Thursday, April 30, 2009
So for almost every year since 1989 (sometimes preachers would want something in particular for that day so this wouldn't happen) I have led whichever congregation I have been with in singing "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" on the first Sunday of May. (side note - I listened to 20 different versions of this song on youtube and 99% of them were reallllly slow. We won't sing it this slow Sunday!)
My children know that I do this and they know why. It's important for your children to see your faith through the difficult times of life and it is important for them to remember how God provided. If you don't tell them who will?
You may not have a song to sing, but you should have some reminder of God's faithfulness: Perhaps a picture, a book, a song, a tree planted... something that in years to come you and they will see it and say, "oh yeah! remember when?..." The children of Israel had a pile of stones taken from the center of the Jordan River.
There's no charge for the extra sermonette. Here's this Sunday's order of worship.
May 3, 2009 AM
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
Prayer – Bro. Lyndel Littleton
Choir Anthem – My Father’s House
Solo – Emily Moman
Welcome – Bro. Lyndel Littleton
Welcome song – Days of Elijah
Children’s Message – Bro. Tim Munoz
Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Made Me Glad
Special Music – Bro. Lyndel Littleton – I Can Only Imagine
Message – Bro. Paul Scott
Invitation – Come Just As You Are
Offertory – Gena Tate
Announcements and Benediction – Bro. Tony Lewis
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
What are the Golden Granny Awards? If you are new to our music/worship ministry you may not know yet that the Golden Grannys are like the Golden Globes, Oscars, People's Choice, CMA, GMA and other prestigious awards all rolled into one.
Last year we only had people involved in our music/worship ministry attending, but I know we have many who regularly follow us on our blog, so if you want to see first-hand the fun and excitement of the Golden Granny Awards, call the church office today and let Donna know that you want to come too.
Here are last year's winners!
Don't miss out this year. CALL US TODAY!
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Ends up this isn’t something new. I tried to find this story on line and when searching for it I found this same kind of story in Florida from 2005.
On April 14 of this year President Obama gave an economics speech at Georgetown University. Prior to his arrival – and at the White House’s request – the cross and IHS were covered up. IHS is a centuries old monogram for the name of Jesus Christ.
Philippians 3:18 - Show Context
For I have often told you, and now say again with tears, that many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.
The point of this blog is the "why" behind this, but as a side note I must say how completely disappointed I am that our Catholic brothers would bow to this request.
Here is the opening statement of their on-line policy for use of Gaston Hall.
GASTON HALL POLICIES EXTERNAL (non-Georgetown University) organizations or individuals may rent the facilities, subject to availability, if:
* the event does not conflict with similar campus activity
* the event is appropriate to the ambiance of the facility
* the event is appropriate to the educational mission of Georgetown University
* the event is not in conflict with Georgetown University standards as a Roman Catholic institution (emphasis mine)
Gaston Hall is used for many non-religious activies. Below is a picture of a panel discussion on U.S. - Russian relationship and energy. Notice how the cross is NOT covered up.
I would hope one of the standards of a Roman Catholic institution would be to declare the message of Jesus Christ and the cross.
Georgetown should not have agreed to cover up the cross. President Obama should choose a secular place for his speeches if he is offended by - or afraid to offend others - by the cross. (Of course since almost all of the schools in the founding years of our nation were Christian in nature most will have Christian symbols in very prominent places.)
So why is the cross so offensive?
Why is the world afraid of the cross?
Because it declares many things.
The cross declares that we are sinners in need of a Savior. Americans don’t like to be reminded that they are sinners. We like to blame others for anything wrong in our lives. The cross makes each of us admit “I have sinned.”
The cross declares that Jesus Christ is the only way of Salvation. The payment for our sins was made through Jesus Christ. It is only through faith in Him that our sins are forgiven – that we find peace with God.
Colossians 1:20 - Show Context
and to reconcile everything to Himself through Him by making peace through the blood of His cross -- whether things on earth or things in heaven.
The cross shows Jesus’ demand on our lives.
Matthew 16:24 - Show Context
Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me.
The cross seems foolish to the world and they don’t see why the cross is a big deal to those who are followers of Jesus Christ.
