Preparing for Worship - September 24, 2017

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Join us this Sunday as we continue in our series in Paul's letter to the Philippians. Here are the songs we'll sing together:

1. COME PEOPLE OF THE RISEN KING

Style: This is an up-tempo contemporary hymn that is performed in a celtic style. The usual instrumentation for this hymn would include various strings, piano, and even wind instruments. We'll be playing this song with viola, cello, guitar, and piano. It should make for a beautiful arrangement.

Song Info: This song was written in 2007 by Keith & Kristyn Getty & Stuart Townend. Townend is an English born worship leader and modern hymn writer who is responsible for hymns such as: "In Christ Alone" and "How Deep The Father's Love For Us". His songs are often mistaken to be classic, traditional hymns. This song functions as a great call to worship because it is calling the people of the risen king to come and worship him - whoever they may be. "Come young and old from every land, men and women of the faith". This song reminds us that Jesus, by his death and resurrection, has created a most diverse people that includes men, women, young, and old from every tribe, nation, and tongue.

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2. JESUS SHALL REIGN

Style: This is a traditional hymn played in its original style. It is melodic, joyful, energetic, and mid-tempo.

Song Info: This is yet another hymn based on Psalm 72 - one of the most popular Psalms that has been set to music. This hymn was written by Isaac Watts in the eighteenth century. Psalm 72 is a Royal Psalm and is David's prayer and blessing for his son Solomon. Many hymn writers have taken themes from this Psalm and applied them to Jesus - the true and better son of David. That makes this hymn a celebration of Jesus' kingship.

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3. ONLY YOUR BLOOD IS ENOUGH

Style: This is a contemporary and mid-tempo song. It has an indie-rock feel.

Song Info: This song was produced as part of a collection that Sojourn Church produced of re-tooled Isaac Watts hymns. Though this song is unique enough to be considered original, it is adapted from Isaac Watt's Psalm 51 Part 2. The lyrics and music were written by Neil Robins and it was released onOver the Grave in 2009. This song is appropriate at this point in the service because it recognizes the need for a savior. We have sung about God's goodness, our sin, and now we will sing about our need for a savior. As the song says: "No bleeding bird, no bleeding beast, no hyssop branch, no priest, no running brook, no flood, no sea can wash away this stain from me. Only your blood is enough to cover my sin." Here, with an eye on our sin, we ought to prepare our hearts to hear the sermon and to hear about the hope we have in the gospel of Christ.

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4. BLEST IS THE MAN

Style: While this particular song was arranged recently, the tune is a familiar traditional American tune. It is low-tempo, prayerful, and having a celtic/traditional american folk feel.

Song Info: The lyrics were composed by Isaac Watts in 1719 as a part of his psalter. Isaac Watts undertook to make the psalms metrical, give them rhyme, and even to "Christianize" them in certain places. This means that wherever he believed that a psalm alluded to Jesus, he would make it more explicit. This particular song has a few examples of this. His words are a Christianized version of Psalm 32.

Psalm 32 is a Psalm of David and a psalm of an individual giving thanks to God. It was likely written some time shortly after Psalm 51 - David's famous Psalm of penitence. The Psalm recounts the blessings associated with forgiveness of sin. David likely wrote this Psalm after experiencing the agony of being confronted about his sin and being exposed. He then humbled himself with prayer and fasting and returned to fellowship with the Lord. This Psalm is likely the result of this experience.

We can sing these words with David as we prepare our hearts for the Lord's Supper, which always ought to be a time of being confronted with our sin, humbling ourselves, confessing our sin, and receiving God's assurance of pardon.

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5. NEW AGAIN

Style: This song is up-tempo with a very celebratory spirit. It is perfect as a benedictorial, sending song. Worship will conclude with a recognition that Christ has risen in victory and a call to go and tell the world.

Song Info: This song was written and produced by Brooks Ritter and Mike Cosper of Sojourn Church in Louisville Kentucky. It is a celebration of the victory of the resurrection. "Death is defeated and Jesus reigns, tell the world there is hope in his name". In the name of Jesus we have hope that, though we will suffer death, we too will rise in victory. Death cannot defeat the people of God because death could not defeat Jesus - the king of God's people. This song sends us out into the world in hope and with the message of the gospel in our heart and on our lips.

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See you Sunday!

Faith News, September 15th

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Teach Your Children Well: G.r.A.C.E. Gathering - Sundays 9:00 AM - September 10 - October 8 

            How are we to go about raising our children up in the Christian faith such that our kids themselves embrace the truth of the good news of Jesus? 

            While the Church does indeed play an integral role in nurturing our children to know God, the Scriptures place the most prominent responsibility for that endeavor upon us as parents. Come and learn about the challenges we all face in this regard, hear how different families in our church are approaching this daunting task, and hear stories from those who have had their own share of failures and successes. Please see insert for details.

SEPTEMBER IS CONNECT MONTH Please see the bulletin insert for more details on how to join a Community Group.

 

Ladies of Faith It is NOT too LATE to sign up for the retreat next weekend!
We have a large cabin in Hocking Hills, OH for a Ladies Retreat, September 22-24.  Our reservation is a 2 night commitment and costs $100/person.  Contact Becky Goertemoeller for more details.  Payment can be made to Becky, or in church offering.  *Please note on the check that it is payment for Ladies Retreat. RSVP at the Connect Desk SUNDAY.

