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Today’s Bible Verse ~ Isaiah 26:3

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Today’s Bible Verse

“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” –Isaiah 26:3

 

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Billy Graham: Introducing new church music can reach new people

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DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Maybe I’m just old-fashioned, but from time to time our church’s music director introduces new songs into the service, and I don’t care for them. I like the old hymns, and wish he’d just stick with them. Should I complain to our pastor? — E.W.

DEAR E.W.: I know this has been a controversial issue in many churches, and I don’t pretend to have all the answers, especially since I’m not particularly musical! But we have a singing faith, and God has given us the gift of music to praise him. The Psalmist declared, “With singing lips my mouth will praise you” (Psalm 63:5).

Instead of complaining to your pastor (or anyone else), I urge you to ask God to help you be grateful for all music that points us to God, new or old. No, you may not like some of it, but others do, and God can use it in their lives to encourage them and bring them closer to Christ. Remember: The old hymns you like were once new, and someone probably didn’t like them, either!

Sometimes, I’m afraid, a hymn can become so familiar to us that we sing it without even thinking about the words. But this is wrong, because then our singing becomes empty and meaningless. Don’t let this happen to you, but meditate on the words of the songs you sing, and even turn them into a prayer.

Your music director has probably been wise to introduce new songs slowly; completely changing everything all at once can be disruptive. Pray for him and encourage him, letting him know that you’re grateful for his gifts. Yes, let him know you appreciate the old hymns, but support him also as he seeks to reach a new generation through music.

via Billy Graham: Introducing new church music can reach new people | The Kansas City Star.

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2015 in Music

 

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Today’s Bible Verse ~ Romans 12:4-5

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Today’s Bible Verse

“For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” –Romans 12:4-5

 

 

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Fellowship Hour Coordinator Needed

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The Fellowship Hour Ministry is an important part of Pender’s welcoming for visitors, new members, and current members. It’s a time to meet and greet, get to know one another, and enjoy some coffee and snack.

The Love God and Others Cluster is searching for a coordinator to lead this vital ministry and associated volunteers. This includes lining up volunteers to maintain the Fellowship Hour room on Sunday mornings.

Perhaps you have a new idea for the format of this gathering time? Please contact Carrie Cahoon or Lisa Bryda for more information on how you can contribute to this valuable ministry so that it may continue.

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2015 in Get Involved!, Pender UMC

 

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Today’s Bible Verse ~ Psalm 119:165

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Today’s Bible Verse

“Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.” –Psalm 119:165

 

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All Hands Volunteer Day,

Pender ReGift Thrift Store

regift-mapAll Hands Volunteer Day, Pender Regift Thrift Store
September 20th @ 1:00 pm
Please join us for another all-hands sorting and pricing event after church on Sunday, September 20th.
Light refreshments will be served. Remember to wear comfortable clothing and close-toed shoes.

4447 C Brookfield Corp Dr.
Chantilly VA 20151

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2015 in Get Involved!, Missions, Pender UMC

 

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Today’s Bible Verse ~ Psalm 116:1-2

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Today’s Bible Verse

“I love the LORD, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live.” –Psalm 116:1-2

 

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