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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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Sermon — Chuck Knows Church

Chuck Knows Church

 

 

A sermon is an oration by a pastor, right? But there’s so much more to learn! Chuck explains a little deeper and makes you grin at the same time.

 

 

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2013 in Chuck Knows Church, Sermon, Videos

 

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YES! This IS Pender’s Youth Pastor!

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Why does Pender’s Youth Pastor look like this?

Once again, Tim Lyberger challenged our youth to raise $5,000 for World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine. If they did, Tim agreed to let them choose an outfit for him to wear every day for one week.   (Who remembers last year’s pink outfit?!)

We are proud to announce that our Pender youth raised $6,381 which will feed 17 children for an entire year!

More exciting news:  Mack Parrish, one of our Youth Leaders, was also a part of this challenge and after his wedding he will have to do something as well!  So, stay tuned!

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2013 in Get Involved!, Missions, Pender UMC

 

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God Made a Pastor

A pastor’s take on “God Made a Farmer”.

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2013 in Posts of Interest, Videos

 

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A Note from the Pastors of Pender

A Note from the Pender Pastors: Pender United Methodist Church

Dear Pender Faith Community,

In light of the events in Connecticut yesterday, we want to join together in this difficult time, to pray for the victims of that tragedy.

So many are questioning what they know to be true, yet it causes people to wonder where God is at a time such as this. While it does not lessen the pain or justify the results, we must believe that God will see us through, that He is and will always be by our side. Let us attempt to turn our disbelief into prayer and our hopes for healing into really making Jesus the center of this Christmas.

We are to worship and honor our God, we are called to pray for those who are hurting, so let us begin to do that. In lieu of watching news programs that repeat the same sad story over and again, make it a point to turn off the noise and turn to God. We will do far more in the healing process if we lift up those who were impacted in such a personal way, opposed to just getting caught up in the commentaries on how and why it happened.

We encourage you to hold the parents, the fellow students, the brothers and sisters, along with friends and family members in your heart. Again, there is no sense to be made of this, but we must ask God to lessen the hurt and enable us to be a source of comfort and authentic faith beginning today. In a season normally filled with children and joy, make your prayer count as a means of filling those empty hearts and let us do it ceaselessly. While we might have suffered a loss in our spirit, by lifting others up, we will renew and petition God on behalf of all who grieve.

The Pastors

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2012 in Get Involved!, Pender UMC

 

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Clergy Fashion — Chuck Knows Church

Have a chuckle and learn with Chuck when he explains the differences between a robe and an alb — even if your pastor wears neither! Ever wonder why one is white and the other black? That’s why Chuck is talking about clergy fashion on his SECOND SHOW!

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2012 in Chuck Knows Church, Posts of Interest, Videos

 

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Casting God’s Love

Casting God's Love

Since Jan 2012 our ministry has undergone many new changes. Not only do we knit, we now have people who crochet, cross-stitch and do other needlecrafts to support our ministry. These changes allow our ministry to meet the goals and projects of our church, both on going and new ones for each of us. We continue to bring together members of our church and others who wish to learn or have experience knitting and crocheting or any other hand crafts which benefit our church family and neighbors.

Our projects have included creating chemo hats for the local cancer treatment center, confirmation crosses, baby blankets for both our new babies born to church family members as well as donations to local hospitals. We also furnish the Healing Services with cross-stitched crosses for our Pastors to distribute during this service. During the churches semi-annual Flea Market, our ministry has a table set up in the Boutique area next to the Jewelry table where we have many different items for sale.

Our main on-going project is to provide prayer shawls for those who are experiencing distress or going through a difficult time and need reminding of how much God loves them. Each shawl is prayed over by our members, our church members and our Pastors.

We meet for fellowship each Thursday evening at 6:30 in room 200. We have on-going classes, both knitting and crocheting, during this time as well. This gives newcomers or beginners the opportunity to learn with those who have experience. Our beginning class created many beauty crocheted baby blankets this past year. All levels of skill are welcome to join us and if you find you cannot make it, you are encouraged to continue to work at home. You can choose which project you want to participate in as your time schedule permits. We understand if you can’t and love it when you can.

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2012 in Posts of Interest

 

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