Music Ministry Pick of the Week: First

Lauren Daigle – First

Matthew 6:33 –
Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things will be added to you……
Before I bring my need/I will bring my heart/Before I lift my cares/I will lift my arms/I wanna know You/I wanna find You/in every season/In every moment/Before I bring my need/I will bring my heart/And seek You.
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Compelling words written by Lauren Diagle , a favorite new artist of mine. I hate to say her song, “How Can it Be”, beat out our friend Matt Maher’s “Lord I Need You” for the KLove fan award , song of the year. It really doesn’t matter who won, just pointing it out, sorry Matt. Anyway…. back to the song.
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When I was little and went to Sunday school, I was taught how to have JOY. Jesus , Others ,You, in that order. I was taught if we put Jesus first in our lives , and not our our own desires or wants this is what leads us to having joy. Before we give the Lord our laundry list of problems He has to fix, miracles we need ASAP or asking Him to intervene in the injustices we see everyday can we just praise Him for who He is? Can we praise Him because He is the Lord and worthy of our praise, love and devotion.  I’m convinced the secret , which is not so secret by the way,
to doing well in life is to put Christ first every day. We can put Him first by talking to Him first, before we listen to the morning  news, checking email or looking at the OLMC FB page. Even getting up 5 minutes early to pray before we start rushing around is a start. Reading the scriptures every day first, allows God to speak to us and hear what it is He wants from us. How can we put him first if we go through the whole day unaware of His presence? Then at night we lay down and say , sorry Lord, “I’m too tired to pray”.  We have to spend time with Him and cultivate that relationship. What about when we are planning the weekend and somehow going to mass just doesn’t fit with all that’s going on?
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We have to plan our worship first period. He has to come first. We all have so many areas to challenge us to question where is the Lord in my order of priority.
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I have to remind myself all the time JOY, and thank Jesus first for the blessings He has given me and develop our relationship by spending time with Him. It’s hard to do in our over the top lives, but He promises to take care of adding all the other things we stress about in His good timing and perfect ways.staff-kim

-Kim Scoggin
Director of Music

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Music Ministry Pick of the Week: Sacred Heart Song

  


Michael John Poirier – Sacred Heart Song

Greetings and salutation,
In this weeks blog post I wanted to take a look at the gospel readings for the next 4 weeks
where we will be diving into John chapter  6, “The Bread of Life Discourses”
We pick up Jesus after the feeding of the 5000 and he and the disciples had just arrived in
Capernaum and the crowd are following him across the sea.
When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there,
they themselves got into boats
and came to Capernaum looking for Jesus.
And when they found him across the sea they said to him,
“Rabbi, when did you get here?”
Jesus answered them and said,
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
you are looking for me not because you saw signs
but because you ate the loaves and were filled.
Do not work for food that perishes
but for the food that endures for eternal life,
which the Son of Man will give you.
For on him the Father, God, has set his seal.”
So they said to him,
“What can we do to accomplish the works of God?”
Jesus answered and said to them,
“This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent.”
So they said to him,
“What sign can you do, that we may see and believe in you?
What can you do?
Our ancestors ate manna in the desert, as it is written:
He gave them bread from heaven to eat.”

So Jesus said to them,
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
it was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven;
my Father gives you the true bread from heaven.
For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven
and gives life to the world.”
So they said to him,
“Sir, give us this bread always.”
Jesus said to them,
“I am the bread of life;
whoever comes to me will never hunger,
and whoever believes in me will never thirst.”
 

I find it interesting that the people asked a good question when they asked
“what can we do to accomplish the works of God” and Jesus gives them the
answer and tells them they must believe and have faith. Then the next thing out of their mouths is “Show us A Sign That we may Believe”

I think we all have been where these people have been once or twice in out lives.
Begging God for a sign that we are on the right path, or a miracle healing. Not wanting to trust in God unless we have some sort of proof from above. This is why being a christian is so hard sometimes. We have to trust in God and believe above all else, only then can God work in our lives to the full potential of His plan for us.

When Jesus says “I am the bread of life” he means what he says “Whoever comes to me will never hunger and whoever believes in me will never thirst”
Help us this week to truly live a life of faith and trust in Jesus who was sent from His Father. Lord help us to believe.JordanWebb

 

Peace in Christ,

– Jordan Webb
Assistant Music Director

Music Ministry Pick of the Week: Your Glory

All Sons & Daughters – Your Glory

While looking ahead at this week’s readings, its obvious that our God is good! The readings give examples of God performing miracles to the ones faithful to Him. It’s important for us to remember God’s countless acts of goodness for us, especially the one act of all acts, dying on the cross for us.

Sometimes we think of God as a distant, careless king, who doesn’t like to get involved in our lives. Or we think of God as a Magic 8-Ball—wishing, asking for things, and constantly shaking the ball until we get the right answer. Whether we believe it or not, God is in our lives everyday, performing miracles before our very eyes. This is a beautiful fact. God, glorious beyond all measure, chooses to love us and be with us.james-salas

This makes me want to sing, “Hallelujah!”. Or this song…Enjoy!

-James Salas
Music Ministry Assistant

Music Ministry Pick of the Week: Holy Spirit

Francesca Battistelli – Holy Spirit

I can’t get this song out of my head, which is a good thing. The lyrics to this song need to be my constant prayer.

Without the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, I don’t think we can live the victorious and overcoming Christian life day in and day out. Check out the book of Galatians, 5:16 and on. It really is quite eye opening on how far I fall from the mark of not walking in the flesh, but in the Holy Spirit.

16 – But I say, walk and live [habitually] in the [Holy] Spirit [responsive to and controlled and guided by the Spirit]; then you will certainly not gratify the cravings and desires of the flesh (of human nature without God).

