Preparing for Worship – May 29

from Mark Hoffman

Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow. He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession.  James 1:17-18 (NLT)

This week we come before our unchanging God in worship, to praise him for his good and perfect gifts. These gifts from God certainly include those material blessings he has given to us, but even more importantly, we praise him for the gift of salvation in Jesus Christ! In response to these verses of Scripture from James, we’ll praise the Lord in song with His Mercy Is More and Great Is Thy Faithfulness.

Following a few brief announcements and a special time for our kids, Pastor Andrew will continue our God Is… sermon series with a message entitled “God Is Unchanging.” We’ll respond to this truth from God’s Word as we sing Unchanging. Concluding our time of worship is a time of 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.

You can prepare for worship this weekend by taking some time to prayerfully engage the Scripture and songs above. Then be ready to worship along with our live-stream on Sunday morning as we praise our unchanging God and receive from his true Word.

Also, be praying as we look forward to an outdoor “drive-in” worship service in our parking lot next Sunday, June 7th. Look for details during this week’s announcements!

Thanks for praying and preparing for worship this week. May God be glorified in all that we do…

Blessings,

-Mark



Preparing for Worship – May 22

from Mark Hoffman

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I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever.

Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever.

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable.

Psalm 145:1-3

 

This week we come before our great God and King to bring him the praise he deserves! We’ll open our live-stream by reading together these verses from the Psalms and then lift our voices in song with Only King Forever and King Of Kings.

 

We will take a few moments to focus on Memorial Day, and then, following a few brief announcements and Marcia Jarrett’s special time for kids, Drew Barnes will continue our God Is… sermon series with a message entitled “God Is Infinite.” His Scripture texts can be found in Psalm 90:1-2, Psalm 145:3 and Jeremiah 23:23-24. In response to the truth of God’s Word, we’ll sing Christ is Mine Forevermore, and then conclude our time of worship 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.

 

Take some time this weekend to prayerfully reflect on the Scriptures above, and familiarize yourself with the songs we will sing. Prepare your heart and mind to come before our infinitely great God and King in worship this week. May we all grow stronger in our faith in Him!

Mark

 


Preparing for Worship – May 15

from Mark Hoffman

O sing hallelujah, Our hope springs eternal

O sing hallelujah, Now and ever we confess

Christ our hope in life and death

We have eternal hope because we serve an eternal God! This wonderful truth will be the central theme of our worship this week as we are live-streaming once again, but with one big difference…. This week, our live-stream will originate from the church sanctuary as we are now able to gather a small group of people in order to facilitate our worship service. We will begin in song, proclaiming the eternal hope we have in Jesus Christ as we sing Christ Our Hope In Life And Death and Behold Him

Following Marcia Jarrett’s special time for kids, Pastor Andrew will continue our God Is… sermon series with a message from Revelation 1:4-8 entitled “God Is Eternal.” In response to the confident hope we find in our eternal God, we will again sing Christ Our Hope In Life And Death. Concluding our time of worship will be Giving, prayer, and a Benediction. If you have a prayer request you’d like to share this week, please email it to: prayer@meadowsfamily.org.

Please be in prayer this week as we make preparations to live-stream from the church. Pray that we can get everything set-up and coordinated while still doing our best to adhere to health guidelines. Also take some time to prayerfully familiarize yourself with the songs and Scripture for this week. Let’s be ready to come before our eternal Lord in worship this Sunday.

Bessings,

Mark



Preparing for Worship – May 8

 from Mark Hoffman

And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us. Acts 17:26-27

This week we gather in our homes again to set aside time for the worship of our great God together. He is the Almighty Creator of all that exists, yet He is near to us all and desires fellowship with us! Jim Herold will be leading us in worship this week with How Great Is Our God and King of Glory

Following another special time for our kids this week with Marcia Jarrett, Drew Barnes continues our God Is… sermon series with a message from Acts 17:16-34 entitled “God Is Independent.” Our response of worship will be to sing Indescribable. Lastly, we will close our time together with Giving, prayer, and a Benediction. If you have a prayer request you’d like to share this week, please email it to: prayer@meadowsfamily.org.

