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Sunday Night Thoughts

  • Today was a gorgeous spring day.  We made it to 65 degrees today, even though there was a pretty good breeze out there.
  • It was nice enough to take a walk this afternoon.  Everyone else apparently had the same idea because the park was packed with cars, dogs, walkers, and runners.  Pam and I had a good walk and made good time.
  • We had a good choir practice as we get ready to present an Easter worship musical.  It has some great old songs in it like, “The Day He Wore My Crown,” “The King is Coming,” “Jesus, We Crown You With Praise,” and “Written In Red.”  The choir is doing a great job even after just our second rehearsal.  They are great!
  • Worship was simply amazing this morning.  The team did a great job in leading worship.  We had some new worship banners decorating our worship center.  Several people mentioned how the Spirit touched them this morning.  I am humbled to be part of what God is doing.
  • This week finds me preparing for worship for next Sunday and the following Sunday and preparing worship for FLAME.  This Saturday, I will be heading to the Hoosier State.  Looking forward to renewing acquaintances and meeting both new and old friends.
  • Looking forward to a great week!

Seize the Day!

Sunday Set List

February 27, 2011
Eighth Sunday After Epiphany

Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship and Invocation

Matthew 6:33-34

Songs of Worship

All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name
Lord, Reign In Me
Cares Chorus

Connecting through Prayer
Songs of Worship

Agnus Dei
Revelation Song

Giving Back to God

Song of Worship

Glory In The Highest

Worship Through God’s Word

Great Words of the Apostle Paul
For Givers Only
Philippians 4:14-23

Song of Commitment

Take My Life (Tomlin)

Benediction

At Just the Right Time…

Eighth Sunday after the Epiphany

February 27, 2011

Isaiah 49:8-16a; Psalm 131; 1 Corinthians 4:1-5; Matthew 6:24-34

8 This is what the Lord says:

“At just the right time, I will respond to you.
On the day of salvation I will help you.
I will protect you and give you to the people
as my covenant with them.
Through you I will reestablish the land of Israel
and assign it to its own people again.
9 I will say to the prisoners, ‘Come out in freedom,’
and to those in darkness, ‘Come into the light.’
They will be my sheep, grazing in green pastures
and on hills that were previously bare.
10 They will neither hunger nor thirst.
The searing sun will not reach them anymore.
For the Lord in his mercy will lead them;
he will lead them beside cool waters.
11 And I will make my mountains into level paths for them.
The highways will be raised above the valleys.
12 See, my people will return from far away,
from lands to the north and west,
and from as far south as Egypt.”

13 Sing for joy, O heavens!
Rejoice, O earth!
Burst into song, O mountains!
For the Lord has comforted his people
and will have compassion on them in their suffering.

14 Yet Jerusalem says, “The Lord has deserted us;
the Lord has forgotten us.”

15 “Never! Can a mother forget her nursing child?
Can she feel no love for the child she has borne?
But even if that were possible,
I would not forget you!
16 See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands.

Worship Transcends Feelings

For that is what worship is: an act.  It is not primarily an “experience,” although we often hear people talking about having “a beautiful worship experience.”  This is a fine sentiment but partly misses the point.  God commands us to worship him, and you cannot command an experience.  Like love (which is also commanded,) worship may be attended by exalted feelings; but the thing is the act of bringing laud and honor to the Most High.

Thomas Howard, “Liturgical Worship” in The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Vol 3,

My Fear…

My fear is not that our great movement, known as the Methodists, will eventually cease to exist or one day die from the earth. My fear is that our people will become content to live without the fire, the power, the excitement, the supernatural element that makes us great.

John Wesley