1Corinthians 1:18 - Show Context
For to those who are perishing the message of the cross is foolishness, but to us who are being saved it is God's power.
It’s perhaps easy to criticize Georgetown and President Obama for covering the cross, so let me help make you a little uncomfortable.
How have you covered the cross this week? I don’t mean literally. Each of us, probably every day in one way or another, “cover the cross” by what we say, where we go, what we do… We deny the power of the cross in our lives. We ignore the call to “take up our cross” and follow Him. (OK, this is the point where you preach your own sermon to yourself as the Holy Spirit shows you things in your own life.) (I can’t do everything for you.)
Go out now and live a life that doesn’t deny (cover up) the cross. Live through and because of the power of the cross.
Here is a quote from a blogger, Joseph Speranzella, that brings some excellent insite. Wish I had thought of this first.
"Those who call themselves Christian do not mock God. They are obligated to remember that the Holy Martyrs too were asked to "cover up the Cross". They declined knowing that he who denies God on earth will be denied by the Father in heaven. The Church has counted the cost of true belief and there is no political correctness in the blood of the martyrs."
see the full article here Excellent post.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Tonight is our last concert. It is at the Renaissance Center in Dickson. It's probably not too late for you to drive over and hear us. The Ladies' chorus is joining us tonight. It will be wonderful!
Sorry, no pictures. They are on my phone and it's a bit of a hassle to get them off.
and besides, I've mostly been taking pictures of the gorgeous pianos we've had all week. I've been working very hard on not coveting. I had sort of figured out how to get one under the bus (taking the legs off) but I couldn't figure out how to strap in onto the top of my PT Cruiser.
See you Sunday!
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Monday, April 20, 7:00 pm - Beaver Dam Baptist Church, Knoxville http://www.bdbc.org/
Tuesday, April 21, 9:30am - Carson Newman College Chapel Service at FBC Jefferson City http://www.fbcjeff.org/
Tuesday, April 21, 7:30 pm - First Baptist Church, Paris, http://www.fbcparis.org/
Wednesday, April 22, 10:00am - Union University Chapel Concert, Jackson http://www.uu.edu/
Wednesday, April 22, 7:30pm - Community Concert, Second Baptist Church, Union City TICKETS $10 each or $15 for two. http://www.communityconcertuc.com/
Thursday, April 23, 7:00 pm - Community Concert, Renaissance Center, Dickson TICKETS $10 - order in advance by calling the Renaissance Center (615)7... http://www.rcenter.org/
Crown Him with Many Crowns
All the Earth Will Sing Your Praises
Prayer – Bro. Lyndel Littleton
Choir Anthem – My Eyes Have Seen Your Salvation
Duet – Tyson and Dan
Welcome – Dr. Larry D. Robertson
Welcome song – Hallelujah (Your Love Is Amazing)
Children’s message – Bro. Tim Munoz
There Is a Fountain
O the Blood of Jesus
You Are My King
Solo – Mark Black
Friday, April 17, 2009
I'm glad you asked!
I'm telling you about it here because Zebra butterflies are a testimony to God's wonderful creativity and how His creation fits perfectly together.
You may have never seen them because there are certain conditions that have to be met for them to be around.
First off, they only live near pawpaw trees. You don't have a paw paw tree? Well, that's because they only live in the shade of other trees in "deep fertile bottomland and hilly upland habitat" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pawpaw .
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Olivet Baptist Church, Oklahoma City
Bill became my friend when I played on the first recording of the Singing Churchmen and he invited me to play at Olivet a few times when the organist was not there. I called him one day and said, " Bill, I just heard an invitation hymn that I think is the best to come in a long time and I called the composer in LA and asked him if it was available for choir, and he said, that it was not available, and I said, well, I am going to be playing the piano at Falls Creek and I would like to arrange it for the choir, and he replied, you may be my guest. I would enjoy hearing the choir if you do. So, I asked Bill if he would take down the dictation as I arranged it, and he said he would.
