This Sunday

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

Our Sunday Gatherings: Worshipper or Spectator?

Sunday is coming. Are you excited?

How do you prepare for our gatherings as a church family? Do you? For some, church has primarily become a spectator event. We go to be entertained, which doesn’t require much preparation, does it? Do you prepare to go to the movies? I don’t (well…except for when I might occasionally sneak in candy…or coffee…or coffee and candy).

But do you see the point? If church is all about you, than the onus is on everyone else to make sure you have a good time and you can just come to receive. You need to be encouraged, you need people to seek you out, you need the music to sound a certain way, or Eric to preach for a certain amount of time, or the meeting to end so you can get on with your life.

But what if the church gathering isn’t primarily about you? What if the reason we are gathering is much more about worshipping God than our own personal edification? Now don’t get me wrong, if you worship God, you will be edified. Abundantly. But I think at times our perspective can begin with ourselves and what we are going to get out of it instead of beginning with the God who we worship. How might being a worshipper change the way you prepare for Sundays?

Here are a couple suggestions:

A worshipper prepares to experience God. Thankfully, we no longer have to follow all of the laws of the Old Testament in order to meet with God and his people. We don’t have to wash ourselves (although that is still recommended), make sacrifices, or have a mediator. Jesus is our perfect High Priest, who enables us to come with confidence. But confidence does not equal casualness. A worshipper acknowledges that God speaking to them is a weighty and glorious thing. We prepare as worshippers by recognizing that it is only through Jesus that God’s revelation brings hope and joy, not terror and shame. And we gratefully prepare to listen.

A worshipper prepares to respond. When God reveals himself to us, things happen. Experiencing God leads to a response. We do this by ministering to one another. An awareness of God’s love leads to sharing it with others. Seeing God’s forgiveness leads us to confess our sins to each other. Experiencing God’s comfort leads us to care for one another. Our response to God is edifying his body, our church family. He uses you and me. It’s pretty amazing. Our worship doesn’t stop when the singing ends, or the preacher says, ‘amen’, it continues as we encourage, pray for, exhort, and care for one another. A worshipper prepares to be used by God in our gatherings in grateful response to all God has done.

So as you come this Sunday, pray that God will help you experience him and respond to his revelation in worship.

Sunday is coming. Prepare as a worshipper, not a spectator.

This Sunday — October 6, 2013

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.” Eph. 1:3-4

This is the verse we get to meditate on as we sing, study, and take communion together this Sunday.

We also have the great joy of welcoming 35 people that want to partner with us as members of Redeemer!

As you prepare for this Sunday, ask God how he might use you to bless others. Who can you encourage? What Scripture could you share? What group of people could God have you pray for?

As we continue in the new Sunday structure we’ve established, we will have time after the message to respond by ministering to each other and celebrating the glorious truths we’ve seen.

Come ready to participate!

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

 

Order of Service

– Come Praise and Glorify

Call to Worship

– Psalm 62 (Find Rest My Soul in God Alone)

– It if Finished

Welcome New Members

Song of Preparation – I Need Thee Ev’ry Hour

Message – Ephesians 1:3-4

Response Time/Communion

 All I Have is Christ

– Happy Day

– Grace and Peace

Benediction

This Sunday – September 29, 2013

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.” Romans 1:16

Tomorrow, we get to see and experience this gospel as we sing about it, study it in Ephesians, and see the effect it has had on four people as they get baptized. I have read through the testimonies of the four people, and they speak of the powerful effect of the gospel. You do not want to miss this!

Maybe you have been discouraged this week, weighed down by the world, your sin, trials in your life. God calls you to gather with his church and look up, and see his powerful love.

I encourage you to spend 5 minutes as you travel to church praying that God would remind us of his love. He can make dead hearts alive. He can redeem any sin. He has the power to transform our perspective on life. Ask God that he would speak to us!

We’re teaching a new song: Grace and Peace you can listen to here.

Order of service

-My Hope is Built on Nothing Less

Call to Worship

– Always Forgiven

Song of Preparation

Message

– Grace and Peace

Baptisms (Phil Kuhlman, Rachel Rogers, Aimee Kim, Dan Shen)

– Made Alive

– Happy Day

This Sunday – September 22, 2013

1 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and all that is within me,
    bless his holy name!
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits. (Psalm 103:1-2)

This Sunday we get to obey this command to bless the Lord for all that he has done!

I wrote a blog post today that describes what I am praying we will experience each Sunday as we start our study in Ephesians. Please take a couple minutes to read it and consider how you can come expecting God will speak to us.

You can also listen to a Spotify playlist of the songs we’re going to sing here.

Order of service:

– Praise to the Lord the Almighty 

Call to Worship

– 10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord) 
– Behold Our God 

Missional Prayer

Song of Preparation – Show Us Christ

Message

Response/Communion

– Be Thou My Vision 
– All I Have Is Christ 
– The Saving One 

Benediction