All The Earth Will Sing Your Praises, Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing, Only True God, 1 Corinthians 16:23-27, Our Glorious God, Lord I Need You
All The Earth (click here for Spotify link)
Gary & Vivian Baughman sharing about their recent trip to Mali, Africa to work with John & Carol Gililland at Kioutiala Hospital for Women & Children:
When we focus in on the dire situations that people in other countries face every day, it’s a little easier to take notice of the blessings that we have. Simple things that we take for granted all the time…like an unlimited supply of clean water, instantly available in our own homes! Just steps away from our warm comfortable beds.
But beyond just the conveniences of modern America, God pours out his blessings in various forms. What are some blessings that you’ve received from God? Go ahead and shout them out….
The most impressive and important blessing that God has given to each of us is His incredible grace. As Romans 5:8 says, “8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
As we sing this next song let’s invite God to “tune our hearts to sing his grace”, and let’s make sure we’re paying attention to the words we’re singing.
Come Thou Fount (click here for Spotify link)
Only True God (click here for Spotify link)
23 Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day.
24 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
25 For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods.
26 For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord made the heavens.
27 Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his dwelling place.
28 Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
29 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him.
Worship the Lord in the splendor of his[e] holiness.
Our Glorious God (click here for Spotify link)
We are all sinners. We have all fallen short of the glory of God, and we are powerless in ourselves to overcome that. Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. But it starts with confession and repentance. We must acknowledge our sin before God, ask for his forgiveness, and express our desire and need for Him.
So we will be closing the service with a song that does just that. If you need prayer this morning, if you need to confess some sin, we have people against the wall in the back who are ready and eager to pray with you. Please take advantage of them as a resource. And if everyone at the back wall is already taken, then find your lifegroup leader if you’re in a lifegroup, or come to the front and wait for the end of the service and one of the elders or leaders in the church or myself or pastor stan will pray with you. But don’t let this opportunity pass you by.
I would also encourage you to take advantage of your connection card – write down a prayer request on the back side and all of our elders and pastors will pray for you.
Right now let’s turn to God.
Lord I Need You (click here for Spotify link)
Here’s Matt Maher leading worship at a Catholic gathering in Rio: