Preparing for Worship – July 12

from Mark Hoffman

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life…

You did not choose me, but I chose you 

and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit…”
 
 
The words of Jesus recorded in the Gospel of John will continue to guide our worship as we gather this week. Beginning with the song The Way, we proclaim our faith in Jesus Christ for who he says that he is – the way, the truth, and the life. Then, hearing Christ reveal to us who we are – followers and friends of him, chosen to bear lasting fruit for his glory – we receive and respond to his truth, singing Who You Say I Am. Continuing in worship, we will share the love and fellowship we have in Christ during our Fellowship Greeting, and lift our voices in faith and commitment to Christ as we sing Christ Is Enough.
 
Following our Children’s Church dismissal (all kids Kindergarten through 4th grade are invited to attend) Pastor Andrew will continue our Know-Believe-Live series with a message from John 15. As Jesus continues to point us toward being fully devoted disciples of him, we respond with the song Build My Life. Concluding our worship this week will be a time of Giving, some brief announcements, and a Benediction.  
 
 
Continue to reflect on the teachings of Jesus to his disciples in the Gospel of John. Christ’s words to his disciples then are just as relevant to us today. Come on Sunday ready to join as followers and friends of Jesus to bring glory to him in our worship!
 
 
See you on Sunday, Mark


Preparing for Worship – July 5

from Mark Hoffman

“You will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you….”

“Believe in God; believe also in me…”. 

“Because I live, you also will live….”

Know… Believe… Live… These themes that have guided our journey through the Gospel of John emerge clearly as we hear these words of Christ in John 14. As Jesus continues speaking to his disciples in the upper room, he invites them to truly know him, to believe in his promises, and to live in faith. Our songs this week respond to this invitation of Jesus as we sing Good Good Father, ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus, and What a Beautiful Name.   Following our Children’s Church dismissal (all kids 5 years old through 4th grade are invited to attend) Pastor Andrew will continue our Know-Believe-Live series with a message from John 14. We respond to the words of Christ and remember his sacrifice on the cross as we come to the Communion table. At MCF, we invite all believers in Christ to take of the bread and cup. Please hold the elements when they are passed so that we may take them together. We will praise Jesus in song as our Living Hope, and then conclude our worship with a time of Giving, some brief announcements, and a Benediction.   Take time this weekend to reflect on the words of Christ in John chapter 14. Prepare your heart, mind, and soul to come and worship the Lord together on Sunday. See you then! Mark



Preparing for Worship- June 28

Amazing love! How can it be That Thou my God shouldst die for me?   The amazing love of Jesus Christ draws us together and compels us to worship him! This week, the great hymn And Can It Be opens our service as an expression of awe and gratitude at the love of Christ toward us. John 13:1 underscores this as we see Jesus gathering his disciples and “loving them to the end.” This ragtag group of followers, whom Jesus knew would soon scatter from him and deny him, he persisted in loving them all the way to the cross. And such is his love for us! Responding to the truth of Christ’s abiding love, we join our voices to sing The Wonder of Your Love and One Thing Remains.   After we invite our kids up front for a special Kids’ Time, Pastor Andrew will continue our Know-Believe-Live sermon series with a message from John 13. As we encounter this first scene of Jesus gathering his disciples in the “upper room,” we respond together with a song that calls us as followers of Christ to be known By Our Love. We will then conclude our time of worship with Giving, a few brief announcements, and a Benediction. The message of the gospel never gets old! Let’s soak in the truth of Christ’s love represented in John 13 and reflected in the message of the songs above. May it be our desire to “know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge” (Eph 3:19) as we prepare our hearts and minds for gathered worship this week.   See you on Sunday!   Mark



Preapring for Worship – Jun 21

from Mark Hoffman

All creatures of our God and King

Lift up your voice and with us sing

O praise Him!  Alleluia!

 

As we gather this week we begin with a hymn of praise, calling one another to worship the Lord as we sing All Creatures of Our God and King. Then, as we see the people in John 12:12-19 responding to the triumphal entry of Christ, we also will respond in praise at the presence of our King Jesus as we sing Hallelujah To My King and Great Things.

