Worship Category

June 8, 2017 by Kate Meyrick 0 comments

Preparing to Gather: June 11th

Romans 8:26-30 reminds us of our reality in a fallen world, and our hope as new-creation people....Keep Reading

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February 7, 2017 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

Preparing to Gather | February 12, 2017

This week we will be opening up Lamentations 4 and hearing from a sermon titled, "The Reality" from Pastor Paul Vroom. ...Keep Reading

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January 31, 2017 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

Preparing to Gather | February 5, 2016

This week we will be opening up Lamentations 3 and hearing from a sermon titled, "The Hope" from Pastor Paul Vroom. ...Keep Reading

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February 26, 2016 by Todd Paben 0 comments

Christ at the Core | Call to Worship

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February 19, 2016 by Todd Paben 0 comments

Christ at the Core of a Liturgy

In an effort to help Missio Dei Church understand why we do what we do on a Sunday morning, I will be doing a blog post every Friday. These blog posts will help show how Christ is at the center of the following; the call to worship, confession of sin, assurance of pardon, passing of the peace, and the benediction. ...Keep Reading

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January 27, 2016 by Todd Paben 0 comments

Sermon Recap | Filled with the Fullness of Jesus

This past Sunday we read from Colossians 2:8-10 in which we heard from a sermon titled Filled With the Fullness of Jesus. This section was launching a new “orbit” of Jesus-Centered Thinking for us with our series The Core. Over the next few weeks we will be thinking about our thinking and discerning how does Scripture challenge us to be more mindful of others and ourselves. Here are some of my takeaways from the sermon that I thought were worth sharing:...Keep Reading

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November 24, 2015 by Todd Paben 0 comments

Attitude of Gratitude

Believe it or not, but the rush of the holidays is quickly approaching. Holiday decorations are out in full force in local stores. My Instagram feed shows people already setting up their Christmas trees and listening to Christmas music, and the commercials on television boast of the newest gadget that your loved one just has to have. The Christmas season is filled with stress, rushing, and greed...Keep Reading

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April 14, 2015 by Todd Paben 0 comments

New Morning Mercies

Every now and then I read something that just resonates so much with me that I cannot help but share it! I have been reading a new devotional by Paul Tripp called "New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional". This morning I was doing some catch-up from the past few days and Paul's writings on April 12 just reached to the inner chambers of my heart. I sat next to my wife in awe of what he had to write on this day. Therefore, I thought I would share what he had to say with everyone I could so that maybe they could get a clearer understanding of the Gospel. Enjoy!...Keep Reading

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March 11, 2015 by Todd Paben 0 comments

In Light of the Gospel

The “In Light of the Gospel” series is about bringing the message and our passion for the Good News back to life in our lives and the lives of others. Join us as we talk about applying, living in, sharing and celebrating the gospel!...Keep Reading

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February 19, 2015 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

Investigating Communion

For those of you who have been around for any length of time, you know that we have now for nearly six – seven years been celebrating communion on a weekly basis. The sweet words “The body of Christ broken for you” and “The blood of Christ poured out for you” have been heart-warming words. We have been thankful remembrance of Christ’s ongoing work in our life, celebrating God in our midst, enjoying that sweet communion with God and one another; we’ve been feed and nourished by the gospel and all the while looking forward to that day where we will eat and drink with Christ when all things have been made new. ...Keep Reading

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November 25, 2014 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

The Waiting | Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

Deep in the heart of every human being, there is a longing for freedom, rest, restoration, and ultimately, a longing for true and lasting joy. We all desire to be caught up in a greater story, one that is not whirling out of control, much like our lives, but is rooted in something, or Someone, that is unshakeable. Someone that understands our longings, our hopes, our desires, our need for wholeness, both now and for eternity. - See more at: http://www.mdchurch.us/blog/post/the-waiting-come-thou-long-expected-jesus#sthash.MvHeGT4v.dpuf...Keep Reading

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October 6, 2014 by Todd Paben 0 comments

Getting Back to Exodus

This week we are headed back into our journey through Exodus. Whenever we step out of a series for an extended period of time, in this case our Together series, I like to give a brief recap of where we are at in the story....Keep Reading

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April 15, 2014 by Todd Paben 0 comments

T4G Recap 2014

Last week I had the blessing and priveledge to travel down to Louisville, KY with Pastor Paul Vroom to the Together For the Gospel Conference. This year the theme was "UnAshamed" - primarily talking about evangelism....Keep Reading

