Monthly Archives: May 2014

Preparing for Worship – June 1, 2014

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What is wisdom? What is the difference between a wise man and a fool? How should a wise man live out his days?

This week, we will look at Ecclesiastes 9:13-10:20. We will see how to be wise:

In the midst of daily evils

In our daily walk

In our daily talk

Join us, won’t you? To prepare to sing together, check out these helpful links:

Praise to The Lord (Listen | Purchase)

Poison Tree (Listen | Purchase)

Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) (Listen | Purchase)

Christ, Or Else I Die (Listen | Purchase)

My Hope Is Built (The Solid Rock)

 

See you on Sunday.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY…to The Town Church

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Greetings friends of The Town Church.

This Sunday (June 1) we will be celebrating the work of God in and through The Town Church over the last 4 years of existence. God has been good. Deep friendships have formed. Individuals have become one in marriage. We have experienced birth (lots of births). We have witnessed new birth in the salvation of souls.  We have mourned the deep loss that death brings. We have seen the effects of sin and we’ve experienced the never-ending, never-changing grace, love and forgiveness of our Savior. We have walked through painful situations together. We have rejoiced together. God is over it all!  It is His church and there is nothing that will tear it down because He has purchased it with the precious blood of His one and only Son – Jesus!

On Sunday we will talk through some of the ways God has shown us His grace, mercy and kindness as a church. We will celebrate together.

After our second service, we will have a celebratory picnic at Library Park.

  • We will have birthday cake for everyone.
  • Umami Mobile Asian Eatery (a food truck) will be at the park ready to serve us. Check out their menu at their website. Be prepared with money to purchase delicious food.
  • Bring lawn games for everyone to enjoy.
  • Invite friends, neighbors and family members. This is a great opportunity to invite someone you have been planning to invite for a long time. Do it. Invite them to join you at church and then bring them to the picnic.

NOTE: for those who attend the first service, you may want to get to the park before noon to purchase food so that you beat the rush from the second service.

We’re looking forward to being with you and celebrating God’s work over the last 4 years!

To God be the glory!!!

Preparing for Worship – May 25, 2014

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Not a single one of us can predict what will happen tomorrow. There are truly only a few things that are certain: life, death, and the fact that tomorrow won’t be predictable!

Because we don’t know what tomorrow will hold, we are forced to trust in a God who does. But in the midst of learning to trust in God during the journey, we are reminded that He has given us many things on this earth to enjoy.

Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already approved what you do. – Ecclesiastes 9:7

So, enjoy today! Remember that all good things have been given to you by a gracious, merciful, powerful and all-wise God! As you enjoy the many blessings of today, praise God for all of it!

To prepare to sing together, check out these helpful links:

Rejoice (Listen | Purchase)

Jesus! (Listen | Purchase)

Grace Alone (Listen | Purchase)

Rock of Ages (Listen | Purchase)

Come Thou Fount (Purchase)

How Great Thou Art (Listen | Purchase)

 

See you on Sunday.

Preparing for Worship – May 18, 2014

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Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. – James 3:13

What is true wisdom? Who is truly wise? Does wisdom guarantee success or freedom from pain and suffering? Will wisdom help us to parent, work, eat and live in a way that brings us joy?

Join us this week as we take a look at the merits and limitations of wisdom from Ecclesiastes Chapter 8. We will see that while seeking to be wise is a high calling, it has limitations. We will also see that only God is truly and ultimately wise.

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! – Romans 11:33

This week, we will sing songs reminding us that God alone is perfectly wise. We will remind each other that He is the one true powerful God. We will remind each other that the wisest choice we could ever make is to know Him more and surrender to His will. To prepare to sing together, check out these helpful links:

Doxology (Listen)

One God (Listen | Purchase)

God Undefeatable (Listen | Purchase)

We Are Listening (Listen | Purchase)

I Surrender All (Listen | Purchase)

Jesus Paid It All (Listen & Download)

 

Preparing for Worship – May 11, 2014

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As we’ve studied the book of Ecclesiastes, we get a first hand account of a person who has experienced both times of blessing and times of adversity. The description of life given to us in the book is real and gritty.

Sometimes it can be tempting to believe that when things are going well, God is pleased with us. Similarly, it can be tempting to believe that when times of adversity come, God is displeased with us. One of the chief dangers with this kind of thinking is that it can lead us to trying to work to earn God’s favor. The logic goes like this: “if I do all of the right things, God will be pleased with me and life will go well.”

That couldn’t be further from the truth.

The reality is that no matter how hard we try to do the right things, it will never be enough. No matter how righteous our life, we will never earn God’s favor. We will always come up short.

None is righteous, no not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. – Romans 3:10

HOWEVER, the beauty of the gospel is that Jesus is our perfect righteousness. When God saves us through the work and person of Jesus, we are given that righteousness as a free gift.

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. – 2 Corinthians 5:21

This week, we will sing songs reminding us that our righteousness is found in Christ alone. To prepare to sing together, check out these helpful links:

By His Grace (Listen | Purchase)

Mediator (Listen | Purchase)

Before the Throne (Listen | Purchase)

Rock of Ages (Listen | Purchase)

Nothing But The Blood (Listen | Purchase)

Grace Alone (Listen | Purchase)

 

Preparing for Worship – May 4, 2014

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Let’s face it, life can be difficult. Even unbearable at times. On the other hand, there are also days filled with joy and laughter. One of the things that makes Ecclesiastes such an intriguing book to study is that the writer seems to have a keen understanding of this.

One deep truth that the writer expresses is the idea that God has made both good and bad times:

In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him. (Ecclesiastes 7:14)

This leaves us with a haunting question: will we worship God in both the joyful times and in the adverse times? Will we be able to say along with Job:

The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. (Job 1:21b)

Thanks be to God that the ultimate relief to the struggles of life comes from the truth that Jesus came and defeated death through His resurrection!

 

To prepare to sing together, check out these helpful links:

Psalm 18 (Listen | Purchase)

It Is Well (Listen | Purchase)

Blessed Be Your Name (Listen | Purchase)

Jude Doxology (Listen | Purchase)

God Is Good (Listen | Purchase)

My One Comfort (Listen | Purchase)

 

Preparing for Worship – April 27, 2014

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(Due to a malfunction with our blog, this post did not post prior to the worship gathering on April 27, 2014. However, for the sake of continuing to document the songs we sang and the passage of scripture we studied, we have posted it afterwards.)

This Sunday, we studied Ecclesiastes 5:8-6:9. The thrust of the passage was that instead of pursuing riches and wealth, we should pursue the giver of all good gifts and enjoy the gifts He has given.

We reflected on three questions:

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1. Am I satisfied? (Ecclesiastes 5:8-12, 6:7-9) (Matthew 6:24)

2. Where do I find my enjoyment? (Ecclesiastes 5:13-17, 6:7-9) (Psalm 118:24)

3. In God Alone will we find true satisfaction and enjoyment. (Ecclesiastes 5:18-20) (Romans 8:32)

 

We joined our voices together as we sang these songs (many are hymns with timeless truths!):

10,000 Reasons (Listen | Purchase)

How Great Thou Art (Listen | Purchase)

Come Thou Fount (Listen | Purchase)

My Hope Is Built (The Solid Rock)

Oh God (Listen | Purchase)

In Christ Alone (Listen)