Sunday Music – June 11, 2017

The morning will be co-led by Andrew and Matt

Playlist:

Songs of Praise:

All Who Are Thirsty
Come Thou Almighty King with Chorus
What a Beautiful Name 

Response:

Lead Me To The Cross

Offertory:

Take My Life

Sanctus:

Salvation Belongs to Our God

Eucharist:

Deliverer
It is Well
Never Once

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The evening will be co-led by John and Matt

Playlist:

Songs of Praise:

All Who Are Thirsty
Come Thou Almighty King with Chorus
What a Beautiful Name  (recordings coming tonight)

Response:

Lead Me To The Cross (recordings coming tonight)

Offertory:

Praise to the Lord

Sanctus:

Salvation Belongs to Our God

Eucharist:

In the Name of God the Father
The Solid Rock

Sunday Music – May 14, 2017

Playlist:

Songs of Praise:
Trisagion
Holy Holy Holy
Glory
All the Glory

Response:

Before the Throne of God Above

Offertory:

The Lamb Has Overcome

Sanctus:

Salvation Belongs to Our God

Agnus Dei:

Agnus Dei – Ortega

Eucharist:

It is Well
You Alone Can Rescue

The freedom of slavery to Christ.

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February 26, 2017 – David Hanke

Romans 6.20-23 : Psalm 99.1-9 : Luke 17.7-10

Listen to the songs here.

Romans and Lecrae

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I thank God for Pandora radio.  He has used these random mixes of songs to edify my soul so many times.  A number of the songs that we sing on Sunday have shuffled into my radar at just the right time.  Some notable songs that we sing from Pandora stations are Psalm 46 and Esther.

After my men’s small group this morning, Romans 6.1-16 and David’s sermon were swirling around in my head, and as I traveled home I decided to press the “shuffle all” button on the Pandora app, and Lecrae’s tune “Tell the World” began to pulse through my car speakers, and hearing the gospel restated through his voice hit me at a fresh and beautiful angle.  If we could sing this corporately, I would try it. 🙂  So here he is – a gifted hip hop artist proclaiming Jesus as Lord and using the gifts that God has given him to point people to the one who makes us brand new:

1. Tell the World - Lecrae feat Mali Music     
Now, i’mma tell the world, tell ‘em
I’mma tell it everywhere I go
Tell the world, tell ‘em
Yeah, i’m a billboard
Tell the world, tell ‘em
And i’m broadcastin’ like a radio
Tell the world
You ought to know, i’m brand new

I know one thing’s true: I don’t even really deserve to know you
But, I-i’m a witness that you did this, and I’m brand new
So, I-I’m read’ to go, and i’mma tell the world what they need to know
A slave to myself, but you let me go, I tried getting high but it left me low
You did what they could never do
You cleaned up my soul and
Gave me new life – I’m so brand new
And that’s all that matters
I-I ain’t love you first, but you first loved me
In my heart I cursed you, but you set me free
I gave you no reason to give me new seasons, to give new life, new breathing
But you hung there bleedin’, and ya’ died for my lies and my cheatin’, my lust and my greed, (and lord!)
What is a man that you mindful of him?
And what do I have to deserve this lovin’?

Tryna make the moments last
Holdin’ on to the past
But, like a hero in a dream
Christ came, and he rescued me
Now, i’mma tell the world
Tell the world, tell ‘em
I’mma tell it everywhere I go
Tell the world, tell ‘em
Yeah, i’m a billboard
Tell the world, tell ‘em
And i’m broadcastin’ like a radio
Tell the world
You ought to know, i’m brand new

I can’t offer you nothin’, but your care & kindness keeps comin’
And your love is so unconditional, I get butterflies in my stomach
I got the old me in the rearview, now the new me got a clear view
And I was so dead, I couldn’t hear you, too deep in sin to come near you
But you drew me in, you cleaned me up, so take me home, beam me up
Before you do, just let me tell the truth
And let these folks know that I done seen ya’ love
And it’s everlasting, infinite, it goes on and on, you can’t measure it
Can’t quench ya’ love, they can’t separate us from the love of god, there’s no estimate
My face look the same, my frame ain’t rearranged
But i’m changed; I promise I ain’t the same
Your love’s so deep you suffered and took pain
You died on the cross to give me a new name
Ain’t nothing like I’ve seen before, I got a beaming glow
I was low, down, and dirty, but you cleaned me, lord
You adopted me, you keep rocking me
I’mma tell the world, and ain’t nobody stopping me!

Tryna make the moments last
Holdin’ on to the past
But, like a hero in a dream
Christ came, and he rescued me

Lecrae featuring Mali Music, 2012, from the album “Gravity”

Praise God,
Matt

resto cambo reflections #3: Gardener of Zion

For the Lord comforts Zion;
he comforts all her waste places
and makes her wilderness like Eden,
her desert like the garden of the Lord;
joy and gladness will be found in her,
thanksgiving and the voice of song.

