Summer of Praise

About the Series

Summer is the time when many people come and go, “sent out” to meet new people, reconnect with families and friends, discover new places and/or settle into familiar hide outs.  For others the summer is a time to simply stay put and enjoy the weather right here in metro west.  As we all know, to keep a positive attitude in changing circumstances makes for a much better experience (whether on vacation or not!) than to pull the familiar complaining lever. We’ve all had these miserable road trip delays or other traveling ‘unmercies’ that have a way to change the mood in the car- or wherever- real fast!

In the Scripture, it’s amazing how often songs of praise come in the context of adverse circumstances.  Rather than getting frustrated and grumpy about his own delayed travel plans, Paul says to the Thessalonians: “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).  The Song of Moses in Exodus 15 functions as a sort of go-to manual of praise when it says,  “The Lord is my strength and my song. He has become my salvation. This is my God, I will praise Him!” (Exodus 15:1-2).  The Psalms (the prayer book of God’s people) are loaded with praise and thanksgiving, even in the midst of great sufferings.  Over and over again, we are told, circumstances are the cart, and praise is the horse.  Yet all too often we we get this order confused!  Paul is himself in prison when he says  “do everything without complaining” (Philippians 2:14).

This summer, let’s make it our habit to give Him praise. It will be tested, no doubt about it, but as we praise Him we also make a statement that our lives are in His hands: “let everything that has breath praise the Lord!” (Psalm 150)

So whether you are able to attend every week or are away for some of the time this summer, do check in either in person or via podcast and be sure bring a friend to visit TCC! Every week we will highlight moments in the Bible and in our lives where an attitude of praise and thanksgiving made all the difference in the world.

Summer Songs

A few of the songs we’ll be singing this summer:

 

Summer Worship Schedule

July 1
Summer worship in Phillips Hall (9:30a)
No LTA
DIVE Bible Study at 9:50a

July 8 – August 26
Summer worship in Phillips Hall (9:30a)
LTA and DIVE Bible Study at 9:50a

September 2
Summer worship in Phillips Hall (9:30a)
No LTA
DIVE Bible Study at 9:50a

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