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How Sweet the Sound

Do you have a favorite hymn or worship song, perhaps one that you could even recite from memory? If so, you'll probably be as excited as I am about our new message series called, "How Sweet the Sound." Over the next few weeks, we're not just going to worship using some hymns and worship songs; we're also going to learn their backstory and talk about the theology contained within the lyrics of these great songs.


How Sweet the Sound: Amazing Grace

Do you have a favorite hymn or worship song, perhaps one that you could even recite from memory? If so, you’ll probably be as excited as I am about our new message series called, “How Sweet the Sound.”

Over the next few weeks, we’re not just going to worship using some hymns and worship songs; we’re also going to learn their backstory and talk about the theology contained within the lyrics of these great songs.

This week we are going to begin by focusing on the famous hymn, “Amazing Grace.” Surprisingly, the author of this great hymn, John Newton, was known as “the great blasphemer” and had a reputation of being a violent raging drunk.

How could a man like this come to pen the hymn that we now know as “Amazing Grace?” Come this Sunday and hear the story of how God’s amazing grace transformed John Newton’s life, and what God’s powerful, unfathomable, amazing grace means for you and me.

I hope you will join us for this new series , “How Sweet the Sound.”



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How Sweet the Sound: What a Friend We Have in Jesus

We are continuing our series, “How Sweet the Sound” by focusing on the famous hymn, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.”

The very first verse of this song says, “What a friend we have in Jesus all our sins and grieves to bear. What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!”

  • How do you feel about prayer?
  • Do you find it to be difficult?
  • Do you sometimes find it a chore?
  • Perhaps you feel inadequate or ineffective when you pray.

Many people have very real misconceptions about what prayer is and what prayer accomplishes. But, prayer is an important topic. Consider this, the Bible says we can experience God’s peace, a peace that exceeds anything that we can understand, as a result of prayer.

So, join us as we look at the backstory behind the hymn, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” and together, dig into the topic of prayer.



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How Sweet the Sound: I’ll Fly Away

We’re looking at the story behind famous hymns and worship songs and the truths of the Bible that they communicate.

This week we are considering the song, “I’ll Fly Away.” The lyrics of this great hymn consider the prospect of dwelling with God in heaven. Jesus told his disciples that he was going to prepare a place for us in heaven, and that will come back and take us to be with Him.

So join us as we turn our attention to Jesus’ return, the rapture of believers, and our reunion in heaven.



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How Sweet the Sound: It Is Well With My Soul

We conclude our series, “How Sweet the Sound,” by looking at a song entitled, “It Is Well With My Soul.”

“It is Well with My Soul” was written by Horatio Spafford, a man who suffered unbelievable personal loss in his life. Amazingly, in the midst of his grief, he pens the lyrics to this great hymn, “It is Well with My Soul.”

This week’s message is for those of us, well, perhaps all of us, who have had to deal with loss, with suffering, with injustice, with pain, or with discouragement.

Is it possible to experience God’s peace in the midst of difficult circumstances? Can it be “well with our soul” when life seems to be working against us?

Join us for this message as we consider what the Bible tells us about how we can experience the reality of God’s peace during life’s most difficult circumstances.



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