This past weekend, we continued in our fourth message of our series - "Seven." Our pastor, Joe Hishmeh, shared about being content with what God has provided for us, and leveraging our resources for the gospel and the kingdom of God, rather than trying to keep up with other people we see. It was a challenging message that called us away from the Keeping-up-with-the-Joneses mentality of the world to the selfless mentality of a Christ-follower. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here. Here's our service plan from this weekend:
Welcome "Made Alive" (C) [Zach Bolen, Brian Eichelberger] Greeting Time/Announcements Message - "Seven: Finances - Philippians 4:11" [Joe Hishmeh] Communion "Jesus Take All Of Me (Just As I Am)" (C) [Charlotte Elliot, Brenton Brown] "Wonderful Maker" (G) [Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman] "10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)" (G) [Matt Redman, Jonas Myrin] Dismissal
Thoughts: This weekend was a solid weekend of worship. The team did a great job, and the church sang out! I am loving "Made Alive." It is a song that I can't get out of my head, and it is a great way to get the truth of Ephesians 2 in our hearts and minds throughout the week. I think the church is getting a hold of it, and I look forward to continuing to sing it in the near future. We're going to rest the song next weekend, and we'll pick up the weekend after that to continue to teach the song & refresh it for those who don't remember it as well. "Jesus Take All Of Me" is one of my favorite newer songs for our church, and it was a very meaningful moment during communion in the wake of Joe's message.
"Wonderful Maker" always holds a special place in my heart as the song that opened my eyes to how selfish I was in worship. This song helped me see just how much I was saying the words "I" and "Me" in worship, and seeking what I could get from God, rather than the glory and praise that I could give to Him because of His surpassing goodness and worth. He alone has effected our rescue, so He alone is worthy of all glory, praise, and honor. This was the first song I can remember singing that didn't say "I" or "me" in it even once. This song was a game-changer for me that really altered my trajectory as a worshiper and as a worship leader.
I love our church, and I love what God is doing in us!
What were your thoughts or experiences from your worship gathering this weekend?