This weekend, we focused on John 4:46 - 6:59, looking specifically at the feeding of the 5,000, and how Jesus used what the little boy and the disciples had to perform a miracle to provide for the needs of the people. Joe gave us an important reminder that all God asks of us is what we have, and He can do amazing things with that. You can listen to the entire message here. Here's our service plan from this weekend:
Time of Preparation "Holy, Holy, Holy" (D) [Reginald Heber, John Bacchus Dykes] Welcome/Greeting Time Call to Worship (Colossians 1:15-20)/Prayer "You Are" (A) [Todd Fields] "Let Me Sing" (A) [Todd Fields] "God Is Able" (A) [Reuben Morgan, Ben Fielding] "Lord of All" (A) [Kristian Stanfill] Prayer Message - John 6:16-21 [Joe Hishmeh] Offering/Announcements Response Time "How Great Is Our God" (Bb) [Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, Ed Cash] "How Great Thou Art (chorus only)" (Bb) [Carl Gustav Boberg, Stuart K. Hine, Swedish Folk Melody] Dismissal
"Holy, Holy, Holy" - We opened our preparation time with this great hymn. You can read some of the history of it here. It always fascinates me how the pieces of a hymn come together. The definition of a "hymn" is simply "a song of praise to God" (Merriam-Webster). People often make the mistake of thinking that hymns were written all at one time, or even all in the same century. Most of the time, however, the lyric was written by one or two persons, and then someone came much later and put the lyrics to a melody that was current at the time. This was the case with this song. The writer wrote the hymn (w
"You Are" - We introduced this song to our church this weekend. I first heard this song from North Point Community Church's 722 services when Todd Fields wrote it, and I loved it immediately. What stood out to me about this song was the simple and clear declaration of the divinity of Jesus. While many songs describe that truth, there are not many that come right out and say it: Jesus, You are God! For the services this weekend, I thought it was a great way to start out after our call to worship. I prefaced this song by reading from Colossians 1:15-20, which describes in detail the divinity of Jesus, in whom "all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell."
"You Are" Todd Fields
VERSE Every knee will bow to bless Your name Every tongue confess that You are King All for Your glory, all for Your glory Every tear will soon be wiped away Every longing heart will see Your face All for Your glory, all for Your name
CHORUS You are God, Jesus - Majesty You are life, Jesus - saving me You are King, Jesus All will see that You are God
BRIDGE And death could not keep You The grave could not hold You You are alive, You are alive
This is a powerful and true declaration that we as the Church should make often. Jesus is God!
"Let Me Sing" - I really value this song because it points out many of the reasons we have to worship, such as God's creating us and giving us breath, the price He paid for our redemption, and His mercy toward us. These are things that we should constantly remind one another of, because they are some of the major reasons we have to worship our King. This week, we tried singing it in A rather than the usual Bb. It required some pushing during the verses, because it gets pretty low, but I thought it was easier for our congregation to sing it out on the choruses.
"God Is Able" - We began teaching this song last week, and we continued with it this week. I love this song, and I think our congregation is latching onto it.
"Lord of All" - This remains one of my favorite all-time worship songs, because it paints such a powerful portrait of the greatness of God and it helps us to respond to that with our worship. I don't think this song will ever get old for me. Our congregation connects with it as well, so it will remain a strong part of our vocabulary here at Fellowship.
"How Great Is Our God" - We responded to the Word with this song. After talking about God's power to use what little we have to do amazing things, This was a more fitting response than I anticipated.
"How Great Thou Art" -
This was a great weekend of worshiping our Savior.
I hope you had a great weekend of worship wherever you were.
In the Son,
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