Your Body’s FancyPosted: January 19, 2009
We had a good crowd in service Sunday morning despite a few spaces caused by sickness and travel. It is a Baptist church, though, so you always know who’s missing because they’re not in their “assigned” seats. It’s always the funniest thing to look out from the stage and see the holes; it’s as though there is a force field around those seats, preventing others from moving over and filing them in.
The praise team was down a few, including one guitar and the regular pianist, but there were still two other guitarists besides me, and the keyboard player simply slid over and took over the piano duties and she did a great job.
This being Sanctity Sunday I opened the service with the beautiful words from Psalm 139: 13-16 that we are fearfully and wonderfully made, or as Mister Rogers said, “Your body’s fancy and so is mine.”
Sunday Morning Service • 10:50 A.M.
Opening: Awesome is the Lord (G) [CCLI #4674159] This was new last week, and so we did it again today. More people singing with more enthusiasm.
Welcome: Bro. Ed
Chorus: Your Grace is Enough (G) [CCLI #4477026] This was new today, and was well received. We’ll do it again next week, probably for the opener.
Chorus: Forever (G) [CCLI #3148428] Like the previous two songs, this song addresses God’s unending, never-failing love and mercy to us. It’s also another song with a Tomlin touch. (I just realized that Chris Tomlin either had a write-credit or a recording on the first four songs we did. It’s hard not to do. Chris Tomlin and Paul Baloche are just so prolific and so congregationally friendly in their writing.)
Offering: Bro. Ed
Hymn: # 547 I Stand Amazed (G) [CCLI #4718008]
Chorus: Above All (G) [CCLI #2672885] Paul Baloche has a write-credit on this Lenny LeBlanc classic. I intro’d with Philippians 4: 5-11, which includes this section: “6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to His own advantage; 7 rather, He made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a human being, He humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!”
Special: Set the World on Fire ……… Kathryn Flora/Youth Praise Band
Kathryn did a great job on this, just like I knew she would, and I told her so. I’ve been working with the youth praise band since I came in July, and we’ve done this song a couple of times this fall, so I knew it would go well. She got a standing O at the end. I wanted the congregation to get a taste of what we do musically on Wednesday nights.
(Dismiss Children’s Church)
Sermon: A Celebration of Life (Sanctity Sunday) ………………….. Bro. Ed
Invitation Hymn # 407 Because He Lives (Ab) [CCLI #16880]
Sunday Evening Service • 6:00 P.M.
Opening: Forever (G) [CCLI #3148428]
Hymn #29 How Majestic is Your Name (C) [CCLI #26007]
Chorus: Thy Word (G) [CCLI #14301]
Offering: Bro. Ed
Chorus: Enough (G) [CCLI #3599479]
Chorus: Above All (G) [CCLI #2672885]
Chorus: Jesus, All for Jesus (D) [CCLI #879168] Robin Marks. I really enjoy doing this with a violin and acoustic guitar intro.
Sermon: Youth Evangelism Conference Report
Our youth leaders took about a dozen teens to Macon over the Christmas break from school for this. There were between 12- and 16-thousand kids there, praising God. About 600 decisions of some kind made (first time or re-dedication) and one of the youth we took received Christ.
Closing Hymn #330 Amazing Grace (G) [CCLI #2762836]