Preparing for Worship – Oct 13

from Mark Hoffman

Last week, Pastor Andrew challenged us to consider the working of God’s grace in our lives. We saw from Scripture that it is God’s desire to transform us by His grace from the inside out — first by shaping our hearts, and then by causing that inner transformation of grace to overflow into how we live, love, and give.

This gracious transformation through Jesus Christ leads to thanksgiving and joy… and it is also profoundly humbling. For as we “give ourselves to the Lord” (2 Cor. 8:5) we recognize how much we fall short and how desperately we depend on Christ’s work in us to shape us to be the people He wants us to be — people who will reflect His glory, goodness, and grace to a darkened world in need of a Savior.

This week in our worship, Scripture from Romans 3:23-24 and 6:23 will remind us of our total dependence on Christ.  Our response as a fellowship will be to come to Christ in song, expressing our need for Him and committing ourselves to Him as we sing Come Ye Sinners, Lord I Need You and Christ Is Enough.

In addition, we are pleased to have missionaries Mark & Carol Kohl joining us for an update.  

Pastor Andrew then continues in his Catch the Wave series of messages with a sermon from 2 Corinthians 8:8-15 entitled “Catching God’s Wave – Perspective.”  It is with a sense of deep desire and renewed readiness to “do the work of grace” that we respond by singing Living For Your Glory.As always, I look forward to gathering as a Fellowship in worship on Sunday!

Mark



Preparing for Worship – Oct 6

from Mark Hoffman

In Pastor Andrew’s message last week, we heard the remarkable story of God as he revealed his glory to Moses (Exodus 33-34). This was an amazing act on the part of God; an act of pure grace. Not only did God allow Moses to experience his glory, but Moses came away reflecting God’s glory for all the people to see.  And as amazing as this was, it is a true picture today of what God wants us to experience in Jesus Christ. It is through Jesus that God graciously reveals himself to us in saving and sanctifying ways so that we might reflect his glory in a dark world.

In our worship this week, John 1:14,16-17 will point us clearly to this truth and we will respond by singing This Is Amazing Grace, Grace Greater Than Our Sin and Grace Alone.

Pastor Andrew continues in his Catch the Wave series of messages with a sermon from 2 Corinthians 8:1-7 entitled “Riding the Wave of God’s Grace.”

We close our time of worship singing New Doxology as a response of praise to God for his “wave of grace” in our lives.

I look forward to worshiping with you on Sunday!

Mark



Preparing for Worship – Sept 29

from Mark Hoffman

Moses said, “Please show me your glory.”
And [the LORD] said, “I will make all my goodness pass
before you and will proclaim before you my name ‘The LORD.’
And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will
show mercy on whom I will show mercy.

Exodus 33:18-19

What an incredible encounter between Moses and the living God! It’s hard to imagine experiencing the things that Moses did, and it may seem to us that a divine encounter like this is far beyond anything we could ever experience. And yet, when we come together for worship, we gather in the presence of the very same God, ready to encounter His glory, His goodness, and His grace. And this is all possible because God has revealed Himself to us in Jesus Christ.

The Wonderful Cross and What Wondrous Love Is This will prepare us to come to the Communion table, where we are reminded of the glory, goodness, and grace shown to us in Christ. At MCF, we invite all believers in Jesus Christ to participate in this expression of our faith together. Please hold the bread and the cup when they are passed so that we may take them together as an expression of the fellowship that we share in Him. Our response after Communion is to sing Jesus Messiah.

We will pray for and dismiss all children ages 4yrs through 4th grade to Children’s Church for a time of kid-friendly worship and Bible teaching, and after our regular time of Giving, Pastor Andrew will continue in his Catch the Wave series of messages with a sermon from Exodus 33:12-23 and 2 Corinthians 3:4-18 entitled “Riding the Wave of God’s Glory.”
 
We close by singing As You Go, which sends us out to bring glory to the Lord with our lives.

See you on Sunday!

Mark



Preparing for Worship – Sept 22

from Mark Hoffman

Out of my bondage, sorrow and night,

Jesus, I come; Jesus I come.

Into Thy freedom, gladness and light,

Jesus, I come to Thee.

Out of my sickness into Thy health,

Out of my wanting and into Thy wealth,

Out of my sin and into Thyself,

Jesus, I come to Thee.

 

Jesus calls us to come to Him.  And when, by God’s grace, we respond to the call of Christ, we must MOVE. We move away from something old and dying and move toward something new and living in Jesus. The song Jesus I Come vividly paints this picture of movement toward Christ and all that He has for us. This week, we begin our time of worship with this song and follow it with a response of prayer, thanking the Lord for the “before and after” of His gracious call in our lives. Scripture from 2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 4:6-7, 1 Peter 2:9-10 and John 5:24 will inform our prayers in this way, and the songs Grace Alone and No Longer Slaves will continue our shared response to all that God has done for us.

