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Weekly Song: In The Garden

This hymn was written by Charles Austin Miles in 1912, and it’s still a beautiful song for worship.

I come to the garden alone,
While the dew is still on the roses;
And the voice I hear,
falling on my ear,
The Son of God discloses.

CHORUS:
And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.

He speaks, and the sound of His voice
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing,
And the melody
that He have to me
Within my heart is ringing.

I’d stay in the garden with Him
Though the night around me be falling,
But He bids me go;
through the voice of woe,
His voice to me is calling.

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Weekly Song: Happy

I love upbeat songs that make me feel happy and positive. This “Happy” song by Pharrell Williams does just that!

It might seem crazy what I’m about to say
Sunshine she’s here, you can take a break
I’m a hot air balloon that could go to space
With the air, like I don’t care baby by the way

Chorus:
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do

Here come bad news talking this and that, yeah,
Well, give me all you got, and don’t hold it back, yeah,
Well, I should probably warn you I’ll be just fine, yeah,
No offense to you, don’t waste your time
Here’s why

Chorus

Bring me down… can’t nothing…
Bring me down… my level’s too high…
Bring me down… can’t nothing…
Bring me down, I said (let me tell you now)
Bring me down… can’t nothing…
Bring me down… my level’s too high…
Bring me down… can’t nothing…
Bring me down, I said

Chorus (repeat)

Bring me down… can’t nothing…
Bring me down… my level’s too high…
Bring me down… can’t nothing…
Bring me down, I said (let me tell you now)

Chorus (repeat many times)

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Weekly Song: Hallelujah

Written by Leonard Cohen in 1984, Hallelujah has been sung and performed by many artists since. Lindsey Stirling, a talented violinist, performs with such beauty and passion.

Let us rejoice with “Hallelujah” for Jesus came to bring joy, peace, and healing.

 

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Weekly Song: Mary Did You Know

Peter Hollens sings a beautiful version of Mary Did You Know! This is one of my favorite Christmas songs. So heartwarming and enchanting!

Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy would one day walk on water?
Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy would save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your Baby Boy has come to make you new?
This Child that you delivered will soon deliver you.

Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy will calm the storm with His hand?
Did you know that your Baby Boy has walked where angels trod?
When you kiss your little Baby you kissed the face of God?

Mary did you know..
The blind will see. The deaf will hear. The dead will live again.
The lame will leap. The dumb will speak The praises of The Lamb.

Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy would one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your Baby Boy is heaven’s perfect Lamb?
The sleeping Child you’re holding is the Great, I Am.

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Weekly Song: The More You Give (The More You’ll Have)

I love this new Christmas song by Michael Buble – the words should be taken to heart for everyone this season and everyday of the year! Everyday should be a time for giving and spreading joy and love. The more you give, the more you’ll get back, in love and happiness!

It’s that time of year I treasure
The time for giving, the best part of living
To celebrate with friends we hold so dear
Well, I can feel it in the air
All bundled head-to-toe
Too cold to bear, it’s the best time of the year

I got my stocking, got my Christmas tree
Got my loved ones next to me

Chorus:
It’s almost here
So spread some cheer
Let’s give love and get some back
The more you give, the more you’ll have
The fire’s bright now
And snow comes down
Grab your friends; hold them near
Christmas time is here

Every house on every corner
Stringing up the Christmas lights
People caroling, “O Christmas Tree”
“How you shine so bright for me”
Children ’round the world
Shouting “Santa’s on his way”
Hoping to hear those sleigh bells ringing on his sleigh

I’m gonna wrap my arms around you tight
On this cold December night

Chorus

I hear his sleigh and I know the big guy’s on his way
Man, I’m hoping he comes through
I hope he brings me you

Chorus

Well, it’s almost here
So spread some cheer (come on, baby)
Let’s give love and get some back (come on, baby)
The more you give, the more you’ll have (whoo-hoo!)
Well, the fire’s bright now (you gotta, you gotta)
And snow comes down (you gotta, you gotta, you gotta)
Grab your family; hold them near
Christmas time is here (the more you give, the more you’ll have)

Fire’s burning bright
Hold me tight, baby
Just give it up, baby
Come on, baby
Let’s give love and get some back
The more you give, the more you’ll have

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Weekly Song: We Wait and We Wonder

In the recent events of terrorism and school shootings, I thought to share this Phil Collin’s song that he wrote in the 90’s regarding the high terrorism in Britain. Like Phil states, “We stand… disbelieving”; how could someone “take a life of one…killing the old, the innocent, the young”? These violent people have no compassion, no sense of love. “When will it be over now, how soon?”

We just “wait and we wonder how (could) this happen”?

 

We stand, hang our heads disbelieving
Then not knowing how could such a thing be wrong
Oh we wonder just what must they be thinking
To take a life of one so young

So tell me when will it be over now, how soon?
How far must they go to prove to you?

We wait and we wonder how this happened
Killing the old, the innocent, the young
While sons follow in fathers footsteps not understanding
Oh that what they do could somehow be so wrong

So tell me when will it be over now, how soon?
How far must they go to prove to you?
So we will wait and we’ll wonder

No regrets, no forgiveness, no compassion
These brave heroes only know to hit and run
Slowly my sadness turns to rage and we wonder
How can these scars ever heal when all is said and done?

So tell me when will it be over now, how soon?
How many tears must fall to prove to you?
Please tell me when will it be over now, how soon?
And how far must they go to prove to you?

