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December 15, 2019

Alpha and Omega

We'll continue our advent season with a look this week at how Jesus, as both Alpha and Omega, shows us love. Prelude "Noel" This is a newer song that sounds like a good advent prelude. The text is so helpful to set the morning for us. "Son of God and Son of Man, there before the world began. Born to suffer, born to save, born to raise us from the grave. Christ, the ever...

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December 8, 2019

Advent Joy

We'll continue in the season of Advent this Sunday with a focus on Christ as Messiah and Lord and how that brings us great joy. We'll preview some of the material that we'll use for the evening concert during the morning worship service as well. Prelude "Behold the Lamb of God" This is the theme of this year's concert as we turn our eyes to Christ as the Messiah who cam...

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December 1, 2019

Son of God, Son of Man

This Sunday begins our liturgical season of Advent. Advent is a time of waiting. The word simply means "the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event." We reflect during this season on the darkness and longing for the coming of Christ that was experienced before his birth his first advent. We also experience the waiting and longing for the fulfillment of his promise th...

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November 24, 2019

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This Sunday marks the end of our liturgical calendar and is appropriately named, "Christ the King Sunday." Everything we've learned and celebrated leads up to this truth Jesus is Lord. Prelude "All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name" This is will be an instrumental prelude but we want the hymn to be called to mind as we prepare to meet Christ our King in worship. "Let every...

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November 17, 2019

Soli Deo Gloria

This week we'll conclude our liturgical series on the Solas of the Reformation with the great truth of Soli Deo Gloria, "the glory of God alone." Prelude "Hallowed Be Your Name" We'll tune our hearts and minds this week by the singing of the greatness and glory of the Lord through this simple modern hymn by Sovereign Grace: "God, there's no one like you, for who can bea...

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November 10, 2019

Sola Gratia

This week we'll continue our liturgical series by singing about salvation by grace alone Sola Gratia. Spend some time this weekend reading Eph. 1:3-14; 2:1-10to start thinking about this great truth! Prelude "Grace Alone" As the title would suggest, the whole song is about our theme for the morning. It ends with many statements of God's work of grace in our lives. But ...

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November 3, 2019

Sola Fide

We welcome our orchestra back to help lead us in worship this week as we continue our liturgical series on the Solas of the Reformation. This week, we'll sing about the great truth of salvation by faith alone, or Sola Fide. "How Firm a Foundation" *Disclaimer: this is a bit academic but I hope you'll find it helpful. The first verse opens our corporate singing with a won...

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October 27, 2019

Solus Christus

This week is Reformation Sunday and begins our new liturgical series on the Solas of the Reformation. This week, we'll take a look at Solus Christus or salvation through Christ alone. Here's a 30 second primer to help you get ready for Sunday: Solus Christus. "A Mighty Fortress is Our God" We'll begin our corporate singing with the reformation era hymn by Luther. Our tie...

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Sundown Service, 10/27/19

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Our Sundown Service will be centered around 2 Cor. 4:7-12 and is entitled "Hope in the Midst of Change." Here are the songs about our hope that we'll sing together as we prepare to finish our Sabbath day: "10,000 Reasons" "Amazing Grace" "Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy" "How Deep the Father's Love for Us" "He Will Hold Me Fast" "Cornerstone" ...

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October 20, 2019

Assurance

This week, our liturgical theme will be assurance. Our assurance as Christians is simple yet profound. We are now one with Christ and God has placed his Spirit within us as a guarantee of what is to come. Christ is our sure inheritance! (Eph. 1:14; 2 Cor. 1:22) Prelude "Blessed Assurance (All My Attempts to be Satisfied)" The prelude is a new song by CityAlight that'd I...

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October 13, 2019

Trust

We'll be focusing on trust as our liturgical theme this Sunday. All of our songs will then be focused on what God has done for us through Christ and how because of that, we now put our trust in him. We'll sing this week with the help of a more folky/bluegrass instrumentation as we make use of all the good gifts that God has given us to use in the worship of his name. Our t...

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October 6, 2019

Peace

This week's liturgical theme is "peace." We'll sing about the basis of our confidence and why we can know peace on this side of eternity. In short, Christ has been given all authority in heaven and on earth, he works out our eternal good by his own decree, and our future in him is certain! (Matt. 28:18; Rom. 8:28; 1 Peter 1:3-4) Prelude "Is He Worthy" We'll begin the se...

