April 30 Worship Set

Who Is My Neighbor: All Things to All People

God often calls us out of our comfort zone in order to spread the gospel to those around us. Loving our neighbor isn’t always easy, but the Lord gives us the tools we need to be His love on display. We will dig deeper into how to “love your neighbor as yourself” this weekend as we continue in our new series “Who is My Neighbor.”

This weekend is extra special because we are celebrating baptisms across all three campuses. We will rejoice with those who have decided to follow Christ and will lift our praise to the One who paid our debt. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says,

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:

The old has gone, the new is here!”

Let's bring our song of adoration to our Savior King and adore Him for raising us to new life in Him. 

April 23 Worship Set

Who's My Neighbor - The Good Samaritan

We begin a new series this weekend called “Who is My Neighbor.” Together, we will explore the struggles we face as a culture and see what the Bible has to say about loving those around us. As believers, we are called to love the Lord with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength and to love our neighbors as ourselves. In order to love our neighbor, we must first love God with all that we are. You cannot have one without the other.

The way we worship directly reflects the state of our hearts. Who or what we love determines who/what we worship. The song set chosen this week revolves around the great commandment. As we gather to worship, we will proclaim how great and unconditional God’s love is. The ultimate act of His love was displayed on the cross. May we meditate on the words of this modern hymn this week and realize the depth of our Father’s love for us.

How deep the Father's love for us

How vast beyond all measure

That He should give His only Son

To make a wretch His treasure

How great the pain of searing loss

The Father turns His face away

As wounds which mar the Chosen One

Bring many sons to glory

 

April 16 (Easter) Worship Set

Easter 2017: Empty Tomb. New Beginnings.

The cross changes everything. The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ gives our lives meaning. Without it, we are empty, just going through the motions. This Easter weekend, we are going to dig deep into the importance of the empty tomb. Not only did Jesus die, but he rose from the grave, conquering death. It’s easy to allow those familiar words to slip by but take time to sit in the real meaning behind it. Let it sink in. Jesus conquered death. Because of Him, we have LIFE. Jesus says in John 11:25-26,

 “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.”

Whoever believes in Christ will have eternal life. Our God is the risen, One true God. May we gather together in worship to proclaim His victory and believe in the power of His death and resurrection, for the cross changes everything.

April 9 Worship Set

Elijah: Tug of War – For Glory

There is a tug in this world to try to minimize God and shrink Him down to our size. This will only lead to hopelessness and defeat. The reality of who God is gives us strength to live through the toughest days. Worship reminds us of the greatness and glory of our God. This weekend we will worship not just through song but also through guided corporate prayer. We will declare together who God is and draw near to him through the words we say. As we prepare to gather in worship, may we reflect on the glory of the Lord and exalt his name high above all others.

“I will exalt you, my God the King;

I will praise your name forever and ever.

Every day I will praise you

and extol your name forever and ever.” Psalm 145: 1-2

April 2 Worship Set

Elijah: Tug of War – The Tug Between Self and Others

Do you often wonder what your purpose is in life? Or if there’s meaning in what you do? This week as we continue through our series on the life of Elijah, we will tackle this hard question. We’ll see in 1 Kings 19 that God calls Elijah to pass on his faith to Elisha. His calling was not over even after all he had been through.  

A new song will be introduced this weekend called “The Cause of Christ” written and sung by Kari Jobe. It’s all about finding our ultimate calling in life. As believers, we are called to take up our cross daily and follow God. Our lives are to bring Him glory in all that we do. Even when we don’t fully understand everything, we are to live for the cause of Christ. May this last verse of the song be our prayer this week as we seek our calling in Christ:

It is not fame that I desire

Nor statue in my brother’s eye

I pray it’s said about my life

That I lived more to build Your name than mine

March 26 Worship Set

Elijah: Tug of War - Tug of Excuses

We all have expectations of who we think God is. Often, we wander around trying
to pursue our own answers instead of turning to the Lord for truth. This week, we
are going to see how Elijah is given a new perspective on who God is. Instead of
showing up in an earthquake or a big gust of wind, God revealed himself in a
whisper. He revealed His grace.

Psalm 145:8 says, “The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and
abounding in steadfast love
.”

God is good. His love for His children is great. When we worship, we discover
more of who God is. The truth of His word is displayed in the songs we sing. As
we gather in worship, let’s surrender our expectations of who we think God is and
ask the Holy Spirit to give us a new perspective on who God really is.

March 19 Worship Set

Elijah: Tug of War – In Depression

What do we do when it seems like everything is falling apart? Where do we run when it seems as though darkness is overwhelming our very being? What is our focus when we simply think we can not go on anymore?

There is not a one-size fit all answer for these questions. This week, we are going to take a look at a time when Elijah was depressed. He wanted to die. We are going to see what happened in this instance.

