This coming Sunday I’ll be serving as the worship leader at State College E-Free Church. The message will be based on Ephesians 4:17-21, which focuses on Believers being called to live a life different from the one they lived before they knew Christ and different from others in the world around them. What stood out to me as I read and reflected on this passage is that in Christ we are offered more than the world can offer.
Prelude: (E) Here I Am to Worship – Tim Hughes
This song speaks of the Gospel message, of God coming down to us and offering us a love we cannot comprehend. It’s a fitting reminder for the start of the service, the very basis for the life Paul writes about in Ephesians 4.
Song #1: (A) You Never Let Go – Matt Redman & Beth Redman
I like this song for two reasons. First, it addresses the reliability of God. The message of the song is that God is faithful when life is difficult. Second, it acknowledges that life can be difficult. When we live the life Paul describes in Ephesians 4 it doesn’t mean comfort, ease, and the end of all problems.
Song #2: (E) All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name – Edward Perronet & John Rippon
In difficult times we can rely on the faithfulness of God. Though circumstances might be trying, and evil may seem depressingly strong, we can also dwell on the supremacy of Christ.
Song #3: (G) Enough – Chris Tomlin
In living the life we are called to it might be tempting to think we’ll miss what we leave behind. This song is a reminder that Christ is more awesome than we know and more than enough for us.
Response Song: (G) Give Us Clean Hands – Charlie Hall
This will be played immediately following the sermon as a response. We ask for humility, clean hands, pure hearts, and help seeking the face of God.
Closing Song: (A) From the Inside Out – Joel Houston
If lasting change is going to happen in our lives it must start in the heart. I desire that my heart and soul would long to bring God praise in the things that I say and do.
I’m looking forward to this weekend. I’ve been playing this set a lot over the past few days, alone in my living room. It will be great to join with a couple hundred people on Sunday and sing through it. Leading corporate music in the church is an honor, privilege, and joy.