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“Jesus Wept.”

February 11, 2012 — Leave a comment

“Jesus Wept.” (John 11:35)
It’s the shortest verse in the entire Bible.
He wept at the loss of a friend, Lazarus.
But I bet Jesus Wept more than once, I bet he wept a lot.
He knew the fate of his followers and friends.
He knew his own fate.
He knew what had to happen so that he could save us.

I bet he still weeps.
I bet he weeps when something sad, painful or beautiful happens.

Last night I fought back tears as I sat with my son in my lap and he was enthralled with the live broadcast of Walking Wisely Weekend, a retreat for middle school students at North Point Community Church and their campuses. Josiah, my son, LOVED it. He was humming, drumming and completely in love with what was happening on the screen and my eyes were far from dry. Here’s a quick video:

But today, again. I watched the next session live.
During the worship, I wept.
I can’t help it.
To see 2,500 middle schoolers and 600 volunteers worshipping with one voice is an incredible thing to witness.

I bet, Jesus Wept at how beautiful this was too.

Favorite Worship Song

May 6, 2010 — 1 Comment

A few days ago I asked “What is your favorite worship song of all time and why?” on Twitter and Facebook. Here are some of the responses:

  • Awesome God – 1
  • Word of God Speak – 1
  • Awakening (Sarah Groves) – 1
  • Shout to the Lord – 1
  • Glory to God Forever – 2
  • The Heart of Worship – 1
  • Indescribeable – 2
  • Wholly Yours – 1
  • Mighty to Save – 1
  • How He Loves – 3
  • It is Well – 2
  • Mold Me – 1

What is yours? and Why?

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I watched a live webconcert from Fee tonight…let me just say, Awesome. First they played 6 songs from their upcoming album, due out October 6th on iTunes. But the best part was that at the end of the concert they announced that you could pre-order their new album from their website. Wait, the best part…as soon as you buy it, you can also download it from discrevolt.com AND they will ship you a physical copy of the album on Oct 6th! It’s a great deal!

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So, I ordered it…it’s a no-brainer. But then I had trouble with the ordering process. But after doing a quick search on the Disc Revolt website I found a contact and within 5 minutes I was chatting with one of the operators of Disc Revolt via iChat. Mike was a ton of help! He hooked me up with a fix to get the album and now I’m listening to it! I’ll post a full review later, but I just wanted to share how awesome this new album is and the customer service at Disc Revolt! discrevoltaim

Who is Jeffrey B. Scott?

September 6, 2009 — 1 Comment

I’ve had at least 10 people ask me before and after each service the past couple of weeks, “Who’s the blond guy?”

Jeffrey B. Scott (pssst. he tweets) is a Worship Leader at *Bayside Church (and New Vintage Church, on occasion). He lives in Sac-Town (Roseville, Granite Bay Area) and has his own music projects you can check out on his website. Below is a sample of what we’ve been experiencing the last couple of weeks. Buy his album on iTunes.

*Bayside is where Lincoln Brewster leads worship

From the band that brought you All Because of Jesus, We Shine, Lift High and Glory to God Forever…introducing Rise and Sing.

“I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” – Psalm 18:1-2

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Hillsong is Back

July 28, 2009 — Leave a comment

Hillsong is Back. It’s not United. It’s Hillsong and it’s back. Can’t wait to get this album.

July2609nvcThis weekend went pretty smooth in terms of production. We kicked off a 3-week series called “Shattered Dreams: God’s Unexpected Pathway to Joy.” Here’s the service order from the weekend: Shattered Dreams Week 1

The Team:
Sat – Norma Andersen (ProPresenter), Riley Green (Lights),  Micah Foster (Producer)
Sun –  Greg Loraditch (ProPresenter), Duane Piercy (Set Up/Tear Down), Jeff Wandel (Set Up/Tear Down), Dave Moylan (Set Up/Tear Down), Jimmy Moylan (Lights),  West Blackford (Stage Manager), and Micah Foster (Producer)

The Wins & Stuff:

  • It was Norma’s first time doing propresenter on Sat night. She shadowed Greg Cornelius two weeks ago. It was awesome to see someone new in that post!
  • It was Jimmy’s first time doing the lights on Sun morning. He did a great job with pumping that stage full of haze and keeping us engaged with the lighting cues.
  • “Next” Orientation was right after the services and Andy was able to speak to many new faces about the church, the vision, and what might be some next steps for them. If you are interested in knowing about a next step, I’d suggest getting into small group this fall. You can sign up here.
  • I personally connected with the message this weekend. “Rejoice in the Lord always: I will say it again, Rejoice!” was the main theme for the day and Andy emphasized “IN” the Lord. Not in stuff, or situation or other relationships, but IN Christ Jesus. Listen to it here (should be online by Tuesday).
  • He challenged us to read Philippians during this series. You can read it here online.
  • Amy Ferrante was scheduled to lead worship this weekend but got sick last week. Jen Galovich had to step in last minute and did a great job leading us in worship. She sang a new song called “Lift High” by Fee. The words go really well with this series: “broken people call his name / helpless children praise the king / nothing brings him greater fame / when broken people call his name / lift high / your chains undone / all rise / exalt the son / Jesus Christ / the holy one / we lift our eyes to you” – this song means a lot to me because these lyrics helped me stay focused and get through a really difficult situation. I hope it blessed you too.
  • What are the wins your experiencing?
     
    Here’s a video of the worship band I used to work with when we first started working on “Lift High.” 

It was two years ago and I was watching a live worship rehearsal over an internet stream from Buckhead Church via Carlos Whittaker‘s laptop. I was worshiping with them over the internet, along with 50 or so other people from across the globe. The band started in on it’s 3rd or 4th song and it was new, it was fresh and it was simple. But best of all, it grabbed my heart and my soul wanted to jump out of my body and yell “Take my life and let it be, all for you and for your glory, take my life and let it be yours.” Immediately people started chatting it up on the shat menu in the live stream. Everyone started asking the question, “What is this?” “Have you ever heard this song before?” “Where can I find this song?” “Who wrote this?” You could see the spirit of God moving through these 50 people as they dreamed of introducing this song to thousands of people.

The next day Carlos wrote on his blog that it was a new song not yet recorded by Steve Fee (of Fee) and Vicky Beeching. Fee then introduced the song at the Catalyst Conference in Atlanta, Ga and the video was on youtube. I took this video and showed it to the student ministry worship band I was leading at the time. They ate it up. It resonated with them as powerfully as it has resonated with me. 

That song became our anthem. It became our hearts cry. You have no idea how much that song has meant to me. It has kept my eyes focused on what is most important when times are hard. It has kept my spirit up when things seems bleak. It is my lifesong. Here’s a clip of Fee doing it at a concert in Bakersfield, Ca.

Does it resonate with you?

The song has finally come out and is available on iTunes as a single for their new album that drops this fall. It is the best 99¢ investment you can make. Buy it here.