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Thursday, December 08, 2016

Mark Long Sings His Favorite Christmas Carols

Monday, December 05, 2016

Monday Morning Recap for Sunday - December 4th

Yesterday we celebrated the Bethlehem candle - signifying the preparation for Christ, and - as articulated by the prophet Micah - the peace of Christ.  How often do we lose ourselves in the frenetic and chaotic pace of December, and completely lose the Peace that Christ has brought, can bring, and will bring.

Our style was a tad different yesterday, especially in contrast to next week's Christmas worship service - Do Not Fear.  Join us if you can, for either morning service - 8:15 and 10:45.  Yesterday's instrumentation was acoustic guitar, bass, percussion, and piano, and a single female vocal along with me.

We opened yesterday with Heaven and Earth.

After the call to worship we sang Relentless, O Come All Ye Faithful, Search Me, O Little Town of Bethlehem, and Waiting Here For You.

Our offering song was You're Here - a Francesca Battistelli tune - sung by Kala Waldron.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Monday Morning Recap for Sunday - November 27, 2016

Happy Advent Season!  I do love this season, and the paradox of the birth of a child bringing peace to our chaotic world.  And it seems with every passing year that our lives become more frenetic and the peace that Christ brings becomes so much more relevant and needed!

We opened yesterday with All Who Are Thirsty.

After our call to worship we sang Everlasting God, Come Thou Long Expected Jesus, O Come Emmanuel, and Never Once

Our offering song was Light of the World, sung by Carlee Green.

Make plans to join us in two weeks at either morning service for our 2016 Christmas service "Do Not Fear" - led by the entire worship ministry.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Monday Morning Recap for Sunday - November 20, 2016

If you're traveling sometime over the next week i hope you travel safely, have an opportunity to spend time with family or friends, and get a chance to express thanks.  I was not at OMPC yesterday but the very talented Trace Armstrong filled in masterfully.  So thankful for such a gifted group of volunteers at Oak Mountain.

They opened yesterday with Not To Us.

After the call to worship they sang Your Grace is Enough, All Hail the Pow'r of Jesus Name, and Good Good Father.

The offering song was Blessed Be Your Name.

Be sure and join us next Wednesday - November 30th as we continue to prepare for our Christmas worship service "Do Not Fear."

Monday, November 14, 2016

Monday Morning Recap for Sunday - November 13, 2016

We had our choir lead yesterday - I always love choir Sundays, and I always write that I love choir Sundays - because they're great opportunities to get as many as want to be involved, helping to lead in worship.  If you've thought about joining us in choir before - there's never been a better time to join us, as we're zeroing in on our December 11th Christmas service.

Yesterday's service was a tad different than normal choir Sundays.  I like to plan.  I like to plan ahead, and as with most choir sundays - this was planned a few weeks in advance.  It takes a little extra time to make sure that we have that many folks on the same page (pun intended).

After a spirited admonition from Bob last Sunday about those "freaking out" about Tuesday's election, I found myself convicted in, Presidential election aside, the different altars that I find myself worshipping at.  The reality is - no president, elected official, 10-step plan, self-help book, dinner recipe, or morning juice drink is going to "fix" our lives.  The only thing worthy of our hope, our longing, and our affection is the only name of Jesus.  He is on the throne.  He is ruling and reigning.  He is coming again.  He has promised.

So our set reflected those thoughts, and allowed us to reiterate those truths in song.

We opened with Let Creation Sing - a cool tune that I've loved for a few years from Hillsong.

After our call to worship we sang Come Christians Join to Sing, Forever Reign, Your Name, and No Other Name.

Our offering song was All the Poor and Powerless, from All Sons and Daughters.

Monday, November 07, 2016

Monday Morning Recap for Sunday - November 6, 2016

I'm not one to brag, but my oldest son joined me for the first time in the band this Sunday on the bass... and he nailed it.  Proud dad moment.  If you're reading this and also sitting in our pews with the idea that you might like to play or sing with us - now is the time!  Come join us in choir as we prepare for Christmas, or come up and introduce yourself and let's talk about the instrument you may play!  I'd love to get you involved.

We opened yesterday with May Jesus Christ Be Praised.

After our call to worship we sang Our God Saves, How He Loves, Before the Throne of God Above, and He Knows My Name.

Our offering song was a great tune from Brenton Brown called Adoration.

Friday, November 04, 2016

Friday Favorites 11.3.16

1.  Favorite Trailer - 
Really can't wait....

2.  Favorite PSA - 
The crisis is real

3.  Favorite Reason to come join us in choir this Christmas - 
We rehearse on Wednesday nights from 6-7, and it's never too late to join us.

4.  Favorite Line from Upcoming Sunday Morning worship service - 
"I don't have time to maintain these regrets when i think about the way that He loves us"