Stronger | 12 Stone Church

I usually don’t use videos that aren’t recorded with professional cameras.  This afternoon I was browsing through some videos from our largest Wesleyan church – 12stone in Atlanta, GA and came across this powerful video.  Why do I say that?  Yesterday, I noted that I had some difficulties due to sleep deprivation from the lock-in and there were a couple of strange spelling on the sermon slides and yet the Holy Spirit work despite or in spite of all that.

The 12stone worship team is leading the Hillsong composed “Stronger” which is a great song for Easter.  About a minute into the song, the power goes out and what happens next is pretty cool.  In the midst of the dark, the choir starts singing the chorus and soon the emergency lights come on and you can see and hear them.  The band restarts albeit in acoustic mode now because the sound system still isn’t on, yet there are some lights on and they go and play the whole song – without video support – without sound and it is a powerful moment.  Check out this video of “Stronger” by 12stone Church.

Sunday Set List

Sunday Set List MainApril 19, 2015
Third Sunday of Easter

Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship and Invocation
     Luke 24:36b-48
Songs of Worship
     Worship Christ the Risen King
Sing to the King
God Is Able
Children’s Sermon
Worship Through Prayer
Songs of Worship
     Jesus Shall Reign
Mission’s Moment
Worship Through Giving
     My Savior, My God
Worship Through God’s Word
Song of Commitment
The Potter’s Hand

Prayer for the Week

Prayer_Banner_22-760x176O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Running Update

11167690_839645659441163_7386443330436385228_nWhile this probably is not the most excited I’ve ever been about running a half-marathon, I am as ready as I am going to be this year.  Next Saturday morning, we will be up early as I run the Park to Park Half Marathon for my fourth and (as far as I know at the moment) final time.  Because this spring has been so difficult, I haven’t really even come up with any goals for this race.  At this point I have two goals:

  1. Finish strong
  2. Finish in under two hours

Goal #2 is going to be a challenge, because I have not been running at under a 9:06/mile pace – which is required for a sub-two hour 1/2 marathon.  Despite all that, it’s been a pretty good week, with almost 27 miles running and 6 miles walking for just over 33 miles this week.  I am at 71 miles for the month, which is with 29 to go – 13 of those come on Saturday.  Barring any injuries, I should be able to come up with a gain for this month and start working on that goal of 1,200 miles this year.  See you next week!  Pressing On!

How Long O Lord?

clock-resized-600Third Sunday of Easter (April 19, 2015)

Answer me when I call to you,
    O God who declares me innocent.
Free me from my troubles.
    Have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

How long will you people ruin my reputation?
    How long will you make groundless accusations?
    How long will you continue your lies? Interlude
You can be sure of this:
    The Lord set apart the godly for himself.
    The Lord will answer when I call to him.

Don’t sin by letting anger control you.
    Think about it overnight and remain silent. Interlude
Offer sacrifices in the right spirit,
    and trust the Lord.

Many people say, “Who will show us better times?”
    Let your face smile on us, Lord.
You have given me greater joy
    than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine.
In peace I will lie down and sleep,
    for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.


“If Satan can cause dissension among Christians, nothing of significance will be accomplished.” – Duane Elmer (author of “Cross-Cultural Servanthood; Serving the World in Christlike Humility”)

Why You Need to Sing Loudly In Church

I love leading worship at Parkway.  One of the reasons is that our congregation sings so well.  I’ve been in settings where you can barely even hear the people sing.  This past Sunday was special because we had a smaller praise team, so it was even easier to hear the congregation sing and they sang well.  Here is an article from songwriter Keith Getty (In Christ Alone, The Power of the Cross, Resurrection Hymn) that gives five reasons why you need to sing loudly at church.