How does this affect our worship?  There are often times when we just want to cry out to the Lord in hurt and frustration and this is ok. God wants to know our hearts. We see many times in the Psalms that the author does just that. God wants to hear us and to help us. In these times, will we still place Him on the throne as Lord of all?  Let's ask God to give us the faith to trust Him that He is good and He has purpose for our lives.

Psalm 73:26 says, “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Let this be the hope that we cling to.

March 12 Worship Set

Elijah: Tug of War – Between Doubt and Faith

Each day we are confronted with choices to make. Some are easy while others are much harder. The ultimate choice a person must make is whether or not to put their faith in God. It’s an ongoing struggle that we all face each day. In 1 Kings 18, the power of the one true God is displayed on Mount Carmel by the Prophet Elijah in front of the whole Israelite community. Those who doubted God and trusted in Baal were proved false, and all who witnessed fire fall from heaven declared that the Lord is God. 1 Kings 18: 39 says, “When all people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, ‘The Lord – He is God! The Lord – He is God!’”

As we gather to worship the Lord, we will proclaim through song that He remains the one true God today. We will ask the Spirit of the Lord to overflow in our midst and fill us with His love. He is alive and at work in each of our lives. May we place our hope and faith in His never-ending love and declare that He is Lord of all.

March 5 Worship Set

Elijah: Tug of War - Between Complacency and Moving Forward

In 1 Kings 18 it's evident that God continues to put Elijah in troubling places in order to grow and use him to reveal His power. Just like Elijah, God often calls us to hard places where we must trust in Him to provide. It’s in those difficult times that God uses us for His glory, and He walks with us through it all. Psalm 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” As we come together to worship, we will proclaim our victory in Christ through a new song called “My Victory” by Crowder. The tag line of the song is “the cross meant to kill is my victory.” Let us rejoice in this truth and take hope in the power of Jesus Christ in the midst of our struggles.

February 26 Worship Set

Elijah: Tug of War - Between Answers to Prayer

We are introducing a new song called “Even When It Hurts (Praise Song)” by Hillsong United that illustrates the feeling of pain and crying out to God in the midst of despair. Worship songs don’t often focus on grief, but the Psalms are full of honest laments. The chorus proclaims:

Even when my strength is lost
I'll praise you
Even when I have no song
I'll praise you
Even when it's hard to find the words
Louder then I'll sing your praise

There is nothing like the raw pain of tragedy that brings us to our knees and draws us near to God. God uses these times to teach us dependent prayer. He is sovereign even in the darkest times. It’s in our weakness that His glory shines the brightest.

We see in 1 Kings 17 that Elijah cries out to God asking Him to bring to life a widow’s deceased son. Because of Elijah’s faith in the Lord to resurrect the boy, the widow believed in God. God also uses our tragedy to bring others to faith in Him. Just like the chorus of the song says, may we also bring our honest feelings to God and choose to praise Him through the pain.

February 19 Worship Set

Elijah: Tug of War – Between Trusting God and Trusting Ourselves

Sometimes God calls us to pray a prayer of faith, knowing that our current supply of hope and provision may run dry in doing so. In 1 Kings 17, God calls Elijah to step out in faith and ask a widow to supply him with shelter and food, even though she had very little. Because of Elijah's faith in God’s provision, the widow’s supply of food never ran out. He trusted in the source, not in the vehicle by which God would supply.

As we gather to worship, the truth of God’s Word will speak to us through a new song called “Here Now (Madness)” by Hillsong United. The song states that God’s ways are higher than ours and often don’t make sense. In the midst of chaos, sometimes all we can know is that God is with us. Just as Elijah trusted in God in the midst of a severe drought, what is it that God is calling you to trust Him with, knowing that it may cause your current supply to run dry? May we step out in faith just as Elijah and the widow did and rest in God’s presence, knowing that He is with us even when it doesn’t make sense.

February 12 Worship Set

Elijah: Tug of War – Between Two Worlds  1 Kings 16:29-17:6

From the Garden of Eden to the present day, the struggle of humanity has been a tug of war between choosing faith or self. We focus in on the Prophet Elijah in our new series “Elijah: Tug of War.” God sent Elijah to his people to attempt to tug them back to faithfulness. We still struggle today between following the true God or the gods of happiness, success, and pleasure.

The song, “Touch the Sky” illustrates the battle of realizing that true success and fulfillment comes when we lower ourselves and elevate God instead. The line “I touch the sky when my knees hits the ground” is about finding God through surrender.  Matthew 10:39 says, “Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” It’s when we release control and choose to worship Him over the empty gods we’ve created that we find the fullness of life.

February 5 Worship Set

Here We Go Again: Fault Finding

How often do you find yourself criticizing the actions of a friend or family member? It’s natural to want to help change someone’s negative behavior, but Jesus reminds us in Matthew 7 to look at our own faults before approaching someone else’s. It takes humility to step back and come to terms with the plank in our own eye.