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April 15, 2014 by Todd Paben 0 comments

Holy Week Numbers

As of Sunday, Palm Sunday, the Church has officially entered Holy Week. Many Christians will spend this week pondering the last week of Christ’s death...Keep Reading

Posted in: Worship Tags: Church, Missio Dei Church, Holy Spirit, Father, Son, Easter, Good Friday, Mark, Matthew, John, Gospels, Holy Week, Passion, Passion Week, Blog, Numbers, Stats

April 14, 2014 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

Why Attend the Good Friday Gathering? (Especially if you have kids)

Since Missio Dei Church’s gathering is at 6:30 PM in the evening, there can be concerns about missed bedtimes and the resultant chaos the following day. Since it’s a Friday, many of us have a rhythm to our week that revolves around time out with friends and family. Those are good and important, but perhaps they need to be interrupted this year. Here are a few reasons why we should gather to remember Jesus’ death this Friday evening....Keep Reading

Posted in: Worship Tags: Good Friday, Lent, Church, worship, Cross, 1 Timothy, Jesus Christ, crucifixion

April 2, 2014 by Todd Paben 0 comments

Jonah's Prayer in Context

If you were in church last Sunday, you would have heard a sermon titled, "A Prayer From the Belly" by Joe Paglia. If you were like me, you were taken back when Joe read Jonah's prayer from inside the great fish in its context. This is a beautiful prayer when you read it in its entirety. So for those of you who would like to see the verses from Psalms that Jonah prays, see the text below. I did my best to try and present it as readable as possible. ...Keep Reading

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March 28, 2014 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

Radical Implications for Loving God

If we fulfill the first commandment, it will have radical, radical implicaitons on how we love others....Keep Reading

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March 28, 2014 by Todd Paben 0 comments

Guilt & Grace l Resources

During the next few weeks, Missio Dei Church will be going through a series called "Guilt & Grace: Lent and the Heidelberg Catechism". ...Keep Reading

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December 31, 2013 by Todd Paben 0 comments

2013 Kids Christmas Program Video

Our 4th annual children's Christmas program took place on December 15 and it was a huge success.This was a retelling of the birth story of our Savior, Jesus Christ, from a different perspective. Here is what took place...enjoy!...Keep Reading

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December 17, 2013 by Todd Paben 0 comments

Why Jesus Came

The reason Jesus became man was to die. As God, he could not die for sinners. But as man he could. His aim was to die. Therefore he had to be born human. He was born to die. Good Friday is the reason for Christmas. This is what needs to be said today about the meaning of Christmas....Keep Reading

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November 27, 2013 by Todd Paben 0 comments

2013 Advent Devotional

This devotional is to be used in conjunction with our Advent series “The Whole Story.” It is our hope that through this short devotional you will see the drama of Scripture unfold and the person and work of Jesus Christ will continue to transform your life to His glory....Keep Reading

Posted in: Worship Tags: Advent, devotional, Missio Dei Church, Glory, Christ, Christmas, Reading, Jesus, Manger, Need, Promise, Announcement, Plan, Accomplishment, Devotion, New Lenox, Church, Father, Son, Holy Spirit, Gospel, Good News

October 2, 2013 by Amanda Paben 0 comments

Continuing the Covenant Vows to Our Children

When we baptize children at Missio Dei Church and welcome them into the faith community, we answer these questions as a unified body. Together, we make a commitment to shepherd and raise our children to know and understand the story of Good News. Because of this, I wanted to take the time to let you know about some of the exciting changes taking place in Kid’s Crossing....Keep Reading

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August 9, 2013 by Todd Paben 0 comments

On Whales and Worship Lyrics

Consider Bonhoeffer’s message: whether your gifting runs toward hymnody or poetry, write lyrics that teach so much truth they can stand on their own. And then set them to music that magnifies their beauty. We, your congregants are slaves to our personal tastes. Teach us to crave corporately the better thingâ€"the Word rendered luminous by song, confessed by a thousand tongues....Keep Reading

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July 26, 2013 by Todd Paben 0 comments

Feelings VS Truth

Michael Horton immediately asks the question then, "Is my transformed life the Good News?". He then points out the beauty of the Gospel - the fact that the Gospel has nothing to do with us, but has everything to do with what Jesus did on the cross. ...Keep Reading

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July 8, 2013 by Todd Paben 0 comments

Preparing to Gather (July 14, 2013)

