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24
Aug
10

Written On Our Hearts

But this is the New Covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day, says the Lord; I will put my laws in their minds, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God and they will be my people.” Heb. 8:10

Under the Old Covenant, given by God to Moses, worship was a system of rules and regulations to be followed precisely according to the pattern. I was only a shadow of the real Christ and provided only limited access to God.

Under God’s New Covenant, his law is written on our hearts. Worshipping Him is what we desire with all our heart and mind.

When the pharisees asked Jesus, in Matt. 22:36-38, which was the most important commandment in the Law of Moses, he replied, ” You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul and all your mind. This is the first and most important commandment.”


When we begin to understand how much God loves us, we are compelled to love him in return.


In the beautiful hymn, “It Is Well With My Soul,” by Horatio G. Spafford, there is a line that says, ” My sin, Oh the bliss of this glorious thought, My sin, not in PART but the WHOLE, is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more! Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord, Oh my soul!”

If we were commanded to worship God , under the LAW…how much more should we worship him now, under the LAW OF GRACE, which is written on our hearts!

Mary Alice

05
Aug
10

Behind the Curtain

When the prospect of writing a blog was proposed, my knee jerk reaction was, “What could I possibly have to say that would be interesting?”  I am not a pastor, evangelist, worship leader or orchestra director.  I am the Administrative Assistant/Librarian for the orchestra.  In other words, I am a Jack-of-all-trades.  I am behind the scenes each weekend readying the music for the instrumentalists.  I schedule the players for each service and then watch how God works to fine tune the band He wants to play.  I keep the physical library and the digital library for the instrumental music organized.  I am the contact person for those interested in joining the orchestra.  Sometimes, in a fleeting moment, you might see me on stage replacing some music, fixing music stands, getting a safety pin for someone, or tying the shoelace of a child in Kids Choir.

I have the privilege of being the person who takes care of the orchestra’s needs.  I not only get to take care of the music, but I get to know each and every player who joins us.  I get to know about basketball games, Boy Scouts, and family vacations.  The orchestra members trust me to pray for them when a family member is sick, a job promotion is in the works, or their son or daughter is going off to college.  These folks are not just players in an orchestra, they are extended family and I get to be a part of their lives, watching from the sidelines and cheering them on.  I get to sit in each section during rehearsal and listen to them worship the Lord through their instruments.

Who am I?  I’m Lorraine Montgomery.  I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior on April 12, 1994.  I love the Lord and what He is doing through me.  I am a wife and mother of 2 boys and I’ve been working here at CBC since December of 2000.  I began my journey here by singing in the choir.  I started to volunteer in August of 2000 and by December was offered a position as the Orchestra Librarian (Admin. Asst came later).  Now that I’ve introduced myself, my future blogs (if they let me) will be tips on how to keep your sanity (just kidding).  Actually I have several tips on library organization as well as how to manage a 75-piece orchestra that is mainly comprised of volunteer musicians.

22
Jul
10

WELCOME TO MY STUDIO

My name is “Miss Mary Alice” and I am the Director of the CBC School of Fine Arts.

In future posts, you will be meeting the outstanding members of the faculty and hearing about the exciting opportunities and events our school has to offer.

We are blessed to have a beautiful facility with soundproof studios, an acoustically designed recital hall with a Baldwin 9 ft. concert grand piano, and state of the art sound and recording equipment. Our students are provided opportunities to become involved in a variety choirs and musical ministries available at CBC for all ages.

Since the Tabernacle of David, music and song have been an integral part of worship and we are a worshipping church. We desire to give our great God our best and most excellent praise through our vocal and instrumental skills. Psalm 33:1-5 says, “Let the godly sing for joy to the Lord, for it is fitting for the pure to praise him. Praise the Lord with melodies on the lyre; make music for him on the ten-stringed harp. Sing new songs of praise to him; play skillfully on the harp and sing with joy!” (NLT)

13
Jul
10

the big picture

Today’s Guest Blogger is Amy Chandler. She is on staff with CBC working for Josh & Misty and is also a wonderful (and busy!) worship leader herself. Enjoy!

Leading worship for smaller crowds has its advantages and unique challenges. Through my experiences as a worship leader for weekly Bible studies and support groups, retreats and most recently, a multi-site church, I have learned a few things that will hopefully encourage those worship leaders playing to smaller crowds.

First of all, having a smaller crowd can create a very intimate atmosphere. It may take people a little longer to open up, but once they do they often enter into very sincere worship. A smaller crowd enables the worship leader to try to engage each and every individual, which can sometimes be difficult in a large setting. Simple, heartfelt songs can be very powerful and really open the door for the Spirit to come minister to people.

Next, leading worship for a small group allows you to connect more with the people. You have a chance to get to know them and they get to know you as well. Being a worship leader doesn’t stop as soon as you step down from the platform. We are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus in all that we do. We serve God both on and off the stage. Ministering to and getting to know the people that you serve each week draws them to worship with you, which is a good thing!

Finally, you have to drop the “smaller is less important” mentality. The Bible tells us that where 2 or 3 are gathered in His name, He is there. What a wonderful promise! God is not impressed by the magnitude of the service or the number of people on the stage or in the audience. He is impressed by our heartfelt worship. When we worship Him with all of our heart and being, He is glorified and that is our purpose. When the Spirit of God is ushered in, He is more than enough.

While the goal of every church is to grow and flourish, take advantage of whatever stage and size your venue may be. Be faithful with what He has entrusted to you, focus on Him and let Him take care of the rest. Be blessed.




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