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Monday, January 31, 2011

Monday Morning Recap for Sunday - January 30, 2011

Our Global Missions Conference kicked off yesterday morning. We met last night as well - and will meet tonight and tomorrow at 6:15.

We opened yesterday with a new song (to oak mountain) called Let Your Kingdom Come (by the fine folks over at Sovereign Grace).

After our call to worship we sang Let God Arise. Sing to the King, The Solid Rock, and Revelation Song.

Last night we opened with Hosanna, and continued with Our God Saves, Everlasting God, Immortal Invisible, and Center.

Come join us tonight and tomorrow at 6:15 for worship and Dr. Elliot Greene.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Friday Favorites 1.28.11

I've been out of town this week - so I don't have the usual load of favorites. But I did stumble across this story...

1. Favorite "what would you do in the same situation?" -

2. Favorite "whatchawdano" -

3 Favorite movie that you need to see -
Saw the King's Speech. Incredible movie. It's got some language in it - but so does shopping at Walmart...Here's a brief clip.

4. Favorite line from upcoming worship service -
"blessing and honor, strength and glory and power be, to you the only wise King"

Monday, January 24, 2011

Monday Morning Recap for Sunday - January 23, 2011

Choir led in worship yesterday. I love choir Sundays - great opportunity to get as many people involved in leading worship as possible. if you haven't joined the choir - think about it. We meet every Wednesday night (except for this Wednesday) and have childcare, and snacks in case you're hungry ...

We opened yesterday with a song I wrote with Billy Ivey called I Will Sing.

After our call to worship we sang Amazing God, Blessed Be Your Name, Jesus Paid it All, and Mighty to Save.

Our offering song was Gloria, by Matt Redman. Funny story, he wrote the version we sang yesterday, with the two verses as sung. He had a ton of requests from people to write a Christmas verse - and he turned them all down and wrote one on his own, which was the version we sang for our Christmas Spectacular.

Our Global Missions Conference starts this Sunday. Come join us - Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday nights.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Friday Favorites 1.21.11

1. Favorite New Apple Service offer -
I forget how awesomely funny and absurd The Onion is...

New Apple Friend Bar Gives Customers Someone To Talk At About Mac Products

2. Favorite Alternate Ending to Star Trek -
I had to have "the talk" with Drake this past week over the difference between Star Trek and Star Wars. I wonder if there was a mash-up ...

3. Favorite Time-lapse -
I worked quite a bit of production when i was in college - spent countless hours at the Wright Center, Alabama Theatre, BJCC, and Alys Stevens Center. This is what my life looked like WAY too many times...

4. Favorite reminder of why we're here -
Putting this up again. Can we afford to not watch it?

5. Favorite line from upcoming Sunday worship service -
Beauty rises from the ashes, sorrow turns to gladness, when our God is near

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

2011 Worship MInistry Schedule

For those looking for our volunteer schedule, you can get it here.

If you're looking for the big dates:

Choir will be singing on: (by the way - NOW is a great time to get involved in choir). Wednesday rehearsals resume on January 13 at 6PM.

January 23
February 20
April 17 (Palm Sunday Spectacular Spectacular)
May 22
June 19
July 24 (Bullfrog Choir)
August 21
September 26
October 23
November 13
December 11 (Christmas Spectacular)

Easter Sunday is April 24.

The Kids will be presenting their spring musical on Sunday MORNING - March 6.

Our VBS will be June 6-9.

Our Bullfrog Choir sings on July 24.

Christmas Spectacular will be December 11.

Our Christmas Eve Services will be on December 24 :)

Monday, January 17, 2011

Monday Morning Recap for Sunday - January 16, 2011

Had a great day of worship yesterday. Life Groups have started back, as well as kids choir and worship choir. If you're not plugged into a life group - do so. Get involved!

We opened yesterday with Marvelous Light. First time that I've led that song at Oak Mountain. Great tune.

After our call to worship we sang You Lifted Me Out, No Other Name, Lift High, Praise to the Lord the Almighty, and Surrender

Our offering song was You Alone Can Rescue.

Choir sings this coming week - I love choir sundays.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Friday Favorites 1.14.11

1. Favorite Even More Ridiculousness from Tripp and Tyler -
These guys consistently make me laugh

2. Favorite Perspective -

3. Favorite "AHA!" moment -

4. Favorite Sign of the Apocalypse -
HAHAHAHAHA. I mean...not funny...but can you imagine?

5. Favorite Line(s) from Upcoming Sunday morning Worship -
"hast thou not seen how thy desires e'er have been granted in what He ordaineth?"


