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
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.
Singer/Songwriter Phil Wickham has made a name for himself by composing modern hymns which combine beautiful melodies with rich lyrical content. “You’re Beautiful,” from the 2007 album Cannons, is no exception. Written while he was leading worship at a youth camp, Wickham combined a very hymn-like melody with lyrics expressing the theme of that night’s Bible study, which was the glory of God as revealed in creation. 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
For me to live is Christ and to die is gain.
Henri Abraham César Malan was a prolific composer of hymns in the early 19th century, as well as an ardent evangelist who traveled throughout the European continent preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. Though few of his hymns have been translated and popularized in English, his impact on the French and Swiss churches of his era has been compared to that of Isaac Watts in England a generation earlier. Continue reading
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace,
that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
We don’t choose songs at Stevens Street based on our personal preferences, but if we did, we’d sing a lot more of this, my favorite hymn. I tend to prefer songs that sing of the attributes of God, or which incorporate passages of Scripture into the lyrics (I believe God loves when we sing His Word back to Him!). “Before the Throne of God Above” does both! When theologically deep lyrics are combined with a beautiful melody, we’ve got a winning combination. 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
All your works shall give thanks to you, O LORD, and all your saints shall bless you! They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom and tell of your power, to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
Charles Wesley was the composer of more than 6,000 hymns, but those which bore special significance to him have been among the most endearing and enduring. One of these was the hymn “And Can It Be”, written days after his conversion. Another, “O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing”, was written in 1739 to mark the first anniversary of that conversion. Continue reading
“The Rock, his work is perfect,
for all his ways are justice.
A God of faithfulness and without iniquity,
just and upright is he.”
As the home of the Desperation Band and many gifted song writers, Colorado Springs’ New Life Church has long been known for its dynamic worship ministry. One member of that song-writing team is Glenn Packiam, who also serves as the lead pastor of one of the New Life campuses. Packiam, the author of “Everlasting God”, is one of the more thoughtful voices in the discussion of church music and worship practices (check out his blog here). Interestingly, he is currently in the process of becoming an Anglican priest, though he will continue to lead at New Life, a non-denominational church in the Pentecostal/Charismatic stream of evangelicalism. 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
“Therefore they are before the throne of God,
and serve him day and night in his temple;
and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.
They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore;
the sun shall not strike them,
nor any scorching heat.
For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd,
and he will guide them to springs of living water,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
Keith & Kristyn Getty are contemporary hymn writers from Ireland who now live in Nashville. Their combination of timeless, singable melodies with deep theological truth have produced some very powerful hymns for the Church! Continue reading