March 29, 2020
Pastor Jim shares his thoughts this week on what it means to choose peace. You can watch his video on YouTube,
Below you will find the sermon notes, a quick note from Annalea with this week’s worship playlist, and this week’s announcements.
Good morning, church!
Still missing you guys. Tons. Still love you guys, more than ever. Hang in there–and don’t hesitate to make those phone calls. Someone said last week that every sigh should turn into a phone call, reaching out to someone. I love that little bit of poetry.
Here is this week’s worship playlist. Some old heart songs of mine, which may be new to you, and some beautiful old standards. I was blessed to hear a Twitter friend’s wife sing “Sweet Hour of Prayer” this week as part of their recorded services, and it only reinforced how foundational and timeless our hymns are. As a bonus, here’s an album I’ve been loving: Worship Circle Hymns. Rick Young shared that with me a little while back, and it has become a backbone of my personal worship time. (It’s hard to beat Jeremy Riddle, Paul Baloche, Kim Walker-Smith, and Meredith Andrews singing their own arrangements. My favorite is Todd Fields’ version of the Doxology, called “God Be Praised”.) I pray you all are seeing God’s hand more and more evident, that you feel His love more powerfully and with more detail and clarity than ever before, and that you will lift up your heads and praise Him with all your heart today. Psalm 24:6-8 in the Passion Translation says:
6 They will stand before God,
for they seek the pleasure of God’s face, the God of Jacob.
Pause in his presence
7 So wake up, you living gateways!
Lift up your heads, you ageless doors of destiny!
Welcome the King of Glory,
for he is about to come through you.
8 You ask, “Who is this Glory-King?”
The Lord, armed and ready for battle,
the Mighty One, invincible in every way!“
And, I’ll close with a dear, dear favorite, Psalm 100 from the New King James:
1 Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!
2 Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.
3 Know that the Lord, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
5 For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations.
Looking forward to when we can worship together again, all in the same place, raising a sound to bring the glory of God forth like never before, like I saw a few weeks back in vision at church.
Much love in Christ,
Announcements: March 29, 2020
Since the state of Idaho is under a 21-day stay-at-home order, we will continue with a pre-recorded message for the first two Sundays in April so there will be no in person worship services on April 5th & 12th. In addition, all in-person small groups have hit the pause button during this period of time.
The leadership of the church met this past Saturday (previous to Gov. Little’s Stay At Home order), and we are committed to staying connected with you all in this season. So, please do not hesitate to contact any one of us if you have any needs that require pastoral assistance. We would love to help and to pray for and with you.
This is also an opportune time for each us to rest, to pray, to connect more intimately with the Father, to reconnect with family and friends, and to be salt and light by sharing Christ with others in what we do and say. So, let’s take full advantage of the opportunities God has placed for us here in the midst of this crisis.