Songs We Sing (12.24.2017)

When we sing together, we are corporately singing the praises of our God. It’s a participatory activity. This “Songs We Sing” post is a 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. See the Spotify playlist below — updated weekly — to hear songs for this week. 

 

 

For the services of December 24, 2017, Redemption bands At One (in Jasper) and Into The Fire (in Loogootee) will lead music and we will sing:

 

HARK THE HERALD ANGELS SING

Written by Charles Wes­ley, 1739; Music by Fe­lix Men­dels­sohn, 1840. The first verse is often the only one sung, but this song is rich in some of the other verses. “Second Adam from above/Reinstate us in Thy love.” Jesus breaks the curse of the fall so we should sing “GLORY to the newborn king” when we celebrate Christ’s birth.

 

O COME, O COME EMMANUEL

Author unknown (i.e. this one is VERY old – like 12th Century old). Lyrically, this one is also about the longing and expectation of a Savior. Buy “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” by Redemption band Narrow Path on iTunes.

 

WHAT CHILD IS THIS?

Written by William C. Dix, 1865. Music: “Greensleeves,” 16th Century English melody. This isn’t just a traditional Christmas song that we include because it’s that time of year. We sing “this is Christ the King … Haste to bring him laud.” Do we rush to bring him glory and praise?

 

A DAY OF GLORY

Written by Chris Collins, Justin Coifed, Aaron Ivey, Matt Carter, 2012. Though this is a Christmas song, it shows us the Incarnation is only part of the Gospel story and that it will be fulfilled in full with Christ’s second coming.

 

JOY TO THE WORLD

Written by Isaac Watts, 1719. This song was written about the SECOND coming of Christ and inspired by Psalm 98. Buy “Joy To The World” by Redemption band Narrow Path on iTunes.

 

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Songs We Sing (12.17.2017)

When we sing together, we are corporately singing the praises of our God. It’s a participatory activity. This “Songs We Sing” post is a 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. See the Spotify playlist below — updated weekly — to hear songs for this week. 

 

 

For the services of December 17, 2017, Redemption bands Always At The Ready (in Jasper) and Day 41 (in Loogootee) will lead music and we will sing:

 

GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN

Words: John Work, 1907. Music: African-American spiritual. Let your light shine!

 

A DAY OF GLORY

Written by Chris Collins, Justin Coifed, Aaron Ivey, Matt Carter, 2012. Though this is a Christmas song, it shows us the Incarnation is only part of the Gospel story and that it will be fulfilled in full with Christ’s second coming.

 

IN CHRIST ALONE

Written by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend; 2001. This is a modern hymn (meaning, it’s written in the classic hymn format) that has also become a modern classic in the church. It’s the complete gospel in four verses and is a great, great song.

 

COME THOU LONG EXPECTED JESUS

Written by Charles Wesley, 1745 and Rowland Prichard, 1830. A song of longing and expectation for God to free us from sin and bondage.

 

O HOLY NIGHT

Words: Placide Cappeau, 1847; Translated from French to English by John S. Dwight; Music: Adolphe C. Adam. This is said to have been the first music ever broadcast over a ra­dio. Narrow Path has pretty radically re-arranged this song and it has proved to be a CCJ favorite over the past few years. “In His name, all oppression shall cease.” What oppresses you and I? In the name of Jesus, the sin that oppresses us and so easily entangles us shall utimately cease. Buy “O Holy Night” by Redemption band Narrow Path.

 

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Songs We Sing (12.10.2017)

When we sing together, we are corporately singing the praises of our God. It’s a participatory activity. This “Songs We Sing” post is a 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. See the Spotify playlist below — updated weekly — to hear songs for this week. 

 

 

For the services of December 10, 2017, Redemption bands At One (in Jasper) and Into The Fire (in Loogootee) will lead music and we will sing:

 

ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH

Traditional French carol translated by James Chadwick, 1862. “Gloria in Excelsis Deo!” is Latin for “Glory to God in the highest.” God is above all and we should praise Him above all.

 

HOW GREAT THOU ART

Written by Stuart Wesley Keene Hine; 1953. 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.”

 

O COME ALL YE FAITHFUL

Written by John F. Wade, circa 1743. Isn’t it cool that songs from 1743 are still relevant today? “Word of the Father/Now in flesh appearing/O come let us adore Him.” Buy “O Come All Ye Faithful” by Redemption band Narrow Path on iTunes.

 

O COME, O COME EMMANUEL

Author unknown (i.e. this one is VERY old – like 12th Century old). Lyrically, this one is also about the longing and expectation of a Savior. Buy “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” by Redemption band Narrow Path on iTunes.

 

ALL BOW DOWN

Written by Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash; 2004. One day ‘every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.’

 

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Foundational Class: Reading The Bible For Life (Jasper Campus)

For the average Christian, few things are more daunting than learning to read the Bible. How should we read a story of the Old Testament differently than we read a letter from Paul? How can we engage these various parts of Scripture in a way that is truly life-changing? What translation should I use? How do I read the Bible as part of my devotional time?

 

This eight-week class will give you the tools to become a more literate reader of the Bible, with confidence to help you treasure and apply what you are taking in.

 

This class will be in Room 203 at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday, beginning Jan. 14.

 

REGISTER HERE.

New Year’s Eve Party on the Jasper Campus

On Sunday evening, Dec. 31, Redemption Jasper Campus will be host to a New Year’s Eve party sponsored by Celebrate Recovery.

 

Starting at 7 p.m. and lasting until midnight, the party will include cornhole, euchre, kid’s games, and food. This will be a family-friendly atmosphere and all are invited for a night of fun to ring in 2018.

 

Bring a dish & a friend. No registration or RSVP required, just show up.

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