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Due to a couple of announcements and a “Get in the Game” initiative related to our current series on the book of Jonah, we had a little bit less time in the service. What we did have was very good, though. Our band was initially scheduled to be a little thinner than usual due to the absence of all of our electric guitar players, but the availability of a violinist and a friend who played the cello helped fill things out VERY nicely.

With the decrease in time, we opened with a welcome and Scripture reading rather than preceding that kind of thing with an opening song. We read from Colossians 1:15-20 in the NIV, and then sang:

Jesus Messiah (Chris Tomlin)
We Cry Out (Walker Beach)
Majesty (Martin Smith)

These flowed very well not only musically but thematically. They are easy to sing and well-known by our body. People were visibly engaged.

The announcements included some transitions on our elder board and an upcoming training for ministry to international students. The latter included a video.

The message was from Jonah 4, describing God’s compassion, our eagerness to apply it to ourselves and our reluctance to apply it to others. Sermon audio is available here. The sermon notes & outline are available here.

The message was followed by:

God of Justice (Tim Hughes)
I Surrender All (1 verse & chorus only)
You Are Holy (Prince of Peace)

The last set flowed very well, too. We used Michael W. Smith’s arrangement of the last song because the band parts tend to be more melodic than some other arrangements. Given our thinned rhythm section, this was a good call.

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