Monday, April 14, 2014

Come Near.

Over the past weeks, I've sat down to write a blog about what's been going on in my life numerous times, but it's been such a whirlwind that I never could catch all of it up! Many of you know that my grandmother had terminal cancer and my mom was her main caretaker. Thank all of you for your love, prayers and support over those weeks as we walked with her through her final days. As my mom says, "We felt them and appreciated them more than you'll know!"
I have so many things to say, but the main thing I can say is that the Scriptures are true: "Come near to God and He will come near to you." James 4:8. Through this entire experience, I can honestly say that God is faithful to draw near to us whenever we need Him. If you're going through tough times, draw near. Our God is faithful to love, provide and care for us when we need Him. 

Since I'm a bit behind, that's all I'll say today and here are the songs we've been singing in NewSong for the past months!! Since there are so many, I highlighted a few that folks have been asking about to try to help you out if you're looking for something specific.

On March 2nd, we sang:
"Lord I Need You" by Matt Maher or Chris Tomlin
"Your Great Name" by Natalie Grant
"In Christ Alone" by Kristian Stanfill
"Second Chance" by Rend Collective Experiment
and "It Is Well" by Shane and Shane

On March 9th, we sang:
"10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)" by Matt Redman
"Savior's Here" by Kari Jobe
"Not for a Moment" by Meredith Andrews
"My Hope" by Paul Baloche (feat. Kathryn Scott)
and "Great is Thy Faithfulness"

On March 16th, we sang:
"You Are My Vision" by Rend Collective
"Sing and Shout" by Matt Redman
"Nothing But the Blood" by Andy Cherry
and "Build Your Kingdom Here" by Rend Collective  (love this song and their new album!)

On March 23rd, we sang:
"This is Amazing Grace" by Phil Wickham
"The Lord Our God" by Kristian Stanfill
"Not For a Moment" by Meredith Andrews
and "Made Alive" by Citizens

On March 30th, Adam led and we sang:
"Our God" by Chris Tomlin
"One Thing Remains" by Kristian Stanfill
"Great is Thy Faithfulness"
and "In the Light" by DC Talk

On April 6th, we sang:
"Lord I Need You" by Matt Maher
"God is Able" by Hillsong
"What a Friend We Have in Jesus"
"When My Heart is Torn Asunder" by Phil Wickham (love this new album too! We sang this the week after my grandmother died. Declaring "There is hope beyond the suffering/joy beyond the tears/peace in every tragedy and love that conquers fear" was so powerful that day!)
and "We the Redeemed" by Hillsong

And yesterday, on Palm Sunday, April 13th, we sang:
"Desert Song" by Hillsong
"Your Great Name" by Natalie Grant
"Hosanna (Praise is Rising)" by Paul Baloche
and "I Am Not Alone" by Kari Jobe (hands down my favorite new album!!!!)

Next week is Easter! Be sure to invite a friend. We never know who is looking for a church to attend until we ask :).