Friday, February 29, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Here's a note Tony got a few weeks ago from one of his friends who was here for our DiscipleNow weekend.
"Lyndel Littleton Joel Osteen
coincidence? i think not. i believe your music minister is joel osteen in disguise!
i hope you get as much of a kick out of this as i did.
And if I were a superstitious kind of person - which I am not (This would be a good spot to put in a mini sermon about Christians being superstitious, but I'll spare you this morning.) - anyway, if I were superstitious I would say I messed everything up when I bad-mouthed the groundhog.
It's 8:30 and it's still snowing here in the holler. I'll brave devil's elbow in a minute and head to Clarksville...
Here's a picture of devil's elbow after the blizzard in '51. Yes, for you younger readers, they had cameras back then.
Check back later today for more news about rehearsals.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Day 16 of our Bow the KneeHilldale's Passion Play countdown.
Make sure you check the rehearsal schedule on yesterday's post.
We really have a very nice set. Even though it is in the early stages of being put together you can tell what a great set it will be when completed.
We have a donkey! I'm sorry I don't know her name. She even has experience in this line of work. She's owned by the guy who owns the camels. (He told me that he doesn't have any camels able to work right now. I think the older ones retired and the younger ones will still kick and spit - which most audiences find rather annoying. So, sorry, no camels this year. Maybe next year.)
We have two tiki torches. Have you looked in your garage to see if you have one we can use?
Don't forget we are recording tomorrow night. There will be a big Hilldale Hoops celebration tomorrow night in the Sanctuary, but that won't affect us. If you have a child getting abasketball award you should go see that. But don't feel like you have to stay and watch the illusionist.
Can you find the piano?
Monday, February 25, 2008
A helpful set of information for all participants in Bow the Knee Hilldale's Passion Play 2008 (still on day 17). Non-choir actors need to be here for scenes that they are in. They will recieve that informaion in the mail. Choir members need to be here as often as they can (except the two rehearsals that say "no choir"). I know that life goes on and you have things you must do, but it will help all of us - and you will be better and more comfortable - if you can be here as often as you can.
1. First, you need to know the scenes and songs.
Scenes 1-3 - Opening, Crowd Scenes and Healing - One Day Every Knee Shall Bow, Miracle Man
Scene 4 - In front of the temple - When I Fall Down
Scene 5a - Triumphal Entry - Everybody Sing Hosanna
Scene 5b - Last Supper - Remember Me
Scene 5c - Marcus confronts Anthony
Scene 6 - The Garden - So All Alone
Scenes 6b-8 - Arrest, Pilate's Court, Crucifixion - They Cried Crucify, Alas! and Did My Savior Bleed, Bow the Knee, Surely
Scene 9 - Resurrection - I Will Arise
Scene 10 - The Empty Tomb - Celebrate the Victory
Scene 11 - Heaven - One Day Every Knee Shall Bow
2. Then you need to know the schedule.
Day & Date – Time – Scenes
Wednesday, February 27, 6:30 - recording
Thursday, February 28, 6:00 - scenes 6, 7, 8 (no choir)
7:30 - scene 5b (no choir)
Saturday, March 1, 9:00 - scenes 1, 2, 3, 4
10:00 - scenes 11, 6, 7, 8
Monday, March 3 6:00 - scene 5a,
6:30 - scene 4 (main characters in costume for pictures for newspaper)
7:00 - scene 2
7:30 - scene 9, 10, 11
8:30 - scene 6, 7, 8
Wednesday, March 5 - 6:00 All scenes
Thursday, March 6 - 6:00 Whichever scenes need the most work
Monday, March 10 - 6:00 Whichever scenes need the most work
Wednesday, March 12 - 6:00 Straight run through
Thursday, March 13 - 6:00 Dress Rehearsal
Friday, March 14 - 6:00 call
7:00 - performance
Saturday, March 15 - 6:00 call
7:00 - performance
Sunday, March 16 - lunch right after 10:30 service
2:00 - call
3:00 - performance
Wednesday, March 19 - NO REHEARSAL!
3. Then you need to show up as often as you can.
Easy as 1 -2 -3!
How are the costumes coming? Since we are on day 17 of our countdown I'm guessing your costume is ready to go. Some of you have said, "I have a costume." Does that mean you have one in your closet? Or does it mean you have one upstairs that you figure you have always worn and so therefor it is yours? If you are planning on using a costume upstairs you will need to talk to the costume lady THIS WEDNESDAY!
We have a lead on a donkey. Yeah! (not Brenda. You can read her story here Brenda's story .)
Here's an update on what's happenin' 'round here.
Today was set delivery day. All the stuff is in the Sanctuary.
Tomorrow is set construction day.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
The Holman Christian Standard Bible
John 4:23-24 "But an hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. Yes, the Father wants such people to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." Read This Chapter
Saturday, February 23, 2008
39 people voted in our poll.
At the Cross came in last with only 1 vote. That doesn't mean we don't like it, just that it isn't our favorite.
To God Be the Glory was a little ahead with 4 votes.
Victory in Jesus had 6 and Amazing Grace had 8.
But the runaway winner with 20 votes was It Is Well.
Now we have a new poll.
