This is the worship set for FBC Starkville for Sunday, May 7. Services begin at 8:30a and 11:00a. All are welcome!

This is High School Senior Graduate Recognition Sunday. We’ll be recognizing our students graduating from high school. We’ll have a short video highlight of them, but more importantly, we’ll have an opportunity to pray over them and their families. The seniors will be present in the 11:00 am service only, while the video highlight will be shown in both services. The services are a bit different this Sunday.

8:30 Service Only

Ordinance of Baptism
Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. Romans 6:4

Great is Thy Faithfulness

Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy Faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided –
Great is Thy Faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

From 101 Hymn Stories by Kenneth Osbeck: “While many hymns are born out of a particular dramatic experience, this hymn was simply the result of the author’s “Morning by morning realization of God’s personal faithfulness.””

The author, Thomas Chisholm, wrote in 1941, “My income has not been large at any time due to impaired health in the earlier years which has followed me on until now. Although I must not fail to record here the unfailing faithfulness of a covenant-keeping God and that He has given me many wonderful displays of His providing care, for which I am filled with astonishing gratefulness.”

Click HERE  for a beautiful solo arrangement by Chris Rice.

Be Thou My Vision

This hymn has been around since the 7th or 8th century! Originally in ancient Irish text, the words were translated into English in 1905 by Mary Byrne and then versified by Eleanor Hull in 1925. The tune is named SLANE, after a hill in Ireland, where St. Patrick defied the local Kings orders for an Easter celebration around 433 AD. The Irish text and the Irish tune have come together to be sung in many languages around the world.

Here’s a verse that’s actually NOT in current hymnals:

Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight;
Be Thou my Dignity, Thou my Delight;
Thou my soul’s Shelter, Thou my high Tower:
Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.

For more information, including a look at the original ancient Irish click HERE to go to a wikipedia article.

Both Services

Lead Me to the Cross (Brooke Ligertwood Fraser 2006)

Lead me to the cross
Where Your love poured out
Bring me to my knees
Lord I lay me down
Rid me of myself
I belong to You
Oh lead me lead me to the cross

Written by New Zealander, Brooke Fraser, “Lead Me to the Cross” was first sung through the worship music of Hillsong. The song has already translated into several languages and has been shared round the world. Brooke is a secular pop artist who has written or co-written dozens of Christian songs. She’s unabashedly Christian in her character and in her life as a singer/songwriter/mother/wife/recording artist. Her tunes, both secular and sacred, are available on Spotify.

Would you like to learn this song on the guitar? Check out this cool teaching video by clicking HERE.

Wherever He Leads I’ll Go

How awesome it is to pair “Lead me to the Cross” written by Brooke, born in 1983, with a song written by BB McKinney who was born in 1886! Though a hundred years separates them, they both committed themselves to be followers of Christ by taking up their cross daily!

Take up thy cross and follow Me
I heard my Master say
I gave My life to ransom thee
Surrender your all today

For a great blog article on BB McKinney and the story behind this song, click HERE.