Passage: Acts 6:8-15
On Sunday, October 15, 2023 at the 9:00 am Traditional Service Bruce Johnson preached on “The Ultimate Witness” (Acts 6:8-15, 7:51-8:1) The Gospel Lesson was Matthew 22:1-14.
The Handbell Prelude was directed by Brian Stevenson. The Carillon Ringers played Let the Whole Creation Cry (SALZBURG arranged by Brenda Austin) followed by the Joys Ringers who played Fanfare "Proclamation" or "Capriccio" by Kevin McChesney.
The hymns were “Great is Thy Faithfulness”, “Rejoice Ye Pure in Heart”, “Sanctuary” (soloist Courtney Saddler) and “It's Me Oh Lord…”.
The Offertory anthem was “Alpha and Omega” by Israel Houghton sung by the Sanctuary Choir under the direction of Patrick King and accompanied by Heidi Jacobs.
The song "Alpha and Omega" by Israel & New Breed (Ft. Israel Houghton) is a powerful worship song that exalts and glorifies God as the Alpha and Omega, meaning the beginning and the end, the first and the last. The lyrics emphasize the greatness and worthiness of God to be praised.
The repetition of "You are Alpha and Omega" serves as a reminder of God's eternal nature and supreme authority. It acknowledges that God is the source of all things, the beginning and end of everything, and deserving of reverence and adoration. By worshiping God and giving Him all the glory, the song expresses a deep devotion and admiration for His divine attributes.
The call to give God all the glory and worship Him emphasizes the act of surrendering to His will and recognizing His superiority. It encourages listeners to acknowledge God's greatness and submit to His authority. The song creates an atmosphere of worship and invites individuals to lift their voices in praise and adoration.
Additionally, the mention of Africa and America rising to give God glory suggests that the message of this song transcends cultural boundaries and is meant to unite believers from all backgrounds in worshiping and honoring God. Overall, "Alpha and Omega" serves as a means of expressing reverence and devotion to God while celebrating His eternal nature and worthiness to be praised.