This weekend, we were in the fifth week of our series through 2 Timothy - "Lead In Christ." In his message this week, our lead pastor Joe Hishmeh shared about how daily trials lead to transformation in our lives. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here. Here's our service plan from this weekend:
Welcome "I'll Fly Away" (G) [Albert E. Brumley] "I Stand Amazed (How Marvelous)" (G) [Charles Hutchison Gabriel] "Amazing Grace" (G) [John Newton, Edwin O'Excell] Greeting Time/Announcements WWII Veteran Interview Video Message - "Lead In Christ: Trials - 2 Timothy 3:10-4:8" [Joe Hishmeh] "Battle Hymn Of The Republic" (Bb) [William Steffe, Julia Ward Howe] Mail Call for guest WWII Veterans Dismissal
Thoughts: This was a special weekend for our congregation, as we took time before Independence Day to recognize and thank many WWII veterans from our area. The idea was inspired by the Honor Flight film, where WWII veterans were flown to Washington D.C. to see the WWII memorial and other military cemeteries, and then were received home by their communities with a showering of love and thanks for their great sacrifice for us. We sought to do something similar for veterans in our community. Our congregation wrote many notes thanking each veteran for their sacrifice and service, and we handed each of the veterans a packet of these letters. Joe pointed to the sacrifice of these men as a picture of Christ's ultimate sacrifice for us on the cross. He selflessly laid down His life for us that we could have life through Him.
For our singing, we sang all hymns and did them in a sort of folk/bluegrass style, which was a lot of fun with the team. We also had two of our new team members with us who did a great job this weekend: Ronnie Murphy on banjo and Trent Raines on vocals and acoustic.
What were your thoughts or experiences from your worship gathering this weekend?