Getting Ready for Sunday, May 10th, 2009

leaving-your-mark-on-lifeSermon for Sunday May 10, 2009

 “No Erasers Please”

If you are going to leave your mark on life, you must finish what you have started.  Many people never leave a mark on life, because they sign on, but somewhere along the way they get discouraged and quit.  Today, you will be encouraged to put away your erasers and press on toward leaving your mark on life.

Set List for May 10th  , 2009


 Song                 Author             Recording


Sing Sing Sing


Chris Tomlin

Jesse Reeves

Matt Gilder

Daniel Carson

Travis Nunn


“Hello Love”

Chris Tomlin



Blessed Be Your Name



Matt Redman

Beth Redman


“Where Angels Fear To Tread”

Matt Redman


Marvelous Light


Charlie Hall


“Flying Into Daybreak”

Charlie Hall



I Surrender All



Judson Wheeler Van DeVenter
Winfield Scott Weeden


Traditional Hymn




Victory In Jesus



Eugene M. Bartlett


Traditional Hymn


     It was a very cool day for me having my brother Derick in services yesterday.  Thanks for all your words of encouragement to him….just note that if he told you any stories about me, they probably aren’t true (unless they where about me being the greatest brother ever of course J

     Our message this week is about following through with our commitments.  Our music this week also deals a little with this topic.  With that being said, our opening song actually doesn’t go along with the theme at all, and is simply a song of worship to get us going Sunday. 

      OK, now we get into our theme for the day.  “Blessed Be Your Name” I think is applicable to this theme in that it talks about worshipping God no matter what is going on around us.  Blessed be Your name when times are good, and when times are bad.  No matter what we face, our God is still worthy of praise.  Just like all of our commitments, the true test of our faithfulness is when things aren’t going as good as we would like.

     “Marvelous Light” continues our theme by talking about moving forward out of darkness and shame.  We celebrate that sin has lost it’s power because of what Christ did for us.  I’ve heard Bro. Todd talk about this before, “if you’re not moving forward in your Christian walk, more than likely you’re sliding backward”.  Let’s strive this week to run towards the Marvelous Light that Christ offers.

      We finish up the music portion of the service with the song of commitment “I Surrender All”.  I love this song for an invitation, but it’s just as appropriate earlier in the service.  If you can truly say “I Surrender All”, it seems to me that statement is unconditional.  Can you make this statement even before the message as your commitment to follow whatever it is God tells you to do in that service?

      Our closing song for the day is “Victory in Jesus” as we celebrate what Christ has done for us, as well as what Christ is doing in the lives of others.   Causing us to celebrate even more will be the addition of a lot of new members whom you will meet by video, and several who are following their commitment through baptism. 

       What an awesome day we have in store!  I know I’ll be looking out for that huge bear hug from Gene after services for singing “Victory In Jesus”.  I’m always a little afraid to do this song in that one of these days he’s going to get so excited he might jump from the back row to the stage…just watch your heads and enjoy it with him.  I look forward to worshipping with you all on Sunday.



Bro. Doug


One Response to Getting Ready for Sunday, May 10th, 2009

  1. Jessica Belote says:

    I love “Blessed Be Your Name”. God put it on my heart during two really difficult times in my life — I remember sobbing through the line “On the road marked with suffering, though there’s pain in the offering, Blessed be your name”

    Singing it now brings back the memories of those times and how God brought me and my family through them. Praise Him!

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