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  • Immanuel/Sanctuary Music Notes January 2011
    on Jan 22, 2011 in Bi-monthly Music Newsletter
    The following is the bi-monthly newsletter (January addition) I send out to current, former and future musicians and friends of the Immanuel Contemporary Music Ministry.Happy 2011 Everyone!If you know me at all, you know I am a goal setter. I lo...
  • May God's Peace be with you in the New Year!
    on Dec 31, 2010 in singing song ideas new music
    On this the 7th day of Christmas, I wanted to share with you a beautiful arrangement of "I heard the Bells on Christmas Day" by folk musician John Gorka.  I heard this arrangement many years ago on a Windham Hill compilation Christmas album, and...
  • Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
    on Dec 27, 2010
    Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace! Hail the Sun of Righteousness! Light and life to all he brings, risen with healing in his wings. Mild he lays his glory by, born that we no more may die,born to raise us from the earth, born to give us second bir...
  • Thanksgiving
    on Nov 28, 2010
    I can't help but being so thankful, on a daily basis, for the wonderful musicians that I have the opportunity to work with at Immanuel and Sanctuary!  What a blessing it is to our congregation to have such a faithful, dedicated, and talented gro...
  • small
    on Nov 13, 2010 in College Again
    Recently I drove by what seems to be the smallest church I have ever seen in the area. (please note when you view the Google map that the church is the very tiny white square, not the big buildings, which are actually townhouses, along side...
  • Immanuel/Sanctuary Music News Sept 2010
    on Sep 22, 2010 in College Again
    The following is the September addition of the bi-monthly "e-newsletter" that I send out to current, former, and prospective music volunteers and music friends of Immanuel and Sanctuary1010.Immanuel/Sanctuary Music News Septe...
  • Beyond A Mighty Fortress
    on Sep 9, 2010
    Here is a neat little resource for those of you interested in learning a little bit more about the musical heritage of the Lutheran Church from the 16th-20th century!  (I'm only a week and half in to school, just wait!)Thrivent Financial put thi...
  • patting my stomach while rubbing my head
    on Sep 5, 2010 in College Again
    So, yesterday was the last day, of the first week of of my return to college after an eighteen year absence.  Phew!.  The first day is almost a blur, as this almost (but not quite) 40, woman, walked around campus, with everyt...
  • Majesty
    on Jun 25, 2010
    Take a look at this incredible footage that was captured of a lightning strike in Chicago recently.   The image is slowed down 2 times to allow us to really see the beauty.  The music in the video accompanies the ma...
  • Great is thy Faithfulness
    on Jun 23, 2010
     Thomas Obadiah Chisolm (1866-1960)  lived most of his life with illnesses that left him bed-ridden.  When he wasn't ill he would work many odd jobs, just to make ends meet.  At the age of 27 he found faith, and began writing poem...
  • I Love Hymns
    on Jun 15, 2010 in song ideas worship ideas
    Anyone who knows me, knows that  I LOVE HYMNS.  The depth of the lyrics, the melodies that seems to match the tone of every verse, the sound of people singing them with gusto.  A well written hymn is a thing of beauty.  Note I sai...
  • I Love Hymns (part 2)
    on Jun 15, 2010 in song ideas new music
    My real purpose in posting about hymns today, was so I could share this version of  "Be Thou My Vision".  How I love a hymn re-do.  Especially one that is faithful to the text, and tone of the original.Here is one of my favor...
  • Friday Night Lights!
    on Jun 11, 2010 in song ideas media new music
    Tonight I get to watch one of my favorite television shows.  Friday Night Lights is probably the best TV show you are probably not currently watching.  If you haven't watched it...put the past seasons in your Netflix queue! Now!I was i...
  • Immanuel/Sanctuary Music News June 2010
    on Jun 9, 2010 in just for fun missional
    Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Romans 12:1Happy Summer Everyone! I love summer for its built in slower pace, and at...
  • Happy Mom's Day!
    on May 9, 2010 in youth singing
    One of the things I look forward to every year, is our special tradition of having our children's choir join with their moms and grandmas to sing a special song on Mother's Day. What a wonderful memory this can be for the families, and what a joy it...
  • New music Thursday
    on May 7, 2010 in media new music
    Hammock- Instrumental- sound track for our lives- post rock- love!Marc Byrd and Andrew Thompson make up this duo.  I do believe Marc Byrd wrote the well know contemporay worship song "God of Wonders".   It appears they have a new...
  • new Music Thursday!
    on Apr 29, 2010 in song ideas new music
    So I'm a day late on my New Music Wednesday Post, that I just started last week, it's pretty new, so I'll call it New Music Thursday this week!  Disclaimer about the music that I will post on here in the future-  it is new to me. ...
  • Good Shepherd Sunday
    on Apr 26, 2010
    It was Good Shepherd Sunday this past week. Pastor Prohl gave a very comforting message about how Jesus continues to call our name, hold our hand and tell us how much he loves us. no matter how far we stray.Pastor Prohl preached a...
  • Listen...Hear... "new" Music Wednesday
    on Apr 21, 2010 in media new music
    Thought I'd try something new, and attempt a weekly post of new music I find, and like, that you might like, so take a listen to Josh Garrels"The Children's Song" - Josh Garrels from Josh Garrels on Vimeo.
  • Not by might, nor by Power!
    on Apr 18, 2010 in singing song ideas
    Greetings!Today at Sanctuary Pastor James preached his STRONG sermon. Wanna know what I mean? Check out the sermon recording at www.ilcdg.orgI really appreciated Pastor James' message that strength in our belief and faith in the resurrected Jesus,...