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June 14, 2020

Rest

This week marks the last of our liturgical themes until we reset in the fall. We'll be singing about Sabbath and Rest as we launch into the meat of the summer. 

Prelude – "By the Grace of God"

This is a brand new song that sets up our theme for the day. We may experience true rest when we set our hope not on the things of this world but on Christ. "You are the passion of my life Lord Jesus. You are the song within my soul. My strength, my hope, my all in all is you. Jesus you.

"His Forever"

We'll begin and end the corporate singing with the idea we just left. In Christ, we may find rest for our souls in knowing that we belong to Christ forever! "Jesus friend of sinners, loved me e'er I knew him. Drew me with his cords of love, tightly bound me to him. Around my heart still closely twined the ties that none can sever. For I am his, and he is mine forever and forever."

"Sing to Jesus"

Christ has experienced everything that we do and can sympathize with us in our weaknesses (Hebrews 4:15). He offers us rest when we abide in him (Matt. 11:28) and that's exactly what the second verse says: "Come you weary and he will give you rest. Come you who mourn, lay on his breast. Christ our God spilling his holy blood, bowing in anguish, his sacred head. Sing to Jesus, his is the throne, now and forever, he is the King of heaven. Sing to Jesus, we are his own, now and forever, sing for the love our God has shown.

"Christ Our Hope in Life and Death"

We'll finish the corporate singing just like we started by singing of the grounding for our hope. The reason we can find rest in a restless world is because the Christian belongs, body and soul, to our perfect Savior, Jesus Christ. "What is our hope in life and death? Christ alone, Christ alone. What is our only confidence? That our souls to him belong. Who holds our days within his hands? What comes apart from his command? And what will keep us to the end? The love of Christ in which we stand."

Response – "Cornerstone"

We'll be sent back into the world with the proclamation that we build all our hope on the solid rock of Christ! "My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame but wholly trust in Jesus' name. Christ alone, cornerstone, weak made strong in the Savior's love. Through the storm, he is Lord, Lord of all!"