This weekend, we continued in our "Grounded" series through 1 Corinthians, and Pastor Joe focused on chapter 14 and discussed the subject of gifts in the Church.
Here are our songs from this weekend:
"Jesus" [Zach Bolen, Brian Eichelberger, Citizens & Saints]
"Before the Throne" [Charitie Lees Bancroft, Dustin Kensrue, The Modern Post]
"Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)" [Louie Giglio, Chris Tomlin, John Newton, Edwin O. Excell, John P. Rees]
"Great Are You Lord" [Jason Ingram, Leslie Jordan, Brian Leonard, All Sons & Daughters]
"Forever Reign" [Reuben Morgan, Jason Ingram]
For our singing this weekend, we focused on Jesus being the center of our attention, and how every gift we have is both from Him and for Him. We are weak and flawed, but He gives us strength and equips us for serving our various roles within the body of Christ for His glory and His purposes. All eyes must be on Him as we serve, and our goal ought to be to draw attention to Him and not ourselves.
We introduced "Great Are You Lord" by All Sons & Daughters, which is a song I've been looking forward to singing together with our congregation. It is a simple song of praise that sings of how even the very breath we have to sing comes from the Lord, and ought to be returned to Him in praise. We cannot even worship Him without what He has first given us, which is a profound thought. It's connection with the message is that our gifts and abilities come from the Lord, and they are not something that we've given to ourselves. Therefore, the only fitting response is, just like our very breath, to use those gifts for the glory of Jesus and the service of His Church. Next weekend, we'll probably bring it down a step to make it a little more singable for everyone.
Overall, we had a great weekend of worship together! I hope you did, too!
In the Son,