This was one of those mornings when I was feeling especially lethargic and inadequate. The congregation worshipped with energy and enthusiasm, demonstrating once again that it’s not about what the worship leader or the band is doing—it’s about what God is doing. It’s not about our actions or capabilities. It’s about the glory of God.
We always do one “gathering song” before the call to worship. With the worship service officially beginning at 10:30, the gathering song starts at about 10:26 so that the call to worship will fall at 10:30.
gathering song: Your Grace Is Enough
call to worship (senior pastor)
Oh Our Lord (pretty new to us)
Christ Is Risen
scripture reading (worship leader)
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Lord of All
Ministry Update (pastor of family ministries)
Offering / special music (vocal classical piece sung by one of our college students who was home this week)
message (from 1 Corinthians 4:8-13 – podcast and sermon notes)
The pastor ended the message by reading Revelation 7:9-17. The band played behind him and began singing I Will Rise from the bridge as soon as he reached the end of the reading: “…I hear the voice of many angels sing…”
I Will Rise
communion intro (senior pastor)
Distribution of the elements // song: Nothing But the Blood
taking of the elements
closing song: Our God