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The Songs of God

When I was in college, I was subbing for a friend in a large jazz ensemble. I was one of about 25 instruments playing together. Guitar in an ensemble that size is expected to play “Freddie Green” style – quarter note, down strokes, chords made of 1,3,7.  It’s basically like playing the cow bell. On this particular night, Wynton Marsalis  was in Knoxville playing a show, and he happened to show up with his band to our gig for some drinks. Eventually, someone convinced him to sit in with us and play a blues. So, I can say that I “jammed” with Wynton. I was not much more involved in the process than the guy mixing drinks at the bar, but still, it was a surreal moment.

God sings. God is sitting in with us. God is in the choir and the band. He sings with the same voice that spoke the universe into existence with a word. When the ransomed bride of Christ gathers together to worship, we sing and make music together. Our songs resound in harmony with the resounding song of God over us, with us and through us.

The Father sings a song of joy and mercy over us. 

Zephaniah 3:17 – The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.

 Jesus leads his holy family in songs of adoration to the Father. 

Hebrews 2: 11-12 –  Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters. He says, “I will declare your name to my brothers and sisters; in the assembly I will sing your praises.”

The Holy Spirit fills us our hearts to overflowing with robust songs of thanksgiving. 

Ephesians 5:18-20 –  Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

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Photos from the Black History Celebration

We had a wonderful time of worship last weekend at the Black History Celebration. Here’s some photos that the ever present camera of Neil Das captured. You can find all the photos that Neil took here.

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A lesson for kids about worship

These are my notes for my talk at the Freedom School this morning.

I want to share a few bible verses from the book called Psalms which tell a story about what it means to worship God. This is a story was written by King David, (like David and Goliath) who was a strong warrior and also a harp player (which is kind-of like a guitar) who wrote hundreds of worship songs. David loved God so much, but he also made a lot of big mistakes in his life and did a lot of sins that would make you really ashamed. But even though David was a sinner, he knew that God was going to forgive his sin. That’s why David wrote this story in a song that we have here in the bible. Let’s read it one phrase at a time.

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm. I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry.

The first thing that David did was cry out to God for help. He knew that he was in big trouble. He was so scared but he waited for God to rescue him. What kind of waiting is this?

Is it like waiting to see the doctor?
Is like waiting for school to end?
Is it like waiting for Halloween or Christmas? Read the rest of this entry »

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Let’s Squish Our Fruit Together

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Worship at NCF tonight!

A bunch of folks will be meeting in the NCF youth room tonight to sing and pray together. Otto Scott and the youth group are hosting. I am so excited that people in our church just can’t get enough of singing praises!

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