 
 
After our Children’s Church dismissal (all kids 5 years old through 4th grade are invited to attend) we are happy to welcome back Pastor Andrew Bee as he continues our Know-Believe-Live series with a message from John 12. In response to the person, works, and word of Jesus Christ, we lift our voices in a song of faith — Jesus, Firm Foundation. As we conclude our service we will worship through a time of Giving, have a few brief announcements, and a Benediction.
 
 
Take some time this weekend to reflect on the Scripture and songs above, and come with heart and mind prepared to worship our God and King, Jesus Christ! See you on Sunday, Mark


Preparing for Worship – June 14

from Mark Hoffman

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.”  John 11:25-27 (ESV)  
 
 
 
This week as we gather to worship our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, we begin in song, proclaiming the Great Things that he has done. Then, hearing the words of Christ in John 11, we respond, as Martha did, with a response of faith. We will sing Resurrection Power and Resurrecting, acknowledging our belief that Jesus truly is the resurrection and the life.
 
 
Following our Children’s Church dismissal (all kids 5 years old through 4th grade are invited to attend) we are pleased to have Pastor Justin MacKinnon continue our Know-Believe-Live series with a message from John 11. We’ll respond together in song, celebrating the life-giving resurrection power of Jesus Christ as we sing Glorious Day. Concluding our service we will worship through a time of Giving, have a few brief announcements, and a Benediction.
 
 
Take a few moments to find a quiet time and place to reflect prayerfully on the Scripture and songs for this week. Come prepared to gather together and engage in the worship of Jesus Christ, the resurrection and the life.
 
 
See you on Sunday! Mark


Preparing for Worship – June 7

from Mark Hoffman

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.

I give them eternal life, and they will never perish,

and no one will snatch them out of my hand.

John 10:11,27-28

In these few short verses from John chapter 10, we hear the voice of our Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ, speaking words of comfort and hope to us, his sheep. He is willing to give everything for us so that we would follow him as he leads us into eternal life. This is why we come together to worship him this week! We will begin our time in praise with a song (10,000 Reasons) and with Scripture (Psalm 100.) Then, the words of Jesus from John 10 will again point us to respond in worship of our Good Shepherd as we sing You Never Let Go and Living Hope.       After our Children’s Church dismissal (all kids 5 years old through 4th grade are invited to attend) we are excited to have elder chairman Mark Barnes preaching from John 10 as we continue our Know-Believe-Live series in the Gospel of John. We will respond in faith together as we declare in song, This I Believe. We will also engage in worship through a time of Giving, and conclude our service with some brief announcements and a Benediction.   Let’s be listening to the voice of our Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ, and willingly follow where he is leading.     In preparing for worship this week, prayerfully read through the Scriptures above and use the links to get familiar with Sunday’s songs. Please be in prayer for our elders as they lead this Sunday – Jim Herold leading worship, Mark Barnes preaching, and Seth Goding leading other elements of the service.

 
 
 
May we gather as the flock of Jesus Christ and bring him glory in our worship this week!
 
 
Mark


Preparing for Worship – May 30

from Mark Hoffman

Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” He answered, “And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?” Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and it is he who is speaking to you.” He said,“Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him.  John 9:35-38 (ESV)

 
 

This encounter in John 9 between Jesus Christ and the man born blind very much reflects our own relationship to Jesus as we gather for worship. Jesus comes to us, revealing himself to us as the One who has worked miraculous healing in our lives. And we, like the blind man, acknowledge him as Lord, declaring our faith in him as we worship him for who he is and what he has done for us. This week, we begin this expression of worship together with a hymn of praise, O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing, and continue responding to Christ in song with Because He Lives (Amen) and Once And For All.  

 
 
Following our Children’s Church dismissal (all kids 5 years old through 4th grade are invited to attend) we are excited to have long-time Meadows member Dave Goding preaching this week from John 9 as we continue our Know-Believe-Live series in the Gospel of John. We will then remember Christ at the Communion table and respond in faith and gratitude as we sing You Gave Your Life Away.  
 
