Words of Praise Series

Currently at Cornerstone, we are in the midst of a larger series on the topic of worship. What a broad topic. We have only had six sermons thus far and will probably go through the end of June on this series (since July begins the summer time in Europe).

A few weeks back, we considered The Songbook of Scripture, particularly looking at 1) the different types of Psalms and 2) some important points we can gleam from the Psalms in regards to our corporate worship. You can listen to that message by clicking here.

After a three-week break, having a couple of visiting guests from England to share with us and having a mission’s focused Sunday, we are now back onto the topic of worship. This past Sunday marked the beginning of a three-part sub-series on words of praise as particularly expressed by the ancient Hebrews in the Old Testament.

Whereas we might have a few words in our English translations to describe the act of praise – praise, bless, exult – the Hebrew people had a highly developed language in communicating their praise to God. They particularly used seven main words to describe such praise to God.

You can listen to or download the first message from our podcast, or you can sign up via iTunes as well. And I will put up reminders over the next couple of weeks of the messages as they become available online.

Cornerstone Sermon Series on Worship

Cornerstone is currently in the midst of a series looking at the biblical concept of worship. This series should last for quite a while, as such is a vast topic. So far, we have been looking at the overall idea of our entire lives being worship to God.

The first four messages have been entitled:

This Sunday, the series continues as we consider 5 points from Philippians 3:1-16.

You can download the messages from our podcast site or from iTunes. You can also download the Word document and PowerPoint document files from our sermon’s page on our main website.

I hope they become a resource not only to our church community but others as well.

Celebration 2009

Lifelink Int LogoThis past week, a few of us from Cornerstone International were able to join the Lifelink International churches for Celebration 2009 in Swansea, UK. Each summer, the churches of Lifelink gather in the UK for a long weekend of preaching, teaching seminars, worship, youth and kids meetings, food and lots of time together as friends and family.

This year was no different. The theme was Worship His Majesty. And despite the overly rainy weather (it’s Wales, what can you expect), we were looking forward with anticipation to be with the Lifelink family.

The messages in our main gatherings included:

  • Dave Latham from Liverpool speaking about the fire of God.
  • Guy Lister from Chester speaking about the worship due to our God.
  • Andrew Scotland from Rugby speaking about God inconveniencing His people.
  • Ian Rawley from Cambridge speaking about the praise that should come from the lips of God’s people.

Each message was followed with a time of response to the word, specifically looking to pray and speak prophetically into the lives of God’s people. Some of these times of ministry were also given to prayer for Spirit filling and healing. And why not? There should be no holding back when the covenant family of God gathers together.

The times of corporate worship were quite powerful being filled with song, celebration, dancing, bowing, stillness, Spirit-songs, and a whole lot more. But more importantly, we were grateful to know God’s presence in our midst, moving amongst us, speaking to us, changing our lives.

On the final morning together, we had the usual family service in which the youth led the time of corporate worship with each varying age group sharing a bit of what they had done during their time together. Even one of the youth shared about how he had been healed in his knee this week – swelling immediately leaving and full movement given back to his left knee. Amazing!!

But, even in the midst of all of these things, it was simply great to spend time with the various leaders and churches within Lifelink. It is a beautiful thing to share our lives together and hear about what is going on amongst our churches. I would not trade it for the world.

So, with it looking as if Celebration will be on hold for the summer of 2010, as the training base of the Lifelink churches shifts from Swansea to Rugby, we await to see when the next gathering will be for the family of churches. But, until then, there will be plenty to get on with and quite a few opportunities to gather together over the coming months.