Piano Drive

God is building His church at Gospel Life. One of our core values and mission purposes is to grow as a worshiping, loving people that are connected to God in worship. An integral part of that worship corporately is done through singing. We place a high priority on congregational singing at Gospel Life and believe it shows the spiritual health of the church.

DCF 1.0As our musicians have multiplied and younger musicians are learning, we believe adding a second piano would help us reach our goals better. To raise the funds for the piano we are selling “Keys” in Honor or Memory of a loved one.

Each of the 88 keys is $30 and can be placed in any name of a loved one living or passed on. Those names are placed on a large keyboard poster in the church as well as on digital images during our pre & post service slides as well as on facebook.

If you would like to donate to this online you may do so with the link below. Please put the honorees name in the notes field.

Thank you for blessing our church with tools to worship our great Christ.

Donate Here

Donate a "Key" in someone's honor.

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Thou art the everlasting Word

Below is a hymn text based on the text we’ve been considering on Sunday mornings, John 1:1-18. The author is Josiah Conder (1789-1855) a Congregationalist leader, he and his wife were both leaders in the abolitionist movement both in England and the U.S.

Be blessed by these lyrics.

Thou art the everlasting Word,
The Father’s only Son;
God manifestly seen and heard,
And Heav’n’s belovèd one:

Refrain

Worthy, O Lamb of God, art Thou
That every knee to Thee should bow.

In Thee most perfectly expressed
The Father’s glories shine;
Of the full deity possessed,
Eternally divine:

Refrain

True image of the Infinite,
Whose essence is concealed;
Brightness of uncreated light;
The heart of God revealed:

Refrain

But the high mysteries of Thy Name
An angel’s grasp transcend;
The Father only—glorious claim!—
The Son can comprehend:

Refrain

Throughout the universe of bliss,
The center Thou, and sun;
Th’eternal theme of praise of this,
To Heav’n’s belovèd one:

Refrain



To The Praise Of His Glorious Grace

This is a wonderful modern hymn based on Ephesians chapter one. We’ve introduced this into our worship the last two Sundays here at Gospel Life. The lyrics are written by Dr. D.A. Carson. (See bio here)

What astonishing mercy and power:
In accord with his pleasure and will
He created each planet, each flower,
Every galaxy, microbe, and hill.
He suspended the planet in space

To the praise of his glorious grace.
To the praise of his glorious grace.
To the praise of his glorious grace.

Providentially ruling all things
To conform to the end he designed,
He mysteriously governs, and brings
His eternal wise plans into time.
He works out every step, every trace,

We were blessed in the heavenly realms
Long before being included in Christ.
Since we heard the good news, overwhelmed,
We reach forward to seize Paradise.
We shall see him ourselves, face to face,

 



Mercies Anew

Recently in the Wednesday morning prayer meeting and in our January Newsletter we’ve discussed the passage in Lamentations 3 that teaches us the God’s mercies are new every morning. Below is a song we’ve been singing throughout January that finds it’s lyrics from that text. Enjoy:

VERSE 1
Every morning that breaks
There are mercies anew
Every breath that I take
Is your faithfulness proved
And at the end of each day
When my labors are through
I will sing of Your mercies anew

VERSE 2
When I've fallen and strayed
There were mercies anew
For you sought me in love
And my heart you pursued
In the face of my sin
Lord, You never withdrew
So I sing of Your mercies anew

CHORUS
And Your mercies, they will never end
For ten thousand years they'll remain
And when this world's beauty has passed away
Your mercies will be unchanged

VERSE 3
And when the storms swirl and rage
There are mercies anew
In affliction and pain
You will carry me through
And at the end of my days
When Your throne fills my view
I will sing of Your mercies anew
I will sing of Your mercies anew

Credits:
Words and music by Mark Altrogge and Bob Kauflin
© 2001 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)



A few musical notes…

Last week in our One Anothering passage, we emphasized the importance of speaking to one another and to ourselves with music.  Sometimes we don’t know where to find good music to encourage us throughout the day so here are a few options:

  • In Christ AloneKeith and Kristyn Getty have been at the forefront of the modern hymn movement over the past decade demonstrating the ability to successfully bridge the gap between the traditional and contemporary.
  • Depths of Mercy–consists of songs focusing on the mercy and grace of our Lord. These songs of cheerful meditation include many fresh, new songs along with classic hymn texts set to new melodies.
  • From Age to AgeInspired and influenced by hymn writers of the past, From Age to Age contains 14 new hymns that combine rich, theologically driven lyrics with singable melodies for the glory of the Savior whose praises know no end.
  • Sons and Daughters–These songs are meant to direct our attention to the unfathomable love God has shown us in adopting us through Jesus Christ (Eph. 1:5).
  • Awaken the Dawn— is a new collection of hymns and songs from Keith and Kristyn Getty.  With a distinctly Irish flavor and shaped as a service of worship, this album takes you on a lyrical journey of grace and hope for all the nations.
  • Love Will Find A Way–A mix of songs from a new CD by Steve Green
  • The Gathering–An instrumental recollection of hymns and spiritual songs played on hand-made acoustical instruments.
  • To Be Like Jesus–(Great Kids Album) Through these songs kids will learn that Jesus is our perfect example of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. More than that, they’ll discover that we can’t be like Jesus unless we trust in the power of his cross to forgive us and the power of his Spirit to change us.
Often on Christian radio stations, you will hear a challenge to try listening to only Christian music for 30 days.  While that can appear like a marketing tool, it can’t hurt to try it out!  I have witnessed firsthand the difference it can make in my life to have a regular diet of God-honoring, Christ-exalting music.


Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee

This past Sunday we opened our service with the song Joyful, Joyful We Adore thee.

I loved this explanation of the text by the author, Henry van Dyke

These verses are simple expressions of common Christian feelings and desires in this present time—hymns of today that may be sung together by people who know the thought of the age, and are not afraid that any truth of science will destroy religion, or any revolution on earth overthrow the kingdom of heaven. Therefore this is a hymn of trust and joy and hope.

It’s important to remember that all of our hymns were new at some point. The bold confidence in God that these words affirm are commendable in light of the battles Chrisitianity was facing at the time of it’s first printing in 1911 in the Presbyterian Hymnal.

Is there a phrase in this hymn that means a lot to you?