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Finding Clarity: Winter Music Schedule, January – April 2014

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It’s amazing how quickly things can get fuzzy.  We know that the birth of Jesus is the central focus of Christmas.  We set aside the time in our calendar for a special time of reflection and worship.  God coming in flesh is a big deal.  Jesus bringing the hope of salvation to all people is something to celebrate.  Yet it’s so easy to be caught up in the extras of the season:  decorating, presents, baking, events, family gatherings and parties.  All good things.  But even good things can take us to the place where we rush past the wonder and awe of worship.

So I pray for clarity in this respect.  As we go through Christmas and into the New Year as worship artists, congregational leaders, servants and followers of Jesus –  I pray we’re always clear about our reason for existence.  Here’s my prayer (yes a borrowed prayer, but a good one nonetheless).

“Day by day, dear Lord, of you three things I pray:
to see you more clearly,
love you more dearly,
follow you more nearly,
day by day.”

Worship is about us getting out of the way so that we can see God, respond to him, and help others see him.  This is the glory of God as Paul writes to the church in Rome:  “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse (Romans 1:20 NIV).”  And Christ is the visible expression of all God’s invisible qualities.  We don’t have to wonder, we can know who God is and what He’s all about.  The key is to know Christ.  Day by day this holiday season and throughout the year.

Lorn Gieck
Associate Pastor of Worship & Soul Care

click here for a copy of the January – April 2014 Music Schedule (.pdf)

Fall Music Schedule – Finding Change

click here for the Fall Sept – Dec 2013 music schedule (.pdf)

Yet it was our weaknesses he carried
    it was our sorrows that weighed him down.
And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God,
    a punishment for his own sins!
 But he was pierced for our rebellion,
    crushed for our sins.
He was beaten so we could be whole.
    He was whipped so we could be healed.
All of us, like sheep, have strayed away.
    We have left God’s paths to follow our own.
Yet the Lord laid on him
    the sins of us all.
                                                 Isaiah 53:4-6 (NLT)

d4This summer our family had the opportunity to go camping in Yellowstone.  It was a great trip with lots to see and do.  We enjoyed God’s majesty in experiencing what he made.  One morning was particularly crisp as I exited our tent so I found a quiet spot to read just next to the campground laundry facility.  It was interesting to observe the unique mix of people as they came in and out.  Washing clothes is something everyone needs to do.  A Laundromat is the ultimate level playing field.  Everyone is an equal part of this community as they help each other out.  I saw moms and dads, long term RV retirees.  I really got a kick out of watching big tough bikers coming in dressed in leather looking with their small bundles of clothes. At the end of the day everyone needed the same thing.  They all needed change for the machines, they wanted laundry soap, and everyone wanted to get their stuff clean.

In Christ we have the same level ground.  We are all alike in our nature.  Before Jesus we are a mess of weakness, rebellion and sin.  Nothing we can do on our own will make us clean.  But God sent Jesus to take it all upon himself.  By his wounds we are made whole.  Change in our lives can only come through the work of Jesus.  As worship leaders and worshipers let’s continue to be humble in understanding the grace God has given us.  Let’s continue to help our community of faith at Cornerstone Church to find cleansing and wholeness through Christ, and to worship him in awe for what He’s done.

Pastor Lorn

Associate Pastor of Worship & Soul Care