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September 29, 2019

Love theme

This week, we'll conclude our liturgical mini-series on 1 Cor. 13:13 with love. We'll sing about God's love for us, our response to his love, and how we are to live in light of this reality. Prelude "What Wondrous Love Is This" This will be an orchestral feature as we quiet our hearts and focus our minds toward God. We do want to draw your attention to the first and sec...

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September 22, 2019

Hope

We'll continue our liturgical mini-series on 1 Cor. 13:13 this week with a look at hope. The central theme of how our songs will relate to that can be found in Romans 6:3-11. I'd highly encourage you to contemplate these verses in preparation for Sunday! Prelude "Grace to Grace" The words of the second verse and bridge provide a good basis for our hope in life and in de...

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September 15, 2019

Faith

We've now concluded our liturgical series on "Who God Is" and will move to a three-week mini-series on the marks of Christian living from 1 Cor. 13:13. This week, we'll look at faith. Prelude "By Faith" This song lays out some of the stories behind the biblical characters listed in the "hall of fame of faith" from Hebrews 11. It's a great way to start the service by loo...

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September 8, 2019

God is holy

This week we'll continue our new ministry year's focus on who God is by taking a look at his holiness. To be holy is to be exalted or worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness. So our music this week will focus our hearts and minds towards the singing of God's attribute of holiness based upon these concepts. He is exalted, worthy, perfect, go...

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September 1, 2019

God as Comforter

This week we'll take a look at God as our great comforter. Prelude "Restless" We'll open with the song that echoes the words of St. Augustine, "Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, andour heart isrestlessuntil it finds its rest in thee." How does this show God as our comforter? The bridge gives plenty of room to navigate this question for a wide array of life situatio...

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August 25, 2019

The Good Shepherd

We'll take a look this week at God as our Shepherd. I'd like for you to consider reading through John 10:1-18in preparation for worship this week. This text perfectly displays God as a good Shepherd and his great love for his sheep. The orchestra and Rejoice Choir will also return from summer break to help lead us in worship this week. Prelude "The King of Love My Shephe...

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August 18, 2019

God Is King

We'll continue our focus on who God is this week by taking a look at God as King. I'd encourage you to read through Psalm 47 in preparation for the morning. It gives an excellent Scriptural basis and exhortation to come and sing praises to the God who sits on his throne as King over all his creation. Here's the link if you'd like to give it a read: Psalm 47. "Praise to th...

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August 11, 2019

Abba Father

We'll continue the start of a new ministry year with our focus on who God is. This week, we'll look specifically at God as Father and us as the Children of God. Our sermon will be on the Bride of Christ to complement last week's Body of Christ sermon. We'll incorporate both of these themes into our song selections this week. Prelude "Children of the Living God" We'll op...

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August 4, 2019

God is Light

We begin a new ministry year here at the church with the coming of August and the start of a new school year. We'll start out our new ministry year by beginning again our cycle of liturgical themes. The only right way to do that is to start things off with a look at who God is. The first several weeks will then be focused liturgically on different aspects of God. This week...

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July 28, 2019

Feed my sheep

We'll conclude our Summer series entitled "Jesus, What a Friend for Sinners," this week with a look at John 21:15-19. We'll see how Jesus graciously deals with Peter following Peter's denial of him as well as what he charges Peter with. Our songs will set the stage for who Jesus is and what he calls all of us to do. Prelude "We Face a Task Unfinished" This is a missiona...

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July 21, 2019

Doubting Thomas

This week, we'll take a look at Jesus' encounter with Thomas from John 20:24-29. We'll consider issues like doubt and will seek to reorient the focus of our gaze onto Christ. We'll have the opportunity to confess our need and fundamental problem which is our separation from God by sin. We'll also have the opportunity to respond in faith that Christ has come to meet our gre...

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July 14, 2019

The thief

We'll take a look this week at the story of the thief on the cross from Luke 23:32-43. We'll sing about our true condition as sinners, the love of Christ, his absolute ability to forgive sins by his grace, and his willingness to embrace us in kindness just as we saw last week. Prelude "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms" We'll do this instrumentally but our hope is that yo...

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July 7, 2019

Feet Washing

This week we are taking a look at Jesus' encounter with Judas from John 13:1-9. There are four points that the sermon will cover: 1) Jesus humbly served Judas, a sinner, 2) Jesus was kindly discreet to Judas, 3) Jesus consistently feeds sinners, 4) Jesus graciously forgives and loves sinners. It is this last idea of a radical kind of love shown by Jesus to sinners that we'...

