Thursday, July 21, 2016

Music for Sunday, July 24 - Here Am I, send Me

THE go to passage for how to order a worship service is often Isaiah 6. In case it has been a while since you have read that passage, here it is for you.

Isaiah 6:1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 
2 Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. 
3 And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” 
4 At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. 
5 “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.” 
6Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. 
7 With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.” 

8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” 

The basic outline many people take from that passage is this:
1. We see God in His greatness, glory, holiness
2. We see our sin (and ourselves as sinners) in the light of His glory
3. We are cleansed from our sin - not by anything we do, but by His work
4. God calls us to go
5. We answer with "Here am I. Send me.

Now.... just so I don't have to do all of the work for you, here is our song list for Sunday morning at Hilldale Baptist Church, Clarksville, TN at the 8:30 and 9:45 services. We won't exactly follow this order, but we cover all of the parts. But that's because the choir has to sing early on in the service. (That is because many in the choir sing both services. After they leave the choir loft some go teach Life Groups while others join the congregation and sing and worship there. Then during the 9:45 service after the choir sings those who taught stay for the service and those who stayed at the last service head out to Life Groups.)
Anyway... here are the songs we are singing Sunday.

How Great Thou Art with How Great Is Our God

Choir anthem - 
Here Am I, Send Me 
I'm going to have the words up so everyone can sing with us. You all have heard it enough that you can sing along. I want everyone to be able to respond with "Here am I. Send me." not just the choir. 

Love Lifted Me
Your Grace Is Enough
Amazing Grace, My Chains Are Gone

Then our Senior Pastor, Dr. Larry D. Robertson, will continue his sermon series on EMS - Evangelism Made Simple. I think a worship service modeled to some degree after Isaiah 6 fits in well with evangelism. Did you connect the songs with the outline in Isaiah? 

The invitation song will be "Take My Life, Lead Me Lord." The words to that are
Take my life, lead, me Lord.
Take my life, lead, me Lord.
Make my life useful to Thee.

It is my prayer that all of us will have that response after hearing God's word this Sunday.

I hope to see you all there. I'll be glad when you all stop traveling for the summer and we're all here together for worship.

A Neglected Blog's Restart

I have not consistently posted on my "Worship Blog" for a VERY long time.  
I used to blog every week. One year I blogged EVERY day for 150 days as I challenged people to read a Psalm a day with me and I posted my feeble thoughts about each day's Psalm.

I'm not sure why I stopped blogging. Probably Facebook. I felt like I was reaching a lot more people on Facebook. It's easy to post there and I don't necessarily need to have any deep thoughts on Facebook. I can just post a picture of my chickens and go with that. Like this one that explains why I named this pretty chicken Elizabeth the First. (If you haven't seen this then you probably don't know that it ends up that Elizabeth is a rooster! I just call him Izzy for short.)

And then along came Twitter (or at least I decided to give it try.) It's ended up that I mostly tweet or retweet about political things. So it's kind of annoying there. (OK. It's actually VERY annoying there when it comes to politics.)

I also tweet pictures of #Portugal so people there will discover my photographers blog where not only will you see beautiful pictures of Portugal, 

but you'll see links that share the Gospel in Portuguese! Like this one

However, the original purpose of this blog was two-fold.

1. To share upcoming worship events with the community (and related rehearsals and info with our church musicians.)


2. To talk about worship with anyone interested and to help prepare the worshippers at Hilldale for our Sunday morning gatherings. 

A verse that  is extremely important when discussing "worship" in the church is 1 Corinthians 14:15.

I Corinthians 14:15 What then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with my understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with my understanding.

The Apostle Paul was comparing speaking in tongues with speaking prophecy in a language everyone could understand. I don't think it is out of line to expand this to say we can worship better if there is some understanding of why we are singing a particular set of songs or reading a particular verse or why we are doing one thing or another in worship. 

