Tuesday, March 03, 2015

New Tune Tuesday - March 3, 2015

Check out Let it Be Jesus

We've shared this one a couple times in worship, as the offering song, or during communion - but i'm looking forward to OMPC learning to sing this one together.

Monday, March 02, 2015

Monday Morning Recap for Sunday - March 1, 2015

What a great morning of worship!  Our kids choir led us in "What's Up, Zak?"  - the story of both Zaccheus and Bartimaeus and how their lives were changed forever by meeting Jesus.

I'm always so excited about the church getting to share in what the kids are working on.  Children's choirs play such an integral role, not only in teaching biblical truths to our kids, but helping to shape musical foundations that will stay with them, to some degree, for the rest of their lives.  If your kids aren't involved in kids choir - they need to be!  Join us when we resume this Sunday - March 8th, and prepare to lead in worship for Mother's Day.  4:30-5:30 in the choir room, for kids in 1st - 6th grades.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Say Something - from Christmas 2014

Here's Brian Simmons, Kala Waldron, and Chase and Kristen Williams, in a different context for the pop tune Say Something.  

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

New Tune Tuesday - February 24, 2015

Check out I Am from Crowder.  I'm not a huge crowder fan - but this tune really grabs me.  I like the easy reversal of us holding onto I AM, or - at the end of the chorus, remembering the I AM that holds onto us...

Monday, February 23, 2015

Monday Morning Recap for Sunday - February 22, 2015

Well - yesterday was one of only two sundays that I can remember where I had absolutely no voice.  Doesn't matter - worship team did a killer job, and it was a great morning.

We opened with Come Ye Sinners.

After our call to worship we sang Let Us Return, Your Grace Finds Me, Nothing But the Blood, and We Will Run.

Our offering song was No Other Name - a tune we introduced last week.

Join us next Sunday morning for our kids musical - What's Up Zak? at both morning services - 8:15 and 10:45

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Non-Christmas tune from last Christmas

If you can handle seeing the trees and the twinkle lights - then check out Open Up the Heavens from a couple months ago.

Never too late to join us for our Easter season service - Come As You Are, set for March 22nd.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

My thoughts on Lent

Lent starts today (Ash Wednesday).  Lent - in the traditional church is 40 days and nights before Easter, not including Sundays.  It's a time for reflection, sacrifice, and lament over Christ's death.  It doesn't include Sundays, because of the reality that Christ HAS risen, and HAS redeemed us from our punishment of eternal separation from God.

Being raised Catholic - it was tradition to "give up" something for lent.  It was something done out of a sense of legalism - you do this, because this is what you do for lent....

When i left the Catholic church - i abandoned "giving something up" for lent - because of the sense of guilt that I felt.  It wasn't until the past four or five years that I started doing it again - not out of obligation, but out of a sense of wanting to be more desperate for Christ.

You see, it's easy for us to be desperate when things aren't going well - jobs, finances, relationships, family... throw a wrench in it - and we become desperate for God - desperate for His word, His presence to be our very breath.  When things straighten out - the desperation goes away - or so we think.  Fact is - our souls remain just as desperate for Christ to show up in every way, it just becomes harder to recognize.

So my encouragement this Lent is this - try giving something up.  Don't do it because you think Jesus will love you more if you do - he already loves you perfectly.  Don't feel guilty if you decide not to - Jesus won't love you any less.  But should you choose to - find something that you truly would miss - coke, Facebook, listening to the radio, meat, watching TV, watching American Idol ....

You don't need to tell anyone - in fact, God's word tells us to fast in secret - not making a display.  Just know that should you choose to do so - there will be a community of believers joining you.  And as you find yourself desiring that thing that you are fasting from, let your prayer simply be this - "Lord Jesus, make me more desperate for You."