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September 26, 2018, 3:00 PM

Pastor's Article


Yes, this is actually the second year that we are doing our "Favorite Hymns Countdown."  We asked you for your favorite hymn selections (and praise and worship selections at our Connect service).  Over the month of September, we have been counting them down until the last Sunday of September and the last song at that service will be our #1 hymn selection.  Singing the Top 20 Hymns proved to be very popular last year, so we are doing it again.  Of course, we cannot disclose which hymn is number one, so congregation members have to come to the service on September 30 at 9:00 am to find out what the top four are!

 

It's interesting that some of the Top 20 hymns are the same as last year, and some are different.  We do the voting over the month of August, so it's mostly our year-round residents who do the selecting.  I think it gives us something fun to do and adds a bit of camaraderie to our ranks.  Since we have quite a few Wwinter Visitors, they can see that something exciting has been going on here while they have been gone, and are eager to join in.  Last year the Sonoran Strings joined us for our "Top 4 Sunday," while this year the guest will be Jim Sorensen.

 

You probably know by now that my background is in music ministry.  I spent thirty years in service to various churches around the country before I yielded to God's call to enter the Pastoral Ministry.  I still break loose with an occasional singing of "I Can Only Imagine," which our music staff, praise team, youth praise team, and choir were kind enough to pitch in on recently.  It was pretty exciting for me, and I hope for the congregation.  I love doing music with my church family!  We have so many talented musicians in our congregation, though, that I try not to take too much music time in the chancel.  I am primarily the teaching elder and pastor.

 

But to that point, once a musician always a musician.  It's natural for me to use whatever gifts God has given me to praise him, musical or otherwise.  I believe that we are hard-wired to respond to God's great acts of salvation through praise, and maybe particularly in praise and music.  A worship service without music seems a little foreign to me, personally.  Some of our brothers and sisters in Christ opt for that, but most recognize that wherever Christians gather, we feel compelled to worship God in music in one form or another.

 

Music is important to worship for several reasons, but I think the most important are the following.  When we sing ,we use our whole bodies.  We are the instrument, giving everything that we are to God!  Singing together brings us together.  Just think of going to a Diamondbacks game and not singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame!"  It brings the fans together.  Since the early days of church hymnody, the church fathers recognized that putting good theology to sing-able music helps us to remember it and makes it part of us.  Also, God has hard-wired us to sing!  Endorphins, a hormone released by singing stimulates our pleasure centers.  God literally built us to sing.  And lastly, most importantly, God is worth it.

 

Soli Deo Gloria.  To God alone be the glory!

 




September 25, 2018, 4:02 PM

October Fall Fest



October Fall Fest - on Wednesday, October 3, @ 5 pm in room 17 of the Family Life Center. Break out the lederhosen and get your Oktoberfest on and bring your favorite German or Fall dish to share. Come learn the latest about what's up downtown from Marge Jantz and others from Casa Grande Main Street. Please bring a bag of candy to donate to the Trunk or Treat event being held in our parking lot. 0n October 28th. 




September 14, 2018, 7:00 AM

Men's Fellowship


This week our Men’s Fellowship (8 a.m. Thursday mornings in room 17) watched a video by Chip Ingram on “Living on the Edge.”  It was great.  I think we’re going to watch the whole series following our study on the “Purpose Driven Life” that begins in October.

 

In the study guide for the video, Ingram challenges us to read Romans chapter 12 every day for a week.  “Overcome evil with good” is the last line of Romans 12, something that we acknowledged would be tough, but represents Christ’s call to us both personally and as a church.

 

Take the Romans chapter 12 challenge with us and let us know if it affects the way you think or live this week.  Verse 12 says, in part “Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.”  I’m not sure how I’ll do on that one, but I think God has a plan for me and I know he has one for you. 




September 13, 2018, 12:16 PM

Men's Fellowship



This week our Men’s Fellowship (8 a.m. Thursday mornings in room 17) watched a video by Chip Ingram on “Living on the Edge.”  It was great.  I think we’re going to watch the whole series following our study on the “Purpose Driven Life” that begins in October.

In the study guide for the video, Ingram challenges us to read Romans chapter 12 every day for a week.  “Overcome evil with good” is the last line of Romans 12, something that we acknowledged would be tough, but represents Christ’s call to us both personally and as a church.

Take the Romans chapter 12 challenge with us and let us know if it affects the way you think or live this week.  Verse 12 says, in part “Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.”  I’m not sure how I’ll do on that one, but I think God has a plan for me and I know he has one for you.  




September 13, 2018, 7:00 AM

Room Change for Missions Committee


The Missions Committee will be meeting in Room 16 beginning September 17 at 5:00 pm.


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