#WorshipWednesday: “Graves into Gardens”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJTl2vnF3SE In light of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, consider this Question & Answer from the Heidelberg Catechism: Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 45Q. How does Christ’s resurrection benefit us?A. First, by his resurrection he has overcome death, so that he might make us share in the righteousness he obtained for us by his death.1Second, by his …

#WorshipWednesday: “It Was Finished Upon That Cross”

~ written by Pastor Cody https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUGQNYm44hk This song perfectly sums up the sermon series we just completed, considering the “voice of Jesus / On the cross of Calvary.” What, in particular, has stood out to you this Lent/Good Friday/Easter season? For me, it was a new appreciation for all that Christ actually accomplished for us: …

#WorshipWednesday: “O Love Divine”

~ written by Lawrence Namminga, Jr. Have you ever had a thought or heard a song just prior to falling asleep, and then not have a clue as to what you were sure you would remember?  That is the story for me behind this song. I listen to Christian radio prior to falling asleep, and …

#WorshipWednesday: “The Broken Beautiful”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpOXrY4BHMA ~ Written by Ginger DenHerder In the New Testament we see many people bringing all kinds of sickness and suffering to Jesus to be healed and restored. Jesus even redeemed people from death. Jesus transforms the broken of this world into beauty. He can perform this miracle for all of us who confess our …

#WorshipWednesday: “Vintage”

Written by Kait Raak You may have noticed our large group of worship leaders this past Sunday morning. Getting a big group together filled with youth participants gets me really excited; both hopeful and nostalgic. Cody and I recently discovered this album: Vintage, by Shane & Shane, which brings back some contemporary classics with fresh …

#WorshipWednesday: “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”

*This post is reprinted from Amazing Grace: 366 Daily Devotionals, by Kenneth W. Osbeck, copyright 1990. It would be enlightening if the people in the pew could stand on the platform and observe the congregational singing during an average church service. One would soon concur that there are many who appear to have attended church …

#WorshipWednesday: “God So Loved”

“In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him”~ 1 John 4:9 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iq5URsXbKXs This song celebrates God’s power, God’s goodness, God’s love shown to us in the giving of Jesus Christ. And, I think, it asks a …

#WorshipWednesday: “Angels We Have Heard On High”

written by Kait Raak https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7v5V0k0fwuE I mentioned before that Phil Wickham’s style easily invites me into a state of peaceful worship. This song is my favorite on the album and it brings up a lot of visuals for me as I like to close my eyes and take in the familiar words in a new …

#WorshipWednesday: “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”

written by Ginger DenHerder https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F756Mjxxrvc The familiar Christmas carol “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” dates back to 1863. During the American Civil War, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow heard the church bells on Christmas morning and felt the inconsistency of God’s peace and the war dividing the nation. The poem he wrote that Christmas Day, …

#WorshipWednesday: “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”

written by Pastor Cody Raak https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZ–HwWc4Ms Emmanuel (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23)Son of God (Matthew 16:13-17)Dayspring (Malachi 4:2, Luke 1:78-79)Rod of Jesse (Isaiah 11:2)Desire of nations (Haggai 2:6-7) This hymn uses all these names for Jesus, to inspire adoration and expectation. Adoration, because we sing these names to “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his …