Wider Worship: Electronica & Dubstep

Welcome a special monthly edition of Worship Wednesday! Contrary to what Christian radio might make you think, there’s a wide variety of worship music out there, in every genre imaginable. Our worship team and staff have put their music-loving heads together to come up with a series of posts featuring a new genre of worship music every month! See one of your favorite musicians in RIYL (Recommended If You Like)? Recognize a favorite song from Sunday mornings? Check out a new band! We hope something strikes your fancy and injects your everyday music listening with a little more worship.

This month, let’s explore…

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  • Eikon does moody, ambient electronica covering known worship songs and with their original simple, prayerful lyrics. If you gave your screen a funny look when you saw today’s genre, start with Eikon – they have a whole album of covers, and the peaceful music and sparse lyrics of their original songs will win you over.
    • RIYL: Hosier, Bastille, The Xx, Lorde
    • Laura Suggests:I Will Follow,” “Psalm Balm,” their cover of “Good Good Father”
  • Jasmine Guerrero’s dreamy music features passionate lyrics over slow EDM beats. A Kickstarter funded her debut EP, produced by Isla Vista Worship, where she sings with their worship team.
    • RIYL: Ellie Goulding, Lorde, Sia, CHVRCHES
  • CASS is a 22-year-old from New Zealand who self-produced her rap- and R&B-influenced album, GENESIS, after feeling a pull from God to start writing more of her own music. She has a heart for both Christian and secular listeners, and wrote the songs on GENESIS specifically to try to bridge the gap.
  • Har Megiddo does Christian dubstep. Yes, it exists. He’s collaborated with Michael Ketterer of United Pursuit and others to create dance/house tracks with a message of hope. (Oh, and he has an EDM cover of “Carol of the Bells” called “Carol of the Synths.”) Most of his tracks don’t have lyrics, making this great music for getting your work done.
    • RIYL: Deadmau5, Hardwell, the mellower end of the dubstep spectrum
  • Bright City is the worship collective of St. Peter’s in the British seaside town of Brighton. Their upbeat, electro-influenced pop features intentional, Spirit-fueled lyrics ranges from danceable tracks like “Colour” and “You Are The One Things” to anthems like “We Believe” and “Rock Of Our Salvation.”
    • RIYL: “tropical house” and summer party music, The Chainsmokers, Katy Perry, Kygo

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God on the Move: The Votes Are In

i5bridgeThank you for gathering this morning and helping us determine the direction of Real Life! We’re grateful for your patience and your enthusiasm over the last couple of weeks. The votes are all counted: fully 100% voted “yes” to move to the new building! Thank you for choosing to trust in His works and being willing to change and grow! We’re so excited to see how God is going to move next!

Jeff: The Importance of Celebrating! from Real Life Vancouver on Vimeo.

God on the Move: The Moving Cloud

One of the verses that has shaped 2017 for us is Numbers 9:22-23:

22 Whether the cloud stayed above the Tabernacle for two days, a month, or a year, the people of Israel stayed in camp and did not move on. But as soon as it lifted, they broke camp and moved on. 23 So they camped or traveled at the Lord’s command, and they did whatever the Lord told them through Moses.

Throughout 2015, we prayed for God to move in us, for us, and through us so that we could learn more about Him and share how He has changed our lives. Last year, we prayed for double portion: double the people attending on Sundays, double the people choosing to align their lives with Christ, double the involvement and willingness to grow. Now, in 2017, we’re seeing those prayers continue to be answered in the form of this new church space we have an opportunity to move into.

We just wanted to say thanks for coming to the meeting on Wednesday, and thanks for being patient with us! We hope the meeting answered your questions, but if you have more, or couldn’t make it to the meeting, feel free to email us. We also hope you will join us Sunday because both services will incorporate your chance to vote on this move!

We’ll leave you with this word from Karadee, whose family has been connected to the Real Life property for generations:

“Having been a part of this church my whole life, literally helping build our little white box, I have a lot of emotional attachments to the property and many memories here. I have all sorts of reasons to say we should stay. However, I have reminded myself that the church is the people, not a structure, and we are supposed to go where God leads us.   God is answering our prayer as a church in a BIG way and we need to go where he’s calling us to go. My entire family and I are so excited for the opportunity he’s providing for us to move and the opportunity to continue to share Christ with our community.”

We’re thankful for the ways God has blessed us over the years, and we’re excited to see what He does next! See you Sunday!

Greater Things Have Yet To Come

Tonight, the whole church is invited to a meeting to learn about Real Life Church’s opportunity to move into a larger building. This is your chance to get the full story on this opportunity and get all your questions answered! We hope you can join us tonight at 7. Childcare for kids 5th grade and under will be provided.

We encourage you to attend this meeting and to be in prayer, and to join us this Sunday, when Real Life Owners and attendees will get to vote on whether or not to take this step. The voting process and timeline of the move will all be laid out at the meeting tonight, so don’t miss it! We are excited for what this step has in store for us, and we hope you are, too!

Weekend Plunge: The Value of Ownership

At women’s retreat last weekend, I got to see firsthand how much more involved our church congregation has become. Women who were nervous about praying for each other a year or two ago stood at the front of the room and worshiped and prayed continually. The atmosphere was one of joy and encouragement. Throughout the weekend, I saw women welcoming each other, making sure no one felt left out. Women who were attending for the first time stood up and served as leaders, not because they wanted control or validation, but because they were responding to God’s call to servant leadership. We put each other first all weekend, and as a result, lives were truly changed.

“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Mark 10:45 (NLT)

This concept of servant-leadership as demonstrated by Christ is what forms the backbone of our Next Step of Ownership. As a Real Life Owner, I have a personal stake in the mission of my church. I’m familiar with its teachings, its leadership, and its heart for community. I’m willing to serve with my time and my resources to see that mission grow, because I’ve seen how it can change lives: my own has been one of them.

Whether we’re ready or not, Real Life is expanding. We are serving more kids and teens every year. Our community outreach programs continue to grow. More and more people join us to celebrate baptisms, rescued marriages, recovery, and the smaller but no less crucial victories of maintaining faith through the challenges of everyday life. If you’re willing to become an Owner, you get to have a say in how our church does business, but more importantly, you’ll be making a commitment to bring the best of your abilities and resources to Christ’s service.

If Ownership is your Next Step, stop by the Next Steps table on Sunday to pick up a packet. We’re asking the entire church to vote about the question of moving our church on Sunday the 21st, and while we value the feedback those votes will provide, only the votes cast by Owners are eligible to be counted under Nazarene District bylaws. So if you’ve been putting off taking this Next Step and you really want your vote to count, now’s a great time to become an Owner!

But Ownership isn’t just about whether or not your vote counts next Sunday – it’s an ongoing commitment to the mission of Real Life, which has nothing to do with a building. The people of Real Life are welcoming, open with their faith, heartfelt in their worship, and generous with their time and resources. The concept of following after Christ as a servant leader is already dear to our hearts. Ownership just makes it official.

Got more questions about Ownership? Ric will be happy to answer them!

Laura wears a lot of hats at Real Life: social media coordinator, outreach coordinator, retreat planner, and editor at large. Luckily she looks good in hats.
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