Joy Comes in the Morning

“Your presence is heaven to me.”

What a wonderful day to be the church.  I loved our time together as we focused on John 16 and Jesus’ promise that joy will come from sorrow.  As we worshiped today, I was so moved worshiping with our church family and seeing the authenticity in the room.  As a church, we share life together.  And so when one hurts, we all hurt.

As our worship service (songs, message, video, prayers, etc.) all focused on finding our joy in Jesus even during hard times, watching those who were hurting worship from the depths is an impacting thing.  Even in hard times, Jesus is good.

Today, we worshiped to:

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Ooh Child, Things Are Gonna Get Easier

One of my highlights last year was North Side Worship’s Overcome project.  More than a simple album recording, our worship team really worked over and beyond to encourage those who were going through.  As we put together a 16-song album (15 originals) full of hopeful themes, we prayed that it would be encouraging to many people.

Just recently, I got a note from a church member who has had a difficult year.  That’s an understatement, it’s been downright awful.  She sent me a letter and told me that she had listened to that CD every day of the last year and how it had reminded her over and over that she would overcome.

Mission accomplished!  That’s what our prayer was for the project.  In fact, the album artwork was more than a simple design.  We had spent a Sunday morning filling out prayer cards by completing this sentence, “God, if you would only…”  As we lined the stage with those cards, our staff prayed over them that entire week.  The hurt in our congregation was staggering.  As we prayed, I decided to use our prayer cards for another purpose.  Check out the video below to see what we did with them (if you can’t see the video, go here):

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