 

JOIN US FOR OUR ANNUAL at the Herron’s farm in Bethel!
Saturday, October 7th from 2pm until dusk. It’s a great time of fellowship, games and food! Smoked brisket and bottled water provided. Bring your lawn chair and your favorite side dish. Sign up at the Connect Desk!

 

Latest Needs List for A Caring Place and Inter Parish Ministry has been posted on the bulletin boards.

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS Faith Kid’s invites all 5th-8th grade students to join New City PCA for the 2nd Annual Tween Fall Retreat On November 3-5 at Higher Ground Conference & Retreat Center in West Harrison, IN.  There will be lots of fun games/activities, a campfire & s’mores, a speaker, worship time, and great small group discussion times.  More info will be coming to you soon about cost, registration, transportation, etc.  If you have any questions, please contact Suzanne Dorsch (suzannedorsch@gmail.com).

Do you have a gently used iPod that you no longer need? SEM Haven, a non-profit ministry in Milford providing nursing and residential care for older adults, is seeking used iPods and headphones for its Music and Memory program. This program brings personalized music to residents, vastly improving their quality of life. Please see Mark and Nadine Huffman to donate your equipment.

Preparing for Worship - September 17, 2017

Join us this Sunday as we continue in our series in Paul's letter to the Philippians: Joy in Trying Times. While we introduced the letter last Sunday, this Sunday we'll look at Philippians 1:1-11. Here are the songs we'll sing together:

1. REJOICE (COME AND STAND BEFORE YOUR MAKER)

Style: This is a contemporary, up-tempo song that is perfect for a call to worship.

Song Info: This song was written as a collaborative effort between two of my favorite worship artists: Stuart Townend and Dustin Kensrue. It first appeared on Kensrue's 2013 album The Water and the Blood - in my opinion one of the greatest modern worship albums released in a long time. This song calls us to rejoice in the Lord, our maker. It leads us to sing and meditate on God's infinite perfections. It's appropriate here because we should come to God first with praise and adoration. Before we confess our sin, before we acknowledge our needs, before we make any requests we ought to first praise God and adore him for who he is.

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2. COME BEHOLD THE WONDROUS MYSTERY

Style: This is a contemporary song played in a pop/country/rock style.

Song info: This song was written by Matt Papa and Matt Boswell in 2013. It is an invitation to consider "the mystery of the gospel of Christ". My favorite line in the song is "See the price of our redemption/ See the Father's plan unfold/ bringing many sons to glory/ grace unmeasured, love untold!"

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3. BE THOU MY VISION

Style: We will sing a contemporary version of this hymn that will be very familiar. The version we're singing is likely the most commonly known version. It is low-tempo and contemplative.

Song Info: This is a traditional Irish hymn of unknown authorship that probably dates to the eighteenth century, though possibly comes from the sixteenth century. This hymn has been translated into dozens of languages in its lifetime and remains one of the most popular hymns ever written. The subject matter is certainly appropriate for this moment in worship. The song is about asking and allowing God to be our "all in all". As we sing, we ask God to be our vision, our wisdom, our shield, our treasure, and our comfort. That we would ascribe all glory to God, look to him for all our needs, and find all of our desires fulfilled in him is the true heart of worship.

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4. AN ALTAR OF REMEMBRANCE

Style: This is a contemporary hymn played in a classic British Rock style. It is reminiscent of a Paul McCartney song. It's mid-tempo. 

Song info: This is a recent release from Stuart Townend, appearing on his 2014 Paths of Grace - an album based on themes found in the prophet Isaiah. An Altar of Remembrance picks up on the idea of such altars that were built by God's people of old as a way of remembering special encounters with God, promises, and mighty acts of God in their lives and the history of their nation (Genesis 12:8, Genesis 28:18, Joshua 4:9). These altars were meant to remind people of the stories of God's faithfulness. In this song we construct an altar of remembrance for everything that God has brought us through and all the good he has done in our lives. Beyond this, we recognize that our very lives are being built into altars of remembrance for future generations. Lord willing, our children and other future generations will be able to look at our lives and see "altars of remembrance" - pillars declaring stories of God's faithfulness to his people.

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5. IT IS FINISHED

Style: This is a high-energy, up-tempo song. It's a contemporary tune done in a joyful, indie-rock style typical of much of Dustin Kensrue's music. This is the first time that we have played this song, so you might want to listen to it a few times to familiarize yourself.

Song Info: This is one of my favorite worship songs right now. Written and produced by Kensrue, this song appears on his 2013 album The Water And The Blood. Nearly every song on this record is great. This song joyfully celebrates the finished work of Jesus. By his life, death, and resurrection he has reconciled us to the Father and purchased a place for us in the world to come. This is good news that is worthy of joyous celebration. Hopefully this song will help us get into that mindset and rejoice in the gospel.

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See you Sunday!

Preparing for Worship - September 10, 2017

Preparing for Worship - September 10, 2017

Join us this Sunday as we launch into our new series on the letter to the Philippians - "Joy In Trying Times." Paul wrote this letter from prison to the church in Philippi in order to encourage them to continue in the faith. It's considered to be one of Paul's most positive and encouraging letters. We will teach through the entire book between now and the advent season.