Category: Music

Crossway Church February 13, 2011

This past Sunday I had the unique opportunity to serve our daughter church plant by leading the music at Crossway Church in Goldsboro while Jordan Branch led at Christ Baptist.  The Sunday began with pastor John Randolph reading from Psalm 4 as our call to worship.  Because a majority of the members of Crossway attended Christ Baptist for several months, even years, it was my joy to lead a congregation who already knew the songs I would lead.  We opened up singing the gospel-drenched song “At The Cross“.  Halfway through the song there were some technical difficulties with the PowerPoint software but it gave us a rare opportunity to express our thankfulness to God as a body of believers corporately.  The time was sweet and I wish that all technical difficulties erupted in praise and gratefulness for all God has done for us!  We then continued singing “What A Savior” as we expressed our dependence on the full substitutionary atonement of Christ “in my place condemned He stood”.  Brian then read from Acts 8 and focused our attention to the persecuted church around the world and prayed for those Christians who did not have the freedom we do to worship openly.  Again we expressed our thanks to Christ by singing “My Soul Finds Rest (Psalm 62)” which points us to the brevity of life and the victory we have in Christ “my life is but a fleeting breath, a sigh too brief to measure; my King has crushed the curse of death and I am His forever!”

Pastor John continued through the book of Ephesians and preached on chapter 1 verses 15-22 concerning prayer and spiritual things that only God can give us eyes to see.  He prayed that God would open our eyes to discern the spiritual things and the Spirit Himself might make us aware of “the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might” (1:18-19).

We then sang “How Great Is Our God” followed by “How Great Thou Art“.

Finally, Crossway brought in its first official members of the church.  The core group comprised of 5 families and several other couples and families read the church covenant together and submitted themselves to God and one another as the body of Christ.  Overall it was a blessed morning celebrating our risen Savior!


This Sunday was another unique opportunity for the body of Christ to gather at Christ Baptist in Wilson and may we never neglect the corporate body gathered!  The time was opened by the reading of God’s word from Psalm 54 and Jonathan prayed over our time that we would sing, listen, speak, and actively give ourselves to God’s word.  We sang “Our God Saves” and “Unchanging“, two great anthems that reflect our desire to worship God for who He is revealed in Scripture.  Justin then read from Isaiah 53 and pointed us once again toward the Savior’s finished all sufficient work on the cross, predicted 700 years before the actual event.  In light of the sermon in Hebrews and Isaiah 53 we sang “The Saving One” by Starfield which continues to remind us that “death could not hold him down the cross was not enough to steal away His throne for He is God”.  We then sang “Come Thou Fount” and reflected on the last verse (usually not sung in most corporate gatherings and I give thanks to Bob Kauflin who opened my eyes to this oft neglected verse) it resonates with our longing of the coming salvation of Christ:

Oh that day when freed from sinning
I shall see Thy lovely face
Clothed then in blood-washed linen
How I’ll sing Thy sovereign grace
Come my Lord no longer tarry
Take my ransomed soul away
Send Thine angels now to carry
Me to realms of endless day

Justin prayed for our time as we sat under the preaching of God’s word.  Then he read and expounded Hebrews 9:27-28.  He highlighted the fact that all humans are appointed to live and to die once, and then to face judgment.  Clearly contradictory to the common notion of reincarnation.  The Bible says NO reincarnation!  From there he connected verse 27 to verse 28 as the author had written “so also” and guided our attention once more to the finished work of Christ.  That we would look upon His finished work and eagerly long for His return and live all our lives as Luther said “for today and that day”!

In light of looking forward to Christ’s return we sang “How Great Thou Art” echoing the author of Hebrews “When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation and take me home what joy shall fill my heart”!

Jonathan read from Titus 2:11-14 and closed the meeting.

New Song for Sunday

So I planned on doing an newer/less familiar Sovereign Grace song “All I Have Is Christ” during Communion on Sunday, but I was listening to Phil Wickham and was GREATLY encouraged and spurred to do the song “Because Of Your Love” during the bread part of communion. As you read the words I hope you are as moved and your affections are refreshed and stirred as I was and that you will sing this great song of the Savior’s love with me, not only this Sunday at Christ Baptist Church of Wilson but every day as we constantly preach the gospel to ourselves…

Jesus You endured my pain
Savior You bore all my shame
All because of Your love

Maker of the universe
Broken for the sins of the earth
All because of Your love
All because of Your love

Because of Your cross my debt is paid
Because of Your blood my sins are washed away
Now all of my life, I freely give
Because of Your love,
Because of Your love I live

Innocent and Holy King
You died to set the captive free
All because of Your love

Lord You gave Your life for me
So I will give my life for You
All because of Your love
All because of Your love

Because of Your cross my debt is paid
Because of Your blood my sins are washed away
Now all of my life I freely give
Because of Your love, because Your love I live

You did it for me, You did it for love
It’s Your victory, Jesus You are enough

2010 so far

As I begin, like I always do, I mist say this is far overdue. With my friends chastising me for not posting in a year and then the church newsletter has me listed, I guess I better get on it. By way of things musical: I got a mandolin and am working diligently on learning chords and scales on there, it is actually helping my proficiency with guitar and piano. My bassist and I share almost weekly trips to guitar center and Sam ash to test out new equipment to see what will work for our situation (next thing is shakers for Brandon our percussionist). I was talking to a fellow worship pastor and telling him I felt in a rut musically, and not that I don’t enjoy singing these gospel drenched songs every week but I’m looking for a new direction. On the other end I am glad for a pastor who values content over form and does not need new songs every week/month (I have been there). We are once again back to reading a psalm each and every Sunday as the call to worship and that has brought joy to my heart. Finding songs that coordinate with the praise of the psalmist is an amazing task and a pleasure to sing. After all, the psalms were the hymn book for ancient Israel and the early church. Other than that things have been going pretty quid pro quo here lately…I am excited about testing out an in-ear monitoring system, thanks to my friends at CCI . As for the ministry side you guys will have to wait till tomorrow, stay tuned…

Worship Songs for December 21, 2008

So the FTP server is down and it says I have to purchase a new license (I have no clue).  I am taking the advice of my good friend Josh Berrus (Worship Minister at Open Door) and posting the worship schedule on here.  This may become a regular occurrence, I will keep you informed I promise.  This Sunday is going to be AMAZING!  I went out this week and purchased 3 new mics with 3 new mic cables and some mic stands… we will definitely have an ample supply of mics now.  I am also looking forward to having Brandon play with us again and Jonathan will add his skills on the acoustic or maybe even the bass.  This week will look like this:

December 21

I will try to have the music for you later on Thursday.  But you guys know how they all go.  Have a great day and endure.

In Christ,