I went down to Olivet and we went in that same choir room and as I played it, he wrote the notes and then wrote the words in, and we mimeographed 200 copies of it, and I took it with me to Falls Creek and Gene passed it out to the choir and we all fell in love with, " The Savior is waiting". I had my recorder and I recorded the choir singing it, and then when I came home, I made a copy and sent it to Ralph Carmichael. He wrote me back and said that he really enjoyed it and since I had his address and phone number, I gave it to Gene and he and Ralph became fast friends.
They collaborated on many things after that, but it was Bill and me who introduced it as a choir arrangement. Ralph was then the minister of music for the Baptist Temple in Los Angeles, and he wrote it for his church as an invitation hymn. The arrangement was copied and went like a wild fire into churches in Oklahoma and Texas. I introduced it to Johnny Bisagno when I would fill in for their organist at Del City, and Johnny used it everywhere.
Bill and I shared many smiles afterwards when we would reminesce about that encounter. I played for his church in Tulsa several times also. He was a big booster of mine, and I was very proud of that.
I saw him at Olivet a few months ago at a choir concert and we decided to get together for lunch and talk about old times. I thought we had more time to do that. I liked him.
You can read more about Ralph Carmichael here http://www.ralphcarmichael.com/index.php
Anyway, wow! I don't remember ever being this long between posts on our Worship Blog. I definitely needed at least Monday off, and then Tuesday and Wednesday flew by and now... here it is Thursday already. I have to run on over to the church building for a children's handbell rehearsal in about 5 minutes, but I did want to post quickly to give you some things to look forward to on here in the next day or two.
1. We'll have a new poll to vote on your favorite scene from the Passion Play. I know - too difficult to chose just one.
2. Some pictures and comments form the Passion Play.
3. a couple of posts in my head about how cool creation is and how marvelous and creative God is in His creations - with pictures from Bear Hollow to demonstrate.
4. Sunday's order of worship. And maybe a video to help you practice before you come.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
I mentioned on Facebook yesterday that I needed a shofar. Here are some of the responses I received. Names have been removed to protect the guilty.
at 9:12am April 8
Shofar Sho good.
at 9:20am April 8
What, they don't have a Shofar-Mart in Nashville?
at 10:00am April 8
get on shofarshogood.com they have a great selection!
at 10:01am April 8
I just noticed someone else made that joke too, sorry to waste everyones time.
at 11:12am April 8
Ok, what the heck is a shofar????
at 12:16pm April 8
Thank you Brenda!
at 12:20pm April 8
Thank you! I was beginning to think I was the only one who didn't know what that is!
Me at 12:54pm April 8
hahaha! A shofar is a ram's horn trumpet that the Israelites would blow as a call to worship or call to battle or I suppose any time they needed a trumpet sound.
Here's what wikipedia has to say http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shofar
at 1:00pm April 8
oooooooooooooooohh. Brenda and are now in the Know!
at 1:14pm April 8
LOL! Hey, check the Mexican restaurants. Seems I have seen bull horns hanging around! LOL!
at 1:21pm April 8
Hey, I shot my eclectic friend an email to see if she has one. she has all kinds of weird things like this. I will call her when school lets out.
Cheryl's office helped out too!
"Think I found a shofar for you. This guy down the street has a real nice limo if you want to borry it."
"I have a powder horn."
"Thought I had one in my purse, but now I can't find it. "
"Had one right here in my hip pocket... right here... thought it was right here... well, I don't know what happened to it!"
"I have some deer antlers. you could rattle them instead of blowing through them! that would be different : - ) "
If you'd like to hear a shofar click here Listen to the three different types of shofar sounds
Then today I mentioned that I now had two shofars and a shofarist (I may have made that word up) and got this great response
at 8:31am April 9
shofar, show good.
Thankfully Rose's son-in-law actually has and plays a shofar and he will be there tonight!
The one I was expecting earlier in the week showed up at my house today. Notice how lovely it looks in the dining room. I may just have to get one of my own!
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
So I threatened to punch him in the nose and singe his eyebrows off if he EVER did anything like that again. (his wife and children all thanked me)
And so now - after "seeing the fire" - we have this!
You can see my "John the Baptist" April 9-11 at 7:00 each night at Hilldale Baptist Church in Clarksville, TN - 2001 Madison St.