Getting Ready for Sunday, March 16, 2008

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March 16 Sermon “Did You Say Something?”How well do you listen to those in your life? Listening is more than just hearing, it is understanding how a person really feels. Listening carefully communicates to others that they are valuable. In this message, we will see what the Bible says about listening and also discover some ways to improve our listening skills. 

Set List for March 16, 2008

Song                              Author                        Recording

Our Love Is Loud David Crowder “Can You Hear Us”David Crowder Band

How Can I Keep From Singing

Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, Matt Redman “See the Morning”Chris Tomlin

Song of Praise

Doug & Cindy Mickan “Prelude”Doug & Cindy Mickan

Open Our Eyes Lord

Bob Cull “WOW Worship”The Platinum Collection

In the Secret

 Andy Park “Sonic Flood”Sonic Flood

Be Still

Doug & Cindy Mickan “Let It Be Clear”Doug & Cindy Mickan

When I Think About the Lord

James Huey “Carry Away”Shane & Shane

     This Sunday we will finish up our series on “Relationships 101”.  John Herring will be preaching today, and he will be talking about a topic that I personally struggle with a lot: listening.  In the worship info for my team members this week, I made the statement that often when I should be listening, I’m actually thinking of what I’m going to say next.  Not only does this struggle interfere in my relationships with others, it also hampers my relationship with Christ.  This week through the music I want to focus on our listening to God.

     We’ll actually start out the services with some songs that allow us to be loud, and proclaim our love for Christ.  “Our Love Is Loud” is one of my all time favorite songs.  We do it pretty often at Oasis, but in case you would like to refresh your memory, check the link in the chart above.  Let’s lift our voices and shout it out as we sing “We Love You Lord”. 

     “How Can I Keep From Singing” is a song by Chris Tomlin that we have used a few times before.  My favorite part of this song is during the bridge.  It doesn’t matter what I’m going through, I can still sing the praises of my God and King.  Take a listen to the song by clicking the link in the chart above.

     “Song of Praise” is another Doug & Cindy song.  This was one of the first “worship” songs that I ever attempted to write.  It was an extremely nerve wracking event when I introduced it the first time, but it seemed to catch on well.  It really means a lot that there are several of our people that have told me it is one of their favorites.  This song comes directly from Psalm 63

God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.  I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory.  Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.  i will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.”  What an awesome Psalm of praise from David.  You can listen to “Song of Praise” on our soundclick page by clicking the link in the chart above.

     The last half of our music is more reflective and quiet.  It’s my hope that even though we will be singing, we we also take time to simply listen to what God is saying to us through the songs.  “Open Our Eyes Lord”, “In the Secret”, and “Be Still” all deal with us seeking God.  It should be our prayer every day that God would open our eyes so that we can see Him at work in our lives.  We should try to seek Him every day in those quiet places where we can be alone with Him.  When we recorded “Be Still” on our first CD, I specifically wanted it at the end.  After all of our songs of praise we end with the statement, “but for now I will be still”.  That pretty much sums up what I’m trying to accomplish through the music on Sunday.  There is a time to pray, sing, cry, laugh, & dance for our Lord; but at some point there always needs to be a time when we can simply be still and listen for His voice.  You can listen to “Be Still” on our CD Baby page by clicking the link in the chart above.  “Be Still” is the final song listed for the album.

      Thanks for taking time to check out our blog and prepare for worship on Sunday.  Thanks for all the encouraging comments that you continue to leave every week.  I truly look forward to worshiping with you on Sunday.

Bro. Doug

    

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One Response to Getting Ready for Sunday, March 16, 2008

  1. Cindy Montgomery says:

    Welcome back! I love the schedule of songs. Each one has a beautiful message. I can not wait to sing them Sunday!!! “Be Still” is another of my favorites that you wrote. I love singing along with it. Thank you for the message you bring each week with music!

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