CCLI is the service we use that give us permission to put the words to the songs we are singing in worship up on the big screens. They track song usage and post the top songs. (Shout to the Lord beat out Forever in February so it is the one in our poll.)
How Great Is Our God has been at the top of the list for months - I think even over a year.
oops, sorry, picture is a little blurry
By the way, it is day 19 of our Bow the Knee Hilldale's Passion Play Countdown.
Friday, February 22, 2008
The Bow the Knee Hilldale's Passion Play countdown continues bringing us to day 20. Twenty days before dress rehearsal, March 13.
Food, friends and good times is what's ahead for us! We already have almost 200 signed up for lunch on March 16 (cast, choir and families). We'll worship together that morning, then have a nice lunch together and then it will be time for the final performance. Bow the Knee Hilldale's Passion Play is going to be a great weekend for us. I'm trusting God to do great things in and through us!
Right now, however, I'm actually sitting at the McDonald's in Rivergate while my car is sucking thousands of dollars out of my wallet at Firestone: Oil pressure issues - have to take the axel off to get to some gadget or piece of a hose or some other money eating device that does something with - I don't remember now, worn tires (too much time on I-24), wiper blades at $100 each (I may be exageratting a bit) and PT Cruisers have three of them... Oh well, at least the car is paid for. Maybe while I'm spending $$$ on it I should do something like this!
So I found this fun picture to cheer myslef up. (the twenty goes with today's countdown number - 20 days) You can print it off and color it if you would like.
More importantly, however, is that you sing through your rehearsal CD and memorize Miracle Man and Surely. (Tomorrow I will suggest that you memorize I Will Arise and One Day Every Knee Shall Bow.)
Thursday, February 21, 2008
While I'm thanking people, my thanks again to the alto section for finding a band-aide for my paper cut. I never realized how talking with your hands could be hazardous - well, I guess I've noticed that while driving. You have to keep at least one hand on the wheel which sometimes totally messes up expressing oneself properly.
driving with no hands - no children were harmed in the making of this photo
Speaking of driving. Have you ever thought about highway 41A? Does that mean there is a 41B? I don't think I've ever seen it if there is...
Here's the billboard over there on the 41A Bypass. Doesn't it look great?
The billboard people have to do their own artwork, but they used the design made by our very own Julie who does such a fantastic job with all of our publications.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Enjoy this video of a friend of mine who leads worship in Texas. Actually, many, many years ago, before I was a full-time worship pastor I taught school at a Christian school and Mark was one of my students. (But he's just a few years younger than me.)
The Carpenters had a hit song in 1971 called "Superstar". "Don't you remember you told me you loved me baby?" Well, the flip side had a song called "Bless the Beasts and the Children".
This of course just popped into my head as I was thinking about Bow the Knee Hilldale's Passion Play 2008 - which is now 22 days away from the dress rehearsal (for those of you watching the countdown).
I have a couple of goats lined up to join us but we're still looking for Brenda or a Brenda stand-in. (Click here if you are behind on the Brenda story Brenda's Story )
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
I don't know if I've mentioned that lately. What brought it to mind just now is that I just got a box a new handbell gloves in the mail today. Mmmmmm, new gloves feel sooo good on your hands. I bought black - very classy. Perhaps we'll try another color next time.
We're going to the Middle Tennessee Baptist Handbell Festival this Friday and Saturday. It's at FBC, Mt. Juliet again this year. (I'm going to offer our fancy new Family Life Center for next year.) We'll be playing an arrangement I wrote of How Great Is Our God.
I ran across a handbell choir playing one of my arrangements on YouTube. You can see it here http://bearhollowmusic.blogspot.com/
So today, being day 23, took my mind to the most famous 23 ever - Psalm 23. We hear this Psalm so many times at funerals, but it is soooo much more than a funeral Psalm. The last verse is really the only part that has to do with eternal life. The rest is a great testimony to God's goodness now.
Psalm 23 - KJV 1611
Here's a cool thought. Psalm 23 was David's testimony of God's goodness to him, but God is still in the same business. You could write Psalm 23 yourself - you just have to pay attention to what God is doing. Let me encourage you today to look for all the ways that God is comforting you. See how He is leading you on a path of righteousness. What green pastures and still waters have you had in your life today?
My favorite hymn (which I had in the poll but I didn't know it only listed the first five when I created it) is Great Is Thy Faithfulness. It is a modern day Psalm 23.
"Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided.
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me."
Let Psalm 23 encourage you today. Look for it's truths in your life.
And listen to your rehearsal CD! The real reason for our countdown!
Monday, February 18, 2008
What's so important about the number 24????
Sunday, February 17, 2008
We sure had wind today in Clarksville. Driving on I-24 from Bear Hollow to Clarksville was a trick too. I had to work at keeping the old faithful PT Cruiser on the road.
Here's a cool thought - it's from Amos (a book in the Old Testament)
He who forms the mountains, creates the wind, and reveals his thoughts to man, he who turns dawn to darkness, and treads the high places of the earth-- the Lord God Almighty is his name.
Most of us already think it's really incredible that God created the mountains, and perhaps it's kind of neat to be reminded on a windy day that He creates the wind. But here's the part that I think is most amazing in that verse "and reveals His thoughts to man."
1 Corinthians 2 explains it a little more
1 Corinthians 2:6-16
9 However, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him"-- 10 but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.