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Reformation Sunday 

In several songs this week we will emphasizing the singing of the congregation by singing a cappella (with no instruments). The sound of nothing but the voice of the congregation is often quite glorious. But in this case I’ve planned…

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Breaking the Root of Bitterness

In Hebrew 12:15, referring to Esau, we are told to see to it that “no root of bitterness springs up and causes trouble.” I suppose there is no end to the trouble caused by bitterness. It certainly can cause us…

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Like Father Like Son 

In Genesis 26 Isaac follows in his father’s deceptive footsteps. Though the sins of the fathers visit the children’s children and though the heart is deceitful, the word of the Lord breaks in with life and blessing. He bring water…

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O Christ Our Hope

Text: O Christ Our Hope, a Latin hymn from the 7th or 8th Century.
Music: KINGSFOLD, Traditional English Melody
Guitar & Vocals: Nathan C. George
Video: Asher Pope

I added two subtle synths, some reverb, and a very subtle doubled…

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How Sweet and Awesome is the Place

Guitar & Vocal: Nathan Clark George
Text: Isaac Watts, 1707
Music: ST. COLUMBIA (Old Irish Melody)

Video: Captured by Asher Pope, 2021
Audio Recording: This was a live recording with an extra guitar layered on top for the solo. Used…

Music for Short Missions Animation

I really enjoy writing music for a variety of projects and recently I got a chance to do that for a short animation for our church. I got to work with my children in the creation process, too.

Asher Pope…

Faithful Gazing

Worship Notes for Feb. 21, 2021

The Christian life calls for a healthy balance between being faithful with earthly responsibilities and keeping an eternal perspective. Right before our eyes is all the stuff of daily life; a job, investment, food…

Video: Old Home Place

Here's a great old tune by Mitch Jayne and Dean Webb, first recorded and released by The Dillards in 1963. I love how these sad songs that really capture a yearning for home. 

Why Not a Worship Set?

Recently, I was asked about why we punctuate our service with songs rather than use the typical three to five song set before a sermon. First, singing five songs in a row is not bad. I've led services like this…

Protest Is the New Plea

During this very odd year I've been surprised at how quickly we in the church speak up about our rights. Just like in our country at large, self-defense and division in the church is extremely common. 

Here’s one example among…

Need and Gratefulness

Worship Notes for Jan. 24, 2021 

Christian worship should cause us to let go of self-sufficiency. Of course, this flies in the face of what we naturally pick up from our own culture. Self-sufficiency, independence, self-reliance, survival, and the like…

Which Kingdom?

CCC Worship notes for Jan. 17, 2021Does your desire match God's will? Do you want the same kingdom he wants?

More questions: Do you want to do deeds of love and mercy, like we sing about in Lead On…