Monday, December 15, 2014

Monday Morning Recap for Sunday - December 14, 2014

We had our 12th Annual Christmas Worship Service yesterday at OMPC - No Eye Had Seen.

All told we had over 160 involved in choir, band, tech, kids and youth choirs.

Here's the "blurb" that I wrote for the program - in case you missed it.

I get asked the same question every year: “Are you going to use the Charlie Brown Christmas thing again this year?” The answer is always “Yes!” I love the simplicity of Linus’s response to Charlie Brown’s question about the real meaning of Christmas. Nothing else more accurately articulates my heart’s desire for our church’s focus during our Christmas worship service. The ridiculousness of all the other clips in trying to answer that question, contrasted with “Lament” in Charlie Brown throughout the montage, highlights the same struggle that we face today. I can only imagine those that were waiting on Christ’s first arrival experienced that same longing.

This Sunday's Christmas service is no different from the others in the past. We’re trying to enter into the beauty of Christ coming to redeem, in the midst of our struggles, pain and longing for more. As we do, we are reminded not only that the prophets of old experienced the same longings and struggles, but that Christ has promised that He is returning once again, and very soon, to restore all things, reverse death and establish His kingdom forever.

We will open this Sunday with a time of reflection and a time of lament. Our present-day pain parallels the hunger described in the prophets as they looked for the coming of the Messiah. Our cries to God to show up, and the song “Say Something” can certainly be compared with the drama involved in Mary, Joseph and the angelic messages from Heaven as they walked through what we can only imagine was a horribly difficult journey. And our desire to worship and bring offerings is a reflection of the initial worship offerings from shepherds and wise men.
We all enter in to the Christmas season with something or someone on our hearts. We’re all crying out for God to show up, to say something, to do something. As you listen, reflect and worship this Sunday, be reminded that God chose to send The Redeemer in the most understated way possible—a birth in a manger, under the stars, with an audience of shepherds. It wasn’t dramatic. It wasn’t a shock felt around the world. It was a small movement that shaped the course of time and rescued our souls for His glory. That same God is working today to bring the same redemptive work to every area of our lives, our hearts, and our minds.  

Monday, December 08, 2014

Monday Morning Recap for Sunday - December 7, 2014

Yesterday was the 2nd Sunday of Advent - the Bethlehem Candle, signifying the preparation for Christ.  Of course, the irony is that Bethlehem was the furthest from being prepared, which parallels us, so often unprepared to come to worship; unprepared for the work that we're longing for God to do.

We opened yesterday with Our God Saves.

After our call to worship we sang Joyful, O Come All Ye Faithful, Lord I Need You, O Little Town of Bethlehem, and Waiting Here for You.

Our offering song was You're Here, sung by Kala Waldron.

Join us this Sunday for our special Christmas worship service - No Eye Had Seen, both services at 8:15 and 10:45.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Monday Morning Recap for Sunday - November 30, 2014

We kicked off the 2014 Advent season last Sunday with the Prophet's Candle - the Anticipation of Christ.  One of my favorite things to do is take praise songs that we sing during the year, and put them into the context of Advent, and specific "candle themes" for each week.  The same text that we sing during the year takes on a whole additional meaning!

We opened with Relentless.

After our call to worship we sang Your Grace is Enough, Come Thou Long Expected Jesus, O Come Emmanuel, and How He Loves.

Our offering song was a great tune called Light of the World, sung by Carlee Green.

On a very sad note, please be in prayer for the Meadows family.  David was one of the longest serving tech volunteers here at OMPC, and died suddenly on Saturday night.  He will be greatly missed by all of us in the worship ministry at oak mountain.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Monday Morning Recap for Sunday - November 23, 2014

We had a great morning of worship last Sunday as we welcomed back Bob from his mission trips!  And we're heading right into the advent season.

We opened last Sunday with This is Amazing Grace.

After our call to worship we sang Because of Your Love, The Stand, I Stand Amazed, and In Christ Alone.

Our offering song was Let it Be Jesus.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Monday Morning Recap for Sunday - November 16, 2014

Thanksgiving seems to be rapidly approaching, and before you know it, we'll be well into December, our Christmas worship service on the 14th, Christmas Eve, and then the new year.  My parents were right; time does go by much faster as you get older.

We opened yesterday with This is Amazing Grace.

After our call to worship we sang All Because of Jesus, Your Grace Finds Me, Great is Thy Faithfulness, and Enough.

Our offering song was a tune I wrote called To Him.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Monday Morning Recap for Sunday - November 9, 2014

We celebrated the Lord's Supper yesterday, and Greg Poole was here to continue our series in "The Old Testament Sings Amazing Grace."  Be sure to come back next week as Gary Purdy continues our series, while Bob is out on a mission trip to Japan and southeast Asia.

We opened yesterday with Here For You.

After our call to worship we sang Let God Arise, The Same Love, I Surrender All, and Breathe.

Our offering song was Adoration from Brenton Brown, and the communion song that I sang was Come As You Are, from Crowder.

Be sure and join us on Sunday December 14 for No Eye Had Seen - our Christmas worship service.

Monday, November 03, 2014

Monday Morning Recap for Sunday - November 2, 2014

Choir Sundays are always fun.  It's great to have a job where I get to serve and make music with such talented, energetic, and encouraging folks.  If you've ever thought about getting involved in choir - it's still not too late to join us for Christmas!  We rehearse every Wednesday night from 6-7 in the choir room.  Come join us!

We opened yesterday with Never Stop Singing.

After our call to worship we sang Amazing God, Lord I Need You, We Will Run, and How Deep the Father's Love For Us.

Our offering song was Jesus Only Jesus.