If you didn’t have the opportunity to join us a couple weeks ago for our Easter Worship Concert at Riverside Community Church (Pittsburgh Mills Venue) you missed an amazing time of worship with our band and choir!
Be sure to make it out to our next worship concert taking place in June (details coming soon). In the meantime, check out some pics that we took to document the weekend’s atmosphere!
Photo credits to Jeremy Rife, visual communications director at RCC. Download Riverside Community Church from the App Store or Android Market today for more media from RCC. Visit www.riversideconnect.org for more info.
And always a huge thanks for all who are a part of the creative arts ministry at RCC!
Last night I had the awesome opportunity as I do each week to lead worship for kids. I enjoy the unlimited energy that they have week in and week out. I enjoy that my 7-year old daughter Kylie stands there each week worshiping. I am filled up as I pour out!
Last night we sang a song from Hillsong’s Cornerstone album titled “Grace Abounds” and I didn’t want to take for granted that we adults understand what grace is all about when most of the kids probably have no clue. So I asked the group to raise their hands if they knew what the word meant. Very few hands raised.
In summary – I defined to them why we sing about grace. We have ALL done wrong. We have ALL made bad decisions, acted inappropriately at times, been mean to others or disobedient when we should have listened. We have ALL sinned. We have ALL made mistakes. And we ALL make mistakes daily. We ALL need to be forgiven. We ALL need to be made clean from the ugly things we do, say or think.
Grace through a cross
Then I explained that God who made all things is PERFECT. That He sent His PERFECT Son. That for the 33 years that He walked this earth, Jesus lived a PERFECT life. That he NEVER did wrong. He NEVER made a bad decision, acted inappropriately or disobeyed. God NEVER sinned. He NEVER made a mistake.
Grace is that place where in spite of our IMPERFECTION a PERFECT God paid an awful price through His Son to make us PERFECT in His eyes. It is in that place where we are FORGIVEN. We are made CLEAN. We are set FREE. We are made PERFECT.
And daily we must go to that place where GRACE meets us in our SIN.
We’re giving it all away.
Holding onto something that we are passionate about usually doesn’t lead to greatness.
Greatness is achieved as we give it all away.
Let us hold loosely to the little picture in order to keep a grip on the big picture.
God, today I choose to let go of what I want and what I think should take place. Today I realize that You see the big picture, not me. I’m yours..
Because of Jesus Christ we get to call ourselves Christians.
Sometimes our outward lives seem to reflect that we leave Christ out of the label Christian.
It’s all because of Jesus that I’m alive. He alone is worthy of every part of me.
Say His name today… Jesus Christ…
I invite You in Lord Jesus.
I claim Christ!