Third Sunday of Advent 2014


It was the third Sunday of Advent and we lit the candle of Joy. Our family time included the lighting of the candle and we sang “Joy to the World.”

Here’s our worship order from church: (click on highlighted titles to listen)

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.  Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.  For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”

 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

“Glory to God in the highest,

And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”                   ~Luke 2;8-14 NKJV

Joy Has Dawned

Angels We Have Heard On High

Joy to the World

Winter’s Snow

The Gospel Song

I hope you have made time to find the stillness this Advent season.

Second Sunday of Advent 2014


For the second Sunday of Advent, we light the candle of Peace.

Call to Worship: John 4:23-24

A time is coming and has now come
when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth,
for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.
God is spirit, and His worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.

Come Thou Fount

Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus

From the Squalor of a Borrowed Stable

Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

Sermon from Malachi 3:1-5


First Sunday of Advent 2014


It’s the first Sunday of Advent! I hope you were able to find some quiet in your day. We took some family time at supper to light the first candle, listen to “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” and read a short devotional together.

Our worship this morning at church focused on the coming of Christ as our Shepherd. (click on highlighted song titles to listen)

Call to Worship: John 1:1-5  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.  All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

Across the Lands

Psalm 80:1-3
Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel,
you who lead Joseph like a flock.
You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth.
Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh,
stir up your might and come to save us!
Restore us, O God;
let your face shine, that we may be saved!
~Psalm 80:1-3

Good Shepherd of My Soul

Shine On Us

There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse,
And a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.
And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him,
the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might,
the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
In that day the root of Jesse, who shall stand as a signal for the peoples — of him shall the nations inquire, and his resting place shall be glorious.

~Isaiah 11:1-2, 10

O Come, O Come Emmanuel

We concluded the service by singing the first verse of O Come O Come again.

How are you taking time to find the quiet during this busy season?

Worship Recap – November 23, 2014

Give Thanks! It’s the Sunday before Thanksgiving so our songs focused on thanking God for who He is and what He’s done. (click highlighted titles to listen)

Call to Worship:
You are my God, and I will praise You;
You are my God, I will exalt You.
Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
We give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks!
~From Psalm 118:28-29, 75:1

For The Beauty of the Earth

My Heart is Filled with Thankfulness

I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge— 1 Corinthians 1:4-5 (ESV)

10,000 Reasons

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Our pastor continued in the book of Malachi.

This Sunday also marked our anniversary of coming to Calvary Community Church to serve with a great group of believers. I can’t believe we’ve been there for three years already!

Worship Recap – November 16, 2014

It’s been an unusually temperate autumn here in Ohio, but snow has finally arrived. Christmas music is playing in our house and I’m trying to plan out the music for the rest of the year. I think that music during Advent is both the easiest and hardest to plan. Easiest because there’s a smaller list of songs from which to choose but hard because it’s the most critical time of the year to make sure the balance of old and new songs is just right. There are only four Sundays in Advent and I have to make sure everyone’s favorite carol is sung at least once. But we need some newer songs too to keep things fresh. I hope to start posting a song a day throughout the season of Advent. If you want to make sure you don’t miss any, subscribe to the blog over the the side bar.

Here’s our worship order from November 16, 2014:

Lift up your heads, O gates!
And be lifted up, O ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The Lord, strong and mighty,
    the Lord, mighty in battle!
Lift up your heads, O gates!
And lift them up, O ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The Lord of hosts,
    he is the King of glory!  ~Psalm 24:1, 7-10

This Is My Father’s World

Worthy of Praises

Lamentations 3:21-23

All I Have Is Christ

Lord I Need You



Worship Recap — November 9, 2014

Here’s our order of worship from Sunday, November 9, 2014.

Therefore God has highly exalted him
and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
And there is salvation in no one else,
for there is no other name under heaven
given among men
by which we must be saved.”
Philippians 2:9-11, Acts 4:12

All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name

Across the Lands this was our first Sunday singing this song and the congregation seemed to catch on quickly. It’s a definite keeper.

Wonderful, Merciful Savior

Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)

Across the Lands

Another great congregational song by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend. You can get the recording and chart here.

Across the Lands
You’re the Word of God the Father
From before the world began;
Every star and every planet
Has been fashioned by Your hand.
All creation holds together
By the power of Your voice.
Let the skies declare Your glory;
Let the land and seas rejoice.

You’re the Author of creation,
You’re the Lord of every man,
And Your cry of love rings out across the lands.

Yet You left the gaze of angels,
Came to seek and save the lost
And exchanged the joy of heaven
For the anguish of a cross.
With a prayer You fed the hungry,
With a word You stilled the sea;
Yet how silently You suffered,
That the guilty may go free.

You’re the author of creation,
You’re the Lord of every man,
And Your cry of love rings out across the lands.

With a shout You rose victorious,
Wresting vict’ry from the grave
And ascended into heaven,
Leading captives in Your way.
Now You stand before the Father,
Interceding for Your own;
From each tribe and tongue and nation
You are leading sinners home.

You’re the author of creation,
You’re the Lord of every man,
And Your cry of love rings out across the lands.

Keith Getty and Stuart Townend; copyright 2002 Thankyou Music
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