Since it is the last Sunday of the month, it is a Family Fellowship Sunday! This is our special time each month when all ages intentionally worship together. (Nursery and Toddler ministry is still available.) During our regular Giving time, we will also be collecting for our Benevolent Fund, which we use to help those who are currently in need, both within our fellowship and in our community. (Please remember to designate your gift when giving electronically or use the special Benevolent envelope when you drop your gift in the offering plate.) Family Fellowship Sunday also gives us an opportunity to share in Family Fellowship Celebrations as well as a special Kids’ Time.

Pastor Andrew continues in his Catch the Wave series this week with a message entitled “Seeing the Results”. His text is taken from Isaiah 51:17-52:12.

Our closing response together is to sing The Name of Jesus, for the LORD declares, “Therefore my people shall know my name. Therefore in that day they shall know that it is I who speak; here am I.” (Isaiah 52:6)

Come for worship and stay for the Fellowship Lunch! I look forward to seeing you on Sunday…

Mark



Preparing for Worship – Sept 15

from Mark Hoffman

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it! Psalm 118:24

We come together as a Fellowship to rejoice and be glad for “the day that the Lord has made.” We could be content to praise God that the sun same up today (and there is nothing wrong with that!) but we would be missing the fullness of what God is calling us to do. As we read the context of Psalm 118, it becomes clear that as God’s people, we are called to rejoice in the day of the Lord’s salvation! We experience the fulfilment of this salvation through Jesus Christ, and He becomes the source and object of our rejoicing. We enter into this kind of Christ-centered rejoicing together as we sing Today Is the Day and Rejoice the Lord Is King.  

The Bible is also clear – and our own experience bears this out – that life as followers of Jesus Christ isn’t easy or trouble-free. And yet we are still called upon to rejoice even in the midst of our suffering and trials.  As we hear this call from 1 Peter 1:3-9 this week, we allow time to come to the Lord in prayer and release to Him anything that is stealing the joy we are to have in Christ. Our final response of joy is to sing Rejoice and to proclaim the truth of Scripture together from 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.

We will pray for and dismiss all children ages 4yrs through 4th grade to Children’s Church for a time of kid-friendly worship and Bible teaching, and after our regular time of Giving, Pastor Andrew will continue in his Catch the Wave series of messages with a sermon from Isaiah 51:7-16 entitled “Keep Moving!”

Our final response together will be to sing Build My Life, an expression of dedication to the Lord as we strive to “Keep Moving” and follow where the He leads us.

As always, I look forward to worshiping the Lord along with you on Sunday!

Mark



Preparing for Worship – Sept 8

from Mark Hoffman

In the Name of the Father; In the Name of the Son
In the Name of the Spirit; Lord, we come
We’re gathered together; To lift up Your Name
To call on our Savior; To fall on Your grace.

This week we come into the presence of God, worshiping Him with these words and proclaiming the truth that Our God Saves. He saves us into relationship with Himself, and He saves into relationship with one another as His children. He desires us to meet with Him, not only to worship Him and enjoy His presence together, but also to build one another up and encourage each other in the faith. It is for this reason that we share in our Fellowship Greeting time. Following this, we move into songs and Scriptures that are rooted in the faith and confidence we have in the Lord: The Lion and the Lamb, Hebrews 10:19-23, Rock of Ages You Will Stand and Hebrews 10:35-39.

After our regular time of Giving, we will pray for and dismiss all children ages 4yrs through 4th grade to Children’s Church for a time of kid-friendly worship and Bible teaching.

Pastor Andrew then begins a series which flows from our Catch the Wave vision with a message from Isaiah 51:1-6 entitled “Get Moving”.

In this passage, we see that God’s call to Abraham was a gracious call, and that through Abraham’s obedience to the call God blessed and multiplied His people. Our response will be to sing to the Lord, acknowledging to Him that Your Grace Is Enough.

I look forward to worshiping the Lord together!

Mark


Preparing for Worship – Sept 1

from Mark Hoffman

And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship,to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Acts 2:42

The early church was a devoted church… and as they committed themselves to God’s Word, to fellowship and to prayer, they saw God move powerfully in their midst to build them up in faith, strengthen them in boldness, spread the gospel of Jesus Christ and multiply the church.

