This is my first week of participation in the the “Sunday Setlist” blog carnival at FredMcKinnon.com. Our current teaching series (of which today was the last message) has been called Life Between Sundays, a topical series on living out the Christian life every day of the week, in all areas of life. The closing song, Life Between Sundays was written specifically for the series. We opened and closed with it the first Sunday of the series, and then closed each service with it throughout the series (looking forward to writing the next series song!).
The following is a recap of our service:
Opening song-God Of Wonders (Third Day)
Call to Worship-“The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.” Isaiah 40:28 (ESV)
Everlasting God (Brenton Brown)
Because Of Your Love (Phil Wickham)
Worthy (Chris Gates)
Message–Ephesians 5:1-21–“Life Between Sundays @ Play” (subtitle-“Are You A Christian On The Golf Course, sub-subtitle-Or While Doing Whatever It Is That You Do When You Can Do Whatever You Want”)
Explanation of and instructions for Communion
Scripture Reading-“The Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is broken for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” 1 Cor. 11.23-26 (ESV)
Communion-We Remember You [Communion Song] (Chris Gates)
By His Wounds (Glory Revealed)–scripture reading toward end of song–“He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:3-5 (ESV)
Closing song-Life Between Sundays (Chris Gates)
Service went well. We are a new church plant (less than 2 months old). There were about 50-60 people there, with some first-time visitors. People seemed to respond well to the songs (hands raised, singing loudly, etc). People really got in to Life Between Sundays this week. There were fewer people present this week than in previous weeks, but I could hear the voice of the congregation louder than ever. I think repeating a song that is so closely tied the the sermon series helps in multiple ways. It allows people time to learn the song (they get to hear it every week), and it helps them meditate on the subject of the message-living Life between Sundays. Each week I blog about one of the new songs and send emails to the congregation encouraging them to listen to the song and learn it so they can sing it on Sunday. The response to the song blogs has been great. Our people are reading what I write about the songs, watching the videos online, and coming prepared to sing. Also, we repeated two songs from last week’s service (Because Of Your Love and Everlasting God) which were new to most people last week.
It has been a wonderful responsibility to teach new songs to new people here in this new church over the past 6-8 weeks.
Rough (very rough) versions of songs by Chris Gates can be heard online at Chris’ Youtube page.
Grace and peace,
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