Isaiah 51.3


I got to see God working in, on, and through his people…to see deserts turning into gardens, and I am so thankful to have witnessed it and been a part of it.

Cambodia Garden

Last weekend our team had the honor of supporting three members of Christ Church (Austin, Texas) in hosting a silent retreat for about twenty English speaking internationals who attend Church of Christ our Peace in Phnom Penh.  Everyone arrived by bus Friday evening and chatted over dinner after which Christine, our “silent retreat” tour guide, gave everyone the schedule of meals and corporate prayer times and a packet with resources intended to guide each person in silent prayer through the weekend. 

During that meal on Friday night, I could sense a mix of skepticism and openness in the group as they were asked to look at a list of descriptive words to identify the state of their soul as they entered the silence.  Were their souls anxious, weary, chaotic, bruised, thawing, etc.?  It was clear that there were waste places and deserts in their lives that had either been identified or not, and this became a weekend of discovery for them as they were welcomed into the discipline of sitting with their own souls and Jesus in the context of silent community.

While this was happening at the retreat in Cambodia, Christ Church back in Austin had been asked to pray for those attending the silent retreat and to send encouragements, visions, Scripture, basically anything that they believed they had heard from the Lord about the retreat.  These messages were posted in a common space, and retreatants spent time browsing them to see if anything resonated that would give them further insights into the work the Holy Spirit desired to do in their lives.

As I wandered and prayed for the retreatants, I felt like I was seeing people come into deeper, more vibrant color.  I’d never had a sense or description like that come to me, but what I saw happening was beautiful, so I praised God for it.  A little affirmation came later when Christine was reading the highlights of some last minute encouragements that had just been sent from Austin, and one of them was a vision/picture that had been drawn and Christine quoted the person who sent it along saying, “I wish you could see the color!” 

On Sunday morning at ten o’clock, they broke silence by sitting in a circle and one by one sharing a piece of their experience, and the flood of beauty that poured from their experiences went deep into the soil of each other.  I don’t know how to better describe it.  The visions, Scriptures, and experiences they’d had through their wrestling in silence with God and the support and encouragement from the church back in Austin unveiled a plot of land with budding vibrance and growth.  It was another victory for the Gardener of Zion.

After they all left, Mary, Amy, Liz, and I went to dinner that evening praising God through the retelling of peoples’ testimonies and growth stories.  We marveled at the beauty of the church in Austin coming around the church in Phnom Penh, and as we looked over the lush, Cambodian landscape from the mountain out toward the ocean, we sat with thankfulness and joy to have been able to witness and take part in the work God did in, on, and through his people.

Please take a moment to pray for the retreatants.  You can literally just pray this:  Lord, please sustain and protect those who attended the retreat.  Help them to not forget your goodness to them, and as they go into their daily work help them to grab hold of the gifts and tools they have been given that they may press deeper into the good work and the good rest you have for them.  Amen.

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resto cambo reflections #2: Light and Darkness

As I reflect on my time in Cambodia, I am struck most significantly by the contrast of light and darkness; hope and despair.  I see light in so many wonderful people living and working here to better the lives of others – people who are pushing back the darkness of extreme poverty, sexual exploitation and animism to share true hope.  Hope that is not a feeling of expectation, but the certain hope found in Christ.  As I think about my time here, there are verses from the first chapter of the gospel of John that frame what I was experiencing.

The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it:  

IMG_7729For almost a decade, I have prayed for a notorious red light district in Phnom Penh called.  I learned of this area through the International Justice Mission and their undercover work here freeing young girls who were sexually exploited.  Over the years I have prayed for the girls who were sold into sexual slavery, the pimps who terrorized them and the people who have come to change the culture of this place.  I never imagined I would get to walk through the very same place.  It was deeply moving to walk through what was once an infamous red light district and visit the school, factory, gym, halfway house and other establishments that have replaced the brothels.

There came a man sent from God…he came as a witness to testify about the Light so that all might believe through him:

I am humbled by the wonderful people I have met here in Cambodia. People who, because of their love for  Jesus live, work and serve others here.  I met Chad, Kimberly and Rachel who work the former red light district training teachers, running the school, overseeing a half-way house for abused women and children, and using donations to purchase and repurpose brothels.  I learned of the Brazilian doctor who has lived as a volunteer in Cambodia for over 5 years providing free medical care to the residents in this same community.  I watched a very famous Cambodian kick boxer volunteering his time teaching and coaching young athletes in a gym that was formerly a brothel.  I have eaten dinners with Jesse and Sarah as well as Gregory and Heidi who live in Cambodia with their families where they love, lead and serve through the Church of Christ our Peace in Phnom Penh.  I met Danielle, who runs an orphanage; Steve, who works for an aid group; Amy, the professional photographer who is volunteering her craft to provide photographs for aid agencies and literally dozens of others.

