An Excellent Occasion to Sharpen our Participation in Answering God

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July 28, 2019 – David Hanke

Colossians 2:6-10, Psalm 114, Luke 11:1-4

Sunday Music – March 10, 2019

Playlist:

Song of Praise:

I Need Thee Every Hour

Response:

Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah

Offertory:

10,000 Reasons and we will occasionally sing the chorus in Spanish

Sanctus:

Sanctus Lent

Eucharist:

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross (This chord is in the key of E, but the recording is in the key of D)
Everything and Nothing Less

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     
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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.

 

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

Spring: It’s Breaking In

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January 27, 2019 – Beth Tipps

Isaiah 35.1-7 : Psalm 113 : Luke 4.24-30

Listen to the songs here.

Small Group #17 – The Good Gift of Deliverance…wait what?!?

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Healing and deliverance are part of the ancient teachings and practices of the church meant to draw people to the heart of God and to help them to experience a greater fullness of life before him.  Our baptism liturgy is a deliverance prayer and we are given the model in Scripture to lay hands on the sick and pray for them.  That said, there has been a lot of misinformation and poorly handled situations that have hurt the church’s reputation in both of those areas.  We are striving to offer more small group opportunities that are designed to help us listen to the Holy Spirit in regards to his desire to heal and deliver us and to help others experience those same gifts.

Chain_expressing_freedomA few months ago I wrote about an intense experience with the Holy Spirit.  You can read about it here.  In that blogpost I wrote, “I have been delivered from demonic oppression and helped others toward greater freedom.”  Apart from the Holy Spirit’s assurance of love and salvation, this has been one of the greatest non-material gifts that I have received from him.  It doesn’t mean my track record has been perfect since then, but it does mean that I have been able to experience amazing progress in the area of what used to be my addiction.  And I have had the humbling honor of helping people experience greater freedom through claiming the authority that Jesus won for us on the cross – the authority he has given us through his Holy Spirit.

Last trimester Ramsey and I led a small group on listening to the Holy Spirit with an emphasis on physical healing, and by God’s grace our small group experienced both healing and deliverance during our time together. Praise God!  When Jesus sent the disciples out, he sent them to proclaim the good news of the kingdom and to heal the sick, and they came back to Jesus excitedly proclaiming that even demons were cast out in Jesus’ name.  In many cases there was a connection between healing and deliverance, and this trimester I am excited to learn more about what it means to practice living into the freedom of the Kingdom of God through focusing on his gift of deliverance.

Our small group meets in north Alexandria (Chirilagua/Arlandria) and meets on Wednesdays from 7:30 to 9:00 (#17 on the small group list). In our small group, we will be using the book Unbound as our hub of conversation.  It is the book that helped me to accept and act on the authority that the Scriptures teach about concerning deliverance.  It has ultimately helped me towards greater freedom and closer alignment with the heart/will of the Father.

Even if you cannot be part of our small group (which has some of the same amazing folks that were in it last trimester) I would love to grab a coffee with you if you’d like to have a conversation about this.  I believe that God continues to use healing and deliverance to draw people to his heart, and I want to participate in that.  I would love for you to participate in it with me.

 

Sunday Music – January 13, 2018

Playlist:

Opening Songs:

Praise to the Lord
O Come to the Altar

Response:

Jesus I Come

Offertory:

Enough

Sanctus:

Sanctus (Holy and Hosanna)

Eucharist:

Oceans
God of Grace and God of Glory 

Sunday Music – January 6, 2019

Epiphany

Playlist:

Kyrie and Opening Song:

O Holy Night – This only has the first and third verse.  We will actually be singing verses 1 and 2, but this is the most reliable chord chart.
Only A Holy God
God I Look to You

Response:

Only A Holy God – This is a reprise.  We will skip verse 3.

Offertory:

Angels from the Realms of Glory – We will probably play this straight – not bluegrass.

Sanctus:

Sanctus (Holy and Hosanna)

Eucharist:

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross – we will play the first chorus of “God I Look to You” after this
In Christ Alone – we will play the second chorus of “God I Look to You” after this

Sunday Music – December 23

Advent 4 Playlist:

Kyrie and Opening Song:

Lord Have Mercy
Spirit of the Living God – Assad

Song for Readings:

Here’s My Heart – Readings

Response:

Magnificat

Offertory:

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus – Come Lord Jesus

Sanctus:

Sanctus Holy – Wickham

Eucharist Prayer:

Let us Break Bread Together

Eucharist:

Deliverer
By Thy Mercy

Recession:

The Advent Herald

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