New Song / Devo: “Since Your Love”

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Hello Church family!!!

This month our new song might not seem so new to you, especially if you’ve been around House Worship or the Youth ministry. Throughout March, we will be singing “Since Your Love” by United Pursuit.

I have a lot of excitement for this song to be sung on Sunday mornings. There is a lot of truth woven throughout this song, but I keep coming back to the chorus:

I was made by You
I was made for you
I am unfulfilled without full communion

Every Sunday as we worship our Lord, we take time in our service to prepare our hearts for communion. We ask for forgiveness for when we try to do life alone. At a bible study, I once heard that sin in our lives takes place when we arrange for life to happen without God. But we were made for God, to live in response to his loving pursuit. Every Sunday, in remembrance of the Cross, we take communion. We look to Jesus and what He has done for us, dying on the Cross, paying the debt of sin so that we are made clean…. so that we can be in communion with our Heavenly Father.

There is forgiveness. There is grace that accepts us even after we arrange for life to happen without God. There is a gift of a new life in communion with God our Father, Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit! There is love, endless love. Once we come to know this love, our lives will never be the same again.

Reflect on these lyrics and on your walk with God.

You are the light
Song of my life
You always lead me
You are the voice inside

You are my love
No one before you
All that I am
Points to You

I was made by you
I was made for you
I am unfulfilled without full communion

Since your love got a hold of me
Since your love got a hold of me
I’m a new creation
I’m forever changed

I was made by you
I was made for you
I am unfulfilled without full communion

In you, is all I need
You’re my breath, you’re my life, you’re my everything

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, we thank you. You loved us enough to die for us, to make a way for us to be with You and the Father. Lord we ask for the patience and discipline to abide with You. Help us live in Your love, for it has changed us forever. Continue to change us Lord, make us more like You! Lord, your love covers us, it breathes life into us, we only come alive when we are with You. In you, is all we need, You’re our breath, our life, our everything. Amen.

Chord Chart available on Planning Center

God With Us

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Advent greetings to you all!

For this week’s devotion, take some time to read this breathtaking passage about Emmanuel from the prophet Isaiah. Then, even if you know the song well (maybe you’ve played it 100 times), listen to the worship tune “God With Us” by All Sons & Daughters. Finally, read Isaiah 9:2-7 one more time from “The Message” and end your time of reflection in some (probably much needed) quiet prayer. Listen for the Lord to speak to you as you reflect on this beautiful mystery: God is with us, He is Emmanuel.

READ, WORSHIP, READ, PRAY:

“The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine. You will enlarge the nation of Israel, and its people will rejoice. They will rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest and like warriors dividing the plunder. For you will break the yoke of their slavery and lift the heavy burden from their shoulders. You will break the oppressor’s rod, just as you did when you destroyed the army of Midian. The boots of the warrior and the uniforms bloodstained by war will all be burned. They will be fuel for the fire. For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity. The passionate commitment of the LORD of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭9:2-7‬ ‭NLT‬‬

 

 

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. For those who lived in a land of deep shadows— light! Sunbursts of light! You repopulated the nation, you expanded its joy. Oh, they’re so glad in your presence! Festival joy! The joy of a great celebration, sharing rich gifts and warm greetings. The abuse of oppressors and cruelty of tyrants— all their whips and cudgels and curses— Is gone, done away with, a deliverance as surprising and sudden as Gideon’s old victory over Midian. The boots of all those invading troops, along with their shirts soaked with innocent blood, Will be piled in a heap and burned, a fire that will burn for days! For a child has been born—for us! The gift of a son—for us! He’ll take over the running of the world. His names will be: Amazing Counselor, Strong God, Eternal Father, Prince of Wholeness. His ruling authority will grow, and there’ll be no limits to the wholeness he brings. He’ll rule from the historic David throne over that promised kingdom. He’ll put that kingdom on a firm footing and keep it going With fair dealing and right living, beginning now and lasting always. The zeal of GOD-of-the-Angel-Armies will do all this.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭9:2-7‬ ‭MSG‬‬

TAKE TIME TO PRAY, LISTENING FOR THE LORD AND HOW HE MIGHT QUIETLY SPEAK THROUGH THESE SCRIPTURES, IMAGES FROM THE STORY, OR IN THE PEACE OF HIS QUIET VOICE.

New Song: “Abba”

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Happy October, Vineyard Church family!

We’re really stoked about this month’s new worship song, “Abba”

Written by Jonathan David & Melissa Helser, this tune helps us to speak one of the great wonders of our faith:  that God himself calls us his children!  We belong to him!  And not only do we belong, but we are surrounded by his presence in a way that is more real than the air in our lungs or the rocks we stand on.  God is near to his children.

Whether it’s for the first time or the 10,000th, we the church need to be reminded and to praise the Lord for the incredible gift of adoption into his family.  Who we used to be, all the names we labeled ourselves, they are all washed away and replaced by “Son” and “Daughter”.

So as we lift up worship to our Abba, our Father, let him speak to you about the transformation he has made in you and the new  robe and ring that he offers to all who come to him.

Chord charts available on Planning Center

 

New Song: “How Glorious You Are”

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September is here, Vineyard fam!