So we wait and we wonder
Yes, we’ll wait and we’ll wonder
We’ll wait, we’ll wait and we’ll wonder
Yes, we’ll wait, we will wait and we’ll wonder
Yes, we’ll wait [Incomprehensible]
We’ll wait and wonder
Yes, we’ll wait and we’ll wonder

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Weekly Song: Thank You

There are so many reasons to be thankful! This season I am thankful for my family, my home, warmth, my church family, good health, and God’s blessings. Let us especially be thankful for Jesus who came into this world for us and who died for us!

Thank you by JJ Heller

For painted purple skies
For never telling lies
For giving all you had away
For crying when I cry
Ooh thank you…

For changing autumn leaves
The salty ocean breeze
For coming down from heaven to save a wretch like me
Ooh thank you…

I can’t understand why you left your throne
But I know that you came and you saved my soul…

Amazing grace
How sweet the sound
I once was lost, but now I’m found
Ooh, thank you

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Weekly Song: Cristofori’s Dream

Usually I post a song that has lyrics, but this week I wanted to post an instrumental song. Hearing beautiful piano, cello, or orchestra music makes me feel relaxed and at peace. Some are so inspirational and heartwarming. What do you love about instrumental music?

God gave these musicians talent to share to others, and today I’m sharing one that I love. Here is David Lanz playing Cristofori’s Dream.

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Weekly Song: Back to Home

I was intrigued by the meaning of the words in Back to Home, by Tristan Prettyman. The words are deep, meaningful, and powerful, and could be interpreted in different ways.

For me, I think it’s about being in a difficult moment but realizing that it’s “all gonna change”, and that you’ll go “back to home” and “make a new start”. There’s a “sundown” and a “sunrise” for every day, a chance to start new and “turn the page”. If you need to forgive, then forgive, and let go whatever is troubling you. God is guiding you in darkness, bringing you back to the light and back to where you should be.

Back To Home

Holding my breath and I’m making a wish
You brace yourself for the moment, when its all gonna flip
We couldn’t stop if we tried
Stuck in a space but its all gonna change
So there’s no reason to be scared of turning the page
We couldn’t stall if we tried
Sundown. Sunrise.

Chorus:
We won’t be lost in the dark
Between our head and our hearts
All of these roads lead us back
Back to home

La la la la ‘s

Get what you give, and ya give what you get
The hardest part is letting go, so just do your best
There’s no need to wonder why
Out of your head and into your heart
Strick a match and watch it burn
Make a new start
We are the architects of light

Chorus
These aren’t the walls that hold us in
Sometimes it’s just easier to forgive
All of these roads, lead us back, back to home

La la la la ‘s

Chorus
These aren’t the walls that hold us in
Sometimes it’s just easier to forgive
All of these roads, lead us back, back to home
All of these roads, lead us back, back to home

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Weekly Song: Just Be Held

I love this song, Just Be Held, by Casting Crowns. Whatever storms you are facing, let it go to God, who will hold you in his arms.

Just Be Held

Hold it all together
Everybody needs you strong
But life hits you out of nowhere
And barely leaves you holding on
And when you’re tired of fighting
Chained by your control
There’s freedom in surrender
Lay it down and let it go

Chorus:
So when you’re on your knees and answers seem so far away
You’re not alone, stop holding on and just be held
Your world’s not falling apart, its falling into place
I’m on the throne, stop holding on and just be held
Just be held, just be held

If your eyes are on the storm
You’ll wonder if I love you still
But if your eyes are on the cross
You’ll know I always have and I always will
And not a tear is wasted
In time, you’ll understand
I’m painting beauty with the ashes
Your life is in My hands

Chorus

Lift your hands, lift your eyes
In the storm is where you’ll find Me
And where you are, I’ll hold your heart
I’ll hold your heart
Come to Me, find your rest
In the arms of the God who wont let go

Chorus

 

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Weekly Song: Love Come To Life

In honor of National I Love You Day today, this song by Big Daddy Weave, Love Come to Life, is about showing God’s love in the life we live, not just to receive it from God, but share it. May the love that you have spark joy and compassion for others around you. 

I’ve been restless on the inside
Wondering about this heart of mine
I’ve been desperately trying to find
A way to prove that I’m still alive
Has the love I speak so loudly of quietly grown cold
Has my life been an empty voice?
What I say needs to be seen
I need to step out and make the choice
To let go of everything
Would you reignite this heart spark here in the dark?

Chorus:
Bring your love to life inside of me
Why don’t you break my heart til it moves my hands and feet
For the hopeless and the broken
For the ones that don’t know that you love them
Bring your love to life inside of me

A generation you’re calling out
Living everything that we sing about
A revelation right here and now
Of love beyond a shadow of a doubt
Love that’s greater than our own
Won’t remain unknown, when you

Chorus
Love come to life, love come to life, love come to life inside of me
Chorus

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Weekly Song: Back Home Again

This song, Back Home Again In Indiana, makes me reflect on my own home, in Oregon. Wherever you might live, what things are special about your home? Take time today to reflect on the beauty and the joy wherever you might live. 

Back home again in Indiana,
And it seems that I can see
The gleaming candle light, still shining bright,
Through the Sycamores for me.
The new-mowed hay sends all its fragrance
From the fields I used to roam.
When I dream about the moonlight on the Wabash
Then I long for my Indiana home.

When I dream about the moonlight on the Wabash
Then I long for my Indiana home

Back home again in Indiana…

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