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June 30, 2019

Grace

This week, we'll take a look at the doctrine of grace. The teaching of this doctrine is God's response to our most fundamental and critical problem which is our separation from him because of sin. He took the initiative to answer definitely this problem for us in the sending of his Son to die for us. (First promised in Genesis 3:15 and realized in the coming of Christ) Sal...

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June 23, 2019

The church

We'll take a look this week at the doctrine of the church. We'll specifically be singing about how Christ's death and resurrection effectively purchased the church (Acts 20:28), as well as how we are to think of ourselves and live in light of Christ. (Colossians 1:10; Eph. 4:1) Prelude "Come People of the Risen King" This is a great prelude that helps to tune our hearts...

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June 16, 2019

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This week we'll celebrate the doctrine of the Trinity. Our songs will focus on how our God, 3-in-1, works together for our salvation. Ephesians 1:3-14 provides our grounding for this truth. Also, I find it really helpful to read precise definitions when it comes to concepts as profound as this one. The Athanasian Creed provides a perfect opportunity for precisely defining ...

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June 9, 2019

Pentecost

We have now concluded Eastertide and will celebrate Pentecost this week. In lieu of the usual Scripture references for each song, take a minute to read of a prophecy about Pentecost from Joel and the actual event in Acts. (Joel 2:28-32; Acts 2) Sandy Willson will be with us again to continue our series, "Jesus! What a Friend for Sinners," this week from the story of the wo...

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June 2, 2019

Living Hope

The Rejoice Youth Choir has been on a mission tour to Philadelphia this week and will be leading us in worship on Sunday. The songs for the week will reflect the missional heart behind their work. Prelude "O Sifuni Mungu" This is a great call to worship that is in the African Swahili language. It does have some English quotations of "All Creatures." This is our tie into...

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May 26, 2019

Mercy

We continue our season of Eastertide this week with a focus on the great mercy of God. This comes to us in many forms. This week, we'll sing chiefly about God's mercy as seen through him willingly sending his Son, because of nothing good in us, to die and be raised again for our sin. Prelude "Crown Him with Many Crowns" This will be a piano/violin instrumental but the...

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May 19, 2019

Sanctification

We'll continue our celebration of Eastertide this week with a focus on sanctification. This is just a big word that simply means that as believers, we are to progressively increase in holiness as we are conformed by God evermore into the image of the Christ who has justified us. Places like Romans 6:18; 12:1-2; Gal. 2:20; 1 Thess. 4:3; 2 Peter 3:18give us a good starting p...

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May 12, 2019

Justification

As promised, we'll continue our celebration of Eastertide this week by taking a look at the liturgical theme of Justification. Paul uses the term "justified" in a way that refers to a legal standing before a holy God. Justification to him is how we aredeclaredto be righteous before the Father. (Isaiah 6:1-7; Rom. 5:1, 9-11; Gal. 2:15-21) Only through the imputed righteousn...

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May 5, 2019

The cross 2

During our third Sunday of Easter we'll sing of the Cross. We'll celebrate the great work of true love and justice shown perfectly on the cross. It'll also serve to prepare us for what we'll sing about next week in the doctrine of Justification. "O Praise the Name" The first verse prepares us to celebrate the victory of Easter by singing of the cross that came beforehand...

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April 28, 2019

Resurrection

This week marks the second Sunday of Easter and is in the time of year known as Eastertide which spans 50 days from Easter Sunday until Pentecost. Traditionally, the Church has primarily celebrated the resurrection during this time as will we this week. We'll sing directly of the resurrection as well as of the hope that it gives us. A sub-theme for the morning is our respo...

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Easter Sunday 2019

Easter

What a joy it is to sing of the great truth that changed the course of history, the resurrection of Christ! Prelude "Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise" Andrew Duncan has written an orchestration around this hymn tune for our prelude this morning. Our hope is that it tunes your hearts to sing as the repeated refrain does of "Alleluia!" "Christ the Lord is Risen Today" We...

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Maundy Thursday 2019

Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday this year will focus on the mandate from Christ to observe communion in remembrance of him and of what he's done; namely, giving himself for the inauguration of the New Covenant and the forgiveness of sins. (Matt. 26:26-29) "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing" The second and fourth verses speak directly to this imagery of the blood of Christ and what it d...

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Good Friday 2019

Good Friday

Good Friday will have a much different tone from Maundy Thursday. We'll enter and exit silently, have moments of intentional silent meditation, corporate prayers, and songs that focus on the suffering and death of Christ. All of these elements are intended to focus our hearts in a narrow and intense manner on the severity of Christ's suffering for sin. "Stricken, Smitten,...

