This is the worship set for FBC Starkville for Sunday, May 14. Services begin at 8:30a and 11:00a. All are welcome!

It’s Mother’s Day! We wish all moms the very best and pray that you are both honored and faithful in the role God has placed you!


Call to Worship: Praise the King by the Celebration Choir

The songwriter, Cory Voss, is a worship pastor at Gateway Church in Shelbyville, TN. To find out more about this vibrant singer and worship leader click HERE.

Cory Voss, Worship Pastor at Gateway Church

There’s a reason why the curse of sin is broken
There’s a reason why the darkness runs from light
There’s a reason why we stand here now forgiven
Jesus is alive

Chorus:
Praise the King, He is risen
Praise the King, He’s alive
Praise the King, death’s defeated
Hallelujah He’s alive
Hallelujah He’s alive


The next set of songs, both congregational and solo, are arranged around the theme of leaving a legacy by sharing our faith and telling our story.

I Will Sing the Wondrous Story

The author of the lyrics was Francis Rowley. He wrote the text in 1886 during revival services at the First Baptist Church of North Adams, Massachusetts. Peter Bilhonr, the revival music leader asked the pastor to write a text for the services for which he would set the music. Many hymns were interchangeable with hymn tunes and this text has been sung with several different tunes. The two most popular tunes are WONDROUS STORY, which is the original tune written by Peter Bilhorn and HYFRYDOL, which was composed by Rowland Prichard in 1830 (50 years before the text was written). The two tunes are contrasting in nature, with WONDROUS STORY being a gospel tune while HYFRYDOL is more ‘high church’. We’ll be using the HYFRYDOL tune this Sunday.

For a beautiful different arrangement click HERE to listen to Sandi Patty singing from the piano.

I will sing the wondrous story
Of the Christ who dies for me,
How He left His home in glory
For the cross of Calvary.

Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine

We begin this hymn with the chorus, “This is my story, this is my song, praising my Savior all the day long.” to emphasize our theme. This most beloved text was written by Fanny Crosby, author of many, many hymns. Written in 1873, the same year that the tune was written by Phoebe Knapp. As recounted by Fanny Crosby, Phoebe played her tune to Fanny and then asked here “What does that melody say to you?” Fanny replied with the exact words of the first stanza.

 

 

Fanny Crosy

Phoebe Knapp

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.


My Story (solo sung by Todd Hamby)

If I told you my story
You would hear Hope that wouldn’t let go
And if I told you my story
You would hear Love that never gave up
And if I told you my story
You would hear Life, but it wasn’t mine

If I should speak then let it be
Of the grace that is greater than all my sin
Of when justice was served and where mercy wins
Of the kindness of Jesus that draws me in
Oh to tell you my story is to tell of Him

Click HERE for the original artist video.

Mike Weaver

The following is an excerpt from a interview with the songwriter, Mike Weaver, member of the group Big Daddy Weave.

Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?

Philippians 1:21 (NIV): “For me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
Hebrews 10:22 (KJV): “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.”
1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (VOICE): For I passed down to you the crux of it all which I had also received from others, that the Anointed One, the Liberating King, died for our sins and was buried and raised from the dead on the third day. All this happened to fulfill the Scriptures; it was the perfect climax to God’s covenant story.
Revelation 12:11 (NKJV): And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.

What is the takeaway message?

Hopefully as believers, we are learning how to be consumed by Jesus so there’s no more us but just Him as our story. The idea of our testimony and how it ties in to overcoming the enemy by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony came from our experiences of what God has done in our lives. The ugly things in our lives aren’t something people want to hear about, but when you talk about how God met you in brokenness, there’s a common ground you have with people about how He was broken too. He’s dealt with brokenness.

If you want to minister to hurting people, you’ll never lack for an audience. Maybe sharing your story will relate to someone going through the same thing. All of a sudden, hope happens. That’s what the enemy tries to crush in people’s lives first. The enemy says you’ll always have this problem, and you’re stuck because you’ve messed it up permanently. Then someone else hears about how God has released you, and they can trust God too. Hope is a sight and a vision for people. That’s what we saw. I was writing these songs, and from sharing about what God has done in my life, out came this song. There is value in sharing our testimony.

As we were writing about our lives we saw what God was doing in the lives of the other artists on the tour with us, and we wanted the tour to be based on what God was doing in all of us. I woke up one morning and the term “beautiful offerings” came to my mind. The Lord began to unpack that for me, and He showed me going forward from our song “Redeemed” that not only are we redeemed from our old lives, but we are redeemed for a purpose.

The same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives in us. That changes who we are. When you connect with the fact that’s it’s not in your power but in God’s power, you realize that God has placed something beautiful in us, His Spirit. Our lives become an opportunity to give back to Him what He has put in us, beautiful offerings. We are walking out the story of God in our lives every day.


At the Cross with Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)

Where does your story begin? As Christians, we share a common denominator in our stories. They all begin anew at the cross as we experience the grace of the Lord Jesus.

At the cross I bow my knee
where your blood was shed for me
There’s no greater love than this
You have overcome the grave,
Your glory fills the highest place,
What can separate me now?

My chains are gone,
I’ve been set free,
My God, My Savior,
has rescued me.
And like a flood, His mercy reigns
unending love, Amazing Grace.


Give You Faith (Solo sung by Lana Hamby)

Especially for Mother’s Day, this song, by songwriter Laura Story, is sung from a mother’s viewpoint to her child and considers the legacy of faith being passed along.

I wanna give you faith
I wanna leave you hope
That you would know a love that
Never let’s you go
More than wisdom or wealth,
More than happiness or health,
May you say I gave you faith

Click HERE for an awesome video of Laura Story singing her song with visuals of moms with their children.