This week the Missio Dei Church family will be heading to Potato Creek State Park in Indiana for its 7th annual all-church camping trip. Over the past few years, this has become a staple trip for our church family, and one that I personally look forward to every year. Besides having a “Sunday off”, I enjoy this trip because you start to see the real side of your church family. ...Keep Reading

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June 28, 2013 by Todd Paben 0 comments

Preparing to Gather (June 30, 2013)

This Sunday, Missio Dei will not have a “normal” Preparing to Gather entry. This Sunday Missio Dei Church will be living out James 2:26 “For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.”...Keep Reading

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June 24, 2013 by Todd Paben 0 comments

The Lord Confirmed His Purpose

The following text is an excerpt from Pastor Paul Vroom's sermon "Our Faithful Lord" on June 23, 2013. This section of the sermon had numerous "amens" resounding from my heart. Enjoy!...Keep Reading

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May 7, 2013 by Todd Paben 0 comments

Singing Is More Than...

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April 7, 2013 by Todd Paben 0 comments

The Crazy Things We Do for Love

In my last post, I talked about how I love to read. I love to read lots of books, often at the same time. One of those books that I am reading is by Mike Cosper called "Rhythms of Grace: How the Church's Worship Tells the Story of the Gospel." As I am reading this book, I have come across a lot of different parts why I chuckle out loud at how he talks about Israel's disobedicne to God or I will often give the "hmmmm" as I deeply resonate with God's grace throughout scripture. ...Keep Reading

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April 5, 2013 by Todd Paben 0 comments

Getting Back Into Acts

If you love to read and are anything like me, you love reading books. You find great joy in picking a book off the shelf and sifting through the pages as you sit down with a great cup of coffee, tea, hot chocolate…etc. Maybe, just maybe, if you are able, you might be reading a few books at once. This is often the case for me....Keep Reading

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March 27, 2013 by Todd Paben 0 comments

Civil War Reenactments & Good Friday

Good Friday is a powerful day of remembrance. However, Good Friday is good only because Sunday eventually comes. As Christians, we must never look at the cross without thinking of the empty grave. Jesus’ suffering is inseparable from his victorious resurrection. There is a reason that the logo for Christianity is an empty cross: he did not remain upon it, but rose again. We can mourn our sin, but we do not mourn as the world does because Jesus reigns upon His throne....Keep Reading

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February 23, 2013 by Todd Paben 0 comments

2 Words That Can Move You To Tears

I love to wake up early on Saturday mornings and read with a great cup of coffee. I am often walking around my apartment sifting through which book I want to dive into the next morning. Last night I was convicted that I just don’t dive enough into the right book... the Bible....Keep Reading

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February 20, 2013 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

Worship | A Zeal for Your House

This Sunday we are going to be walking through Luke 19:41-48 where Jesus clears the Court of the Gentiles. Jesus has a red hot zeal for worship. His zeal for worshiping God was to be extended to all the nations! We see Jesus halting the traffic of those who were using the Court of Gentiles as a shortcut - "he “would not allow anyone to carry anything through the temple.” So much for the one-sided “gentle Jesus, meek and mild.” ...Keep Reading

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February 15, 2013 by Todd Paben 0 comments

Get Off Repeat...A Follow Up

A few Sundays ago, I asked the music team if they would be up for staying late after church to share a meal and learn some new songs. The team accepted the offer! We made our meal into the typical church potluck. After the meal we went back down into the sanctuary for the practice. ...Keep Reading

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January 18, 2013 by Todd Paben 1 comments

Get off Repeat

Introducing new songs is never easy. As a person who leads music for Missio Dei week in and week out, trying to teach people a new song is just simply awkward and often times scary. Introducing new songs to your church family would be like reading your term papers in college before your immediate friends and family. A lot of time and labor has gone into working on this project and the time comes to unveil "your hard work"....[chirp]....[chirp]. Crickets is pretty much all you can hear....Keep Reading

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November 30, 2012 by Todd Paben 0 comments

Celebrating Advent

I recently came across this blog post from Bobby Gilles, communiation director for Sojourn Church, titled "What is Advent? Why & How You Should Observe It". I have been trying to figure out how or what to communicate about the Advent seaon. For some of us we have been celebrating Advent for years and have often found it to be a very worshipful time. For others, who might be newer in church celebrations, or the church calendar year, you might be wondering what is this Advent season - I thought we just had Christmas. ...Keep Reading

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October 20, 2012 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

What Does Your Worship Say About God?

