Worship is a way of life that takes place not just at 11:00 on Sunday morning, but every other hour of the week (John 4:20-24). Through this “Call to Worship,” we want to share some thoughts about worship, scripture verses, hymns, and songs to teach and encourage you as you seek His face daily and then hopefully together with us on Sunday!

This Week at Traditional Worship (10:00)

Maria Currey, Assistant Director of Music – Traditional

Hymn Highlight – “Like a River Glorious” by France Ridley Havergal (1836-1879)

The word “peace” and other forms of it are found over 400 times in the Bible. The Hebrew word shalom carries a number of positive meanings such as: peace, safety, prosperity, and friendship. In the New Testament, the Greek word commonly translated “peace” is eirene (pronounced i-RAY-nay), with shades of meaning such as: peace, tranquility, rest, and quietness. Together these give us a sense of what God’s peace is all about.

Using peace as her springboard, Frances Havergal based her beautiful hymn on texts from Isaiah.

“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You” (Isa. 26:3).

“Oh, that you had heeded My commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea” (Isa. 48:18).

Prayerfully, let the words of “Like a River Glorious” wash over your heart and soul. His perfect peace and rest transcend our current circumstances to go beyond what we understand – to the eternal peace of His hope and glory now and forevermore!

“Finding, as He promised, perfect peace and rest.”

This Week at Contemporary Worship (11:15)

Kerri Roberts, Assistant Director of Music – Contemporary

“Life is wasted if we do not grasp the glory of the cross, cherish it for the treasure that it is, and cleave to it as the highest price of every pleasure and the deepest comfort in every pain. What was once foolishness to us—a crucified God—must become our wisdom and our power and our only boast in this world.”― John Piper,Don’t Waste Your Life

Part of the great privilege of coming together to worship freely each Sunday morning is that we have the opportunity to corporately enter into a time of reflection, to remind one another of the work that Christ has done on our behalf, to encourage one another with songs, hymns, and spiritual songs (Colossians 3:16), and to worship God together in response.  There is no greater thing we can ask God for than a compelling image of the cross.  Let us come this week asking Him to lead us to the cross and to His heart as we worship.

Savior I come, quiet my soul

Remember redemption’s hill, where Your blood was spilled for my ransom

Everything I once held dear, I count it all as loss

Lead me to the cross where Your love poured out

Bring me to my knees, Lord I lay me down

Rid me of myself, I belong to You

Oh lead me, lead me to the cross

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