- 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!
February 27, 2011
Eighth Sunday After Epiphany
Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship and Invocation
Songs of Worship
All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name
Lord, Reign In Me
Connecting through Prayer
Songs of Worship
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
Song of Commitment
Take My Life (Tomlin)
February 27, 2011
“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.
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,
Here is a great version of this song by Keith and Kristyn Getty.