Folks, I am really excited about the new sermon series our pastor is beginning this week:
For the next several weeks, we’ll be focusing on different aspects of surrender, as modeled by different biblical personalities. At the same time, we are issuing a challenge to each each member to go “all in” with our initiative to “BLESS” our neighbors here in the Powell community in 2018 (you can read more about that here). It’s going to be a great season!
Here’s how we’re kicking things off musically:
Bless the Lord
Words & Music: Travis Doucette
Okay, so technically a lot of the lyric credit here goes to David, as the text of this song is taken entirely from Psalm 103. That’s one of my favorite Psalms from which to call the congregation to worship, and Doucette’s musical setting is a great way to start a service aimed at energizing and challenging a congregation to engage in biblical worship and service. We use Bradley Knight’s arrangement from the “You Are Here” collection, available here from Prism Music.
Because He Lives (Amen)
Words & Music: William J. Gaither, Gloria Gaither, Daniel Carson, Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, Matt Maher, and Jason Ingram
As I write this, I’m sitting in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church in Dandridge, listening to a number of our students from the FAITH Choir participate in an event called Youth Project, a gathering of youth choirs from churches around the state. This is one of the songs they’ll be singing in a concert later today. It’s a wonderful statement of faith which draws both from creedal statements of the Church, and from the song “Because He Lives” made famous by the Gaithers in the 70’s. I love to tie in songs that our children and youth are learning with our corporate worship, and this is a great opportunity to do so!
I Sing the Mighty Power of God
Words: Isaac Watts
Music: Gesangbuch der Herzogl
What an excellent text from one of the greatest hymnists of all time! We sing the mighty power of God—the Creator of all things, the Author and Finisher of our faith—because He is worthy of our worship, and because we acknowledge that it is only by His power that we are able to become the Christ-followers He has called us to be. It is to His authority that we surrender, relinquishing control of our lives for the sake of His purposes and glory.
Singing in the Victory
Words & Music: Aaron Ivey, Brett Land, Dietrich Schmidt, Jaleesa McCreary, Logan Walter, & Marcus Dawes
We introduced this song last week, and will sing it again this week as we teach it to our congregation, and write its truth on our hearts. Because we trust the God to whom we have surrendered our lives, we sing confidently in the victory that promised.
Build My Life
Words & Music: Brett Younker, Karl Martin, Kirby Elizabeth Kaple, Matt Redman, & Pat Barrett
Continuing the theme of the worthiness of God and our trust in Him as our firm foundation and our guide, we close our worship set with this beautiful worship song from Passion. Pastor Phil’s sermon this week is titled “The Blessing of Brokenness,” and focuses on the story of Jacob’s conflict with Esau and subsequent wrestling with God, found in Genesis 32:3-28. This song prepares our hearts for endurance in times of trial as we gaze in wonder upon the holiness of Jesus Christ, the only One who could ever save.