Music & Media
THE OLD COUNTRY CHURCH . . .
Can we go back to the days when life seemed so much simpler? We sang The Old Country Church this past Sunday and it has several of the old hymns in it, Shall We Gather at the River, In the Sweet By and By and Leaning on the Everlasting Arms. There is something about these old songs that bring us back to a place of comfort and security in our minds.
I grew up on these words,
“Yes, we’ll gather at the river
That flows by the throne of God
Soon our happy hearts will quiver
With the melody of peace”
“We shall sing on that beautiful shore
The melodious songs of the blessed
And our spirit will sorrow no more
In the sweet by and by,
We shall meet on that beautiful shore”
These are some of the hymns that tell us about what we have to look forward to when we leave this world. As children of God, we know where we will spend eternity at the end of our life and it’s good to remind each other of these truths.
We also know that we have a life to live on this earth and we are not alone.
“Leaning on the everlasting arms
Safe and secure from all alarms
What have I to dread or fear
Leaning on the everlasting arms.”
This hymn reminds us that no matter what we go through in life, Jesus is there with His strong arms to hold us and help us through the rough times. We know that we have a hope that only comes through our relationship with Christ.
We know that since Christ died and then rose again to save us, we have a living Savior.
A living hope –
“The cross has spoken, I am forgiven
The King of kings calls me His own
Beautiful Savior, I’m Yours forever
Jesus Christ, my living hope”.
I am so thankful that we have music that can speak to our hearts. I am thankful for the writers of these hymns and songs who are obviously anointed by God to pen them and make them available for our worship time.
As a worship team, it is so uplifting for us to hear your voices raised in song each Sunday. We can hear you and the angels are singing right along with us.
For His glory,
We are praying and asking the Lord for many things right now, as a church family. We are asking Him to show us where He is working so we can join Him in His Kingdom work. We are asking Him to bless our church and make us a praying church. We are praying for our community and neighbors and friends like this:
“The Lord bless you and keep you
The Lord make His face to shine upon you
The Lord be gracious unto you
The Lord turn His face toward you
And give you peace”.
We are praying from I Chronicles 4:10, calling out to God. “If only You would bless me and enlarge my territory! May Your hand be with me and keep me from harm, so that I will be free from pain.”
As I read this prayer a few times, I realized this is just a two sentence prayer but full of power. I made it personal for me. Lord bless me with more people to witness to about your great love you have for us all. Lord keep Your hand on me and save me from harm and keep me free from pain. Keep me healthy Lord so I can do more for You.
This past Sunday, we sang the song Do It Again and it reminded me of how we are praying for loved ones and family members, sometimes for years. It can feel like we will never get that answer and we get no relief from the worry we may have about our family or situations in our life. But, the Lord is in control and He knows the outcome.
“Your promise still stands
Great is Your faithfulness
I’m still in Your hands
This is my confidence
You’ve never failed me yet.”
It’s all about prayer right now. The Lord is preparing us for the work He has for our church in the coming days and weeks. This world needs the Lord and we are the ones with the message they need to save their lives. He saved ours for just this purpose, for such a time as this!
For His glory, Debbie
WHO YOU SAY I AM. . .
Who am I that the highest King would welcome me?
I was lost, but He brought me in
Oh His love for me
I’m a child of God, yes, I am
I am overwhelmed by what God is doing in and through us all at FBCBC. Who are we that the Lord would see fit to use us in His Kingdom work? Who are we that He would allow us to lead our congregation on Sunday mornings to the throne to worship Him? Who are we that we can call ourselves His children?
John 1:12 says, “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in His name, he gave the right to become children of God…”NIV
This great love that he showed to each of us as He made that un-thinkable sacrifice to make the way for us to be His children. This love we need to share. One of the greatest ways we can show our love for others is to pray for them. Pray for our families, our neighbors and our community.
Our Pastor has already given us a challenge to pray for our community. That is our ministry field. These are the people that have been given to us to reach for the Lord.
God is already working through our church. We are reaching out into the community and meeting some physical needs. Let’s pray that God will continue to show us where He is working and invite us to join Him in the effort.
What a privilege!!
For His glory, Debbie
Worship Team Vocals The Worship Team Vocalists are those committed to leading worship in song during the Sunday Worship Service, special services, and other events. The Worship Team rehearses Sunday mornings at 8:25 am and other times as scheduled. The Worship Team vocals also practice Wednesday evenings after the mid-week service. The abilities to read music and sing harmony by ear are helpful skills. Contact Debbie Anderson, Music Director, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in singing with the Worship Team.
The Children's Choir, when in session, meets Wednesday's at 6:30 pm in the Children's Choir Room -- ages are kindergarten through 5th grade.
Worship Team Band
The Worship Team Band is composed of instrumentalists committed to leading worship during the Sunday Worship Service and special events. The Band may optionally or upon request rehearse with the keyboards Wednesday evenings after the mid-week service (@ 7:30 pm), but are required to rehearse Sunday mornings with the rest of the Team at 8:25 am. Contact Debbie Anderson, Music Director, via email to email@example.com if you are interested in being part of the Worship Team Band.
Sound and Media
The Sound and Media Teams are the behind-the-scenes heroes of the Music and Media Ministry. Contact Debbie Anderson via email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in serving in Sound and Media.
The Media Team prepares and projects Worship Service visual media for the Sunday Worship Service, the Mid-Week Service, and other services as requested.
The Sound Team operates the sound system for the Sunday Worship Service, the Mid-Week Service, and other services as requested.