This weekend, our lead pastor, Joe Hishmeh, continued in our fifth week of our series, "Deep and Wide," and shared how the deep and wide follower of Jesus experiences joy when he or she is surrendered to God's authority, submitted to God's will, and sacrificing to God's mission. When we are faithful with what He has given us, God brings us into His joy. It was a great challenge to evaluate whether we are truly experiencing joy. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here. Here's our service plan from this weekend:
Video - YoungLife - Andy Vogel "Rejoice" (Bb) [Dustin Kensrue, Stuart Townend] "Happy Day" (C) [Tim Hughes, Ben Cantelon] "Joyful (The One Who Saves)" (C) [Brenton Brown, Jason Ingram, Ludwig Van Beethoven] Greeting Time Video - LifeCare Ministry - Frank Eschmann Announcements Video - You & Two - Theresa Message - "Deep & Wide: A Follower of Jesus... is Joyful" [Joe Hishmeh] Elder-led Prayer - Greg Armbruster "Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)" (Eb) [Edwin O. Excell, Louie Giglio, John P. Rees, John Newton, Chris Tomlin] Dismissal
Thoughts: This weekend was great. Kip Kraisinger and Heidi Carlson both did a great job co-leading, and the team did a fantastic job overall. After introducing the new song "Rejoice" last week, our congregation sang it really well throughout the weekend. I love how the song calls us to rejoice because of who God is, in every circumstance, because He is with us and He is worthy. It's a powerful lyric for us to sing: "All our sickness and our sorrows/ Jesus carried up the hill/ He has walked this path before us/ He is walking with us still/ Turning tragedy to triumph/ Turning agony to praise/ There is blessing in the battle/ So take heart and stand amazed." "Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)" was a great way to end our services, while Kip and Heidi helped lead the congregation in singing.
For our singing this weekend, we sang songs that focused on how we can have joy in all circumstance because of who Christ is for us. He is our Redeemer, and He is with us no matter what we face in this life ["Rejoice," "Happy Day," "Joyful (The One Who Saves)," "Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)"]. It was an encouraging and hopeful weekend throughout.
What were your thoughts or experiences from your worship gathering this weekend?