Mark Altrogge asks what kind of a statement we make about God in the way we worship. It’s worth thinking about: “If an outsider came into your Sunday meeting and observed you worshiping, what would he conclude you think about God?”...Keep Reading

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October 2, 2012 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

Our Soft Reopening

What’s missing in this picture? Well, it is you! We have been working hard in getting all those last minute details in place so that we can start worshiping at 123 West Wood Street- THIS SUNDAY!...Keep Reading

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September 20, 2012 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

Will we see you Sunday?

Every week the church, Missio Dei Church gathers to worship. Throughout the North American landscape, we see that there is a growing lack of prioritizing of the gathering of the church. Family birthday celebrations, trips for the zoo with the kids, a day in the city, little league games, lawn mowing, or just a family day at home for tired souls are all vying for the average Christian’s time on Sundays....Keep Reading

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September 11, 2012 by Todd Paben 0 comments

Liturgy Explanation: The Peace, The Word, The Meal, The Sending

The next installment in our "Liturgy Explanation" series. Here we will be taking a look at the Passing of the Peace, the Ministry of the Word, the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, and the Benediction.. These pieces are powerful pieces with our time of gathered worship. ...Keep Reading

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September 7, 2012 by Todd Paben 0 comments

Liturgy Explanation: Our Confession - His Assurance

The next installment in our "Liturgy Explanation" series. Here we will be taking a look at the Confession of Sin and the Assurance of Pardon. These pieces are powerful pieces with our time of gathered worship. For it is here that the church acknowledges their depravity, and is re-assured of the Gospel of Jesus Christ - who took alway all our sins. ...Keep Reading

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September 4, 2012 by Paul Vroom 1 comments

Cubs, Brewers, and Our Worship

If you know me well enough, you probably know that I don’t really follow baseball, I can’t give you any stats about the players or the teams that they play for, nor do I honestly care, but I do enjoy a good game and all that come with it (beer, hot dogs, friends, etc.) and watching people and their responses to the game....Keep Reading

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August 31, 2012 by Todd Paben 0 comments

Liturgy Explanation: The Quieting and The Call

Some of you may or may not have been noticing that Missio Dei Church has been adding some new elements during our time of gathered corporate worship. We are continually praying and hoping that people will understand the connections between all different parts of the service on a Sunday morning. Everything on Sunday morning has a place and purpose. We hope that through this article you will come to understand why we do what we do on a Sunday morning. ...Keep Reading

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August 29, 2012 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

Worship | One Public Voice

There is silence. Everyone’s mouths are closed and a single vocalist steps up to the microphone. She takes a deep breath and releases an effortless stream of pure tone. This audio-joy fills the room and the beauty cleans you from the inside out. This is a picture of what the Church is like. She gets to sing a beautiful message to the world about Jesus. That message is that the God of Israel is the King of the world. This is a fact that is true because of the life, death, resurrection, and enthronement of Jesus Messiah....Keep Reading

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August 28, 2012 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

Worship | The Golden Rule

D.A. Carson, Tim Keller, N.T. Wright, Mark Driscoll, etc.: they all say this in one way or another. Why do they all agree? Because the Bible is so clear about this principle. In some ways, the whole story of the Bible’s conflict after Genesis 3, that is the theme of sin, is really the conflict between the worship of idols (created things) and the worship of the true god (the Creator). Now, what is the “golden rule” of worship? Let me give it and then draw out two logical implications that the Bible teaches. First, the rule is simply this: you become like what you worship....Keep Reading

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August 27, 2012 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

Worship | What's It Worth to You?

The Oxford dictionary will tell you that the English word “worship” is derived from the old English weorthscipe, which means ‘worthiness, acknowledgement of worth’. It denotes anything that is of supreme worth or value. Obviously, that’s not where the Greek, Aramaic, or Hebrew word comes from, but that’s another blog post for another day. The point here is that when we talk about worship, we’re talking about whatever is most valuable to us. And that’s actually quite close to the biblical connotations for worship. The question of “what” or “who” is your god is the same as whatever you deem to be worthy of your ultimate service and awe....Keep Reading

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August 26, 2012 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

Worship | Where Do You Worship?

Around 2000 years ago this was the type of question the one woman used to sidetrack a conversation she was having with Jesus (John 4). The scene is pure genius on Jesus’s part. This is classic Messiah-stuff. He follows her rabbit trail and brings it back around to the point he wanted to make all along. Love it. It’s funny how Christians in the west still bring up that same question. Now, it’s not the exact same as a Samaritan woman’s question in the 1st century, but there are similarities....Keep Reading

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