As we close our series “Here We Go Again” this weekend, our desire is for us to reflect on the reoccurring issues in our lives and allow Christ to mend those areas of brokenness. The chorus of “Brokenness Aside” reminds us of the depravity of our humanity and of the redemptive work of our Savior:

I am a sinner

If it's not one thing it's another

Caught up in words tangled in lies

But You are a Savior

and You take brokenness aside

And make it beautiful, beautiful

Our prayer is that in humility we confess our sin as we declare the words of this song and allow Jesus to move us forward into something beautiful.

January 29 Worship Set

Here We Go Again: Failed Expectations

We are introducing a new song this weekend called “Standing” by Elevation Worship. This song reminds us to trust in the Lord because He is “faithful to all His promises” (Psalm 145:13b). When we’re surrounded by failed expectations, it’s easy to become discouraged, yet this song shifts us from despair to hope by reminding us of the steadfastness of God:

This is our hope this is our peace

Faithful is our God

He will come through we won't be moved

Faithful is our God 

No matter how many expectations we hold tightly to in this life, the only true fulfillment comes from Jesus Christ. May we release our temporary expectations and choose to live in the light of God’s expectancy because His plans are greater than we could ever imagine. 

January 22 Worship Set

Here We Go Again: Busyness

Do you ever feel stuck trying to balance all the many things in your life and afraid that if one wrong move is made, they will all come crashing down? It’s strange nowadays to not be involved in all areas of life yet many of us are quickly burning out, desperately desiring rest. God calls us in Exodus 20 to take a day of Sabbath to refresh and spend time with him. When we ignore His command, our strength quickly diminishes and we are left empty. It is essential to keep the Sabbath day in order to live life well and for the glory of God.

We begin our time of worship across each campus with the song “O Come to the Altar.” The first verse says:

Are you hurting and broken within

Overwhelmed by the weight of your sin

Jesus is calling

Jesus says in Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” That is what this song means when it reminds us to go to Jesus with our busyness, hurt, and worries and to lay them at His feet. We will not find true rest until we rest in Him. Our prayer is that this song and the rest of the worship set will guide us to come to the altar of the Lord and allow Him to flood us with his grace and rest. 

 

January 15 Worship Set

Here We Go Again: Financial Debt

Do your conversations about money tend to end with...Here We Go Again? If so, you are not alone. This weekend we'll tackle the subject of money and the conflict it creates in relationships. Matthew 6:24 says,

No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

It is easy to get caught up in the cycle of debt, but no one desires to be a slave to money. In order to help us better understand the place money has in our lives, we are going to study Biblical principles about the wise handling of money. Through our personal and corporate worship this week, may we surrender our love of money and of created things and instead, worship the One who is the creator and giver of all.  

January 8 Worship Set

Here We Go Again: Conflict - 1 Peter 5:6-14

This week we begin our first series for the New Year, Here We Go Again. We are going to look at common problems people have in relationships and how the Bible teaches us to handle them. To kick it off we are going to take a look at conflict. We are all involved in conflict at some point in our relationships and it is perfectly normal. It is how we respond to or handle this conflict that can have positive or negative effects on our relationships. Before we worship this weekend, I encourage you to seek if there are any unresolved conflicts in your life.

Matthew 5:23-24 says,  “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.

This takes humility. This takes forgiveness. This takes seeking His Glory over our own. May we then be able to worship Him in spirit and in truth.

 

January 1 Worship Set

New Years

As the new year comes upon us, we are anticipating God to do great things in our community. Let's pray for lives to be transformed into the image of God. In all things, let's strive to share the love of Christ and bring glory to His name. As we gather to worship, we will declare that Christ is our redeemer. We will also proclaim our belief in His Word. He takes our brokenness, sin and shame, and makes us new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” The gospel changes everything. Let us rejoice in the victory we have in Jesus Christ and worship Him in spirit and truth as we come together to lift His name high in praise. 

December 25 Worship Set

Christmas 2016

This weekend we gather to celebrate the birth of Christ, God’s gift of forgiveness once and for all. Sacrifices were no longer needed. Jesus was and is the ultimate atonement for our sins.  He is the light of the world. Luke 2:8-11 says,

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.’”

God sent his only son to take on flesh to ransom you and me. He deserves all glory, honor, and praise. Just as the angels and shepherds glorified God for keeping his promise of a Savior, may we also join them in singing “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

December 18 Worship Set

Storyboarding Christmas - Anna: Forgotten Follower - Luke 2:36-38

This weekend the spotlight will be on the prophet Anna. Regardless of the tragedies she endured, she devoted her life to serving the Lord. She teaches us how to thrive when our lives don’t go as planned.

As we gather at each of our campuses, we will remember the importance of the birth of Christ. At the Mid Rivers campus, we welcome Jonathan and Emily Martin as they visit and lead us in worship. We will celebrate the hope of Jesus and sing of the longing for redemption that God’s people experienced as they waited for the coming Messiah. Let’s give thanks to the Lord as we sing and take hope in the redemption we have received through his Son.