This weekend, we had a special emphasis on global missions, called "Going Global." For the weekend, we had a special guest speaker, Ernie Frey, a missionary serving the Church in Ethiopian. We also had Stanley Rabago with us from the Philippines, Chris Stewart from the Bridge of Topeka, and sent off a missionary to India. It was a powerful weekend and with a really challenging message from Ernie.
Here is our set from this weekend:
"Sing to the King" (E) [Charles Silvester Horne, Billy Foote]
Message - "Going Global" [Ernie Frey]
"I Will Go" (F#m) [Tim Neufeld, John Neufeld]
"The Stand (chorus only)" (A) [Joel Houston]
"Your Great Name" (A) [Michael Neale, Krissy Nordhoff]
"How Great Is Our God" (A) [Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, Ed Cash]
This weekend was a great reminder and challenge to seek true discipleship and transformation, beyond mere head knowledge about who Jesus is, and to follow Him completely, wherever He may lead us. Ernie especially called the church to disciple our families. It was a great challenge on many levels, and I pray that it has a lasting impact on our church.
Our team did a fantastic job. Erika Wells did a great job co-leading on "Sing to the King" and "Your Great Name." We did a different arrangement of Starfield's "I Will Go," where we slowed it down for our response time. I love this song because it is a powerful declaration of a willingness to follow the Lord and to go where He sends us. It was a perfect fit for the message this weekend.
We closed out with "How Great Is Our God" which we haven't sung much lately. One of the highlights of my trip to the Philippines this past January was a worship time where we sang this song with a group of church leaders. They sang the song so loudly that I didn't even need to sing into the mic. The congregation led the song the whole way. It was incredible. This is one of those songs that most of the Church can sing from memory, which allows us to sing from the heart rather than from a screen (which is essentially my goal for every song we sing together), and because of that, the church really engaged and sang it out together. It was a beautiful way to end our time together.
I really enjoyed the way the whole back half of the service flowed together. My intern this summer, Chandler Klamm, has had some great contributions in our service planning through the summer, and he was a big part of putting the pieces together for this weekend. He's been a great addition to the team!
Hope you had a great weekend of worship wherever you were!