Monday, November 24, 2008

It's Monday!

Good morning Team,
So what did you think when you walked into the sanctuary yesterday? The reality of persecuted Christians in other parts of the world is sobering and gives us much to be thankful for as we go into Thanksgiving.

I was moved by the Owego Naz Worship Choir's rendition of "Praise You In this Storm" and Jordan Schreiner's solo was magnificent. Thank you team, for helping lead the people in worship. Don't forget that we do not have rehearsal this Wednesday and this Sunday is our Sunday off.

I am working on our Advent services and very excited about what's ahead. Our musical presentation

"On This Very Night"
Friday, Dec. 12 @ 7PM

is a great opportunity to invite your unchurched friends, neighbo
rs and co-workers. They may even want to come back on
Sunday, Dec.
14 @ 11AM
for an encore!
Here's the rehearsal schedule:

Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 6:15PM
Monday, Dec. 8 at 6:30PM
Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 6:15PM
(dress rehearsal)

I love this time of year...busy, but rewarding!
Coleen and I will be in Washington, DC celebrating Thanksgiving with our daughter Candice. Our prayer is that your heart is overwhelmed with the love of Christ and His grace during this special season!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Good morning Team,

"Honor your father and mother..."

"The Lord declared, Those who honor me, I will honor"

"Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves."

When we honor the Lord, we show our respect for who He is. When we honor our parents, we show our respect for who they are and the role they play in our develpement. When we honor each other, we show respect as an attitude of our heart.

A friend forwarded me a link to a video that has been around for awhile, but it's always good to honor those who serve in our armed forces and especially those in harms way. It will be worth 5 minutes of your time to honor these brave souls:

Thank you, Lord, for the sacrifice of these brave men and women and for the sacrifice of their families as they serve.



Monday, November 17, 2008

It's Monday!

Good morning Team,

Don't you just love a good surprise? Saturday night I got a text from Neil Eash that said his work schedule got changed and he could play with the band on Sunday. I rejoice when God brings us together in worship and His team gets to lead the people. It was truly joyful yesterday as the team lead the first service to worship and then my heart jumped for joy as the Owego Naz Worship Choir started us off the second service with "Alive, Forever, Amen" and the congregation joined in to celebrate our risen Lord. Hallelujah! The band drove us with "I Will Boast" and "Everlasting God." Pastor Andy's teaching was awesome, especially for his first time! God was present and our worship was honest and pure. Praise God!

This Wednesday we will be rehearsing "Praise You In This Storm" and more Christmas music. It's hard to imagine that we are less than 4 weeks away from our Christmas musical and only 2 weeks away from the start of Advent. Woohoo! It's going to be a wonderful Christmas season.

Do you have a story? Of course you do. Some of our stories are dramatic and some are rather plain, but each of us has a story of how God touched us. I thought I'd close today with a video that touched my heart. Check it out:




Wednesday, November 12, 2008

It's Wednesday!

Good morning Team!

As you can see, this is my first attempt at blogging and I'm curious at what you think. This will be fun.

Tonight the Owego Naz Worship Choir will rehearse at 6:15 and we will be nailing down "Praise You In this Storm." I want to spend some more time working on our Christmas music and specifically "Christmastime" in the musical. Anna Carman is going to be working with our children on their part starting next week...Thanks Anna!

We will also spend some time on a couple of new worship songs...well, new to us. "You Are God Alone" is a fantastic worship song about the awesomness of our God and "I Want Jesus to Walk With Me" is an old Negro spiritual with a "blues" feel. It will be a wonderful time of worship tonight!

Well, I'm going to post this and see how it works. I'm open to suggestions from any of you bogger pros.