Current sermon series: Heart Rules
Sacrifice Focus Trust Service Tithing Generosity Relationships
This sermon series is linked with a financial campaign which is linked with building a new worship center. The spin on the title aims at questions like what rules your heart? what should rule your heart? what ‘rules’ did Jesus give us for our heart? Our pastor killed this week’s message on ‘service’, using the story of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet. We were challenged to get over ourselves and ‘take up the towel’. Very good.
A word about the sermon series logo. We usually hire out logo design. Because we arrived at this title at the last minute, hiring wasn’t possible. My talented and infinitely patient husband created it late one night using only an istockphoto account and a roll of duct tape because I was whining and eating it as I attempted to come up with something using the only tool I have, which is evil and should be destroyed.
Worship flow this week.
Cry Out Your Name
I Am Free (Jon Egan)
Ministry Emphasis: video & spoken highlight of current ministries of the church (this was part of our ongoing building campaign)
Message: Heart Rules… ‘Service’
Take My Life (Tomin/Giglio arrangement)
I Am Free (reprise chorus)
Song notes: Cry Our Your Name: ok, it’s official. I overuse this song. I Am Free: we used this song a few years ago, probably twice. It never quite grabbed me. Recently, one of the people working with the ministry emphasis piece for this week suggested it to me. I found an arrangement I really like… by the writer himself, of all people. It has a great piano lead goin’ on, and the chord progressions are a little different, a little less predictable, than our previous arrangement. So we learned it, and the band killed it. Take My Life: Lyrically perfect to follow the message. After the big extended chorus, instead of tagging the first line to end the song, our piano player went into the intro of ‘I Am Free’, and we ramped up to do 2 choruses. Musically, this worked beautifully. And lyrically… here’s my attempt to represent how these thoughts work together:
Take my life… take my moments… take my hands… take my feet. Take my voice… take my lips… take my silver & my gold.. take my intellect. Take my will… take my heart… take my love…. Take myself and I will be ever, only, all for Thee. Here am I… all of me. Take my life… it’s all for Thee. I am free to run, I am free to dance. I am free to live for You, I am free.
What sticks with you from your most recent experience in worship?
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