Please continue to be in prayer for our church, our leaders, our community, our state, and our nation. Pray that our times of worship, though we are not together, would glorify our great God and strengthen and encourage his people.

Mark



Preparing for Worship – May 1

from Mark Hoffman

He is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.  1 Timothy 6:15-16

We’ll open our time of worship this week with these words from 1 Timothy, pointing us toward God, who alone is our King of kings and Lord of lords. As the one who deserves all honor and dominion, we come before him in worship singing All Creatures of Our God and King and Our God Saves.  

Next, we’ll set aside a few minutes of our livestream again this week specifically for our kids and then highlight some announcements as well. Pastor Andrew will then begin our new God Is… sermon series with a message from Mark 12:28-34 entitled “God Is Simple.” We will respond together in song with This I Believe and the Doxology. We also will take Communion together as we remember the sacrifice of Christ and participate in the fellowship we have with the Lord and with one another.

We will close our time together with Giving, prayer, and a Benediction. If you have a prayer request you’d like to share this week, please email it to: prayer@meadowsfamily.org.

Please prepare for worship this Sunday by being familiar with the songs we’ll sing and Scripture we will read. Prepare your space for worship, prepare your elements for Communion, and above all, prepare your heart and mind to come before the blessed and only Sovereign King of kings and Lord of lords. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen!

Mark



Preparing for Worship – April 24

from Mark Hoffman

And they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, 

and were continually in the temple blessing God.  Luke 24:53 

In Drew Barnes’ message last week, we saw that the disciples’ three responses to Jesus become our responses to him as well. As we receive Christ’s message of hope to us, we respond by worshiping Him, being joyful, and blessing the Lord. This week we will respond this way in songs of worship with 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) and Who You Say I Am.

We’ll set aside a few minutes of our livestream again to pray for our kids and engage in a “shelter-in-place” version of our Fellowship Greeting. Then, Pastor Andrew wraps up our look at God’s Message of Hope with his sermon, “God’s Hope Empowered.” Our Bible texts this week are found in Exodus 6:6-7, John 14:15-17, and Acts 1:6-10. Responding together to God’s message of hope, we will take Communion and worship with a song of praise to our King of Kings.

We’ll close our time together with Giving, prayer, and a Benediction. If you have a prayer request you’d like to share this week, please email it to: prayer@meadowsfamily.org.

As you prepare for worship this week, continue to focus on the hope that we have in Jesus Christ. Pray that this hope would impact us, our families and friends, our church, and our community during these days.

Blessings,

Mark

PS – If you’re looking for more ways you can be praying during this COVID-19 crisis, click here.



Preparing for Worship – Apr 17

from Mark Hoffman

And he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands
he blessed them. While he blessed them,

he parted from them and was carried up into heaven.

And they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem

with great joy, and were continually in the temple

blessing God.  Luke 24:50-53  

This week, we desire to respond to the blessing of the risen Christ in the same way that the disciples did at his ascension — in joyful worship! So this scene in Luke encourages us to worship with joy as the Bee family leads us in singing Glorious Day and Because He Lives (Amen).

We’ll set aside a few minutes of our live-stream again to pray for our kids and then enjoy a brief greeting time, too. Then, our look at God’s Message of Hope continues this week as Drew Barnes helps us to understand the implications of Christ’s ascension with a sermon entitled “God’s Hope Propelled.” His texts are found in Exodus 6:6-7; John 14:1-4; Luke 24:50-53. We will respond together with Communion and in song with Who You Say I Am.

We will close our time together with Giving, prayer, and a Benediction. If you have a prayer request you’d like to share this week, please email it to: prayer@meadowsfamily.org.

Let’s pray that we all truly experience the power of our hope in Christ this week.

 Blessings, 

 -Mark



Preparing for Worship – Apr 10

from Mark Hoffman

“I will deliver you from slavery… and I will redeem you 
with an outstretched arm and with great acts of judgment.”

