The Greatest Commandment
“Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
-Matthew 22: 37-40
The Great Commission
“Jesus came to [the disciples] and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go out and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
-Matthew 28: 18-20
Today is the Day (C)
One Day (G)
The Wonder of Your Love (E)
Scandal of Grace (F)
Love offering: God is the Strength of My Heart (G)
As I was spending time on this line up, I thought a lot about the process of worshiping God. At the base of our worship is our love for God and commitment to Him. Worship is the way we get to express ourselves to Him. Musical worship has this interesting dichotomy. We are both public worshipers in a position of leadership, but also private worshipers as God is looking at each of us individually. This carries a fair amount of responsibility because we are not only held accountable for our worship, but we are also held accountable for our leadership of others.
I know it seems like the worship leader or the singers are the most visible and noticed, but the way all of us worship (and how true our worship is) is seen by all. We’re all leaders, no matter our role and so it’s important for us to focus ourselves on the purpose – which is to express our love and gratitude to God.
Thank God for the opportunity to worship Him with music. Also, thank God for all of you and your love for Him. Your worship is always such a blessing and example to me
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[c] 38
This is the first and greatest commandment.
Here’s our line-up:
The First and the Last
Our God is Greater
None but Jesus
LO: I’m Singing
Lately what’s been on my mind is worry. I never really thought of myself as a worrier but i’m the type of person who I guess worries on the inside and it physically manifests itself…and that’s usually when i realize I may be thinking about something too much. Worry will manifest itself into something…almost always into more worry, sometimes it manifests itself physically–wow…I’m 2 for 2! :/
While instasurfing recently, I came across a photo of Romans 8:25 with an accompanying caption:
25 “But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.” There are different ways to wait. We can worry. We can fight it. We can try to bring our own answer to pass. OR we can be patient and remain calm! If God said He will do it, it is as good as done! Patience takes away worry because our gaze is no longer on the thing we are waiting for, but instead on Jesus!
You know that poster KEEP CALM & CARRY ON…that was produced by the british in the 1939–the start of WWII– to raise morale of the brits in the aftermath of some airstrikes. it was never displayed in public…and there were limited prints, but i guess it was discovered in 2000 and those who discovered it displayed it in their store and it got so popular they began to sell copies and it sort of snowballed from there. That’s an awesome message, right? But I think there’s an even better message found in the bible…in the book of Joshua, the Lord tells him to (1:9) BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS! DO NOT BE AFRAID OR DISCOURAGED. FOR THE LORD YOUR GOD IS WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO. We’ve been given a book to equip us for when worry strikes, when fear strikes…and we only need to meditate in the words written in God’s book to help us place our worry back where it belong…in the hands of God.
With that said…here’s the line up:
your unfailing love
Bless the Lord (10000 reasons)
One Thing Remains
Whenever I hear or sing these songs, I’m (and you are) reminded of how God never changes, never fails, and how His love covers all confusion, uncertainty, failure or difficulty. When things around us don’t seem to fit into place, His love gives us the assurance that in the end, it’s going to be okay. In some situations we don’t see His hand moving, but we are called to continue trusting His heart–it is full of unfailing love. Each day we may look and search for other things that we think can complete us or give us joy. But He alone can satisfy these weary hearts we have.
Psalm 63:1-4 (ESV)
63 O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
2 So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
beholding your power and glory.
3 Because your steadfast love is better than life,
my lips will praise you.
4 So I will bless you as long as I live;
in your name I will lift up my hands.