Our song of the week is “Oh Happy Day” by The Edwin Hawkins Singers. Hit play, close your eyes, and enjoy. Shoot, you can even get up out of your chair and dance if you want. I just love this song because it brings me joy and makes me happy. Oh happy day, when Jesus washed my sins away!
This Sunday our sermon theme is “Being Friends of Jesus and Each Other” as we dive back into John 15 and focus on verses 12-17. Read these words:
12 “This is My commandment, that you love and unselfishly seek the best for one another, just as I have loved you. 13 No one has greater love [nor stronger commitment] than to lay down his own life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you keep on doing what I command you. 15 I do not call you servants any longer, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you [My] friends, because I have revealed to you everything that I have heard from My Father. 16 You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and I have appointed and placed and purposefully planted you, so that you would go and bear fruit and keep on bearing, and that your fruit will remain and be lasting, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name [as My representative] He may give to you. 17 This [is what] I command you: that you love and unselfishly seek the best for one another.
Sunday School begins at 9:30 AM and Meeting for Worship starts at 10:45 AM on the bell.
Sermon from Sunday July 10, 2016.
We didn’t get yesterdays sermon recorded but had this one from two weeks ago.
I don’t know about you but during the course of my day I often find myself singing songs of praise to God. Songs of various worship genres will come to my mind and I can’t keep quiet, I have to sing out the words!
As a lover of “most” all worship music I appreciate old and new, slow and fast, contemplative and whatever the opposite of contemplative is. I think all types of worship genres are important in the church when we join together to sing in worship and when we worship on our own. All are able to draw us into God’s presence. Granted some of the songs have bad lyrics and terrible theology, but I’m not talking about those songs, I am talking about the good ones.
Years ago in the summer of 1999 I found myself ministering as a camp counselor at a Free Methodist camp outside of Bowling Green, Kentucky. I was doing my college internship at a Free Methodist church and one of my responsibilities for the summer was to transport and hang out with a bunch of middle school and high school aged young people for the week. Minus the heat and humidity I had a blast.
The guy leading worship through music the week of camp was very talented, and while I can’t remember his name, he taught us a song I still sing and enjoy today. The song is a good reflection song and reminds me that Jesus, the source of living water, is my strength. In the audio below I recorded myself singing the song, because I haven’t ever been able to find a recording of it exactly how I learned the song and how I sing the song. No judging please and I’m sorry the recording isn’t the best. Just enjoy these words as a reminder to you today.
Drawing from the well. Drawing from the well. Drawing from the well that will never run dry.
Drinking living water, provided by the Father, drawing from the well, that will never run dry.
I just love the way God gave us music as a way to interact with Him. A pretty sweet gift.