Finishing up our 'Growing Great Families' series, inspired by our pastor's study of family systems. I think we really helped some people these past few weeks. It's awesome to deliver some relevant truth about life, humanity and relationships, center them on the Word and then open the door for further conversation and study in small groups and other meetings.
Here was our set:
Everywhere That I Go - Israel Houghton. Always a great way to start a service, though we struggled with the groove at times...
Sing to the King - Billy Foote (has this guy every written anything but a great song?) This tune gave our young worship leader a chance to step out a bit after a long maternity break. Awesome song, easy for the congregation to sing, and powerful in that second verse, " 'Cause Satan is vanquished and Jesus is king!!!!!"
God of Wonders - Marc Byrd, Steve Hindalong. Haven't done this one in a while. It doesn't lose its power, in my opinion - unless you do it once a month.
I was sick this week and didn't get a chart written for the song I had hoped to do as a special during the offering, so we defaulted to a band jam. I brought in the simple chart for David Crowder's version of All Creatures of Our God and King . We played it three times through, after one run-through during sound check. Of course, we got tons of inquiries and compliments. Sweet song and timeless melody...
The message was based on how to have a healthy relationship with your spouse, and our pastor tied the 'be fruitful and multiply' to the Galations text about the fruit of the spirit. He gave good, solid instruction on how to view the bible holistically in this case, and take seriously what it meant to be 'fruitful' in the context of love-joy-peace-patience-kindness-gentleness-goodness-faithfulness-self control with your loved one. It was excellent, and out of his comfort zone; he memorized most of the message, and his wife came out and wordlessly illustrated his points with the couch he used as a prop. One of the best messages he's given.
As the message ended, our go-to acoustic player (Andy, who has a band you can listen to here) wandered out on the stage with his guitar. The worship leader came out and together they did a sweet version of Steven Curtis Chapman's I Will Be Here; a perfect end to the service and our own tribute to the Chapman family this week.