17  – For the desires of the flesh are opposed to the [Holy] Spirit, and the [desires of the] Spirit are opposed to the flesh (godless human nature); for these are antagonistic to each other [continually withstanding and in conflict with each other], so that you are not free but are prevented from doing what you desire to do.

18 – But if you are guided (led) by the [Holy] Spirit, you are not subject to the Law.

19- Now the doings (practices) of the flesh are clear (obvious): they are immorality, impurity, indecency,

20- Idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger (ill temper), selfishness, divisions (dissensions), party spirit (factions, sects with peculiar opinions, heresies),

21 – Envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like. I warn you beforehand, just as I did previously, that those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 – But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness,

23 – Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [[f]that can bring a charge].

24 – And those who belong to Christ Jesus (the Messiah) have crucified the flesh (the godless human nature) with its passions and appetites and desires.

I have an easier time not blowing it too badly with a couple of these like drunkenness, carousing and a party spirit. Catch me at home with two teens and the anger, strife, selfishness and divisions really show up in full force. How about my envy of all of you taking fabulous European vacations this summer? What about our divisions in the body of Christ? Christians love to argue about everything under the sun and point fingers. It’s hard to not walk in the flesh at times, because if we are being honest, it feels really good to do so. It feels better to be angry and get mad at the world, or have too many drinks to drown our sorrows or, even better, to have that unholy relationship. BUT, it says from verse 24 , that , “THOSE WHO BELONG TO CHRIST HAVE CRUCIFIED THE FLESH WITH IT’S PASSIONS AND APPETITES AND DESIRES.”

Only with the power of the Holy Spirit operating in our lives can we do this. My prayer and hope is that we invite and allow the Holy Spirit to come in to our lives, homes, workplaces, and relationships in that moment when all the peace is gone, before we take out our frustrations on the person we can or kick the dog. We can ask for help to come and change the atmosphere and start a song of praise. This is not supposed to be for Sundays only when we are singing and praying together in a great moment, but in the real life situations we encounter in our ugliest moments. Jesus is our living hope and we can stand and trust in that. Just as the line says, “Let us become more aware of YOUR presence and experience His goodness.” It’s my prayer for myself and you!

-Kim Scoggin
Director of Music

Music Ministry Pick of the Week: Jesus My Savior

Sam & Suzy – Jesus My Savior

Greeting and Salutations to everyone,

This has been and hard last few weeks with all that has been going on in our country
and the world. It is easy to get down and think what is the point of living a Catholic/Christian
life when all we have to show for it is defeat. So I thought I would share a song that was
composed by some of our friends from the John 17 movement. The song is called
“Jesus My Savior” by Sam and Suzy.

http://www.samandsuzy.com

Jesus You have rescued me, deliver in my company
You saved me, You gave me a new heart and identity

Jesus oh You died for me, then rose again to give me liberty
Once was bound but now I’m free
I’m alive and I believe

You are the King of Kings
The Lord of Lords the Price of Peace
And I will worship You, Jesus My Savior

My Savior

We do not know what Gods plans are and they are sometimes hard to perceive
but we do know that God has the victory in the end.
Because He is the King of Kings and all shall bow before Him.
So let us take courage and walk through the valley of the shadow of death
because Christ has died and Christ is risen and Christ shall come again.
Victory Is His.

I once was bound but now I see, I’m alive and I believe.

-Jordan Webb
Assistant Music Director

Music Ministry Pick of the Week: Smoke

Plumb – Smoke

 

“The bigger picture” is a phrase that gets applied to an endless array of situations. “The bigger picture” is almost always addressed in a negative situation– “losing sight” of the bigger picture. It speaks to the mentality of our society that this idea of the bigger picture is applied to such a vast amount of scenarios, but is rarely addressed in a positive, encouraging light.

The unfortunate truth is that we react twice as quickly to the negativity of this world than we do to love and encouragement. Just take a look at national news, politics or social-media.

Our lives tend to get swept up in a series of negative reactions, constantly focussing in on situations affecting us on a momentary basis. So, we lose sight of the bigger picture. Even when we think we’ve regained sight of the bigger picture, often we forget that what we’re seeing isn’t the whole picture at all. It may be big, yes, but is it what is (or should be) the driving force in your life?

Some guy once said “I am the way and the truth and the life.” Who was that, again?

I hope you’re beginning to see where I am going here. In 2 Corinthians 4:18 it says

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

There, ladies and gentleman, is your bigger picture. One that is not to be presented in a negative light, but to be striven for. A bigger picture that we need to reminded of every day, and to find courage in. If living in Christ is what guides you, then you are going to be okay. When you feel that all is going up in smoke, when you’re spirit is beaten weary and when you may think you’ve lost sight of the bigger picture, just remember the way, the truth and the life.

You are my hope
You are my song
You are the oxygen inside these weary lungs
You are my safe place
You are my home
You are my shelter when it all goes up in smoke

There are a lot of issues to get caught up in. Handle them all with the grace of God.

Keep the bigger picture in your sight.

-Eric Capehart
Audio/Visual Director

Music Ministry Pick of the Week: Good Good Father

Housefires

Housefires – Good Good Father

Happy Father’s Day.

To all who are Father’s, may you find courage and strength to do what God is calling you to do, in whatever state of life you may find yourself in.

I pray you know the Father’s love for you in a deeper way, as His beloved child. What confidence we have when we know we are loved, redeemed and forgiven. God has given us all things necessary to be a success in His eyes.

Take a moment and listen to this song, and enter into praise for our Lord’s great love for us, it will encourage your heart today.

-Kim Scoggin
Director of Music