Preparing for Worship – July 5th, 2020

Blessed are those who dwell in your house,

ever singing your praise!

Psalm 84:4

This is an exciting week, because we finally have the opportunity to once again gather for worship in our building! It may feel a bit different since we are taking precautions to protect the health of all those in attendance, but we are grateful for the opportunity to worship our great and loving God together. Our in-person worship services will be at 9:30am and 11:00am, with the 9:30am service live-streaming on Facebook and YouTube.

We will begin with a song of celebration and praise, Today Is the Day. Psalm 84 then provides words of worship for us as God’s people gathered in his presence, and the song Better Is One Day will be our sung response. After a special Kids’ Time, Pastor Andrew will continue our GOD IS… sermon series with a message entitled “God Is Love.” We’ll remember the love of God demonstrated at the cross of Christ as we celebrate communion, and respond in song with How Deep the Father’s Love for Us. 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.

Remember that attendance is limited at our in-person services right now, so you must register if you’d like to attend. Click here to register: Meadows Christian Fellowship Registration Form. Whether you choose to attend in person or to watch from home, you can prepare for worship this week by prayerfully engaging with the Scripture and songs above. Continue to pray for our church and that God would be glorified in all that we do.

To view this week’s digital bulletin and connection card, click here: MCF Digital Bulletin – July 5th, 2020

I hope to see you soon!

Mark



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



Preparing for Worship – June 21st, 2020

 
Be exalted, O Lord, in your strength! 

We will sing and praise your power!

Psalm 21:13

As we worship this week by live-stream, these words from the Psalms call us to exalt the Lord together. We will sing in praise of our all-powerful God with Hallelujah To My King and Christ Our Hope In Life And Death, and Marcia Jarrett will once again lead a special time for our kids.

Also, this Sunday is Father’s Day! So this week, Drew Barnes will share some Father’s Day thoughts and then bring us the next message in our “God Is…” series with a sermon entitled “God Is Omnipotent.” Drew’s sermon text this week can be found in Matthew 6:26-30. Our response of worship together will be the song What A Beautiful Name, and we 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.

Please be in prayer this week as the Bee family is taking a much deserved vacation. Pray for Drew Barnes as he prepares to preach God’s Word. And please prayerfully prepare your own heart and mind to receive from and respond to the Lord in worship this week.

Blessings,

Mark



Preparing for Worship – June 14th, 2020

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! 

How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!

“For who has known the mind of the Lord,

    or who has been his counselor?”

“Or who has given a gift to him

    that he might be repaid?”

For from him and through him and to him are all things. 

To him be glory forever. Amen.

Romans 11:33-36

This week, we once again gather virtually via live-stream to give glory to our great and all-knowing God through worship. We’ll begin by lifting our voices to praise him in song with Rejoice and Behold Him. Then, following a few brief announcements and a special time for our kids, I will have the great privilege of preaching God’s Word as we continue our God Is… sermon series. This week’s message is called “God Is Omniscient” and our main text will be Psalm 139. In response to the truth of Scripture and this amazing attribute of God, we will sing praise to the Lord with His Mercy Is More. To conclude our time together we will pray, have a time of Giving, and close with a Benediction. If you have a prayer request you’d like to share this week, email it to: prayer@meadowsfamily.org.

Please prepare your heart and mind to encounter God through worship this week. Prayerfully take in the message of the Scripture and songs above. Please also be in prayer for me, as well as for Jim Herold and the rest of the worship team and tech team as we seek to honor God in our service. For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be glory forever! Amen.

Mark



Preparing for Worship – June 7th, 2020

He is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords…

To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.

1 Timothy 6:15-16

This week we are excited to gather in worship for our “Drive-In” service in the parking lot! We’ll open our lot for vehicles beginning at 9:00am, with the service starting at our usual 9:30am time. You can expect vehicles to be staggered to allow space between as our team of volunteers greets you, guides you to your spot, and distributes printed worship lyrics and individually packaged communion for later in the service. Everyone in our lot will be able to tune in and hear the entire service over FM radio in our cars.

We will open with Scripture, as the verses above from 1 Timothy point us to respond in worship of our Sovereign God in song, with O For A Thousand Tongues and Living Hope. 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 Sovereign.” His text will be taken from Colossians 1:16-17. After the message, we’ll respond by taking Communion together and by singing Holy, Holy, Holy. 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.

We are all looking forward to gathering for this special “Drive-In” worship service! We are also in the process of finalizing our plan to resume gathering for worship in our sanctuary on Sunday mornings. In addition, we will still continue our live-streaming every single week for those who are uncomfortable or unable to attend. Details on all of these things will be forthcoming. For now, please prepare for worship this week by prayerfully reflecting on the Scripture and songs above. And please continue to pray for our church as we seek to navigate these challenging times in a God-honoring way.

Blessings to you all, 

Mark



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