"nothing bring Him greater fame, when broken people call his name. Lift high - your chains undone"

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

i'm proud of my Technical Director

Will Giuliani does some amazing work, and is a great teammate at crafting the brand at Oak Mountain. He did a new design on the 80, which launched this past Sunday.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Monday Morning Recap for Sunday - January 9, 2011

Greetings blog readers. Big week last week - be sure and check out the Year in Review if you missed it last week.

We opened yesterday with Let Us Return.

After our call to worship we sang I Am Free, What a Savior, When I Survey/Wonderful Cross, and You Gave Your Life Away.

For our offering song we sang a new *to oak mountain Hillsong tune called Stronger (by the Hillsong Grownups).

For communion we sang Lift High by Eddie Kirkland, and Streams of Living Water Flow by Red Mountain Music.

Worship choir starts back up this Wednesday night! Come join us. 6-7

Friday, January 07, 2011

Friday Favorites 1.7.11

1. Favorite WOW video -
I love the vulnerability at the end.

2. Favorite HUH! moment -
Nobody tell Sarah Braden ...

3. Favorite Movie that was nothing like I thought it was -
So bizarre, and funny, and nothing like what I thought it'd be!

4. Favorite oldie but goodie -
If you haven't seen this, then you may have just discovered the internet. It makes me laugh out loud everytime I see it.

5. Favorite line from upcoming Sunday's worship service -
"Bring us to the table, as only You are able. May You find us humble, falling at Your feet."

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Happy 4th birthday to #3

#3 came along in 2007. He was, what most would describe as "unexpected." His older brother is a mere 16 months older. He's an incredible gift, and we think, quite possibly, crazier than #1 and #2 put together.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Some of the best money we spend each month

We've got our #1 and #2 in Tae Kwon Do. Apparently there's varying degrees and disciplines, even in the outfits here in Birmingham. I've been convinced since day 1 that we made the right decision with World Class TKD.

This is the recent testing that their two instructors, Richard Coon and Justin Scarcella went through to earn their 4th degree black belt. Absolutely incredible.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Trash TV

I'm just gonna say this. I hate trash TV. And let's face it - stuff that falls in this category (for me at least) are shows like:
The Bachelor/Bachelorette - conveniently, starting back up tonight, Survivor, Big Brother, American Idol, Top Model, anything on MTV, a lot of things on Fox, blah blah blah, etc. You get the point. Usually, if it's called "reality," then i automatically turn it off. Except for Pawn Stars. I LOVE watching pawn stars. Kind of a mix between antiques roadshow and american chopper.

Anyway - the bachelor is on, and I have to configure my knees just right so my MAC sits and blocks most of the TV... but here's what bugs me. This guy is going to send how many women home at the end of this night's party? 8? 10? And he gets to base that on... wait for it... LOOKS! Wowzer. The epitome of what we're dealing with in society and in the church. We're (as a church) striving so hard to let the Gospel shine through - for the Gospel to be the truth - which tells us that we are whole, loved, true, and pursued by the Father, because of Christ - because of His beauty... and because of that, we are made beautiful.

But on one of the most "popular" reality shows - scores of women are "sent home" because of a first impression. How does this end up translating to church? To the masks we wear? To the pretense we try to live out? We start, continue, or intensify the thinking that our mask is how we are evaluated, that our appearance is how we're defined. It ends up burying our truth, inflating our shame, and obscuring our view of true beauty.

The alternative - embracing Christ and the beauty that He gives to our lives.

I hate trash TV.

Monday, January 03, 2011

Monday Morning Recap for Sunday - January 2, 2011

2011. Wowzer. It goes by faster and faster every year.

We only had one service yesterday - and i love the packed house. It's great to see all the faces at once, and hear all the singing...

We opened with Come Ye Sinners - which is ending up being one of my favorite hymn re-writes.

After our call to worship we sang Because of Your Love, Our God Saves, O Worship the King, and How Deep the Father's Love for Us.

Our offering song was Tommy Walker's I Have a Hope.

We kick things back into half-gear this week. Worship choir resumes on Wednesday the 12th. Now is a great time to get plugged in, as we start preparing for our Palm Sunday worship.