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Worshiping at Home

Hey Mercy Hill Family!

Let me start this off by saying we miss seeing your bright faces every Sunday. I eagerly await the day we get to praise the Lord together in person again. I have been reading through Philippians, and in chapter 1 Paul talks about how the feeling of absence in community is important because it causes the rejoicing when we reunite to be that much sweeter (Philippians 1:24-26). I pray that it provides some hope and encouragement.

So, how can we live a worship filled life from home? Let me start with defining what worship is. Worship is just living out the gospel. That’s it! Every time we live out the gospel, we are glorifying God- which in turn is worshiping Him! In Mike Cosper’s Rhythms of Grace, he describes that worship can seem like an endless list of duties: going to church, singing praises, reading the Scriptures, etc… but when it’s seen through that lense, it easily becomes just a list of things to check off. More so, a list of things to check off to earn God’s favor. Meaning when we miss something on the checklist, we begin to doubt our standing with God. But here’s the good news: worship doesn’t have to be that complicated. We don’t need to try harder, we just need to shift our focus. Worship isn’t about what we do, it’s about recognizing who God is.

So how can we live worship filled lives at home?

1.) Pray

This seems like a no-brainer, but hear me out! When I think of worship in the Scriptures, I immediately think of David in the Psalms. And honestly, the Psalms are founded on prayer. Each Psalm is saturated in David’s honesty, his praise for the Lord, his faith, his frustration, his joy- and in each and every one, God was still glorified. Truthfully, worship songs are just prayers wrapped in a melody. So, pray with honesty. I’m reminded of Romans 12:12, especially in this time: Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

2.) Read the Word

The Word of God is alive and active (Heb. 4:12). God gave us his Word for a reason. It’s not there to just be another check off the list. It’s living and breathing, providing hope, quenching spiritual thirst, and renewing our minds to be more like Jesus. As Pastor Aaron said in his training video this week, you don’t need to be a theologian to read the Bible. You have the Spirit of God within you, helping you understand all that’s needed. Read the Word with your families, teach the Gospel story to your young ones, and don’t just be hearers of the Word, but doers of the Word (James 1:22-25).

3.) Rejoice

There is good news, even if it’s not readily on our TV screens. Jesus is risen, and He has defeated death and sin! This means literally anyone can experience the hope and mercy that is in Christ Jesus- which is a powerful thing! Jesus is the ultimate worship leader. He is the reason we sing, we praise, and can experience joy. I love how in “His Eyes Are on the Sparrow” we sing: I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free…
Only Jesus can provide such a freeing joy. And only through prayer and reading His Word can we be constantly reminded of His boundless grace. So after you read the Bible, sing your favorite worship song or hymn. Or play your favorite on Spotify/YouTube. Tell a loved one about your favorite hymn/song and why it’s your favorite. Thank God for His Word and Jesus for living it out for us.

I pray that this encourages you, and that you find freedom through this new lense of worship. I hope that you sing because of the freedom Jesus has given us (no matter what you may sound like (; )

You all are in my prayers. Please stay safe, and healthy. 

To God be the Glory,

Kayla

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Worship and Order of Service – Sunday, March 29th


Worship Gathering Song

Only King Forever

 

Our God a firm foundation
Our rock, the only solid ground
As nations rise and fall

Kingdoms once strong now shaken
But we trust forever in Your Name
The Name of Jesus

We trust the Name of Jesus

You are the only King forever
Almighty God we lift You higher

You are the only King forever
Forevermore, You are victorious

You are the only King forever
Almighty God we lift You higher
You are the only King forever
Forevermore, You are victorious
Unmatched in all Your wisdom
In love and justice You will reign
And every knee will bow

We bring our expectations
Our hope is anchored in Your Name
The Name of Jesus
Oh, we trust the Name of Jesus

You are the only King forever
Almighty God we lift You higher
You are the only King forever
Forevermore, You are victorious
You are the only King forever
Almighty God we lift You higher
You are the only King forever
Forevermore, You are victorious
We lift our banner high
We lift the Name of Jesus
From age to age You reign
Your kingdom has no end
We lift our banner high
We lift the Name of Jesus
From age to age You reign
Your kingdom has no end
You are the only King forever
Almighty God we lift You higher
You are the only King forever
Forevermore, You are victorious
You are the only King forever
Almighty God we lift You higher
You are the only King forever
Forevermore, You are victorious

Call to Worship – Pastor Aaron

 

