Welcome to a new month! May is officially a month of new life and new growth. Trees are blossoming, flowers are blooming, gardens are being planted, and sunshine basks the landscape. Birds sing their songs of praise to God and fly about looking for food and fun, while butterflies flutter on the gentle breezes. It’s a time of freshness and new beginnings. While for many of us this is a different spring than we could ever have imagined, it can be a season of new beginnings for us too. This month, we will continue to lift our eyes off our situations and circumstances and fix them on our precious Lord and Savior—the One who knows and holds the future, and the One who sees and knows exactly what we’re going through.
As we finish out this worship set focused on the love of God, I’m going to close with a song that has been on my mind and heart for the past couple of months. It was actually the song that inspired this whole set and attuned my heart to meditate on God’s immeasurable love. This song is “Love on the Line” by Hillsong Worship.
As we come to the close of January and get used to the rhythm and routine of 2020, let’s not forget the excitement and anticipation we had at New Year’s. Let’s not forget the resolutions, dreams, and goals we made at the beginning of the year. And may we especially not forget the covenants and resolutions we made with God. So as we wrap up our New Year worship set, I have a special song I want to share with you that focuses on our devotion to the Lord.
As we march forward into the new year and make our new year resolutions and goals, let’s make some goals for our spiritual life also. Let’s renew our purpose and commitment to Christ. Let’s review and remind ourselves what a surrendered life to God looks like. And as we do this, the natural outpouring should be praise. Praise for all that God has done for us and worship as a sacrifice and offering of surrender.
Happy New Year! Welcome to 2020! I’m so excited what God has in store for this year and this new decade! We live during an exciting time when the stage is set for God to work in mighty ways. And the amazing thing is that we can be a part of what God is going to do. What an awesome God we serve!
To wrap up our month of worship focused on surrender and gratitude, I want to share with you a song that has been speaking deeply to me over the last couple of months. It’s a call to surrender, a call to make Jesus our everything and all that we’ll ever need. It’s a prayer, asking God to fill us with more of Himself and less of ourselves. It’s an anthem to declare to ourselves, reminding us of our mission and purpose. This is “Fade Away” by Passion Music.
This simple, classic hymn is one of my favorites. Penned in 1896 by the little known J.W. Van DeVenter. This Methodist lay pastor wrote many hymns, but the most well-known one by far is “I Surrender All”.
Worship songs come in all shapes and forms. Some are long, complex and tell a story. Others declare our faith and what we believe and contain bold statements. While still others are extremely simple in lyric and music yet convey deep emotion and a heartfelt prayer. The final song I’m going to share with you this month and that will complete our Worship Set 2 falls into the last category.
Communion. Jesus instituted this tradition and a way of remembering His sacrifice the night before He was arrested, and it has been observed by the Church for the last 2,000 years. At my church we take communion the first Sunday of every week, and as the elements are passed out we sing a song. Therefore, since May has five weeks in it, I decided to share one of the songs I use for communion.
Hymns are classic. They are full of deep theological truth and have stood the test of time. However, depending on what type of church you go to, hymns can sometimes feel old fashioned and not terribly relevant to the current musical style. Nevertheless, the truth they contain is still rich and deep. So I love it when song writers combine solid hymns with modern music. They give the hymns new life with a fresh bridge or chorus or even weaving them together with newer songs.
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