Music Monday

This morning we woke up to a cool (relatively speaking) 57 degrees.  Today is supposed to be a repeat weather wise of yesterday.  The air-conditioner is still cranking.  Last night as I discovered that there are only three worship videos left from my time at FLAME in April.  Today’s video is the FLAME worship band leading Steve Fee’s “All Because of Jesus.”  We had an acoustic band, so it sounds a little different than the album versions.  I found out this summer we will have at least one electric guitar, so we’ll reprise this and electrify it in August.

This really comes off last night’s thoughts about grace — God’s grace really is amazing — to think that God would love us — even in our sinful state — really is amazing.  As we sang yesterday morning — It really is such love that God would love a sinner such as I.  How wonderful is love like this.  Because of His amazing love and grace and mercy — it’s all because of Jesus that we are alive.

Sunday Night Thoughts

Wow! was today a hot one on the Southside.  Even as I write this at 9:45 PM, the temperature outside is 88 degrees.  The temp topped out at 100 at about 4:00 this afternoon right as I was grilling dinner (which was great!)  We had beef cubes marinated and then grilled along with peppers, onions, tomatoes, and mushrooms.  We love grilling, but I’d rather do it when it’s not so hot outside.

Church was good today.  We had a great time of worship.  The whole worship team was back for the first time in several months.  We are in the middle of a five-week stewarship emphasis. I don’t remember if i mentioned last week, but we now have the ability to stream audio of our services.  Check it out [here].  I have the last two weeks up.  What’s nice is that I don’t have to trade out older sermons for newer.  The best way to access them is to go to www.prestonwesleyan.org and look for the sermon player on the bottom.  I love the fact that there are so many companies committed to providing low-cost resources. 

Several of the resources we use are www.forministry.com for hosting our website; www.wordpress.com is hosting this blog; www.sermon.net is where we are hosting the audio.  I actually use both Google Video and www.youtube.com for hosting videos, though I prefer Google Video, because it has a separate uploader and I can load videos of greater than 100 MB.  I have a shell of a site set up at www.mychurch.org, as well as I do have a facebook profile.  “Why?” you may ask.  My desire is to build the Kingdom of God.  Through our internet ministry, I can reach people who would never check out our church in person.  It’s been amazing to watch the search terms that are used and how people end up here.  Just this afternoon, I checked out the search terms and one said “joysucker.”  I couldn’t remember where I had used that, so I googled it and found a sermon I preached last summer.  In fact, I was convicted by my own words as I read that post, that I had let some people suck the joy right out of my ministry. 

Since I started writing the temp has dropped to 81 degrees (in fifteen minutes!)  This evening we had a great time together as we sang.  We reprised a song from this morning, “Are Ye Able?” Said the Master.  It’s not in our new hymnals so we put it up on the screen which is unusual for a Sunday evening.  I do use PowerPoint for teaching on Sunday evenings.  We had a great time of worship, singing out of the hymnal which took us right into prayer.  Then we had our teaching time as we get ready to finish up the ten commandments. 

In a rare move, we took the kids out after church to Dairy Queen.  It was a nice treat on a hot SPRING day.  If it’s a 100 now, I’m not looking forward to the rest of the summer.  Besides who turned on the switch to summer anyway? 🙂 

Yesterday, began our denomination’s General Conference.  It should be interesting.  I have been following via several blogs.  Have a great week!  Stay Cool! Carp Diem!

Worship Recap

March 30, 2008
Second Sunday of Easter

Call to WorshipOur Risen King

He has risen!
He has risen indeed!
Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?
Death has been swallowed up in victory
Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep
For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no loger has mastery over him.
For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.
Jesus said, “I am the resurrection, and the life, he who beliees in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never died.”
Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Songs of WorshipCelebrate Jesus (Oliver); All Hail, King Jesus (Moody); He Is Lord (Unknown)
Invocation
Song of Worship
Crown Him With Many Crowns (Elvey/Thring/Bridges)
Worship through Prayer
Worship through Giving
Ministry through Music
Song of Worship –
Christ the Lord Is Risen Today (Wesley)
Worship through God’s Word – What Difference Does the Resurrection Make?
Song of CommitmentHow Can I Keep From Singing (Redman/Tomlin/Cash)
Benediction

Amen

Last night, while checking up on some of the worship blogs I check into, I discovered this video.  It is an arrangement of Bob Kauflin’s Amen.  I enjoyed it and hope you do as well.

Music Monday

Here is a great new song to learn for Easter Sunday.  While there are some great resurrection songs out there, this is a new one and it is penned by (no surprise) Keith Getty and Stuart Townend.  Our choir will be singing this in our worship service as part of our Easter Celebration.

Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)

About a year ago, we were introduced to Chris Tomlin’s arrangement of  Amazing Grace.  It has become my favorite version.  Second place would go to Todd Agnew’s “Grace Like Rain.”  One of the reasons I like it is that it stays true to the original version, adding the “my chains are gone” chorus.  I like that Tomlin brought back the original last verse.  He does leave out the fourth verse and when we do this song in church, we put it back in — singing vs. 1 and 2 — chorus — vs. 3 and 4 — chorus, and then the original last verse.

 The poem Amazing Grace was written by one John Newton — a slave trader at one time.  He even called himself an infidel.  Sunday morning, Pam asked the question, “Is grace unfair?”  It absolutely is.  I’ve said it many times, “there but by the grace of God, go I.”  The whole nature of grace is unfair.  It is unmerited favor, which means we can’t earn it.  I am thankful for God’s amazing grace — I think that’s what has made me a bit of a softy this past weekend.