A few years ago (and for several years) I would post - just about every week and usually on Thursday - what we were planning on singing in worship on the upcoming Sunday. My thought was that those who read ahead would come with some understanding of why those particular songs were chosen and therefore would be singing with "understanding." Not that they would think I was clever in my choice of songs. I hope what I lead us to do is never "clever." I want us as a congregation to have a purpose in our gathering - to do more than just sing some songs and hear a sermon and then go our merry way as if nothing had happened. 

When we gather we need to truly worship God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We need to hear His voice. We need to see our sin and His incredible grace. We need to be challenged to answer His call on our life and then actually choose to follow - to live our lives as a royal priesthood.

1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His possession, so that you may proclaim the praises of the One who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

Well.....I don't claim to be an expert theologian or the most eloquent writer, but I hope my posts will point you to Jesus, give you an idea of what's happening around Hilldale, let you see a little of my thoughts and heart and possibly give you a little bit on entertainment now and then.

So..... ALL of that to say I'm going to start blogging again. Hope to see you around here. Feedback is welcomed (but I have to approve comments. Too much SPAM is out there in blogger land.)

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Photographers Invited to Go On Mission

This post was about a meeting on August 2. It has been updated to tell you about a meeting on October 4 at 3:00 in the choir room at the main campus of Hilldale Baptist Church.
You can get to the meeting by going through the ugly metal doors on the East side of the building.

This invitation was sent out today to everyone we could think of at Hilldale that does amateur or professional photography. But, of course, we didn't think of everyone. 

Do you have friends at church that are good photographers? 

Will you tell them about the meeting on October 4 at 3:00 in the choir room
 or send them here to this blog post?


By the way..... all of the pictures here were taken by those of us who went to Portugal this year. 
YOU can take cool pictures next year if you go with us!

Page 1 of the invitation

Page 2

Page 3

Pages 4 and 5

Page 6

Page 7

Page 8

Sunday, May 31, 2015

New Blog Old Blog This Blog that Blog

I used to blog on a regular basis. I'm not sure why I stopped. Just other things were taking my time I suppose - because I always have something to say. lol.

I have a new blog that I'd like for you to check out. It's about the beautiful city of Porto through the eyes of photographers in the USA. You can find it here Porto - from our point of view

I took photographers to Porto. Our purpose was to use photography as a means to share the Gospel. Our IMB friends, Andy and Michelle Milam, were thrilled with all that we could do together. As you click on that blog link you drive up traffic numbers with Google. That in turn makes that web site show up higher on Google searches. (and here's a secret - It's more than a photography blog. It's another way to spread the Gospel. There are links there like Peace with God from the Billy Graham association and many of our photography posts will have Bible verses posted with the pictures.

The other link I'd like for you to check out is an older one that is also a way of sharing the Gospel with the Portuguese. Rezounding Praize It's a blog that our HS handbell choir made when we went to Portugal. It has a lot of nice handbell music (arranged by yours truly) and some scripture and Gospel links, etc.

So...... Check out my old and my new blog. I'm sure that you will enjoy them.

Perhaps I'll start blogging more regularly now....... We'll see.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Passion Week Rehearsal Schedule

Rehearsal Schedule

March 18 – finish memorizing all songs
March 25 – 6:10 on stage – in costume – Palm Sunday/healing scene,  Last supper scene, Crucifixion scene
April 1 – 6:10 on stage – in costume – Crucifixion scene, Easter morning scene, Last supper scene

Sunday, March 22

Actors without choir

2:00 – 2:30 – Easter Sunday
Ladies going to tomb
Peter & John

2:30 – 3:00 – Palm Sunday
Nicodemus & Josiah
Most Disciples
People to be healed

3:00 – 3:30 – Last Supper
Nicodemus & Josiah
All 12 Disciples

3:30 – 4:15 – Crucifixion
Nicodemus & Josiah
Peter, James & John
High Priest
Angry mob