Exodus 6:6

This week we will observe Good Friday with a continued focus on God’s Message of Hope. We will see the themes of God’s deliverance and redemption found in His promises in Exodus 6 and ultimately fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Our worship this Good Friday is in the form of a self-directed service that can be done by you at home. Be sure to check out the Good Friday resources by clicking here for the video or here for the guide.

Then, for Easter Sunday, we are back to live-streaming to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ! He is risen indeed! We will open in song with Christ the Lord is Risen Today, and then respond to the glorious truth of 1 Peter 1:3 with In Christ Alone. We will have special “virtual” Fellowship Greeting time, where we can take a few minutes to send digital Easter greetings to one another as a church family, followed by a special Kids’ Time.

Then, Pastor Andrew will continue our series on God’s Message of Hope with an Easter message entitled “God’s Hope Proven.“ His texts will be taken from Exodus 6:6-7 and Matt. 28:1-10,16-20. We will again observe Communion in our homes this week, and then respond together in praise of the risen Jesus Christ, who is himself our Living Hope! We will close our time of worship through Giving, prayer, and with a Benediction. If you have a prayer request you’d like to share this week, you may email it to: prayer@meadowsfamily.org.

This Good Friday and Easter will be unlike any we have experienced before. May the Lord likewise strengthen and establish our faith during this season in ways we never would have imagined.

Blessings,

Mark

 



Preparing for Worship – April 3

from Mark Hoffman

May all who seek you

    rejoice and be glad in you;

may those who love your salvation

    say continually, “Great is the Lord!”

Psalm 40:16

 

This week we will begin our time of worship with God’s own words of worship given to us in the Psalms. As those who seek the Lord and love his salvation, we will read responsively from Psalm 40 and sing together Great Are You Lord

 

Hearing again from Scripture, we are reminded in Matthew 21 that this week is Palm Sunday, when we commemorate Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. As he entered, “the whole city was stirred up, saying, ‘Who is this?’” We gather as those who know the answer to that question, for we know Jesus Christ as God in the flesh. He is the One who died, was raised, and ascended in victory over sin and death! In response to the truth of who Christ is and what he has done, we sing Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery.

 

We’ll set aside a few minutes of our live-stream again this week specifically for our kids and then highlight some announcements as well. Pastor Andrew will then begin to look at God’s Message of Hope found in the four cups of Passover with a sermon titled “God’s Hope Promised.” His sermon texts this week are found in Exodus 6:5-8 and Matthew 21-23.

 

Though it will be different this week, we will still partake of Communion together, and celebrate our release from the burden of sin as we sing No Longer Slaves. We will close our time together as we worship through Giving, prayer, and a Benediction. If you have a prayer request you’d like to share this week, please email it to: prayer@meadowsfamily.org.

 

I’m praying that we would seek the Lord all the more during these days, and that we may find peace and purpose in Him. I look forward to worshiping with you on Sunday…

 

Mark



Preparing for Worship – Mar 27

from Mark Hoffman

May the God of hope 

fill you with all joy and peace in believing, 

so that by the power of the Holy Spirit 

you may abound in hope.  

Romans 15:13

Usually we think of a benediction as a word of blessing which sends us out at the end of a worship service. And yet I feel like this benediction of Paul’s, taken from the end of his letter to the Romans, is particularly appropriate for us as a starting point for our worship this week. Because we can come together (even through the assistance of technology) and worship as an expression of our faith in the God of hope, coming to him in times of uncertainty to experience the joy and peace that comes through faith in Jesus Christ, so that by the power of his Spirit we can overflow with real hope. With this in mind, we will begin with a song of hope, Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me. We will declare confidence in our Good Shepherd as we recite Psalm 23 together, and respond again in song with You Never Let Go.

We’ll set aside a few minutes of our live-stream again this week specifically for our kids and then highlight some announcements as well. Pastor Andrew will wrap up the book of Ephesians with his final message in our Built Together sermon series as we look at Ephesians 6:18-24. Following the message, we will sing Mighty To Save as a response to the call to boldly proclaim the hope that we have in Christ. And closing out our service we’ll worship through Giving, with prayer, and a final Benediction.

I miss seeing you all in person, but I do look forward to connecting in worship on Sunday morning. I’m praying for health and hope for you all!

Mark