Philippians 4:8-9 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

You are My Vision

You are my vision, O King of my heart
Nothing else satisfies, only You Lord
You are my best thought by day or by night
Waking or sleeping, Your presence my light
You are my wisdom, You are my true word
I ever with You, and You with me Lord
You’re my great Father, and I’m Your true son
You dwell inside me, together we’re one
 
I don’t want riches or man’s empty praise
You’re my inheritance, now and always
You and You only, the first in my heart
High king of Heaven, my treasure You are
You and You only, the first in my heart
High King of Heaven, my treasure You are

1 Peter 2:24 – “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”


Living Hope

 

How great the chasm that lay between us
How high the mountain I could not climb
In desperation, I turned to heaven
And spoke Your name into the night

Then through the darkness, Your loving-kindness
Tore through the shadows of my soul
The work is finished, the end is written
Jesus Christ, my living hope

Who could imagine so great a mercy?
What heart could fathom such boundless grace?
The God of ages stepped down from glory
To wear my sin and bear my shame

The cross has spoken, I am forgiven
The King of kings calls me His own
Beautiful Savior, I’m Yours forever
Jesus Christ, my living hope

Hallelujah, praise the One who set me free
Hallelujah, death has lost its grip on me
You have broken every chain
There’s salvation in Your name
Jesus Christ, my living hope
Then came the morning that sealed the promise
Your buried body began to breathe
Out of the silence, the Roaring Lion
Declared the grave has no claim on me
Jesus, Yours is the victory, whoa!
Hallelujah, praise the One who set me free
Hallelujah, death has lost its grip on me
You have broken every chain
There’s salvation in Your name
Jesus Christ, my living hope
Hallelujah, praise the One who set me free
Hallelujah, death has lost its grip on me
You have broken every chain
There’s salvation in Your name
Jesus Christ, my living hope
Jesus Christ, my living hope
Oh God, You are my living hope

Offering/Announcements

 

Message by Pastor Aaron – True Worship: John 4:1-26

Invitation

 

What a Beautiful Name

You were the Word at the beginning
One With God the Lord Most High
Your hidden glory in creation
Now revealed in You our Christ
What a beautiful Name it is
What a beautiful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King
What a beautiful Name it is
Nothing compares to this
What a beautiful Name it is
The Name of Jesus
You didn’t want heaven without us
So Jesus, You brought heaven down
My sin was great, Your love was greater
What could separate us now
What a wonderful Name it is
What a wonderful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King
What a wonderful Name it is
Nothing compares to this
What a wonderful Name it is
The Name of Jesus
What a wonderful Name it is
The Name of Jesus

Death could not hold You, the veil tore before You
You silenced the boast, of sin and grave
The heavens are roaring, the praise of Your glory
For You are raised to life again

You have no rival, You have no equal
Now and forever, Our God reigns
Yours is the Kingdom, Yours is the glory
Yours is the Name, above all names
What a powerful Name it is
What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King
What a powerful Name it is
Nothing can stand against
What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus
What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus
What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus

Benediction


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Newsletter – March 27th, 2020

Remember to check mhchurch.org/news for updates in 2020

Upcoming Events:
 
  • All the info for Sunday Service: https://www.mhchurch.org/covid-19-update/
    Firstly, I just want to say how thankful we are for your patience as we figure this stuff out. It can be very frustrating to have a sudden shift in routine, so we appreciate every ounce of patience you have provided (especially through a side-way stream lol!)

    We realize not everyone has Facebook, so this week, we will be strictly streaming from our YouTube page (Mercy Hill Church Youtube Page). We will still post the link to our Facebook Page, but please forward this link (mhchurch.org/news) to anyone you can so they can stay in the loop.

    Lastly, this Sunday’s theme is all about worship. Pastor Aaron has kindly provided his sermon notes so that you can follow along at home (and dive deeper into discussion with family and loved ones!). Click here for the sermon notes. We will also be posting the order of service tomorrow with lyrics so you can follow/sing along at home- so please check back here or on the app for updates!

    • Ways to Give from Home:
      We as God’s people and the church, especially through this time, have a responsibility to give – for our missionaries, our leaders, and our church. Giving is also another way we worship God through obedience.

      There are several ways to give right now:

      1.) Mail in a check to the church
      3757 MO-25
      Jackson, MO 63755

      2.) Give through our website.
      Go to mhchurch.org/give

      3.) Give through the app
      Go to “Donate” in the MH Church App and follow the instructions

      4.) Go to your bank and set your tithe as a “Bill Pay”
      Call you bank for instructions. 