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April 14, 2019

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We begin Holy Week 2019 with a look at the cross and suffering for Palm/Passion Sunday. These songs will show us something of the great love of God to us displayed in the sacrifice Christ came to make. Prelude - "Sing Glad Hosannas" We are excited to welcome a choir of our elementary-aged children to join us in worship this week. They'll sing the prelude, join us in corp...

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April 7, 2019

Grace

We'll finish out Lent with one more Sunday focused on the heart of the season: the sin for which Christ came to die. This week we'll sing of our response to God's initiated and unmerited acts of grace. (Ephesians 2:1-10) Prelude - "Behold the Lamb of God" We'll open the service with this exceptional song from Andrew Peterson that we last did at the Christmas Concert. The...

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March 31, 2019

Atonement 1

We'll continue through the season of Lent this week with a look at sin. We'll sing about our need which is corporate in such a true sense, "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23) We'll also give a full perspective of the gospel that Christ came to atone for that sin that effects every one of us.Our need is great. His love is greater! Prelud...

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March 24, 2019

holiness-of-god

We continue to walk through the season of Lent this week with a focus on the holiness of God. The word "Holy" means exalted or worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness. In its essence, when we sing that God is "Holy," we are proclaiming the truth that he is unlike anyone or anything else. He is far different than we are or the gods we create...

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March 17, 2019

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We'll continue to move through Lent this week. After looking last week at repentance and the great love of God that draws us to it, we'll look this week at the provision and sufficiency of Christ to forgive sin. (Matt. 9:1-8) Prelude - "Only a Holy God" We are so excited to begin teaching this new song this week that we'll all formally sing next week. It's by a newer gro...

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March 10, 2019

Repentance

We'll observe our first Sunday of Lent this weekend and our sermon is entitled "The Shock of Love" fromLuke 10:25-37. Our focus musically for the next few weeks will be on the themes of Lent: prayer, sin, repentance, etc. This week, we'll focus specifically on repentance and the great love of Christ that leads us to it and that finds us in it. "Come, Ye Sinners, Poor an...

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March 3, 2019

MissionsBlog

We welcome the orchestra back for our formal Missions Sunday this week! Our songs will focus on Christ's work which gives us the joy and confidence to proclaim the good news of the gospel both here and around the world. (Matt. 28:18-20) Prelude - "This Is My Father's World" This will be an instrumental played by the orchestra but let the words of the final verse be prese...

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February 24, 2019

MissionsBlog

This week marks the beginning of our Missions week so our theme for the morning is, of course, missions! Our songs this week center around the proclamation of the gospel. A sub-theme for the morning is in response to our human nature when persecution comes for preaching the gospel. (Matt. 10:16-23) What are we to do? From where can we draw our confidence? The songs seek to...

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February 17, 2019

Prayer

This week we'll focus on prayer as our liturgical theme. Our songs will then be comprisedof prayers that have been set to music whether in part or in whole. An overarching sub-theme is that our prayers are heard in a powerful way because of our union with Christ. (Romans 8:1-4; 1 Cor. 1:30-31; 2 Cor. 5:17) (Further Reading Link: What is Union with Christ?) Prelude - "What...

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February 10, 2019

Love 1

This week our liturgical theme is "love," part II. Last week we established the theme by showing the contrast between our love for God and his love for us. This week, we'll really hone in on the great love of God shownfully through the story of the gospel (1 Cor. 15:1-4). "Living Hope" We introduced this song to you on November 18th as the offertory. We will formally tea...

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February 3, 2019

Love 1

We welcome back our orchestra for the first time this year in this week's service. Our liturgical focus for the morning is "love." Sometimes to grasp a concept, it is helpful to show contrasting elements. We seek to do that through song this morning. By showing that our love for God as real and genuine as it can be is also "prone to wander," we can then see the amazing a...

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January 27, 2019

Glory

This week our liturgical focus is on "Glory" and "Heaven." We'll sing songs that focus an eternal perspective and on our basis for believing that one day we'll worship the Lord forever. Prelude - "This I Believe" This song is a great summary statement of some key elements of our faith and is appropriately nicknamed, "The Creed." It gives us the opportunity to affirm the ...

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January 20, 2019

redemption

This week's theme is on "Redemption." We'll focus then on singing about Christ as the Redeemer. Prelude - "Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace)" This song speaks to God's truly amazing grace that reaches down and makes broken people like you and me whole and new. It quotes the beloved hymn, "Amazing Grace," and sets up a response to a new chorus that ends with, "Raising up t...

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