This past Sunday I had the unique opportunity to serve our daughter church plant by leading the music at Crossway Church in Goldsboro while Jordan Branch led at Christ Baptist.  The Sunday began with pastor John Randolph reading from Psalm 4 as our call to worship.  Because a majority of the members of Crossway attended Christ Baptist for several months, even years, it was my joy to lead a congregation who already knew the songs I would lead.  We opened up singing the gospel-drenched song “At The Cross“.  Halfway through the song there were some technical difficulties with the PowerPoint software but it gave us a rare opportunity to express our thankfulness to God as a body of believers corporately.  The time was sweet and I wish that all technical difficulties erupted in praise and gratefulness for all God has done for us!  We then continued singing “What A Savior” as we expressed our dependence on the full substitutionary atonement of Christ “in my place condemned He stood”.  Brian then read from Acts 8 and focused our attention to the persecuted church around the world and prayed for those Christians who did not have the freedom we do to worship openly.  Again we expressed our thanks to Christ by singing “My Soul Finds Rest (Psalm 62)” which points us to the brevity of life and the victory we have in Christ “my life is but a fleeting breath, a sigh too brief to measure; my King has crushed the curse of death and I am His forever!”

Pastor John continued through the book of Ephesians and preached on chapter 1 verses 15-22 concerning prayer and spiritual things that only God can give us eyes to see.  He prayed that God would open our eyes to discern the spiritual things and the Spirit Himself might make us aware of “the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might” (1:18-19).

We then sang “How Great Is Our God” followed by “How Great Thou Art“.

Finally, Crossway brought in its first official members of the church.  The core group comprised of 5 families and several other couples and families read the church covenant together and submitted themselves to God and one another as the body of Christ.  Overall it was a blessed morning celebrating our risen Savior!

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