There was the true Light, which coming into the world, enlightens every man.  He was in the world, and the world was made through Him and the world did not know him:

IMG_7673The main religion in Cambodia is Animism – the belief that all things – animals, plants, rocks and artifacts are alive and have spiritual qualities.  While here I have seen people offering sacrifices to the flagpole (Cambodia’s most powerful spirit – see photo); statues in temples; and deceased relatives.  I have watched as even extremely poor people set out fruits and meats so the spirits of their dead ancestors could enjoy the essence of the items or burn fake money as an offering  of well being to the deceased.  As I have observed, I have also prayed for each one of them to  turn from praying to inanimate objects and long for God.

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:

Almost every morning, I have gone out early to enjoy a run (I don’t have access to a bike here ;-).  In the quiet of the morning, amidst the smell of burning trash, I have seen; waved to; smiled at so many Cambodians on my runs.  In each of them I see a small pilot light – a deep desire – to know and be known; to love and be loved; to see and be seen.  My prayer for each of them has been that bit of light in each of them draw them to God.

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I hope you will pray with me for the people of Cambodia.

*Thank you for reading this far.  It has been a joy to share a glimpse of my experience.  Please contact me if you would like to see photos or learn more about my trip. 

-Mary Breed

Peace and Power

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December 11, 2016 – Liz Gray

Isaiah 35.1-10 / Psalm 146.7b-10 / Matthew 11.2-6

Listen to the songs here.

Sunday Music – November 27, 2016

Advent 1 Playlist:

Kyrie and Opening Song:

Lord Have Mercy
Wait on the Lord

Song for Readings:

Here’s My Heart – Readings

Response:

Thou Lovely Source

Offertory:

The Advent Herald

Sanctus:

Sanctus Holy – Wickham

Agnus Dei:

Agnus Dei – Ortega

Eucharist:

In the Name of God the Father
Post Communion Prayer Advent

Sunday Music – November 20, 2016

Music in the Morning


Opening Songs:

Jesus I Come
Your Great Name
Jesus Shall Reign

Response:

Holy Spirit – Getty

Offertory:

Eternal Weight of Glory

Sanctus:

Salvation Belongs to Our God

Eucharist:

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
You are my King
Crown Him With Many Crowns

 

Music in the Evening


Call to Worship:

Glory

Opening Songs:

Come Thou Fount
Psalm 46
Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah

Response:

I Cry Out

Offertory:

Wonderful Merciful Savior

Sanctus:

Salvation Belongs to Our God

Eucharist:

Jesus I Come
Crown Him With Many Crowns

Sunday Announcements – August 21, 2016

  1. Summer @ Restoration. We have a preschool kids’ small group at both services during the summer.  Elementary-aged kids join us in the sanctuary throughout the service. Worship bags are available at the kid check-in area downstairs. Nursery is always available.
  2. Two Services. For our summer schedule, we will only have corporate worship at 9am and 11am through Sun, Sept 4.
  3. Sunday Volunteers:  You should have received an email from Kathy Kenyon about updating your availability in Ministry Scheduler Pro (MSP) for September and October. We’ve extended the deadline to today at 5pm. If you have any questions, please contact kathy@restorationarlington.org
  4. AFAC Summer Farmers’ Market Runs happen every Sunday in August from 12:30-3:30pm. Sign up at tinyurl.com/RACsummer 
  5. Serve at AFAC this Tuesday, August 23, from 6:30 – 9pm.  Help us distribute food to 100 families!  www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4ea5ac23a2f94-tuesday 7 spots are open!
  6. Pig Roast: On Sat, Sept 10 we will travel to the country with our church community to feast on a pig and play.  The pig will be ready at 12:30pm.  You can buy your tickets now at restorationarlington.org/news/pig-roast-2016/ or on the app.
  7. Register now for the Fall Retreat! We’ll gather for a weekend of worshipping, learning, and playing Oct 15-16, 2016. You won’t want to miss it. Register today at restorationarlington.org/ministries/retreats/ or on the app.
  8. The RestoApp.  This is a great tool we use to help make listening to sermons and music, giving, volunteering, contacting folks in the congregation, and signing up for events easier!  It’s in the App Store for Apple users and Google Play for Android folks.  Ask for a Church Community Builder login by scrolling to the bottom of the App’s main screen, selecting “contact,” and selecting “request a CCB login.”
  9. Parking Reminder.  Thank you for joining us in loving our neighbors by parking at the lot on 15th and Quincy Street and either walking or riding the shuttle with James (our bus driver) to the church building on Sundays.
  10. Fall Small Groups registration will begin on Sunday, September 4.
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