This month’s new tune is really special to us, as the writers are some good friends from the local Vineyard region.  Mike O’Brien, AC Nelson, Dan Wilt & Lauren Kamal  bring us their song “How Glorious You Are”

One of the absolute best things about this worship jam is how focused it is on one thing:  tell Jesus how glorious he is!  All of the songs we sing give us words and prayers to lift to God, and some are very specific to certain struggles or situations (which we need).  And songs like “How Glorious You Are” serve the critical role of giving us the means to just say, “God you’re wonderful, God you’re salvation, God we’ll sing forever!”

Let this song lead us into focused times of unadulterated praise, thanksgiving, and exaltation.

Chord charts available on Planning Center

 

Kids Worship Jam

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Vineyard-Kids-Worship-JamOur first Kids Worship Jam was incredible! Seven members of our worship team spent a few hours teaching 20 kids from age five to 5th grade. We got to see them engage in worship as they stretched for new musical skill… I’m pretty sure the team got more out of it than the kids!

We spent the bulk of our time together working on the song “Holy Spirit” by Bryan & Katie Torwalt. Not only is this a favorite of our church, it’s also easy to play. There are only three chords, and in the key of D, they’re among the easiest chords to learn on guitar.

We only scratched the surface on Thursday, and we want the kids to continue, so we put together some resources to help them learn more. Download the PDF and check out the videos below:

Download PDF

“Holy Spirit” Piano Tutorial:

Guitar Tutorial For Key of D:

Other free resources to check out:

New Song: Spirit Of The Living God

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Hey there, Vineyard fam!  It’s new song time!

This month’s tune is “Spirit of The Living God” by Vertical Church Band.  The song turns our focus and invites the Holy Spirit to do what He wants.  As we’ve been meditating on the Spirit for our current sermon series, we want to sing these words to the Lord:

“Spirit of the Living God, we’re leaning in to all you are. Everything else can wait. Spirit of the Living God, come now and breath upon our hearts, come now and have your way.”

We believe the Lord is calling us to deeper and deeper trust in Him.  The Spirit wants to do so much with His people, and we hope this new tune can help give us words to continually surrender to His leading.

God, we sing to you, “cause when you speak and when you move, when you do what only you can do, it changes us. It changes what we see and what we seek.”

Seek after the Lord and His good gifts, church. We’ll see you in worship!

Chord charts available in Planning Center

New Song: The Real Thing

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Today at the Maryville & Springbrook venues, we’re introducing a new song called “The Real Thing.” It’s another homegrown tune that Scott Flinchum brought to our songwriting retreat, and several folks collaborated to finish it with him.

We’ve been singing it at house worship and youth for a while now, and we’ve found that each section of the tune is simple, easy to learn & repeatable. You might find yourself singing along the first time through. And it’s perfectly suited for our desire to give a little space to our worship.

This desperate cry borrows themes from Ecclesiastes:

All my life is vapor. Your Word stands forever…

I’ve been chasing after wind. Your wind is chasing me.

And as the song progresses, we move from longing to declaring:

You are the real thing! The gospel breathing!

Men will lead this one in G or A, and women will be in D or E. Visit the song page on Planning Center for charts.

 

New Song: All Things Rise

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He is Risen!  It’s Easter week, everybody!  We hope your hearts are filled with joy and delight in the Living God’s presence today.

We’ve been singing an absolutely brilliant worship tune for the last few weeks called “All Things Rise.”  Written by Sam Yoder of the Campbellsville Vineyard church, this song is full-to-overflowing with hope.  The lyrics call us to remember what Christ has done in victory and speak to our dependance on Christ to bring restoration.  Read these words from the final chorus of the tune and pray them over our town, families, and church.

“All things once sown in weakness, You raise in promise. Your beauty arches above it all.”

As Easter approaches, praise the Lord for resurrection life, pray for renewal in the brokenness around us, and listen to this fantastic song from our neighbors.  He is Risen!

Chord chart available in Planning Center.

New Song: “Folks Like Us”

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It’s new song time, Maryville Vineyard!  This Sunday, we will be introducing a fantastic, high-energy, and communal tune from our neighbors and friends at the Campbellsville Vineyard.

“Folks Like Us” gives us the words and notes to do two really important things as a church:

  1. Admit that we’re a broken people
  2. Call upon our wonderful Father for help

This is one of those songs that just gets real from the first note.  Honest, humble worship with jammin’ music is a rare and wonderful combination.

Give “Folks Like Us” a listen in the video above or on Spotify, iTunes, etc.

See you all on Sunday!

The chord chart is available in Planning Center

Mike O’Brien: 3 Tips for Music Stands

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Alright folks!

Today’s post is SO crucial for those of us leading from the various stages of Maryville and Springbrook worship.

In his video “3 Music Stand Tips For Worship Teams”, Mike O’Brien gives incredibly practical advice that has deeply spiritual implications for how we make ourselves accessible to our church family.

Click here to watch the video and read the short article.

 

Each one of us on the worship team will be at a different stage in this process,  BUT I believe our goal is to intentionally take forward steps.  Whether your eyes are glued to your charts for every minute of our worship set, you’re ready to lower the stand for occasional reference, or you’re close to ditching a stand altogether, working for progress matters.  We want to engage with our people and with the Spirit in the room, and the less we’re staring at charts the better.

Love you guys, let’s work on this together to remove walls between us and the family.