Baptism this Sunday at the beginning of both our Morning Services!
Opening Prayer Song
Pour It Out is a choral prayer to God as we begin our worship this Sunday. The texts acknowledges God’s providence and work in our lives and invites Him to, once again, pour out His presence amongst us.
Spirit move, come and work within us
O we long for You; Won’t You come and fill us,
we are praying, We need revival in our land.
So pour it out! Come and move among us;
Pour it out! Let the nations witness
All Your mighty power till there is no doubt:
Lord, pour it out!
The writer is Dave Clark whose credits include hits that cross musical boundaries from contemporary Christian music to southern Gospel, including songs recorded by Larnelle Harris, Sandi Patty, Steve Green, 4HIM, Al Denson, Point of Grace, Phillips, Craig & Dean, Glen Campbell, CeCe Winans, Charles Billingsley, The Martins and many others. Twenty-five of his songs have reached the #1 spot in the country on the Christian music charts. In 2009 Dave was awarded the prestigious ASCAP Living Legend Award and recognized for his outstanding career success as a songwriter. Dave, his wife, Cindi, and their three children attend Goodlettsville Church of the Nazarene and reside in Hendersonville, TN. For more about this wonderful Christian man, check out his blog at davidclarkwrites.com or click HERE to go his bio page.
Praise Him Medley
The congregation is invited to join us as we respond to God’s presence and His spirit in our lives. The Praise Him Medley has two great worship songs combined: The Doxology by Thomas Ken and O Praise Him (All This for A King) by David Crowder.
Praise God from whom all Blessings flow,
Praise him all Creatures here below,
Praise him above, ye Heavenly Host.
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
For a wonderful short read on the history of the Doxology, click HERE. Churches around the world have been singing this text for three hundred years!
David Crowder is the author of many many Christian songs. For an interesting autobiographical sketch, read his story by clicking HERE and scrolling to Family History. Crowder is a deep thinking, ‘infra-redneck’ (his own word) and a devote follower of Christ!
The Sons are Free
In Matthew 17:26b Jesus is replying to Peter in a discussion about taxes. Jesus says, “Then the sons are free.” This phrase led to thinking about the various ways we are chained or bound by issues in our lives. It is said that there is nothing certain about our lives but death and taxes – but there are many areas besides death and taxes that can bind us up so badly that we are not able to fulfill the purpose that Christ has for us. Paul encourages us in Philippians 3:7 by reporting “But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord.” Chains can be self-inflicted. Chains can be brought about by seemingly good things in our lives. A promotion? Sounds great! But Paul said that he gave up his promotions in his career and culture to follow Christ.
Which leads to the concluding musical set of three songs: Chainbreaker, Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone) and Break Every Chain.
Here are some links to enjoy those selections:
4 pm Warehouse Worship
Invite someone to join you at 4 pm in the Warehouse for Worship this Sunday. It’s a casual, intimate and meaningful worship experience!