Worship Wednesday: Revisit the Worship Gathering

Couldn’t make it to our worship gathering? Here are some of the songs we sung!

When You Walk Into the Room (Bryan & Katie Torwalt)
Chain Breaker (Zach Williams)
Come Alive (Lauren Daigle)
Joy (Rend Collective)
King of My Heart (Sarah McMillan)

We also want to thank you for giving generously to support Real Life’s benevolence offering. We were able to give 3 bags of clothes to Fircrest Elementary students in need! Thanks for being willing to give: it’s an opportunity for us to reveal God’s love and be true church to our larger community.

Worship Wednesday: “What A Beautiful Name”

We hope you can join us for our Worship Gathering next Friday the 13th! It will be held at the church at 7pm. We will also have a giving component to support local students in need, so please bring an offering of clothing. The school is in need of:

  • new boys’ sweat/athletic pants
  • gently used clothing for boys and girls
  • sizes 5-12

Thank you for being willing to give and participate at this night of worship! We can’t wait to see how God moves.

Wider Worship: Easy Listening

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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Gungor’s songs are more philosophical in nature, with their observations on the human condition, teaching on the person of God, and other theological topics. While the songs we’ve done in church trend toward simpler, folksy instrumentation, Gungor is also capable of jarring dissonance that sounds as uncomfortable as the sin the lyrics address – and sweeping arrangements evoking running straight through heaven’s gates.

Worship duo The Brilliance are both also in Gungor, but the music here is typically more mellow – you may have heard their meditative sound from their album “Brother” during our Ash Wednesday services. Their songwriting isn’t as florid or metaphorical as some, instead hewing closer to biblical and liturgical lyrics.

Singer-songwriter Audrey Assad offers elegant piano melodies with prayerful lyrics, both original and from hymns. She tells the story of her faith in all its complexity, addressing both personal issues and global tragedies in songs like “Show Me” and “Even Unto Death,” respectively.

  • RIYL: Ingrid Michaelson, Norah Jones, Colbie Caillat
  • Laura Suggests: “Good To Me,” “Even Unto Death,” “Be Thou My Vision

Andy Squyres is a very personal, meditative acoustic singer/songwriter. His intense and beautiful album “Cherry Blossoms” was written as an exploration of grief and faith after the murder of his friend. Almost like modern psalms, his songs show us how to walk through suffering and find shelter with the Lord.

Seeker & Servant does praise-centric indie folk and ambient rock with bold vocal harmonies. It’s coffeehouse chill with the occasional electronica overlay or sweeping violin. So focused is their mission that they don’t even receive payment for their music – all donations and album sales are given to missionary organizations.

Looking Back on Summer

What a summer! We may have hit the ground running now that school is back in session, but we don’t want to miss the chance to reflect on all the amazing ways God was at work in our church this summer. Here are some highlights:

BUILT FOR A PURPOSE

VBX welcomed nearly 300 children to our church campus in July. They had an awesome time learning about how God made them for a purpose. They also donated a total of $700 in offering, which supports our partner elementary school by providing needed back-to-school items!

FIFTY POINTS TO RLSM!

86 kids accepted their letter to Hogwarts and came to the RLSM youth retreat in August! 27 volunteers went along, and Real Life attendees donated all the food required to feed that many teenagers!

DOWN BY THE RIVER

We brought summer to a close with one of our favorite Sundays of the year: baptism Sunday at the river!

We are so grateful for the ways in which lives were changed this summer! God is good!

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