This Sunday

This Sunday—December 22, 2013

“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David.” Luke 1:68-69

Christ has come!

As we gather this Sunday, we can rejoice to know that what Israel longed for and the prophets promised has now been revealed. Death is defeated, our sin has been forgiven, and Jesus has come and will return!

Duke will help us sing about these glorious truths, and Chris will give a message about the birth of Jesus.

Hope to see you there!

Order of service:

– O Come, All Ye Faithful

Call to worship
– O Holy Night
– A Day of Glory
– Crown Him With Many Crowns

Missional Prayer

Song of preparation – Be Thou My Vision

Message –

– His Name Is Jesus

Communion

– Before the Throne of God Above
– Hail the Day

This Sunday—December 15th, 2013

This Sunday, we have the privilege of gathering together to sing, study, and take communion.

Why gather? For the privilege of seeing and responding to who God is. We do this by singing truth filled songs, hearing his word preached, and responding in song, prayer, and ministering to each other.

This Sunday we’ll take time to think about the Advent season, and how the fulfillment of God’s promise to send his Son gives us hope for when he will return again.

Eric will be preaching from Ephesians 2:8-10.

Hope to see you there!

Listen to the songs we’ll be singing here.

Order of service:

– Hark! The Herald Angels Sing 

Call to Worship
– O Come O Come Emmanuel 
– Hope Has Come 
– A Day of Glory 

Song of preparation – Speak O Lord 

Message : Ephesians 2:8-10

Song of Response

– Take My Life

Communion

– When I Survey 

– Your Love is Strong 

This Sunday—December 8th, 2013

Assuming this ‘potentially major ice storm’ (boy, sure have heard that before!) doesn’t materialize, we have the privilege of gathering together this Sunday to sing, study, and take communion together.

As you prepare, I encourage you to pray that God would help us to respond to the truth that we will hear and sing by encouraging and ministering to one another.

Eric will be preaching from Ephesians 2:8-10 and and Duke will be leading our times of singing.

Hope to see you there!

You can listen to the songs we’ll be singing on Spotify here.

Order of service:

– Great is Your Faithfulness 

Call to Worship
– Jesus Paid It All 
– His Forever 

Missional Prayer

Song of preparation – Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken

Message: Ephesians 2:8-10

– The Saving One

Communion

– In The Shadow of the Glorious Cross 
– Made Alive

This Sunday—December 1st, 2013

This Sunday we have the privilege of singing, studying and taking communion together.

In this season of giving thanks for all God has given us, let’s remember the wonderful gift of a church community where we can learn and grow as disciples of Jesus together.

Duke will be leading our time of singing and Chris will be preaching from Luke 13:10-17.

Order of service:

– Your Love is Strong 

Call to Worship

– Be Still My Soul 
– I Have a Shelter 
– Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) 

Missional Prayer

Song of Preparation – White as Snow 

Message – Luke 13:10-17

Communion

– Grace and Peace 
– Cornerstone

This Sunday—November 24th, 2013

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you have been saved – and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” Eph. 2:4-7

We have the privilege of gathering this Sunday to rehearse and remind ourselves of this great news!

As we learned last Sunday, our frequent, eager request should be that God would help us to know and understand the realities of his saving grace. Consider how you might ask this for yourself and for our congregation as we gather this Sunday.

We’ll begin our time by singing “10,000 Reasons” which reminds us of all the grace God has lavished on us. After that we will turn to looking at how we can rejoice in this grace, even in the midst of suffering and trial, and we’ll end our singing by declaring, “So I will trust in you, when my world seems shaken, I will trust in you, I won’t be forsaken.” What great news.

Eric will be preaching from Ephesians 2:1-10, helping us look at what the gospel produces in our lives and hearts. Then we’ll have an opportunity to respond by praying, singing, and taking communion together.

I look forward to worshipping our great Savior with you all.

You can listen to a Spotify playlist of the songs we’re singinghere

Order of service

10,000 Reasons

Corporate reading – Titus 2:11-14

Rejoice

I Will Trust

Missional Prayer

Song of preparation – Speak, O Lord

Message – Ephesians 2:1-10

Communion/Response

Your Name Alone Can Save

All I Have is Christ

Jesus, Thank You 

This Sunday – November 17th, 2013

Tomorrow we get to gather together to sing, study, and take communion.

When is the last time you prayed that God would help you understand and comprehend his extravagant grace to you?

If you’re like me, oftentimes I assume that knowledge equals experience. If I come to church and hear truth, then I will be changed. But what I need, what we need is more than truth, we need our hearts to be changed by it.

In order for this to happen, we need the Spirit of God. Pray in preparation for our gathering that God would reveal himself to us and our lives and hearts would be changed!

Shane and Matt will be leading our times of singing and I’ll be preaching from Ephesians 1:15-23, Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians.

