Monday, August 31, 2009

Music Set | August 29/30

Here's the worship set from August 29/30 at Constance Free Church:

The Time Has Come  |  Hillsong United  |  I Heart Revolution cd
The Loveliest Sound  |  Starfield  |  I Will Go cd
Majestic  |  Lincoln Brewster  |  All To You - Live cd
Eternal One  |  Robbie Seay Band  |  Give Yourself Away cd
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God Of This City  |  Bluetree  |  God Of This City cd
Hear Us From Heaven  |  Ross Parsley  |  I Am Free cd

The Time Has Come, God Of This City, and Hear Us From Heaven were particularly strategic choices for this weekend.  As we continued our series on the seven churches of Revelation, I wanted to find songs that would allow us to proclaim our commitment to God to avoid complacency and compromise.  Singing lyrics like "the time has come to stand for all we believe in," help us unite our hearts together toward a common cause.

God of This City and Hear Us From Heaven worked very well together.  We always need the reminder that greater things are still to come as we look toward our future.  But as scripture reminds us, we need to humble ourselves, pray, and turn from our wicked ways so that the God of the universe will bend His ear from heaven and answer our prayers for healing.  Hear Us From Heaven is one of my favorite songs and allows us the opportunity to passionately cry out to God as a church for that purpose.

For what it's worth, my wife Angie LOVES Eternal One right now.  We were driving home from church on Saturday night and she said "I love that song because it reminds me that my God is not an oppressive God - He's a LIBERATING God.  He's the reason for our hope."  In Matthew 11, Jesus invites the weary and burdened to come to Him for rest because He's gentle, humble in heart, and we can find rest for our souls in Him.  His yoke is easy, His burden light - not oppressive and heavy.  I love serving that God.

Friday, August 28, 2009

welcome to middle:brained!

I hardly know where to begin!  I've often thought about starting a blog but never imagined that anyone would find interest in the day-to-day experiences of my life as an Arts Pastor.  At the risk of being one small voice in a noisy chorus of bloggers, I'll use this little corner of the world to post my thoughts about ministry.  This will be a place where church attenders, ministry participants, worship leaders, and the certifiably curious can look through the window of my office and take a peek at the inner workings of the Creative Arts Ministry at Constance Free Church.

Feel free to post a comment with any questions I could address through this blog.  I look forward to sharing thoughts that I hope will encourage, challenge and inform my church and the broader worship leadership community!