Preparing for Worship – June 28th, 2020

Even though I walk through the valley
of the shadow of death
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me
Psalm 23:4

This week we will gather by live-stream (not under the same roof yet, but still in the presence of our God!) to worship him for who he is and for all that he has done. We’ll begin with the song Great Things, and then read Psalm 23 together. In response to the wonderful truths found in the 23rd Psalm we will sing Christ Is Mine Forevermore.

Following a few brief announcements and a special Kids’ Time, Pastor Andrew will continue our God Is… sermon series with a message entitled “God Is Omnipresent.” We’ll all respond in song together with You Never Let Go. Our service will conclude with prayer, Giving, and a Benediction. If you have a prayer request you’d like to share this week, please email it to: prayer@meadowsfamily.org.

This is our last week before we open up for in-person worship services! We are excited, and we continue to ask for your prayers as we prepare for next week. (You can plan to attend our in-person worship services by reservation only at this link: Meadows Christian Fellowship Registration Form. Moving forward, worship service registration will go live on the Monday before.) And for this week’s live-stream, please pray for God to make his presence known to us as a church through our time of worship.

Blessings,

Mark



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This week we will start out the New Year in a special way. Since both Pastor Andrew and Mark Hoffman are taking this week off, we will gather in worship for an Epiphany service of prayer and communion entirely led by our Elders. (Please note that while there is Nursery and Toddler ministry during the service, there will be no Children’s Church this week, so those children will remain in the service. Activity bags are available in the wagon.) 

We’ll open with songs of joy… Joy To The World/Our God Saves and Joyful Joyful We Adore You. Then, various scenes of Christ in the gospels (Matthew 2:1-12, Luke 3:7-17, Matthew 3:13-17, and John 2:1-11) will reveal Christ’s Worth & Faithfulness, Christ’s Righteousness, and Christ’s Glory & Mission. These readings from Scripture will be interwoven with songs (Come Behold The Wondrous Mystery, O Come All Ye Faithful, Go Tell It) as well as with times of corporate prayer and with Communion.
 

Please plan to come on Sunday as our Elders lead us into the New Year in worship of Jesus Christ!

Blessings,

Mark



Preparing for Worship – April 12

from Mark Hoffman

All our sickness, all our sorrows, Jesus carried up the hill

He has walked this path before us; He is walking with us still

 
This week as we gather to Rejoice in all that Jesus Christ has done for us, this lyric from our opening song reminds us that the road to Easter is first a Journey to the Cross. Our Lent devotional guide of the same name will point us to follow Christ on this journey as we sing Jerusalem and Jesus I Come.
 
 
After our Children’s Church dismissal (all kids 5 years old through 4th grade are invited to attend) Pastor Andrew will continue our series in the Gospel of John with a message from John 2 entitled “know BELIEVE live.”  
 
 
In response, we proclaim our faith together as we sing This I Believe. We continue our response of worship through Giving, and conclude our service with some brief announcements and a Benediction.
 
 
The Journey to the Cross devotional guide begins this week, on Saturday, April 13th! The first devotional reading by John Witvliet commemorates the day that Mary bowed at Jesus’ feet, anointed him with expensive burial perfume, and wiped his feet with her hair in an extravagant act of devotion. This occurred the day before the triumphal entry — the day we often call Palm Sunday (which is, of course, this Sunday.)
 
 
It is our desire as a fellowship to journey to the cross and to the empty tomb together in worship over the next week. Here’s how: First, prepare your heart and mind for gathered worship this Sunday by prayerfully reflecting on the Scripture and songs above. In addition, commit to following the Journey to the Cross devotional guide each day from now until Easter Monday.
 
 
(If you haven’t yet picked up a guide, it’s definitely not too late! Get one on Sunday at the Welcome Center; they are free of charge.) Lastly, plan to join in worship not only this Sunday, but for our Good Friday and Easter services as well. Let’s deepen our faith as a fellowship as we walk the path of Holy Week together with Christ.
 
See you on Sunday, Mark