One of the reasons that we sing is so that we remember. As humans we are so prone to get caught up in the moment and only see what is currently around us. And we forget that the Lord holds not only our past but our future in the palm of His hand. So in good times we’re full of hope and joy but in difficult times we’re easily led to despair. Hear these words from Psalm 36:
Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, Your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the mountains of God;
Your judgments are like the great deep;
Man and beast You save, O Lord.
How precious is your steadfast love; O God!
We take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.
As we sing I invite you not only to sing the words but also to hear them as reminder of who we are worshipping. Stand with us as we celebrate the faithfulness of our God.
How Great is Your Faithfulness by Jonas Myrin and Matt Redman. This is a new one for our church. Today was the first time we sang it in our main set and the congregation seemed to catch on to it by the end of the song.
O God Our Help in Ages Past by Isaac Watts, William Croft and Michael Adler. We do a version that is similar to Maranatha Musics version from the Promise Keeper days. This has been a favorite of Cannons since back in the 90's probably. We bring it out about once a year and its always well received.
Sometimes it’s easy to say with our lips and even believe with our minds that God is faithful. Or maybe we think that the words we’ve been singing are definitely true…for everyone else. What’s difficult at times is to believe in our hearts that God is faithful to me. This next song is Be Still My Soul, and as I read the lyrics this week I realized that this is a song that we are singing to ourselves in a way. We’re telling ourselves to believe that what the Scripture says is true: That the Lord is on our side, that our God will undertake, that He will remain faithful through every situation. Before we sing lets take a moment and check our hearts. Do you believe that God is faithful to you? Do you trust Him when things look hopeless around you? Do you rest in Him when things are going well?
Be Still My Soul by Katharina A. von Schlegal. Verse 3 was a new one for me and were so moving.
Be still my soul, when dearest friends depart, and all is darkened in a vale of tears. Then shalt thou better know His love, His heart. Who comes to soothe thy sorrows and thy fears. Be still my soul, thy Jesus can repay from His own fullness all He takes away.
Hear God's word for you:
"In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! For I have overcome the world." John 16:33
Christ is Risen by Matt Maher and Mia Fieldes. We started this one at the bridge because I really wanted to emphasize what Christs resurrection from death meant to us and how it fit along the theme of God's faithfulness.
O death, where is your sting?
O hell, where is your victory?
O Church come stand in the light,
The glory of God has defeated the night.
Then Pastor Tim preached the next sermon in our current series "Church 101" called Hear.
This morning we also added two new members to our congregation.
We ended our service with our ministry time and lead Lead me to the Cross by Brooke Fraser.