     
  • Children’s Discipleship Take Home Kits: Children’s Discipleship “Take Home” Activities are packed and ready to go! Pick up in the church lobby at the following times to help your child continue learning about God at home!

    Wednesday 3/25: 1-4 pm
    Thursday 3/26: 10 am – 2 pm
    Saturday 3/28: by appointment only

  • Masks Needed for St. Francis Employees: To all of our sewers out there with nothing to do- remember how last week we talked about sharing the gospel from home? Well, St. Francis Hospital is needing masks for their employees. They have provided a pattern here: Mask Pattern
    The fabric does not matter, just please remember that both men and women will be wearing these. What an awesome opportunity to share the gospel with someone! What if we attached encouraging, grace-filled Bible verses to each mask we made? How life-altering would that be?

    If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Ayres (mana61@gmail.com) or Kayla Dowdy (mercyhilloffice@gmail.com).

 
  • 2020 Member Directory: We will be updating our directory to better serve you. In order to do this, we ask that you please fill out this form so that we can update your information, add you into our system, and keep you in the loop with updates! Mercy Hill Connect Form

Important Updates:

  • Shelby Kate and Campus Outreach:

    Shelby Kate- Campus Outreach:
    Shelby Kate McCord recently shared about her new job opportunity working for Campus Outreach. She shared how we as a church and individually can help support her both prayerfully and financially. She currently needs $1782 in monthly support. If 18 people were willing to give $100/month then her goal would be reached! Pray and consider if God would lead you to this amount or another according to your financial ability!

    Mercy Hill Church has prayerfully committed to supporting her $200/month out of the church budget. We are also prayerfully encouraging 32 individual members to commit to $25/month (or some other amount) to help raise up an additional $800/month for a total of $1,000 to be raised up from Mercy Hill Church.

    Here is her video, link for prayer updates, as well as her giving link.

    Video link:
    https://youtu.be/WfubDraIrVQ

    Prayer email updates:
    https://mailchi.mp/b93cbcca05d7/shelbykate

    Giving link: https://www.thevillagechurch.net/sending/partners/campus-outreach/

    Campus Outreach | The Village Church

 

  • Mercy Hill App:

    We are excited to announce that we have an app so you can stay up to date with everything going on at Mercy Hill Church. The app includes: notifications for the weekly newsletter, a calendar of events, a Bible feature, online giving, and so much more! (The app is free to use and does not require payment to access)
    iPhone users:
    -Download the “Sharefaith” app in your App Store.
    -Open the app and where it says “Find Your Church” type in “Mercy Hill Jackson”
    -Next, for the App Icon click “My Ministry”
    -Lastly, it will ask if you want push notifications. This is so you can be notified of the newsletters every Friday, or so you can be alerted if there are any changes to any events/services. Press “Allow” or “Allow notifications” if you want to receive these.
    -Congratulations! Your app is set up and ready to use!

    Non-iPhone/Android users:
    -Go to your Play Store and search “Mercy Hill Jackson”
    -Install the app
    -Open the app to finish set up
    -Congratulations! Your app should be set up and ready to go!
    *If this method doesn’t work, please refer to the method above*

    If you have any questions or difficulties, see Rus Miller (iPhone), Kacey Davis (Android), or Kayla/Austin Dowdy (either) after service on Sunday. Thank you!

 

  • Prayer Request Chain: If you have a prayer request and would like to be added to the prayer chain, or you would like to receive the prayer chain, please contact Joy Friedrich at joyf1954@gmail.com.

 

MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES

 

  • Prayer Request Chain: If you have a prayer request, or would like to receive the prayer request chain, contact Joy Friedrich at joyf1954@gmail.com.

 

  • Kid’s Tribe Help: If you are interested in helping with Kid’s Tribe, we are looking for volunteers. Please contact Allison Miller for more information. Contact: ammiller@jackson.k12.mo.us

 

  • Nursery Help: If you are interested in helping with the nursery or teaching, we are looking for volunteers. Please contact Clarinda Unger (cunger55@gmail.com) or Jean Norman (donnorman4@aol.com) for more information.

 

  • Worship Ministry/Tech Ministry:

    If you are interested in joining the worship team, or tech team, please contact Kayla Dowdy at kaylani.dowdy@yahoo.com. We’d love more singers, drum players, bass players, guitar players, and keyboard players (you do NOT need to be a virtuoso to join– just a passion for God’s work and music!). As far as “tech” goes, as long as you know how to click a mouse or use a touch screen, you can do tech!

