Christ Community Church: Love God, Serve People, Inspire Hope

Yesterday we unveiled the new website for Christ Community Church, which can be found here. The site is about 85 percent complete. Pages still in production include the age-based ministries in the Connect section, as well as the Sermon Archive page, but I thought it best to roll out what we have now since people sometimes look for churches during Holy Week.

This is a most marvelous time of year for believers, isn’t it? I could hardly get out my opening prayer this past Sunday—Palm Sunday. To ponder the death of Jesus is to ponder the loving heart of God. Indeed, it was Jesus himself who connected the two: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son” (John 3:16a). This divine giving encompassed the cross, which reduces us all before it raises us all. In fact, it’s that sense of unworthiness that drives us to grace, which we so desperately need from God.

During Holy Week, believers around the world give deep thought to the Passion (i.e., the sufferings) of Christ. Our purpose in doing so is not to be morbid, gruesome, or macabre but to increase our gratitude and enhance our devotion to God. It’s one of the ways we renew our minds (cf. Rom 12:1-2) and “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Pet 3:18). In short, it’s part of our discipleship. The Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian church, “For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1 Cor 2:2). The cross of Christ was never from Paul’s mind.

Believers are especially challenged when we realize that Jesus was tortured by religious people as well as irreligious people. Pious Jews and secular Gentiles both had a hand in his death. Believers and unbelievers alike totally missed the fact that “God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself” (2 Cor 5:19) during Jesus’ execution. Therefore, it is the Christian believer as much as anyone who needs to contemplate the cross and, in the process, relinquish any sense of self-righteousness (cf. Phil 3:3-11).

So, in addition to playing lawyer over the past two months for the legal filings of the church, I’ve been building a website (using Divi by Elegant Themes on a WordPress managed site). The learning curve was steep at first, but then I finally got the hang of it and started having a blast. That’s why I’ve been off the grid lately, which I don’t like doing. I always love to read what my thoughtful friends are writing, especially this time of year, but the pile has been high. 

Next up are Facebook and Instagram pages. Right after Holy Week.

New Worship Song for This Sunday: ‘Way Maker’

Corporate worship for Christ Community Church continues this Sunday, February 28 at 10:30 a.m. in Dech Memorial Chapel (Myerstown, PA) and online. We will be singing “Way Maker,” a song that is new to our fellowship. All may preview it here to help prepare for worship:

WAY MAKER

Verse 1

You are here
Moving in our midst
I worship You
I worship You

You are here
Working in this place
I worship You
I worship You

Verse 1

You are here
Moving in our midst
I worship You
I worship You

You are here
Working in this place
I worship You
I worship You

Chorus

Way Maker
Miracle Worker
Promise Keeper
Light in the darkness
My God
That is who You are

Way Maker
Miracle Worker
Promise Keeper
Light in the darkness
My God
That is who You are

Verse 2

You are here
Touching every heart
I worship You
I worship You

You are here
Healing every heart
I worship You
I worship You

Verse 3

You are here
Turning lives around
I worship You
I worship You

You are here
Mending every heart
I worship You
I worship You

Chorus

Way Maker
Miracle Worker
Promise Keeper
Light in the darkness
My God
That is who You are

Way Maker
Miracle Worker
Promise Keeper
Light in the darkness
My God
That is who You are

Bridge

You wipe away all tears
You mend the broken heart
You’re the answer to it all
Jesus

You wipe away all tears
You mend the broken heart
You’re the answer to it all
To it all
Jesus, Yeah

Chorus

Way Maker
Miracle Worker
Promise Keeper
Light in the darkness
My God
That is who You are

Way Maker
Miracle Worker
Promise Keeper
Light in the darkness
My God
That is who You are

Verse 4

You are here
Touching every life
I worship You
I worship You

You are here
Meeting every need
I worship You
I worship You

Word and Music by Osinachi Kalu Okoro Egbu
© 2016 Integrity Music Europe
CCLI Song No. 7115744