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



Preparing for Worship – Aug 4

 

from Mark Hoffman

There is a lot to look forward to this week as we prepare to worship….

This week begins the final month of our Faith Through the Decades summer series as we enter August with an emphasis on the 90’s.  Our first song, The Heart of Worship (1999) focuses our worship where it belongs, on our Lord Jesus Christ.  

We are excited and blessed to be able to celebrate Baptisms this week!  First, Pastor Andrew will speak to us from Psalm 91.  Then, They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love calls us to unity as followers of Christ, followed by our 90’s Testimony of the week and baptisms.

As we sing Man of Sorrows, our attention turns to Communion. At MCF, we observe communion on the first Sunday of the month. This is a time when all believers in Jesus Christ are invited to express our faith together as we remember the Savior’s body and blood given for us on the cross. 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 Jesus.

Following our regular time of Giving, we will get a preview of Catch the Wave – our vision at MCF for “joining God’s movement of Kingdom multiplication.”  As we close our service, we will respond together singing God of Justice.

This week’s worship leader is Jordan Webb.

Please pray for our worship service this week, and come prepared to worship Him together!

Mark



Preparing for Worship – July 28

from Mark Hoffman

I will sing of the steadfast love of the Lord, forever;
   with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations.

O Lord God of hosts,
   who is mighty as you are, O Lord,
   with your faithfulness all around you?

The heavens are yours; the earth also is yours;
   the world and all that is in it, you have founded them.

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
   steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.
Blessed are the people who know the festal shout,
   who walk, O Lord, in the light of your face,
 who exult in your name all the day
   and in your righteousness are exalted.

Psalm 89:1,8,11,14-16

 

These verses from Psalm 89 point us directly to the identity and character of our great God, leading us to worship Him for His power and His might, and to praise Him for His love and His faithfulness.  This week is the final 80’s Sunday in our Faith Through the Decades summer series, so we will worship the Lord together with songs from that decade: We Bow Down (1984),  Oh Lord You’re Beautiful (1980) and Lord I Lift Your Name On High (1989).

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.

This week we will hear another 1980’s testimony, this time with a faith story from worship team member Eric Gulbransen.  And since this week is a Family Fellowship Sunday, we will have “Family Fellowship Celebrations” followed by a special Kids’ Time. We are also very blessed to have missionaries Clint and Vivienne Smith here to share with us. Then, Pastor Andrew continues our Faith Through the Decades teaching series, wrapping up the 80’s this week with a message from Psalm 89 entitled “How Long?”.  Our response in worship will be He Is Exalted (1985).

I look forward to worshiping with you on Sunday, and seeing you at the Fellowship Lunch after the service!

Mark



Preparing for Worship – July 21

from Mark Hoffman

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.  Matthew 11:28-30

What an amazing invitation from Jesus to us! This is the gracious and persistent call of Christ to us every moment of every day… “Come to me.” This call will be at the heart of our worship this week. After we open our time of worship singing Your Grace Is Enough, we will read and prayerfully reflect on these words of Jesus together.  The song O Come To The Altar echoes this call, and we respond singing Jesus I Come.  

Our Faith Through the Decades series continues as we sing As the Deer (1984) and following our regular time of Giving, we are excited to glorify God through another 80’s faith story, this time from Sharon Rickerson. Then Pastor Andrew continues in his series with a message from Psalm 88 entitled “Darkness”.

Our response is to once again sing O Come To The Altar, for even when our lament is as deep as the Psalmist expresses in Psalm 88, above it all we still hear the Lord’s call… “Come to me.”

I look forward to worshiping with you this week…

Mark



Preparing for Worship – July 14

from Mark Hoffman

“…and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

We are all accustomed to hearing this verse at Christmas time, but not so much in July! And yet, we should never stop being reminded of the identity and mission of our Savior Jesus Christ.  Matthew 1:20-23 tells us that Jesus is fully human, born into the lineage of King David, and that he is fully God, conceived and anointed by the Holy Spirit. And he comes on a mission – to save his people from their sins. This is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ whom we come to worship this week!

We begin by declaring the truth that Our God Saves and by responding with Lord I Lift Your Name On High (1989).  Then we are excited to hear real-life stories of God’s saving work as we celebrate Baptisms.  Our response in song is Resurrecting (combined with another 80’s worship standard) as we lift our voices to proclaim Christ’s saving power at work in us.

Following our regular time of Giving, we are pleased to welcome back to MCF missionaries Ben and Joyce Long.  Pastor Andrew then continues in his Faith Through the Decades series with a message from Psalm 87 entitled “Pause”.

Our closing response of worship is We Will Feast In the House of Zion.

This week as we prepare to join together in worship, find a few quiet moments to reflect on the beginning and the end of the Gospel of Matthew. Start with Matthew 1:20-23 and then Matthew 28, being prayerfully attentive to the identity and mission of Jesus and how he not only accomplishes that mission, but also calls us to be a part of it.

