As the calendar turns to June, our choir begins its summer break. We will still sing on Sunday mornings in June, but will have no mid-week rehearsals in June or July. We always look forward to June, as each year the members of the worship ministry vote for their favorite songs we’ve done so far in the year, to be sung again on weeks when we have no rehearsals. This Sunday we had a guest worship leader, John Aaron Matthew. John Aaron is a local missionary, heading up the Baptist Collegiate Ministry at Tennessee Tech University. Continue reading
After a two month hiatus, our church returned yesterday to our verse-by-verse study of the book of John. We picked up where we left off in chapter 16, where Jesus is teaching his disciples about the coming of the Holy Spirit, and about the work which the Spirit would do. The Spirit was certainly at work in our choir and in our congregation yesterday as we worshiped! We were led by Blake Pierce, a godly young man from our choir. I’ve enjoyed watching him grow as a worship leader through a lot of hard work, prayer, Bible study, practice, and, of course, music lessons at our church’s School of Performing Arts! Continue reading
We love mothers at Stevens Street! Each year on Mother’s Day, our pastor takes a break from his regular sermon series to preach a message to challenge and encourage our congregation. This week’s message looked at some of the particular challenges faced by Mary, the mother of Christ. Once the message is uploaded to the website (usually Monday afternoon), you’ll be able to watch or listen here. Our set list was “mother-inspired”, though nothing was specifically “about” motherhood. Here’s the list: Continue reading
This week, our pastor’s primary sermon text was Romans 12:1, and he spoke on the topic of worship. It was a great message, which you can watch/hear/download here. As our church is currently in an interim period where we do not have a full-time worship pastor, we are rotating in a few different worship leaders every so often. Our church is blessed with many gifted and called worship leaders, and this is a great chance to allow some of them the opportunity to lead us! We were led this week by Mark Maberry, one of our lay leaders. It’s always a joy to be led by him! Continue reading
I had a blast planning this service! Sometimes you just need to be able to have fun worshiping God, and our church definitely needed that. Hoping also to avoid the post-Easter letdown, we put in a lot of extra work, brought in extra (and super fun!) instruments, and let loose with some awesome, Christ-exalting worship. Continue reading
And… we’re back! About a month ago, some major changes took place at Stevens Street Baptist Church, which necessitated taking an unexpected break from the blog. I hope to be back to posting new hymnology articles by the end of this week, but in the meantime, this seems as good a time as any to begin a new series that I’ve been planning to do here for a while.
Each week, I’ll be posting the set list from our Sunday worship services. This will serve both as a resource for members of my own church who would like to learn more about the hymns we are singing, as well as a resource for worship leaders looking for service planning ideas and/or new music. I hope you’ll enjoy it! Continue reading