Order of service:
– Praise to the Lord the Almighty
Call to worship
– Never Once
– How Firm A Foundation

Missional Prayer
Song of Preparation – Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus
Message – Ephesians 1:15-23
Song of response – Be Thou My Vision
Communion
– Oh the Deep, Deep Love
– Grace Alone

Benediction

This Sunday – November 10th, 2013

“But as for me, my prayer is to you, O LORD. At an acceptable time, O God, in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness. Deliver me from sinking in the mire; let me be delivered from my enemies and from the deep waters. Let not the flood sweep over me, or the deep swallow me up, or the pit close its mouth over me. Answer me, O LORD, for your steadfast love is good; according to your abundant mercy, turn to me. Hide not your face from your servant; for I am in distress; make haste to answer me.” Psalm 69:13-17

As we gather this Sunday to sing, study, and take communion, we are going to meditate on the theme from Eric’s message, “God always keeps his promises.”

In our broken world, we all face trials, pain and grief. Many of us are currently in situations where it is easy to look at the difficulty around us rather than looking up to see our King. This Sunday we want to spend time reflecting on and responding to God’s mercy and grace in the midst of our suffering.

Eric will be preaching from Ephesians 1:11-14 and Duke will be leading our time of singing. We will teach a new song titled “I Will Trust.” The lyrics are below and you can listen to a rough recording here: I Will Trust.

Where can I turn when trials appear?
And when my hope is dimmed by tears?
When every step is met with pain
And sorrow clouds God’s Sovereign reign?
I know my only hope is Him
But oh how weak I feel within
Oh Spirit help, my weary soul
Quiet my thoughts, to hear your voice

How could I hope to understand
The perfect wisdom of your command
As if my mind could ever hold
The million ways you work, untold
From where you sit upon your throne
You see the end before it comes
Not bound by time or my demands
You will complete, all you have planned

You rule the world, from heav’n on high
And yet you hear my every cry
In flesh you came for my relief
To bear the weight of sin and grief
So when I cannot trace your hand
I know your love has never changed
I can’t escape your grip of grace
Your perfect will, my resting place

So I will trust in God alone
When my world seems shaken
I will trust in God alone
I won’t be forsaken.

See you on Sunday!

Order of service

Psalm 62 (My Soul Finds Rest in God Alone)
Call to worship
I Will Trust
My Hope is Built on Nothing Less

Song of preparation – Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow
Message – Ephesians 1:11-14
You Never Let Go
I Stand Amazed in the Presence
Stronger

This Sunday—November 3, 2013

This Sunday we have the privilege of gathering together to sing, study, and take communion.

To begin our service, we are going to sing about the greatness of God to help us think true thoughts about the God we worship.

After this, Eric will preach from Ephesians 1:7-10. In it, he will talk about the depths of God’s mercy towards us and his plan for uniting the world.

We will have a chance to respond by ministering to each other through prayer and song.

After our meeting, all are invited to our church dinner.

Please ask God that he would speak to us and meet us powerfully.

You can listen to a spotify playlist of the songs here.

Order of service:

How Great Thou Art

Call to Worship

Greater Than We Can Imagine                                                      

Behold Our God 

Song of Preparation – Show Us Christ 

Message

All Glory Be Forever 

You Alone Can Rescue 

Made Alive 

Hail the Day 

Benediction

This Sunday—October 27, 2013

“For by grace you have been saved, through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Eph 2:8

This Sunday there are two important things to be aware of.

FIRST, due to the Marine Corp Marathon on Sunday, there are numerous road closings which might affect you getting to church on time. To plot out your route (a great practical application of how we can prepare for Sundays I might add!) go here to see the road closings.

SECOND, for all of the members, we are holding a members meeting immediately following the service. Please make effort to attend. We will cover our budget for 2014 as well as the affirmation process for the four men being put forth as elders.

Other than that, we will gather to sing, study, and take communion as a church family!

Eric will be speaking about elders and I will be leading our time of singing.

See you there!

Order of service:

– Crown Him With Many Crowns

Call to worship

– Shine in our Night

– Grace Alone

Missional Prayer

Song of Preparation – Speak O Lord

Message

Communion

– My Redeemer’s Love

– Amazing Grace

This Sunday – October 20th, 2013

“He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.” Eph. 1:5-6

As we continue our series in Ephesians this Sunday, we get to celebrate the adopting love of our Father.

Yesterday, I wrote a blogpost about how easy it is to come to our Sunday gatherings as a spectator instead of a worshipper. Let’s remember to prepare our hearts and ask that God would speak to us and through us as we experience God together. Take five minutes as you drive to church to ask that God would give you a scripture, word of encouragement, or encouragement to share with others.

You can listen a Spotify songlist here.

See you there!

Order of Service:

– Before the Throne of God
Call to Worship
– How Deep the Father’s Love
– Rejoice
– Never Once

Missional prayer/Vision – Praying for new community group leaders
Song of Preparation – I Surrender All
Message – Ephesians 1:5-6

Response Time/Communion
– Grace Alone
– There is a Fountain
– How Deep the Father’s Love

Benediction