I look forward to worshiping with you on Sunday!

Mark



Preparing for Worship – July 7

from Mark Hoffman

Forgiveness and restoration; salvation and peace; steadfast love and faithfulness.  These are just a few of the themes the Psalmist touches on in Psalm 85. We gather this week in the presence of God to worship Him for all these things and more! 

Beginning with Today is the Day, we continue with Great Is Thy Faithfulness and One Thing RemainsAwesome God (1988) is a still-powerful declaration of God’s wisdom, power and love, and it moves us into another 1980’s faith story, this time from Cherrie & Auggie Ulep. 
 
Following our regular time of Giving, Pastor Andrew continues in our Faith Through the Decades series with a message from Psalm 85 entitled “Fresh Starts”. We close with a response of worship to God as we sing Good Good Father.

Read Psalm 85 and reflect on what is revealed to us about our God in this passage of Scripture; then come prepared on Sunday to worship the Lord for who He is and for that all He has done for us! I look forward to worshiping with you….

Mark



Preparing for Worship – June 30

from Mark Hoffman

How lovely is your dwelling place,

   O Lord of hosts!

My soul longs, yes, faints

   for the courts of the Lord;

my heart and flesh sing for joy

   to the living God.

Psalm 84 gives us a beautiful example to follow as we gather for worship this week. The Psalm demonstrates a sincere longing for God; a heartfelt desire to come into His presence with prayers and praises that overflow with joy and deep faith in Him. This, too, is the spiritual posture toward God that we desire, as we seek Him in worship singing Holy Spirit, Christ Is Enough, Oh Lord You’re Beautiful and Be Thou My Vision.

It’s a new month, which means a new decade in our Faith Through the Decades summer series at Meadows!  We will move into the 80’s with a faith story and, following our regular time of Giving, Pastor Andrew’s message from Psalm 84 entitle, “God is Good”.

At MCF, we observe communion on the first Sunday of the month. This is a time when all believers in Jesus Christ are invited to express our faith together as we remember the Savior’s body and blood given for us on the cross. 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 Jesus.

After feasting on God’s grace which He has shown to us through Christ, we respond in worship singing We Will Feast in the House of Zion.

This week’s worship leader is Jen Goding.

Take the time to prepare your heart and allow the message of Psalm 84 to guide you into your worship of the Lord this week!

Mark



Preparing For Worship – June 23

from Mark Hoffman

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
   Serve the Lord with gladness!
   Come into his presence with singing!
Know that the Lord, he is God!
   It is he who made us, and we are his;
   we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
   and his courts with praise!
   Give thanks to him; bless his name!
For the Lord is good;
   his steadfast love endures forever,
   and his faithfulness to all generations.

These words from Psalm 100 call us to come together this week to sing joyful praise to our God!  Not only is this our Family Fellowship Sunday, but it’s also the final “70’s” Sunday in our Faith Through the Decades series. Beginning with the song Build Your Kingdom Here, we will then continue in worship with songs from that decade. He Has Made Me Glad leads us into our reading of Psalm 100 together, followed by Father I Adore You and I Love You Lord.

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.  Following our “Family Fellowship Celebrations” and a special Kids’ Time.

Pastor Andrew continues our “Faith Through the Decades” teaching series, this week focusing on Psalm 78 with a message entitled “History Lessons”.  Our response in worship will be Glorify Thy Name.

Come for the worship, stay for the picnic!  I look forward to seeing you on Sunday…

Mark



Preparing for Worship – June 17

 

from Mark Hoffman

In Judah God is known; his name is great in Israel.

His abode has been established in Salem, his dwelling place in Zion. 

As we hear these opening words from Psalm 76, we are reminded of how God’s people looked at God in their worship.  While they stood in awe of God’s greatness, they also declared that they knew Him, because He had chosen a dwelling place among them. For us today, this is especially true. We gather to worship the same great and holy God, who has made Himself known to us through Jesus Christ, and dwells among us in the presence of His Spirit.

This week, we enter into worship declaring the greatness of our God as we sing The Lion And The Lamb.  After we take a few moments to welcome one another (Romans 15:5-7) we will continue to seek the presence and power of Christ as we sing Open Up The Heavens.  The song Open Our Eyes continues to express this desire to seek the Lord in our worship, and also moves us into this week’s 70’s testimony from.

Following our regular time of Giving, Pastor Andrew continues our “Faith Through the Decades” series focusing on Psalm 76 with a message entitled “A Song of War”.

The picture of the Lord that is painted in Psalm 76 is one of a God who both judges and saves; a God who is to be feared and a God who chooses to dwell among His people, to be known by them. In response to this truth of God, our closing expression of worship is to sing and proclaim How Great Is Our God.

I look forward to worshiping our great God together with you on Sunday!

Mark