Songs We Sing (11.22.2015)

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When we sing together, we are corporately singing the praises of our God. It’s a participatory activity. “Songs We Sing” is an weekly effort to help us better learn the songs we are singing as well as to gather some small insight into what we are singing. If you’d like a copy of the songs listed, a link is provided (where available). For the services of November 22, 2015, CCJ band The Reprise led music and we sang:

 

HOW GREAT THOU ART
Written by Stuart Wesley Keene Hine; 1953. It’s hard to believe that this song is less than 60 years old. The third verse is particularly impactful. “And when I think, that God, His Son not sparing/Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in/That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing/He bled and died to take away my sin/Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee/How great thou art.”

Download “How Great Thou Art (Live at CCJ)” by Trio. (fast version)
Download “How Great Thou Art (Live at CCJ)” by At One. (slow version)
 
ALL BOW DOWN
Written by Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash; 2004. We’ve amped up Tomlin’s version quite a bit. The words, though, are what are important to this song. One day ‘every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.’
Download “All Bow Down (Live at CCJ)” by THE REPRISE.
Buy “All Bow Down” by Chris Tomlin.
 
MY SAVIOR’S LOVE (I STAND AMAZED)
Written by Charles H. Gabriel, Edwin O. Excell, 1905. Arrangement by Chris Tomlin, 2006. This is a slowed-down version of the hymn “I Stand Amazed In The Presence.”
Buy “I Stand Amazed (How Marvelous)” by Chris Tomlin.
 
YOU NEVER LET GO
Written by Beth Redman, Matt Redman, 2005. CCJ sings this one very well. We love singing this one with you. This is such a great song of hope and faith, nowing that there will be an end to the troubles of this life, but until then, we will praise Him.
Buy “You Never Let Go” by Matt Redman.
Download “You Never Let Go (Live at CCJ)” by At One.
 
ONE GOD
Written by Cam Huxford, 2011. Huxford says of this song, “One thing that I have seen throughout my life is that God is faithful to crush our idols. He can do that because he is simply bigger and more powerful than all of the other things that we might choose to worship. The song “One God” was written out of the continual experience of seeing a big God rule over everything else.”
Buy “One God” by Ghost Ship.
 
ON OUR SIDE
Written by Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, Jesse Reeves, 2004. This is another Chris Tomlin song that we’ve more or less revamped in style to make it our own. Romans 8 says, “if God be for us, who can be against us?” A great encouragement for Christians.
Download “On Our Side” by Chris Tomlin.

Glow: A CCJ Christmas is Dec. 20

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You are invited.

On Sunday evening, December 20, at 5 and 6:30 p.m., CCJ will host Glow, a special Christmas service to celebrate God putting on flesh and becoming as one of us. We will also look at the celebration this news prompts.

Glow will conclude the sermon series ’Tis The Season. While the Christmas season often leaves people feeling exhausted, the news of “God with us” delivers true meaning. What does an uncomplicated, Gospel-centered Christmas really look like?

The service will feature roots-based, congregational and other music from CCJ band We Come Alive as well as a sermon.

Nursery will be available for children infants to age 2. Other children are encouraged to attend with their parents for a family-friendly service. Cry rooms are available in the back of the worship center to avoid missing any part of the service.

Songs We Sing (11.15.2015)

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When we sing together, we are corporately singing the praises of our God. It’s a participatory activity. “Songs We Sing” is an weekly effort to help us better learn the songs we are singing as well as to gather some small insight into what we are singing. If you’d like a copy of the songs listed, a link is provided (where available). For the services of November 15, 2015, CCJ band At One led music and we sang:

 

YOU CARRIED ME
Written by Daniel Ross, Mike Crockett, Kyle Street, 2014. Inspired by Psalm 16 and Psalm 30, this is a song of remembrance of God’s power, carrying us through trials and difficulties, and, ultimately, bringing us freedom from sin through Jesus.
Buy “You Carried Me” by (CCJ band) At One.
 
I AM
Written by David Crowder, Ed Cash, 2013. Taken from Exodus 3, this song uses clever wordplay to show that THE I AM is holding on to us in his sovereignty and we, in turn, are holding onto Him (all we can really do).
Buy “I Am” by Crowder.
 
