Showing posts from October, 2016


By: Michelle Lindfors

It takes a whole village to raise our children,
It takes a whole village to raise one child.
We all everyone must share the burden,
We all everyone will share the joy.


By: John Dowdell

Serve the Lord with gladness,
and come before his presence with a song.

There’s not much text to examine in this week’s anthem, but that repetition helps reinforce the simplicity of the anthem’s message: may we serve the Lord with gladness! This clearly aligns with the theme of “Others First” in our vision frame.

It seems to me that there are probably two main categories when it comes to serving the Lord. First is in honoring the service commitments we have already made, which in our case primarily comes through the choir – our commitment to attend and participate in retreats, practices, and services. Additionally, several of us have additional responsibilities outside the choir, whether that is through deacons or elders, or other committees, or even outside the church. In these cases, our anthem calls us not only to fulfill these commitments we have made, but to do so with gladness. Certainly at times there can be a grudging sense of obligation when it comes to …


By: John Dowdell

Sanctus Dominus, Deus Sabaoth. [Holy Lord, God of Hosts.]
Pleni sunt coeli et terra Gloria. [Heaven and earth are full of your glory.]

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain;
Holy, holy is he.
Sing a new song to him who sits on
Heaven’s mercy seat.

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,
Who was, and is, and is to come.
With all creation I sing praise to the King of Kings.
You are my everything, and I will adore you.

Clothed in rainbows of living color,
Flashes of lightning, rolls of thunder;
Blessing and honor, strength and glory and power be
To you, the only wise King.

Filled with wonder, awestruck wonder,
At the mention of your name.
Jesus, your name is power, breath and living water,
Such a marv’lous mystery.


By: Chris Eastwood

Lay aside every weight so you can run with patience this race.
Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.

Put on the whole armor of God
so you can fight the good fight of faith.
And keep your eyes on the prize up above,
and let nothing separate you from his love.

Whatever it is that’s keeping you from serving Jesus, put off! Put off right now!
Put off that former conversation!
Put on the Lord Jesus Christ.
Put off that lying! Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth.
Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.