 

  • Meal Train Ministry: If you are interested in providing meals for those who are sick, for those who are in need, or know someone who is in need of this ministry, please contact Casey King (sales@magnoliaporchswings.com).

 

  • Baby/Wedding Shower Ministry: Contact Kacey Davis at this email address: kacey22@live.com for baby shower ministry.

 

  • Handyman Ministry: If you need help with or consultation for a maintenance project at your home, we have a group of people available to assist. If you need help, or if you want to be a part of this ministry, please call Kent Zimmerman at mrkent47@yahoo.com. Kent will connect you with one of the members of this team.
  • CarePortal, through director Shelly Girard, connects children and families served by the Division of Family Services directly to participating churches in our area. Through the generosity of our local churches, our area is one of the most impactful in the nation. If you would like to contribute to these families, just respond to the CarePortal requests that are emailed periodically or let Teri Burke know. 573-275-4767

    Hope for One More places children into foster care when they are removed from their own homes. Paul and Patricia Aydelott work on counseling and reunification with the parents as a first option. If you would like to become involved in helping with foster care, please call Crissy Mayberry (573-979-5774) or you can talk to Teri. This doesn’t necessarily mean becoming a foster parent-there are so many ways to serve!

 


ONGOING ACTIVITIES

  • Kids’ TRIBE: Kids’ TRIBE is worship for kids from kindergarten through fourth grade; it takes place during the Sunday morning worship hour. We also offer extended session (ages 3-5) and a nursery (infants-2) during the worship service.

 

  • Wednesday Activities: Choir at 9:30 am and Bible Study at 10:30 am

 

  • Women on Mission: Women on Mission will meet every 3rd Tuesday of the month at 9:30 a.m. at Mercy Hill Church.

 

  • JUL’s: On the 1st Thursday of every month JUL’s will meet for lunch.

 

  • Newsletter: If you would like to add anything to the upcoming newsletters, or find any discrepancies in the news flier, please contact Kayla Dowdy, at kaylani.dowdy@yahoo.com. Please have information to be added sent in by Thursday at 12 PM or it will not make it into the newsletter! If you are interested in doing the newsletters for Mercy Hill, please also contact Kayla Dowdy.

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A Word to the Women of Mercy Hill

A few words of encouragement from Becky Campbell:
 
Hey ladies!
 
I wanted to reach out to the ladies at Mercy Hill Church as well as follow up with you since the last JUL’s meeting. (If you weren’t there, the ladies ‘reverse roasted’ me and made me feel so loved!) I also spoke about trees in the Bible, specifically Psalm 1.

Are you watching the trees bloom right in front of you? Spring has sprung!!! What trees are blooming near you? What colors are bursting forth? Are you listening to the birds? They wake me every morn praising their Maker. I’d love to see pics of your trees so that we can enjoy them together. Also, are dogwoods blooming yet? When they do, please show me! My email is thecampbellfour@gmail.com.

During these uncertain days what else are you watching? The local news, facebook, or the Internet?  If so, let me encourage you (us!)- before you open your eyes from sleep, pray.

Daily Habits of Grace

  1. Pray for a great day to grow in Him, get work done and live for His glory. Rest in Him, give it to Him and leave your burdens there.
  2. Read the Word. Before you touch your phone to check emails, texts, or the news, lean into His word and meditate on it.

If you don’t know what to read, I recommend you read a Psalm and a Proverb with the # of the day (Read Proverbs 3 on the third day of the month, etc…). Or read a Pauline letter and ask God to speak to you and wait until He does. Then pray. Please pray in light of God’s word for our towns, your pastor, your church, the country and our world. Pray for neighbors near who may need help and reach out you and let them know that you prayed for them. It matters! Also, real mail is still FUN and now so more than ever.

  1. Make something with your hands. Work with your hands, make good food, crochet, knit, garden or scrapbook. I’ve picked up embroidery that been sitting for a long time. As spring springs up around us, let’s ignite spring in our soul to create and bless others with the beauty of it.
  2. Be active. Enjoy the day and get outside. Vitamin D is our friend at this time. After our daily walk, I always feel better.

Questions and Encouragement

How are you being fed spiritually, mentally, physically and emotionally? Is this a time of lack or trust for you soul? Let’s read, savor, and soak in His word on a daily basis before we look at other things. Instead, look to the Author and Finisher of our faith. God is good and in control. Let’s trust Him together.

Lord, help us to be like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in season and its leaf does not wither but whatever she does prospers because the Law she meditates day and night.  Help us in this time to be life givers in our words and actions not like a dried up withered plant. Be near to us Jesus. Amen

You are loved! How I can’t wait to hug each one of you!