 

Concluding our worship gathering will be a time of Giving, some brief announcements, and a Benediction.     Please be in prayer for all who will be leading and serving this Sunday. Pray for Dave Goding as he prepares and preaches the Word. Read and reflect on John 9, familiarize yourself with the songs we will be singing, and prayerfully prepare to gather as a fellowship to worship our Lord Jesus together.

 
I look forward to seeing you on Sunday… Mark


Preparing for Worship – May 24

from Mark Hoffman

Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world.

Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life…

If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free….

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”  John 8:12,31-32,36

 
 

In John chapter 8, we see Jesus giving testimony about himself — who He is, and what He came to do. It is truly all because of who Jesus is and what He has done that we come together to worship Him this week! We begin by singing Nailed to the Cross, and then the truth of these verses in John 8 moves us to continued worship of Christ with The Way and Man of Sorrows.

 
 

After we invite our kids up front for a special Kids’ Time, Pastor Andrew will continue our Know-Believe-Live sermon series with a message from John 8. Our response in song to the truth of God’s Word is Who You Say I Am. We will continue our worship through a time of Giving, and conclude our service with a few brief announcements and a Benediction.   As you move through your weekend, try to continually reflect on the person and work of Jesus Christ — the life-changing truth of WHO HE IS and WHAT HE HAS DONE. Find a few moments to let the truth of Scripture and the message of the songs above prepare your heart and mind for gathered worship…

 
See you on Sunday! Mark


Preparing for Worship – May 17

from Mark Hoffman

This week at MCF, we are very excited to highlight our Caring Friends ministry in our gathered worship. Many of our Caring Friends and ministry leaders will be in attendance and participating in worship. We will begin in song, singing praise to our Good Good Father. Then, as 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 points us toward the “eternal glory” we have in Christ, we respond by singing God You’re So Good and Your Love Defends Me. Sharon Rickerson will give us an update on all that God is doing in our Caring Friends ministry, followed by a presentation of their original theme song, The Gospel Song.
Following our Children’s Church dismissal (all kids 5 years old through 4th grade are invited to attend) Pastor Andrew will continue our Know-Believe-Live series with a message centering on John 7:37-39. We’ll respond together in song, proclaiming our faith and trust in Jesus. And as we conclude our service, we will worship through a time of Giving, have a few brief announcements, a closing prayer from some of our Caring Friends, and a Benediction.
 

Will you come prepared to worship the Lord this Sunday? Here’s how… You can prayerfully reflect on the Scriptures above. You can familiarize yourself with the songs that we will be singing. You can be praying for all those leading and serving on Sunday: the worship team, audio/visual volunteers, Pastor Andrew, childcare volunteers and teachers, ushers, greeters… and of course, our Caring Friends. Be in prayer for all of us as we gather, that we would join together as brothers and sisters in Christ to bring Him glory in our worship and to be built up as His church! See you on Sunday… Mark



Preparing for Worship – May 10

from Mark Hoffman

Happy Mother’s Day!

We love and appreciate all of you moms,

and we are so blessed to have you with us!

This week as we gather for worship, we gather in the amazing grace of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ.  We’ll open our time singing This Is Amazing Grace. Then, Scripture from Titus 2:11-14 points us to the grace which fuels our worship and leads us to respond in song with Grace On Top Of Grace and Grace Alone.

 
 
After our Children’s Church dismissal (all kids 5 years old through 4th grade are invited to attend) Pastor Andrew will continue our Know-Believe-Live series in the Gospel of John with a message from John 6. Our response is a declaration of faith and trust as we sing Jesus Firm Foundation. We will also engage in worship through a time of Giving, and conclude our service with some brief announcements and a Benediction.
 

Soak in the truth of Scripture as you prepare your heart and mind for gathered worship this week. If you’re unfamiliar with any of the songs we’ll be singing, you can use the links above to find them and listen to them ahead of time. Be in prayer for our time together. May the Lord do far more than we could ever ask or think, according to the power at work within us, bringing him all glory in our church through Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever… Amen! (Eph. 3:20-21) See you on Sunday… Mark