HOW DEEP THE FATHER’S LOVE FOR US
Written by Stuart Townend, 1995. This is a song that people often think is an old hymn but is, in fact, relatively new. It’s a great song. “Why should I gain from His reward?/I cannot give an answer/But this I know with all my heart/His wounds have paid my ransom.” True words. Stylistically, we do this one a bit differently.
Download “How Deep The Father’s Love For Us” by Kenosis.
 
COME THOU FOUNT OF EVERY BLESSING
Written by Robert Robinson, 1758. This is a favorite hymn at CCJ. It’s such a song of yearning, pleading with God to keep us in Him. “Jesus sought me when a stranger/Wandering from the fold of God/He to rescue me from danger/Interposed His precious blood.”
Buy “Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing” by Narrow Path.
Download “Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing (Live at CCJ)” by At One.
 
BREAK EVERY CHAIN
Written by Will Reagan, 2009. A simple song reminding us there is power in Jesus’ name. He alone is able to break the chains of sin that bind us so easily.
Buy “Break Every Chain” by The Digital Age.
 
LIKE A LION
Written by Daniel Bashta, 2009. “My God’s not dead/He’s surely alive/And He’s living on the inside/Roaring like a lion.” This is an anthem and one not meant to be sung quietly, but instead with confidence and faith that God — who alone brings dead faith to life — is mightier than all things.

Buy “Like A Lion” by Daniel Bashta.

Songs We Sing (11.08.2015)

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When we sing together, we are corporately singing the praises of our God. It’s a participatory activity. “Songs We Sing” is an weekly effort to help us better learn the songs we are singing as well as to gather some small insight into what we are singing. If you’d like a copy of the songs listed, a link is provided (where available). For the services of November 8, 2015, CCJ band We Come Alive led music and we sang:
 
 
FREEDOM IS FOUND
Written by Daniel Ross, 2010. Read Romans 8. That’s where most of the lyrics came from. Hopefully, this song helps us to understand that there is no other way to freedom except through Jesus.
Buy “Freedom Is Found” by (CCJ outreach band) Narrow Path.
 
BREAK EVERY CHAIN
Written by Will Reagan, 2009. A simple song reminding us there is power in Jesus’ name. He alone is able to break the chains of sin that bind us so easily.
Buy “Break Every Chain” by The Digital Age.
 
WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS
Written by Charles Crozat Converse and Joseph Medlicott Scriven, 1855, 1868. “Take it to the Lord in prayer.” So simple, yet something we fail to do so often. In Jesus, we find a friend and we find peace. Scriv­en wrote this hymn to com­fort his mo­ther, who was across the sea from him in Ire­land.
Download “What A Friend We Have In Jesus (Live at CCJ)” by The Reprise.
 
HOSANNA
Written by Brooke Fraser; 2006. The word “hosanna” is a Hebrew word that means “O save!” It is a simple cry for our salvation. I love the line in this song that says “break my heart for what breaks Yours.”
Buy “Hosanna (Live)” by Christy Nockels.
 
I SAW THE LIGHT
Written by Hank Williams (Sr.); 1948, Additional lyrics by Johnny Cash and David Crowder. The only Hank Williams song we sing at CCJ is this one. It’s a simple song about the utter joy of being saved by God through Jesus.

Buy “I Saw The Light” by David Crowder Band.
Download a free live version of “I Saw the Light (Live)” by At One.

CCJ Hosting Tri-Cap Holiday Shoppe

Giving cards available, volunteers needed

On Saturday, December 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., CCJ will be hosting TRI-CAP’s Holiday Shoppe. A toy store will be set up in Worship Center B for parents who have earned vouchers to shop for presents for their children. A wrapping area will be in the Fellowship Hall, and children’s activities will be in The Spring area while parents shop for presents.

There are many donors in the area making the store’s inventory possible. Additionally, CCJ has cards with items to purchase for the store on a Christmas tree in the lobby (the cards are to stock the shop — not buying for individuals — and there will be a tree for big ticket items in the lobby). The retail value for items purchased on each card should total approximately $30 (a great opportunity for Community Group, families, or individuals to show God’s mercy to those in need).

Additionally, we need to provide several volunteers to help run the shop on December 12. Please sign up below if you can help.

 

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