Fun with Mari Sunday

Posted on 10/29/2017 by Rev. Jennifer L. Faust

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by Benjamin R. Faust

We praise you Lord because you're worthy
You are Lord and King of the earth and sky
Let us lift you up and declare your glory
Let us lift our hands and our voices high

Even the mountains praise your name
the rocks and the stones cry Holy!
Whoever seeks for your face
will never be the same
Let your kingdom come
in Jesus' name

I'm an instrument, I am only a vessel
Help me open up to receive your love
Let us put to death thoughts of opposition
Let me step aside and point the world to above

lyrics by Munster Gesangbuch
music by Schlesische Volkslieder

Fairest Lord Jesus, ruler of all nature,
O thou of God and man the Son,
Thee will I cherish, Thee will I honor,
thou, my soul's glory, joy, and crown.

Fair are the meadows, fairer still the woodlands,
robed in the blooming garb of spring:
Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer
who makes the woeful heart to sing.

Fair is the sunshine, fairer still the moonlight,
and all the twinkling starry host:
Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer
than all the angels heaven can boast.

Beautiful Savior! Lord of all the nations!
Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honor, praise, adoration,
now and forevermore be thine.

by John Bacchus Dykes

Holy, holy, holy!
Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning
our song shall rise to Thee.

Holy, holy, holy!
merciful and mighty,
God in three persons,
blessed Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy!
all the saints adore Thee,
Casting down their golden crowns
around the glassy sea;
Cherubim and seraphim
Falling down before Thee,
Which wert, and art, and
evermore shalt be.

Holy, holy, holy!
though the darkness hide Thee,
Though the eye of sinful man
Thy glory may not see,
Only Thou art holy;
there is none beside Thee,
Perfect in power,
in love and purity.

Holy, holy, holy!
Lord God Almighty!
All thy works shall praise Thy name,
in earth and sky and sea.
Holy, holy, holy!
merciful and mighty,
God in three persons,
blessed Trinity.

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Father God, thank You so much for loving us and giving us a chance to be in Your presence. Thank You for laughter and the opportunity to have fun. I ask that we always remember that You want us to enjoy life and sometimes we forget that. Thank You for joy unspeakable and peace that passes all understanding. I pray this in Jesus' name, Amen.

Today's fireside chat is going to be very interesting...and fun for you I hope. I had this idea and I named today's fireside chat Fun with Mari Sunday. I really do hope everyone enjoys this as much as I did putting it together.

This idea came to me as I was listening to some mainstream music. I have an eclectic collection of music I listen to at any given time. So, I was listening to some songs and I know some of these songs would make some funny worship songs or Contemporary Christian songs. Let's look at some of these shall we?

This is for FUN people! Since it is the end of October, I thought it would be nice to have a fun time with these. Don't take this too seriously, okay?

First song is Whitney Houston's I Wanna Dance With Somebody. And my thought is hey I would sing this to God saying how I wanted to dance with Him, with Him who loves me so much.

How about Foreigner's I Want To Know What Love Is? Because I want God to show me what love is!

Next up is the song Say Something by A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera. We want God to say something to us. We want to know He is there, listening. So GOD, Say something to us! Because anywhere I would have follow You!!

Next is Michael Jackson's The Way you Make Me Feel. Because we want to let the world know how God makes us feel! oooo ooo (like MJ would do!)

Next up are two Celine Dion songs. The first is Because You Loved Me. Because God is our strength when we are weak. He's our voice when we couldn't speak. He's our eyes when we couldn't see...Because He loves us...sing with me!

The second Celine Dion song is If You Asked Me To, because we know if God asked us to do something we SHOULD obey and do it!

Next is Bad English's When I See You Smile...because we know when we see God smile at us...woooo that changes everything doesn't it? Thank You Jesus!!

The last song is Incomplete by Backstreet Boys because without You, Jesus, all I'm going to be is incomplete. Some of you might not know this song, but the real lyrics are without you all I'm going to be is incomplete. And I don't know about you, but if I was ever without God I'd be incomplete. God brings about a wholeness in my life and nothing else can take His place. Nor can anyone else for that matter.

I hope my fun here made you laugh or at least smile for a bit. God is very important part of my life and I hope He is a very important part of yours as well. As we get closer to the Christmas season, let's remember that Jesus should be celebrated all year round, but especially at the time when He is celebrated world wide.

For today's altar call, I'd like us to take some time to thank God for the laughter and joy of this world. That we can enjoy our lives because the JOY of the Lord is in our lives. That we have the opportunity to spread the JOY of the Lord to others every day.

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You are all invited to join us after the service for a time of fellowship in the room up the stairs to your left.

May God Bless you this week. May He bring the JOY of the Lord into your life now and always.