This week our lead pastor, Joe Hishmeh, kicked off our new discipleship series, "Ephesians - United in Christ." In his message, Joe shared from Ephesians 1:1-14 that Jesus is our best offense, our best defense, and our best confidence. It was a great reminder of the work of Christ on our behalf, which results in grace and peace in our lives. He is so good to us! You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here.
For our singing this week, we focused on the gospel and on God's sovereign power over all.
Here's our service plan from this weekend:
"In Tenderness" (G) [W. Spencer Walton, Adoniram J. Gordon, Nate Garvey, arr. by Citizens] Welcome/Greeting Time Call To Worship/Confession "Glorious Day" (Bb) [J. Wilbur Chapman, Michael Bleecker] "You Alone Can Rescue" (Bb) [Matt Redman, Jonas Myrin] "Lord of All" (Bb) [Kristian Stanfill] Message - "Ephesians 1:1-14" [Joe Hishmeh] "Son of God" (G) [Jon Neufeld, Tim Neufeld, Ed Cash, Gordon Cochran] Offering/Announcements/Dismissal
"In Tenderness" - This was a new song that we taught during our countdown last week, and continued teaching this week. It is a hymn that was written in 1894, and that was rearranged by a band from Mars Hill Church called Citizens. I love the energy this song brings to our services and to our congregation, and I think our church is catching on. I think this song is a keeper for us, and it fit well with the message for this week.
"Glorious Day" - This is another old hymn that has been refreshed for the Church today by Village Church. I love the lyric of this song, as it remembers where we were before Christ, and then celebrates what Christ has accomplished--and will accomplish--for us. It is a great fit for this series through Ephesians.
"You Alone Can Rescue" - This song focused specifically on the redemption that we have in Christ. I love how this song communicates our own powerlessness to save ourselves and the unique ability of Christ alone to rescue us from sin and death. Because of who He is and what He has done for us, He alone is worthy of our praise.
"Lord of All" - We went from singing about the unique worth of Christ (because He is the only one who can rescue us) at the end of "You Alone Can Rescue" to this song, which emphasizes His unique worth because He is the Lord of all. This has been, and remains, one of our church's favorite songs. I love singing it together.
"Son of God" - We responded to Joe's message with this song, which focuses on the unique personhood of Jesus. This is another of our church's favorites, and it was a great way to wrap up our services.
This weekend was a solid weekend of worshiping together. Our team did a great job leading our congregation in singing to our King. We also worked like crazy to get our new stage design put together, and I am really happy with how it all turned out. I am really excited about going through Ephesians together as a church. It's going to be transformational!
I hope you had a great weekend of worship wherever you were!
What were your thoughts or experiences on your worship experience from this weekend?
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