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Worship Series - "Simplify"

Sunday - January 11 - "Simplifying Your Relational World"

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Order of Worship

Welcome, Singing, Scripture & Prayer

Children’s Time


Prayer & Offering

Message: “Simplifying God’s Call”

 … Jamie Holtom & Debbie Johnson

Special Music: “Strangely Dim”

Offering,  Closing Song & God Blesses Us





We are glad you have chosen to join us today. May these verses of Scripture help deepen your experience of God this morning as well as be a resource beyond today.


Scripture: Ecclesiastes 3:1-14 (NIV)

Everything Has Its Time

3 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

2 a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
3 a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to throw away;
7 a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.

The God-Given Task

9 What gain have the workers from their toil? 10 I have seen the business that God has given to everyone to be busy with. 11 He has made everything suitable for its time; moreover he has put a sense of past and future into their minds, yet they cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for them than to be happy and enjoy themselves as long as they live; 13 moreover, it is God’s gift that all should eat and drink and take pleasure in all their toil. 14 I know that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it; God has done this, so that all should stand in awe before him.



"Strangely Dim"


I've got all these plans piled up sky high
A thousand dreams on hold and I don't know why,
I got a front row seat to the longest wait
And I just can't see past the things I pray today

But when I fix my eyes on all that You are
Then every doubt I feel deep in my heart
Grows strangely dim all my worries fade
And fall to the ground cause when I seek Your face
And don't look around any place I'm in
Grows strangely dim

Sometimes where I stand
On this narrow road
Is in a raging storm
Or a valley low
But oh oh oh oh oh oh

When I fix my eyes on all that You are
Then every doubt I feel deep in my heart
Grows strangely dim all my worries fade
And fall to the ground cause when I seek Your face
And don't look around any place I'm in
Grows strangely dim

I don't know, I don't know
What tomorrow may hold
But I know, but I know
That You're holding it all
So no matter what may come

I'm gonna fix my eyes on all that You are
'Til every doubt I feel deep in my heart
Grows strangely dim let all my worries fade
And fall to the ground I'm gonna seek Your face
And not look around til the place I'm in
Grows strangely, strangely, strangely dim.



Going Deeper

Simplifying Your Life

January 25, 2015

Warm Up:

What has been your favorite season of life so far? What has been the most difficult?

How would you describe the season of life you are currently in?


Diving In:

When you read the Ecclesiastes 3 passage what strikes you as most significant? Do you question some of the things it names and why? What is its overall message or theme?


What is your response to the following quote from Bill Hybels book "Simplify":


    "In the course of your lifetime you will pass through countless seasons of dancing. Don't let them slip by unnoticed."


What season have you been challenged by the need to "move on" even though you didn't want to? How did that play out or how is it playing out?


As you name some of the seasons of your life, what are some of the things that God has shown you through those particular seasons?


The following scriptures may help and bless your life as you try to keep God at the center of your life and seasons:


Jeremiah 29:11 - I know the plans I have for you, plans of welfare not of harm.


Romans 8:38-39 - I am convinced that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.


 2 Corinthians 12:9 - My grace is sufficient for you, my power is made perfect in your weakness.


Proverbs 3:5-6  - Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.


Philippians 4:6-7 - Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.


Take Home:  1) Have a discussion with a friend, partner or your family on seasons of life and how God has been part of that. 2) Take some time in prayer this week to reflect on the seasons of your life, particularly which one you are currently in and how God might be leading you.


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