Songs for Sunday – 5/24/2020

If we are truly honest with ourselves, we are often afraid. We are afraid of losing things, people, and control. We are afraid of the future, and we are afraid of the past. Thankfully, we do not have to muster the strength to master our fear. We can submit to Jesus as Master and trust in His strength instead.

Psalm 46:1-2:

God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah

I may put on a brave face, but I am often afraid. This surprises my kiddos, at least for a few more years. It boggles their mind that Daddy is afraid of anything because – to them – I am a source of strength. They look to me and Candice whenever they are afraid, and they expect us to be able to fix everything. Honestly, I am probably more afraid of them realizing that I am not as strong or smart or cool than I am of a lot of things.

The good news of the gospel is that my kids do not need me to take away their fear. They need me to invest the gospel in their lives. They need the Savior spoken of in the gospel to take away their sin and make them His own. Jesus is a much better Savior than me. He is much better at calming fears, too.

The Almighty, Sovereign, Holy God of the Universe is our “refuge and strength”. And He has a plan for us. All we have to do is trust Him.

And that’s what we’re singing about this week: trusting that Emmanuel (God with us) has made a way for us through His death and resurrection. May we lift up our hearts to the Great I Am and trust that, if He can conquer death, hell, and the grave, our fears pale in comparison to His glory, majesty, strength, and holiness.

These verses were on my heart as the worship set came together this week:

  • Psalm 46 – I want us to read the whole psalm together, but I will pick out a few verses for us to peruse today.
    • v 1 – God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
    • vv. 6-7 – The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
    • v. 10 – “Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
  • Revelation 17:14 – They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with Him are called and chosen and faithful.”

Our Resurrected King has won the victory. And He loves us and is always with us.

Here are our songs:

I hope to see you with us, whether you gather in person, in the parking lot via speaker, or on Facebook or YouTube live!

Songs for Sunday – 5/17/2020

Throughout my life, there have been times where I have just wanted to get away from all the hustle and bustle. Those times have been thoroughly satisfied. I want some hustle. I need some bustle – whatever that is!

Extended periods of isolation bring me down. Even though I really identify myself as an introvert, I find that I need the community that comes with being part of the body of Christ. Without that connection to the body, I find that my mind goes back to all the things that bring shame and condemnation. I find it harder to “set [my] mind on things that are above, not on things that are on earth” (Colossians 3:2). I find myself forgetting that there is “there is…no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). I find myself forgetting His grace.

The good news is that there is grace to be found – abundant, overflowing grace! And it’s all to be found hoping in Christ.

That’s what we’ll be singing about this Sunday – the grace and love of Christ that overcomes all of our sin and draws us into relationship with Christ!

These verses were on my heart as the worship set came together this week:

  • Lamentations 3:22-24 — The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in Him.”
  • Romans 3:22b-25 — For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by His grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by His blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in His divine forbearance He had passed over former sins.
  • Romans 5:8 — …but God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

No matter what the day brings us, God has fresh mercy, grace, and love for us every day. The best part of waking up is not Folgers in your coffee cup, it’s the fresh embrace of a loving Savior, ready for whatever situation you find yourself experiencing!

Here are our songs:

I hope to see you with us, whether you gather in person, in the parking lot via speaker, or on Facebook or YouTube live!

Songs for Sunday – 5/10/2020

This Sunday is a big deal. We get to gather together – with appropriate social distancing and guidelines and such. But think about that: we get to gather. Every Sunday is a big deal because 1) it serves as a reminder for the Resurrection, and 2) it reminds us that God makes us part of something bigger than ourselves.

This is good news for us because we are all facing things that we cannot handle alone. Don’t get me wrong: the people sitting in the worship center with you (all sufficiently distanced, of course) cannot solve your problems or end your suffering. But we gather together in worship of the One who can, and ultimately will.

I wish I could tell you that there will be a time on Earth where suffering will not be the norm, but I would be lying. The farther we get away from the Fall, the worse things will continue to grow. But, the farther we get away from the Fall, the closer we get to the return of Christ! And He has not left us alone in our trials and suffering.

That’s what we’re singing to Him about this Sunday!

These verses were on my heart as the worship set came together this week:

  • Psalm 30:5 — For His anger is but for a moment, and His favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.
  • 2 Corinthians 12:9 — But He (Jesus) said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
  • 1 Peter 5:6-7 — Humble yourselves, therefore, under the might hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.

That’s good news! We will have sorrow, sadness, and even suffering, but that’s when our Savior steps in and takes care of us for His glory. It may last a long night, but there is a Day when it will all be good because then we’ll be with Him.

Here are our songs:

I hope to see you with us, whether you gather in person, in the parking lot via speaker, or on Facebook or YouTube live!

Songs for Sunday – 5/3/2020

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!