Here at MCF, we have a similar vision for our church as we seek to “Catch the Wave” in joining God’s movement of kingdom multiplication. This week as we come together for worship we devote ourselves to praying and seeking God to work in us just as he did in those first believers in Acts 2. We begin by entering into the presence of God in worship singing Come Thou Fount Come Thou King.  Then, through the course of the morning we will pray specifically for the 3 steps of “Getting in Shape”, “Getting Into the Water” and “Riding the Wave”.  Woven into these times of prayer are responses of worship through singing (What a Friend, Christ Is Enough, Build My Life, I Will Follow) Communion and Giving.

Also, this week is the final Sunday of “summer break” for Children’s Church, so be sure to grab an activity bag for your child as you come into the sanctuary for worship.

Please come prepared to worship the Lord and to devote ourselves to prayer for His vision for our church!  

Mark



Preparing for Worship – Aug 25

from Mark Hoffman

The Lord reigns; let the peoples tremble!

He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!

The Lord is great in Zion;

he is exalted over all the peoples.

Let them praise your great and awesome name!

Holy is he!— Psalm 99:1-3

This is the final week of our Faith Through the Decades summer series, and these words from Psalm 99 give us wonderful direction as we come together to praise the great and awesome name of the Lord.  

This week we will hear the message of Psalms 95-99 interwoven with responses of worship as we sing some of the most memorable worship songs of the 90’s: Open the Eyes of My Heart (1997), You Are My All In All (1991), You’re Worthy of My Praise (1991), I Will Celebrate (1990) and Shout to the Lord (1993). We will also hear our final testimony of the summer, with a 90’s faith story from Colin and Jen Craig.

And, since it is the last Sunday of the month, it is a Family Fellowship Sunday! This means that we have some special things to look forward to in the service: During our regular Giving time, we will be collecting for our Benevolent Fund, which we use to help those within our fellowship and in our community who are currently in need. Please give generously as the Lord leads. We also will have a special Kids’ Time as well as Family Fellowship Celebrations.

Pastor Andrew concludes our Faith Through the Decades summer series with a Scripture meditation from Psalm 99.

This week’s worship leader is Jim Herold.

Come prepared to join together as a fellowship this Sunday as we…

Exalt the Lord our God,

and worship at his holy mountain;

for the Lord our God is holy!

Psalm 99:9



Preparing for Worship – Aug 18

from Mark Hoffman

Our mission statement here at MCF is:

Helping People to Know, Love and Become Like Jesus Christ…

For us, these can’t just be dry words printed in an abstract statement. No, because the world needs Jesus.  Our church needs Jesus. WE NEED JESUS. Everything depends on Him — our spiritual vitality, our righteousness, our peace, our fruitfulness, our joy.

And so we come this week to once again meet our Lord and God in worship, to praise Him for who He is and all that He has done, and to recommit ourselves afresh as followers of Jesus Christ.  We hear Him say to us, “I am the vine; you are the branches. ….apart from me you can do nothing.” And to this word from Jesus Christ we respond in prayer and in song, singing Jesus, Lord I Need You, Cornerstone and The Heart of Worship (1999).

During our regular time of Giving, our Faith Through the Decades summer series continues as we give glory to our God through another 90’s faith story, this time from Rob Valentine.  We are also excited to hear an update from those who went on our Family Mission Trip to Madison, WI last month.

Pastor Andrew will continue the preaching of our Faith Through the Decades series with a message from Psalm 94 entitled “One Thing Remains

As we sing One Thing Remains, we close in a response of worship to our redeeming Lord, whose steadfast love upholds us, never fails, never gives up and never runs out on his people.

I look forward to worshiping with you on Sunday!

Mark



Preparing for Worship – Aug 11

from Mark Hoffman

Lord, you have been our dwelling place
   in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth,
   or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
   from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

Psalm 90:1-2

We gather this week to worship our holy and eternal God, who is righteous in His judgments and who surrounds his people with steadfast love. This is the picture that Psalm 90 paints of the LORD, and we respond in worship this week, singing Holy Is the Lord and Good Good Father.

Expressing our total dependence on Him, we sing You Are My All In All (1991) as our Faith Through the Decades summer series continues.  Following our regular time of Giving, we give glory to our God through another 90’s faith story. We are also pleased to welcome AWANA missionary Ken Krup to MCF this week.

Especially exciting is that this week’s Faith Through the Decades message will be preached by our very own Lucas Hagen. His text is Psalm 90 and the tile of his message is “The Greatest ALL Time”.

We close responding in worship singing to our Everlasting God.

Our worship leaders this week are are Auggie and Cherrie Ulep.

You can prepare for worship this week by taking some time to prayerfully read and reflect on Psalm 90.  Also, please pray for Auggie, Cherrie and Lucas as they serve the Lord and our church this week.

Grace and peace,

Mark