Blog

Filter By:
Showing items filed under “Andrew Carr”

Hymn Sunday

main image

Hey Church!

I am really excited for this Sunday...here's why: this Sunday, July 12 is our first ever Hymn Sunday in the Modern Worship Service!

Yes, I know...we actually sing hymns fairly regularly in the 11:30 service.  I love being able to sing a current song like "We Will Not Be Shaken" right after a song from 1875, like "Hallelujah! What A Savior."  Both songs--regardless of generation--remind us of how wonderful our God is and of the hope and strength we find in Christ. 

But this week I am really excited to have a morning of all hymns!  I'm looking forward to singing these timeless songs that are so rich in theology and eternal truths.  Of course, the band will play them in a modern style (with help from a banjo and an analog synthesizer!), but the familiar melodies will be the same as they’ve been for hundreds of years.

One of the hymns we’ll be singing this week is "Be Thou My Vision."  It’s a traditional Irish hymn dating back to the 8th century.  We’ll sing the translated version from 1902, so no need to brush up on your ancient Irish dialect!  I’ve always loved this hymn and the reminder in it to keep God in our sights.  The first verse sets the tone for how we should live every day: 

Thou my best thought by day or by night
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence, my light. 

What better way to start a day than by setting our gaze on God and reminding ourselves to keep him in our thoughts constantly! 

Here are the hymns you can look forward to this Sunday:

Vote for the Invitation Hymn!

You can determine what hymn we sing at the end of the service!  Submit your vote before 3pm on Thursday (July 9).

VOTE NOW

Join the band and me for a great morning of worship this Sunday at 11:30.  I can't wait to join our voices with millions of Christian brothers and sisters who have sung these same choruses across the centuries.  

I'm anticipating that we'll all find ourselves lost in the truths these verses contain, and I'm praying they lead each of us into worship of the King in a fresh way that captures our attention and enraptures our hearts.  

Hymn Sunday! You won’t want to miss it!

 

Andrew Carr, Modern Worship Leader

@andrewScarr /

Posted by Andrew Carr with

Why Worship, Part 3

main image

Photo credit

Why does God want me to sing

Part 3 of 3 (Read part 1 & 2)

For the past two weeks, we've been talking about why we sing in church. In the final post of this 3 part series, let's see how singing unites us as believers striving to be more Christlike.

Singing reflects the nature of God

Zephaniah 3:17 tells us that the Father sings over his people, Hebrews 2:12 tells us Jesus sings with us in the midst of his congregation, and Ephesians 5 teaches us that singing is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit.  Scripture teaches us that the Trinity is singing, so let's long to be like our God! 

Singing unites us

Singing the same words together each week points our attention to the bond that we share through the gospel with both our current brothers and sisters in Christ and the many throughout history who have come before us.  Even Paul uses a musical analogy (harmony) to encourage the body to be united in the gospel (Colossians 3:14).

When we gather together each week, let's approach singing in a different way.

Instead of 25 minutes of tradition we must bear before the Word is taught, let's approach singing as an opportunity to thank God for who He is and what He’s done, as well as unite as the body of Christ as we sing the same words together.

Remember, the way we approach singing each week is much more a reflection of our hearts than it is our voice. So sing boldly! Sing thankfully! Sing united as brothers and sisters in Christ!

This Week 

This weekend we will be observing the Lord’s Supper in both services.  What better way for us to gather and unite as the body of Christ than to partake in the elements together as believers?  This Sunday we will remember what Christ did for us on the cross, and we'll celebrate His resurrection and ultimate defeat of death together! 

In the 11:30 service we will be singing How Deep the Father’s Love (download it here). Listen to it and come prepared to thank the Father for the sacrifice of the Son. Take some time to meditate on a piece of the lyrics: 

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no powers, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection!

This Sunday, let your boast be in Christ.  United as believers, we will gather and worship Him because He is worthy.  See you Sunday!

ANDREW CARR // MODERN WORSHIP LEADER

@andrewScarr

Posted by Andrew Carr with

12345