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Advent Week 3: Joy

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, "Your God reigns!"Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices; together they shout for joy. When the LORD returns to Zion, they will see it with their own eyes. Burst into songs of joy together, you ruins of Jerusalem...

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Advent Week 2: Peace

Blessed be the LordGod of Israel,for he hasvisited andredeemed his peopleandhas raised upa horn of salvation for usin the house of his servant David,ashe spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,that we should be saved from our enemiesand from the hand of all who hate us;to show the mercy promised to our fathersandto remember his holycovenant,the oath that he sw...

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Advent Week 1: Hope

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light;on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end...

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He Will Hold Me Fast

This Sunday we will sing a new song called He Will Hold Me Fast. It is adapted from a hymn titled "When I Fear my Faith Will Fail" written by Ada Haberson of London in 1906. It was updated with new words and music by Matt Merker of Capitol Hill Baptist Church. Here's what he has to say about how the song came to be: "A member of our church had sent the original words to...

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Three Ways to Prepare Your Heart for Worship

As we grow in worshipand engage with God together on Sundays, I thought it would be helpful to give you a few things to think through as you look forward to Sunday mornings. It is such a blessing to sing together, reminding one another about the truths of Jesus we so easily forget. My hope is that we will leave each Sunday humbled by the majesty of God and encouraged by hi...

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Adventures in Kenya

Thank you to everyone who prayed for us, as our team traveled to Kenya, and for the support and encouragement we received. I wanted to share a little bit about our trip and tell you some of what the Lord seems to be teaching me. Our trip was broken into two parts. First, we traveled to the rural village of Kihimbu-ini where we met with groups dealing with the challenges o...

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Why We Celebrate Advent

Why Advent? The people walking in darknesshave seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darknessa light has dawned. (Isaiah 9:2) It's that time of year again. No sooner than the turkey and dressing is polished off on Thanksgiving day do we quickly begin the yearly transition: it's time to get ready for Christmas.Feliz Navidadis already on the ra...

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What Is Worship - Part 2

In last week's post, we learned that worship is not primarily about music and certainly isn't confined to Sunday mornings. Worship is an all-of-life response that declares what we desire most, what we trust in, and what we will submit to. So, what does this all-inclusive view of worship mean for the whole church when we get together on Sunday mornings? Why do we li...

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What is Worship? - Part 1

I have been involved in leading worship in some capacity for more than 10 years. I've served in large churches, traditional churches and church plants, all with different styles and approaches to worship. The most important thing I have learned over time is that worship is not really about music. The truth is - you and I were made for worship, but worship is much more...

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God’s Good Gifts

Over the next several months we will be telling stories of the extraordinary work of God in normal people's lives. You will also get the chance to know some of our pastors and staff as they share their stories. If you have a story about how God is working in your life that you would like to share, we would love to hear from you and celebrate together.  Stories: Jon...

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