as a church to examine some common “heart issues” and be exposed to God’s word on those matters. The following is an excerpt from last Sunday’s sermon titled “Idols of the Heart” by Pastor Mike Summers. This sermon was the opening message…

Recap: 7 Songs We Learned in 2011

As a church, one of the sweetest experiences we share is coming together corporately to worship our Savior together on Sundays. While much of the life of the body happens outside of Sunday morning, there is something special and unique about lifting our voices together in praise and song. In 2011 we sang many songs … some new and many old. We learned seven new songs…

Not What My Hands Have Done

This past week we introduced a new song that is really not so new. Not What My Hands Have Done is a text written in 1861 by Horatius Bonar, “the prince of Scottish hymn writers”, who authored more than 600 different hymn texts.Karl Digerness has taken that old text and composed a new melody and added a refrain, focusing on the duel identity of believers…

Hail the Day

This Sunday night we will be teaching a new song called Hail the Day. It comes from the most recent album by Sovereign Grace entitled Risen, and is an adaptation of a hymn by Charles Wesley written in 1742 called Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise. We look forward to singing this song corporately as we study through the burial and resurrection of Jesus in our Sunday morning…

Rock of Ages (When the Day Seems Long)

The most recent song we have taught is Rock of Ages (When the Day Seems Long) by Sandra McCracken. This hymn was written in 2005 but the lyrics feel much older than that. One of the most gripping portions says: Rock of Ages, when in want or rest, My desperate need for such a Savior I confess Pull these idols out from my heart embrace. Rock of Ages, I need your grace. We…