Thank you for The M25G!

Dear Restoration,

Thank you.  Thank you for all you have done to be ready for next week’s Matthew 25 Gathering.

I wanted to send a few notes as we enter the countdown to arrival.

  1. A HUMONGOUS thank you to Kathy Kenyon who has been coordinating all of our ‘on-site logistics’.  Thank you to the registration team, the housing team, the hospitality team, the make-sure-everything-is-in-the-welcome-bags team.  You all have been working for months and I am so very grateful.  I love your ideas and I can’t wait to see them implemented.
  2. Thank you to everyone who signed up to bring food, to give on-site hospitality, and to prayWe have a few slots left in each category if you would like to serve and have not signed up yet.  When I first introduced Restoration to The M25Gathering, I stated that,

    ‘We want to host the Gathering participants well.  We will do that through a smooth registration process, vigilant on-site hospitality, and gracious lodging.

    We are ready to do that because of how generously you have responded.  Thank you.  It really is overwhelming.

  3. If you signed up to be on the On-Site Prayer Team or if you would like to pray for the Gathering before it starts:  There will be a special, required training session this Sunday night, after the 5pm service, from 6:30-7:30 in the sanctuary.  If you are on the Prayer Team, we kindly ask that you prioritize this training and attend.
  4. You are invited to attend the Wednesday Night Plenary Session of the Gathering.  It will start at 7:00pm in the sanctuary.  Dr. Vincent Bacote of Wheaton College will present a lecture entitled, ‘A Courageous Public Witness’.  I can’t wait.  I hope that many of you will come and see a bit of The Gathering.  I think you will love it.  This is the only session that is open to the public.  All of the others require a ticket.
  5. If you have questions about the Gathering, we will be updating this page regularly with logistical information that participants and hosts will need.  So feel free to bookmark and come back to it.  You can also call or text the Restoration Clergy Pastoral Emergency Number (on the back of every worship guide) and get me, David, throughout the Gathering.   I will also respond to my normal phone number and you are welcome to use it.

Thank you friends.  I have so appreciated the opportunity to partner with you on this project.

-David

Sunday Music – February 17, 2019

Playlist:

Opening Songs:

Come Thou Fount
King of My Heart
In the Secret – the recording is in the key of E, but this sheet is in C – I’m not sure which we will do yet.

Response:

Good to Me

Offertory:

Come and Move

Sanctus:

Sanctus (Holy and Hosanna)

Eucharist: 

One Thing Remains (Your Love Never Fails)
Nothing But the Blood of Jesus

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February 10, 2019 – David Hanke

Revelation 22.1-5 : Psalm 126 : Luke 21.29-31

Listen to the songs here.

Sunday Music – February 10, 2019

Playlist:

Opening Songs:

O Come to the Altar
Praise to the Lord
Great Are You Lord

Response:

Here I am to Worship

Offertory:

Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee

Sanctus:

Sanctus (Holy and Hosanna)

Eucharist: (We will do both of these songs in G even though the recordings are in A)

How Great Thou Art – this will be done more meditatively than the recording
How Great is Our God

We were singin’ ’bout the devil!!

I helped with music in a fabulous little church in Northern Michigan during my first five years after college, and one Sunday we sang Martin Luther’s “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.”  We actually sang it frequently, but this particular day, one of our lovely and enthusiastic older women named Sue came up to me wide-eyed after the sermon and said with a slight panic, “Did you know that we were singin’ ’bout the devil?”  To be honest, I had to look at it again, and then I smiled with delight and responded, “Yes!  And one little word shall fell him!”  And we laughed together at that truth.  She got it!  She had been singing this song for so long, and she finally got it; and I got to get it with her.  And we celebrated.

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This song used to feel very much in the past and very much in the future for me in part because the tune is old and glorious, and its lyrics told the story of something I believed happened back on the cross and in the distant future.  I was not wrong, but I did miss out on the present reality of this song.  Every time I would sing it, the gloriousness and beauty of the tune for whatever reason kept me from embracing its reality for today.  This morning I need to sing it with a hint less triumph and a bit more anticipatory hope for today, so I put a different tune to these fabulous and applicable lyrics to help me embrace it just a bit more.  My tune will not endure the way the original does, but it’s helpful for me today.  Maybe it will be helpful for you.

1. One Little Word     
 Feel free to download or listen by clicking here and saving it to your device.

I imagine sitting with Sue, who has since passed away, in the front row of our little church building in Northern Michigan sharing this more folksy take on the ancient classic.  And I imagine her closing her eyes, peacefully swaying back and forth, and when the part comes about one little word felling the prince of darkness, I imagine her calm expression turning into a beam of sunshine.  She did not have everything figured out, but she knew that Satan was real and against her and that Jesus loved her and won her.  I want to know that more deeply today too.

 

Getting around to it

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February 3, 2019 – David Hanke

Jeremiah 1.4-10 : Psalm 71.1-6 : Mark 4.26-29

Listen to the songs here.

Sunday Music – February 3, 2019

Playlist:

Opening Songs:

This is My Father’s World : Valley Song
Reckless Love

Response:

Your Labor is Not in Vain

Offertory:

Great is Thy Faithfulness

Sanctus:

Sanctus (Holy and Hosanna)

Eucharist:

Spirit of the Living God
Muévete en Mí
God the Spirit

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