From Our Minister of Music

This weekend our family was finally able to take some time to get away to the mountains. Each of us desperately needed a break from our jobs, houses and daily obligations in order to refresh, reflect and just “be.” It is always during these times that I wish time would just freeze for a little longer so I can soak in the bliss of the presence of love in the beauty of God’s creation. I try my best to take it all in and en-case it in a memory capsule so I can pull it out on the most frantic of days, but it is just not the same. When I am watching the last of the morning mist evaporate from the face of the lake or the last sunset over the ocean, a sadness creeps over me. I remind myself not lose the joy of the moment by allow-ing my thoughts to distract me and to stay in the present. I tell myself that the present (now) is the present (gift).

So often this is how we approach worship. We feel the warmth of our God family round about us and are soaking in the joy and love that is flooding flowing in music, scripture, prayer and the atmosphere of the room and then the thoughts of the next day’s work agenda, lunch, or what needs to still be accomplished at home before the weekend ends begins to steal our experience. It takes discipline and focus to allow ourselves to stay in the present but if we do, His presence will give us an everlasting gift – a present that far outweighs even the most idyllic vacation.

May His love, peace and joy fill you through and through!
Deborah

Praise the LORD, My Soul

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Praise the LORD, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits— who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Psalm 103:1-5
Psalm 103:1-5 is a wonderful model of true worship. Some-times we get sidetracked in worship by the music style, structure, leaders or instruments and miss the point. Everything is irrelevant if we neglect to set aside the time to honor the Lord. The model given us in Psalm 103 is more than weak lip ser-vice. The Lord is not concerned with how great you sing or even if you know the song, but if you are pouring out your praise to Him and blessing Him with all your inmost being. Are you recounting all His blessings over you? Do you remember where you were before you knew Him? Are you recalling the love and compassion He has for you and how He has given you so many desires of your heart? It pleases the Lord to give us good things and only He can truly renew our youth.

This summer we are experiencing some different worship styles on Sunday morning. Whatever style is presented, I en-courage you to honor the Lord in that moment. Whether you are singing, praying, reflecting, or reading scripture, don’t get sidetracked by distracting thoughts. The worship service is our very best effort to steer you into an encounter with the Lord, but only YOU can praise the Lord with all of your inmost being.

It is an honor to serve with so many true worshippers at RBC and I greatly appreciate all of you who are involved in leading worship and all of you who not only model heartfelt worship in our services, but also in your daily lives.

Gratefully,
Deborah

Sing to the King

Thank you for your enthusiastic worship Sunday morning!
You poured out your hearts declaring God’s greatness in the worship songs and hymns, the choir sang perhaps their most powerful anthem ever in the medley, “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name” and Beth Chitwood played the skillful and passionate, “The Majesty and Glory of Your Name.”

It was exciting hearing you sing one of the new praise songs we introduced in “The Story” sermon series: “Sing to the King.” Kori Esco originally sang it beautifully as a solo before
we learned it as a congregation, and on Sunday you sang with confidence as we declared the victorious text,
Sing to the king who is coming to reign
Glory to Jesus the lamb that was slain
Life and salvation his empire shall bring
and joy to the nations when Jesus is king
Come let us sing a song
a song declaring we belong to Jesus
He is all we need
Lift up a heart of praise
sing now with voices raised to Jesus
Sing to the king.
For his returning
we watch and we pray
we will be ready the dawn of that day
and we'll join in singing with all the redeemed
Cause Satan is vanquished and Jesus is
king! (CCLI#1927526)

I truly hope that these words encourage you throughout the week. Sing of God’s victory as you recall Jonathan’s message, “Never Give Up!” We will be transitioning into summer praise teams on June 7th. If I have not already contacted you and you are interested in being involved, please see me.

Because of His great power,
Deborah

The Choir Story

There once was an awesome choir who had faithful members who came together to sing their hearts out every Wednesday evening from 7:00-8:15. When they gathered together to sing, something marvelous would happen. As the notes emerged from their throats the angels would catch these random notes and stack them together into beautiful harmony.

Occasionally there were notes that were unsuitable to be stacked into the celestial chord. These were silenced, embellished with golden timbres, and refitted into their proper place. They were experts at making the average, ordinary, volunteer choir singer sound like a professional.

The choir’s zealous director would often tax the angels’ skills by selecting what turned out to be overly-challenging music for the singers, but eventually the director grew in perception and the choir grew in their musical ability so that the angels did not have to wear themselves out in miracle-making. As the years passed, the RBC Sanctuary Choir angel position became one of the most sought after posts. The gold the choir produced in their loving hearts for one another and to the Lord outshone that of the angels. They found themselves mesmerized and inspired by the joy and beauty of these humble singers.

Come experience YOUR story in this story, Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord (Ephesians 5:19). Choir practice begins this Wednesday, August 20.  No experience necessary.

 We can’t wait to see you there!

 Deborah