Becky Campbell

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Psalm 37: 3-5

Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.  Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him and He will do it.
 
PS Here’s a picture of something I’m working on right now. Feel free to send me a picture of your current project to help pass the time.
Here's a pic of something I am working on right now.

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General Thoughts and Frequently Asked Questions

Dear Mercy Hill Family,

            I hope and pray you are well and weathering all that is happening around us in this moment! It is unexpected, and unprecedented in our generation, but we can remain confident in both the goodness and sovereignty of God. Things are changing on a daily basis, but He is constant. In light of the most recent information we have decided to LIVE STREAM our service in the morning on our Facebook page. I light of that, I had a few thoughts and wanted to respond to a few questions I’ve received.

General Thoughts
            I don’t think there is anything wrong with expressing sadness that we have to endure this right now. We weren’t made for isolation and social distancing. We were made for community. Not only that, the church as a family is God’s idea (Ephesians 3:10-12). Gathering together for worship is part of who we are as God’s people. So, despite the recommendations of authorities and health officials, who are making great decisions that we want to honor, I’m sad that we can’t be together for worship. That being said, as you watch the LIVE STREAM, keep in mind that you aren’t do so alone, but are gathering with our Mercy Hill family around God’s Word in the power of His Spirit. 

            A few other thoughts:

  1. Find ways to connect with one another that still honor the social distancing guidelines we’ve been given. Make us of technology- Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, or some other video chat is a good way to connect. Write a letter. My kids have already heard from their Sunday School teacher, and were so encouraged by it. Or just use a phone to make a phone call. We have plenty of ways to still enjoy a cup of coffee, read the Word, and encourage one another.
  2. I would encourage you to prioritize time in God’s Word and prayer. I have found that we’re all prone to struggle when we keep our eyes glued to the news, scrolling through social media posts, and tracking the latest trends., usually to the detriment of time in the Word and prayer. Work hard to guard your heart! If you are particularly struggling, reach out to someone and ask for prayer or encouragement. It’s helpful to talk to someone.
  3. Make sure you are being light to your friends and neighbors around you. Everything we’ve said about community is true of every single person around you. Let your neighbors know about the LIVE STREAM. Part of living on mission means during these difficult days that we invite others to the hope we have in Christ!

Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a list of questions I’ve heard or thought of over the last few days.

  1. How do we access the LIVE STREAM?

The easiest way is to go to www.facebook.com/mercyhillchurchjackson. Scroll down the page and you should see the livestream. Click on it and you’ll be able to maximize it on your device. If the stream is sluggish or not working you can always go to www.Youtube.com and search for Mercy Hill Jackson and watch the sermon after the service there. If you need help walking through the process, please let us know!

  1. Can we get lyrics to the songs ahead of time?

Yes! Kayla sent out a post through the Mercy Hill App that included all the lyrics. You can view it through the app in the newsletter section. It is called, “Worship and Order of Service.”

  1. How should we handle our giving?

My first response is to encourage you to continue giving or start giving. These are difficult times, but one of the ways we can walk by faith and not in fear is to faithfully give. Not only that, there are people and projects that depend on our faithfulness in giving. We have missionaries, ministries, and people in our congregation that rely on our faithfulness and generosity. Not only that, I’m sure that in the coming weeks we will have more people in need that could require our assistance. So, here are the ways you can give:

  • Bill Pay– Most banks have online banking options that enable you to send out physical checks, either one-time or on a regularly scheduled basis. We encourage this strategy because it provides regularly scheduled giving which matches our regularly scheduled needs as a church. It also prevents additional costs because there is no overhead fee. It doesn’t even cost you the price of a stamp. That’s helpful!
  • Send a Check– You can also send in a personal check to the church. Our address is: 3757 Mo-25, Jackson, MO 63755.
  • Online Giving– we also have Online Giving available on our website. This provides complete flexibility for you to give any time, either as a one-time gift or on a regular basis. There is a fee that is subtracted from the gift (usually around 3%), but the majority still goes to the church.
 
  1. How can I contact Pastor Aaron?

You can find Aaron at the church Monday-Thursday during the day. Otherwise, here is his contact info:

Closing Prayer

I hope and pray that all this information is helpful. Know that you are loved and are being regularly prayed for. Psalm 146 is so helpful as it reminds us, “That God is a refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble. SO be still, an dknow that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress” (Psalm 146:1, 10-11). God is at work for our good and His glory! Take heart!

Thankful to be your pastor,

Aaron


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