Actors and choir

4:30 – 5:15 – Crucifixion

5:15 – 5:45 – Palm Sunday

5:45 – 6:15 – Last Supper

6:15 – 6:45 – Easter Sunday

Passion Week Services

March 29, Palm Sunday – 8:30 am and 9:45 am

April 2, Communion Thursday – 7:00 pm

April 3, Good Friday – 7:00 pm

April 5, Resurrection Sunday / Easter – 7:00 am , 8:30 am, 9:45 am

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Passion Play Want Ads

It's that time of year when we're looking for actors. And, as usual, we mainly need men. I'm sorry ladies, it's nothing personal, but between 12 disciples, a couple of Pharisees, Pilate, 2 thieves, and an angry mob, the Passion Play needs a lot of male actors.

The two main speaking parts are covered, so now I just need all of the men listed above. Call the church office and ask for Donna or send me (or Donna) an email saying you're willing to be in our Passion Play this year.

"When is the Passion Play?" you may ask.

I'm glad you asked!

We're doing a "real time" Passion Play again. We'll start on Palm Sunday and end on Easter Sunday.
The dates are:

March 29 - Palm Sunday - 8:30 and 9:45 am
April 2 - Communion Thursday - 7:00 pm
April 3 - Good Friday (arrest and crucifixion) - 7:00 pm
April 5 - Resurrection Sunday! - 7:00 am, 8:30 and 9:45

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thank you and the Story of a Painting

I really need to start blogging again. 2014 has kind of been the year that I ignored my blog. I think I let Facebook take over my blogging.

I need to blog again today because I want to thank the Sisters of St. Joseph Sister of St. Joseph on the web (They're in Australia!) They have created a beautiful prayer book titled "Act Love Walk." The title of the book is taken from Micah and it states the "values and relationships underpinning Josephite spirituality."

This is what the Living God asks of you:
only this,
to act justly
to love tenderly
to walk humbly with your God.
Micah 6:8

The book is illustrated with photographs and paintings chosen to reflect the thoughts of each prayer guide. Many people in this Internet age feel free to snag pictures from web sites without ever acknowledging or compensating the creators of the images. The Sisters knew it was important to ask permission to use the photographs and paintings in the book. 
My painting on page 150

As an artist I appreciate their integrity and honesty.  I was very honored for them to have found my painting and then to have liked it so much they wanted it for their book. I was happy for them to use my painting without charge. (Seriously?! I'm going to charge the Sisters?!) :-)

I painted this picture for the Passion Play Hilldale was doing in 2010.

The Passion Play that year was titled "Journey to Emmaus" and followed the story of the two disciples that Jesus walked with from Jerusalem to Emmaus after His resurrection.
The Road to Emmaus

I saw a painting on line that I liked - but rather than snag the picture off the net and use it I decided to paint one that was similar. So my painting is actually based on someone else's painting, but it isn't exactly the same. What's that saying about imitation being the greatest form of flattery? Something like that.

At the time my son and his family were living with us. My grandbabies were 8, 7, 3 and 18 months old at the time. So it wasn't a time to leave paints and canvases laying around. So I locked myself in my bathroom one morning with some paint, some brushes a canvas board and I painted. Not quite that romantic ideal of setting up an easel and watching a sunset for inspiration...

Now "The Road to Emmaus" is hanging up in my office. (Please ignore the boxes in the corner. I should move them...)

One of the things I like about painting is the cool things that happen by accident when you paint. Not every spot of color is planned: Some just happen, or spill over from another place or what was pictured in your mind gets overtaken by what's happening on the canvas. (If that makes your head hurt to think about, stop thinking about it and just keep reading.)

That's how the "glow" or "halo" ended up around Christ in this picture. I painted the three men walking and it just ended up that the sky made a glow around the center man. I think that's cool.

One of the things written in the book on the two pages that feature my painting is:
* We ask that we may be alert to your presence in our everyday realities.

Walking with Christ each day can be a lot like painting. We plan many things, but we need to be ready to see Him in unforeseen ways.