This Sunday, we’ll still be in the “drive-in” church format at Christ Community, so pull up, grab a spot, and worship with us!
We’re going to be singing about the hope that comes from Jesus. He’s bought and paid for this hope in full. He purchased it for us on the cross when He died in our place. And His resurrection makes that hope living and active!
Often when picking songs, a Scripture will be on my heart. The passage this week is Romans 5:1-11. It begins talking about the peace that comes with being justified by faith in Christ and the joy that proceeds from the hope found in Him. Then, it beautifully transitions to what Jesus did for us on the cross and why He did it – love. Verses 5 and 8 give us an excellent picture of what I’m talking about:
- (v. 5) “…and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
- (v. 8) “…but God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
That’s good news!
Here are our songs:
- “Lead Me to the Cross” — This song gives such good Scripture imagery: “where Your blood was spilled for my ransom”, “your love poured out”, “I belong to You”, etc. If we’re going to sing songs that give us hope, they’ve got to be Word-centered. Their are lots of little Word pictures in this song. This fits right in with verse 5 and 8 above.
- “At the Cross (Love Ran Red)” — Carrying on with the image from “Lead Me to the Cross” of God’s love being poured out, we get to a picture of how much and how full God loves us. The image of mercy reigning and not ending is so powerful. Grace being described like a flood keeps it going. When you realize that the blood of Christ is the payment for mercy’s reign and what the flood consists of, one cannot help but be moved. This should move us to remorse over our sin, but, knowing that God paid the price for us and adopts us, it should move us to hope because love like that is rare and special and everlasting.
- “All My Hope” — This is a congregation favorite. It’s rhythm and structure remind us of gospel singings of yesteryear. But gospel singings are nothing without the gospel! This song echoes out that “hope does not put us to shame”. The refrain (“All my hope is in Jesus / Thank God that yesterday’s gone / All my sins are forgiven / I’ve been washed by the blood”) echoes the change that happens in our hearts when we respond to Christ through faith. Once we are saved, He’s our Lord. All our hope – our everything – is placed in Him! He’s got us covered!
- (closing) “Almost Home” — I think that this song is especially appropriate during the current pandemic. It reminds us that there are more worlds that this. Philippians 3:20 reminds us that “our citizenship is in Heaven and from it we await a Savior”. That’s good news! We have dual citizen status, and only one of those homelands is going to last forever. So when our earthly home is in turmoil, it is good to look forward to the hope we have of eternity with our Savior!
You can click here to get the lyrics to sing along Sunday morning! Honk if you love Jesus!