Preparing for Worship – Feb 1

from Mark Hoffman

But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”

Lamentations 3:21-24

This week, the song Our God Saves gathers us into God’s presence, leading us in worship to “lift up Your name, to call on our Savior, to fall on Your grace.” In light of last week’s question of why God allows pain and suffering, God’s Word to us in Lamentations 3:21-24 leads us to both humility and hope. In response we sing Your Love Defends Me and You Never Let Go.  
   
 
Following our Children’s Church dismissal (all kids 5 years old through 4th grade are invited to attend) Pastor Andrew will continue our Explore God series by addressing the question “Is Christianity Too Narrow?” As we explore biblical answers to this question we come face to face with the good news of Jesus Christ. The forgiveness and reconciliation found through faith in him is what we remember 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. Mighty To Save will be our sung response. Concluding our service will be our regular time of Giving, some brief announcements, and a Benediction.      
 
Draw near to the Lord this week. In all circumstances, find your joy and fulfilment in him. He has demonstrated his great love for us in Christ through his atoning death and life-giving resurrection. May this gospel truth lead us all into worship together this week.
 
 
See you Sunday! Mark


Preparing for Worship – Jan 25

from Mark Hoffman

Who am I that the highest King

Would welcome me?

I was lost but He brought me in

Oh His love for me!

As we gather for worship this week, we come into the presence of God singing Praise To The Lord The Almighty. It is an incredible privilege that the King of creation would invite us into his presence and welcome us! The love he shows to us through Jesus Christ draws us to him, brings us together, and compels us to worship, singing Who You Say I Am and Good Good Father.                

As we have been welcomed by him, we welcome one another (Romans 15:5-7) during our Fellowship Greeting. We will again lift our voices together to declare Lord I Need You, and then we invite all children up front for a special Kids’ Time. Pastor Andrew’s message this week will address the question “Why Does God Allow Pain and Suffering?” as we continue to Explore God together. In response to the answers we find in God’s Word, we will sing Blessed Be Your Name. Our worship gathering will conclude with a time of Giving, some brief announcements, and a Benediction.    
 
 
Worship is gracious gift of God. Will you accept God’s invitation and prepare to engage in the privilege of worship together? Reflect prayerfully on the songs and Scripture above. Pray for our time of worship together. Pray for all those who lead and for all who will attend. Pray that the Lord would be glorified and that his church would be built up!  
 
 

See you on Sunday, Mark



Preparing for Worship – Jan 17

from Mark Hoffman

Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever.   Psalm 145:2

 

Last week, as we examined the question of life’s true purpose, we came to the conclusion that each one of us was created to know and love our creator God and to reflect him in the world. Life is meaningless without God, but God gives everything meaning. We will enter into worship of our great God this week singing All People That On Earth Do Dwell. Then, Psalm 145 will guide us in our worship, as we weave together the message of this Psalm of praise with songs of response singing Hallelujah To My King, Be Thou My Vision, and All Creatures Of Our God And King.

 
Following our Children’s Church dismissal (all kids 5 years old through 4th grade are invited to attend) Pastor Andrew will continue the Explore God series by addressing the question “Is There a God?” Our response to the evidence for God is awe, wonder, and praise as we sing together in worship to our all-powerful, amazing, Indescribable God. Concluding our service will be our regular time of Giving, some brief announcements, and a Benediction.  
 
 
Will you prepare for worship this week? Prayerfully reflect verse-by-verse on the message of Psalm 145. Allow these words of Scripture to shape your understanding of who God is and your relationship to him. Familiarize yourself with the songs so that they may become an authentic response of worship we can all share in on Sunday.  
 
I look forward to seeing you then! Mark


Preparing for Worship – Jan 10

from Mark Hoffman

We welcome you with praise! We welcome you with praise!

Almighty God of love, be welcomed in this place!

We come together this week in worship, invited and welcomed by God into his presence through faith in our Savior Jesus Christ. Because he first welcomes us, we respond in praise singing Here For You. Psalm 146 continues to call us into worship and further expresses reasons why we gather to praise the Lord. The song 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) provides another sung response and leads us into a time of spontaneous prayer. Feel free to openly pray aloud, “Lord, I praise you because…” giving your own reason for praising him. We will then join voices again to sing How Great Is Our God.

 
 
 
Following our Children’s Church dismissal (all kids 5 years old through 4th grade are invited to attend) Pastor Andrew will address the question “Does Life Have a Purpose?” as we begin the Explore God series. Responding to what God’s Word has to say regarding this important question, we sing together the song of commitment, Living for Your Glory. Concluding our service will be our regular time of Giving, some brief announcements, and a Benediction.
 

  Please take some time this weekend to reflect on the Scriptures and songs above. Come ready to be welcomed in worship by our almighty, loving, and saving Lord. Please pray for all those leading and speaking in the service. Pray also that those who come in response to the Explore God initiative would be powerfully impacted by the truth of God’s Word and by experiencing worship of Him among His people. May the Lord build His church this Sunday!

 
I look forward to seeing you then… Mark


Preparing for Worship – Jan 3

from Mark Hoffman

 
Happy New Year!  As we gather for worship this week, we begin the new year proclaiming that Today Is the Day that the Lord has made… let’s rejoice and be glad in it! This song echoes the words of the salvation song of Psalm 118, which finds its ultimate fulfilment in our Savior, Jesus Christ. The words of this Psalm and the song Jesus Messiah point us to the gospel of Jesus and lead us 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. After proclaiming Christ’s atoning death through communion, we proclaim his resurrected life together in song, singing Christ Is Risen.
 
 
Following our Children’s Church dismissal (all kids 5 years old through 4th grade are invited to attend) Pastor Andrew will lay the foundation for the upcoming Explore God initiative with a message centered on Christ’s “Great Commission” found in Matthew 28:16-20. We will also spend time in prayer together for Explore God.
 
 
Responding to the message, we will sing Build My Life, asking that the Lord would lead us in his love to those around us who need the good news of Jesus Christ in their lives. We will close the service with our regular time of Giving, some brief announcements, and a Benediction.
 

Will you come prepared to worship this Sunday? Reflect on the songs and Scripture above and on the saving message of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Will you continue to draw near to the Lord with an attitude of worship day by day throughout the coming weeks? It is our hope that many people will be coming to our church in January and February to “Explore God” in our Sunday services. We want them to not only hear the truth of the gospel, but to experience authentic worship among people like us who have been transformed by the truth of the gospel. Our worship can be a powerful testimony to the existence of God and to the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Please pray with me to this end as we gather for worship this week and beyond…

 
 
See you on Sunday!
Mark