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Great Is Thy Faithfulness

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God's Word says in Lamentations 3:22-24:

22 The Lord’sloving kindnesses indeed never cease,
For His compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I have hope in Him.”

With all that is going on in our world today, these words bring an important message to us. No matter what, God is faithful in his compassion, mercy, and love!
I hope you will enjoy this (very homemade) recording of the beloved hymn, "Great Is Thy Faithfulness."  The words are listed below for you to reflect or sing along as you listen.





Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not
As Thou has been Thou forever wilt be.

Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!

Sunday Sermon & Worship - March 29, 2020

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Greetings Church,

Though we may be distant physically, we know that we are united together in Christ!  We invite you to visit these links below for your Sunday (or any day) sermon and worship.

Call to Worship:  Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Music for Prayer and Meditation: Please check out Westin’s beautiful rendition of How Can I Keep From Singing

Sermon: “The Prophetic Work of Christ” CLICK HERE to read the scripture (Luke 4:16-30) CLICK HERE for the sermon

Song of Reflection:
Do It Again

Prayer: As we prepare for the start of a new week, we don't know what lies

If the Mountains Won't Move, Let It Be

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Thank you to my wonderful wife Katelyn for sharing this great song with us!  The song is called "If the Mountain Won't Move, Let It Be" and was written by Eric Nanz.  It serves as a great reminder that no matter what we face, God is still in control.

"For the God of my tomorrow is the God of my today"



If the mountain won't move, let it be, let it be
If the storm clouds won't cease, let it be, let it be
If the sun just won't shine, let it be, let it be
For the God of my tomorrow is the God of my today
For the God of my tomorrow is the God of my today

If the oceans rage on, let it be, let it be
If the water's too strong, let it be, let it be
If the sun just won't shine, let it be, let it be
For the God of my tomorrow is the God of my today
Yes the God of our tomorrow is the God of our today

If the mountain won't move, let it be, let it be
If the storm clouds won't cease, let it be, let it be
If the sun just won't shine, let it be, let it be
For t…

Perseverance, Character, and Hope

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Some great thoughts and reflections from Robert McKethan:

This week, our Sunday school lesson is from Paul's letter to the Romans…focusing on Chapter 5 verses 1 through 11.Verses 3-5 really caught my attention: 3Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4perseverance, character; and character, hope5And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Paul's discussion of tribulation was related to the persecution and trials of the early church.In the 21st century, tribulation is defined as grievous trouble; severe trial or suffering. It is not necessary to detail the current world circumstances but by this definition, we are in a time of severe trial and suffering. I see evidence of this perseverance, character and hope among the Greenway family.We continue with the things we were doing before COVID-19 hit the world stage.Although we…

How Can I Keep From Singing? (Westin Gillis)

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Hello Church!

We are really happy to share with you a wonderful multi-track guitar recording that Westin made to the hymn "How Can I Keep From Singing."  Not only is it beautifully arranged and played, but I can't imagine better timing for the song's message.

CLICK HERE to listen to the song.

We've included the words to the song here so you can reflect on them, pray, or even sing along:

My life flows on in endless song;
Above earth's lamentation,
I hear the sweet, though far-off hymn
That hails a new creation
Through all the tumult and the strife,
I hear that music ringing
It finds an echo in my soul
How can I keep from singing?
What though my joys and comforts die?
I know my Savior liveth
What though the darkness gather round?
Songs in the night he giveth
No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that refuge clinging
Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth
How can I keep from singing?
I lift my eyes, the cloud grows thin
I see the blue above it
And day by day this pathway sm…

Sunday Sermon(s) & Worship

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Greetings Church!

It's time for a Sunday (or any day) of worship, scripture, prayer, and reflection.

Check out Pastor Darrell's last two sermons in his "Letters to the Seven Churches" Series:

6. "To the Angel of the Church...In Philadelphia"

CLICK HERE to read the scripture (Revelation 3:7-13 ESV)

CLICK HERE for the sermon

7. "To the Angel of the Church...In Laodecia"

CLICK HERE to read the scripture (Revelation 3:14-22 ESV)

CLICK HERE for the sermon

Want some Sunday morning worship music? Check out the links below!

You Never Let Go

See A Victory

Hymn Playlist

You'll Never Walk Alone

Finally, check out this wonderful Prayer for a Pandemic, and remember to thank God for what He has blessed you with, even during these challenging times.

Remember, church is not the building.  WE ARE THE CHURCH!  I hope and pray that this blog is a blessing to you.  Stay strong and keep the faith!

In Christ,
Justin



All Things Bright and Beautiful

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Hello, Greenway family! 

We are enjoying social distancing today with drive thru Chick-Fil-A at a remote picnic table at Price Park. Thankful that God has sent beautiful sunshine, fresh mountain air, and more family time to us during this season. After lunch, we took pictures of details in His creation that we found amazing! What things have you taken notice of?













“All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small. All things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all!”

Blessings,
Max, Christy, Leah and Julia

The Lord Knows Me!

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From Robert McKethan: This past Thursday, I had the privilege to work at the Greenway Food Pantry.  Because of the COVID-19 precautions we distributed boxes of food to the clients in their cars.  In one of the cars was an older lady sitting in the back seat. It was clear to me that this lady was of very limited means.  When getting her box, she asked if she could have a birthday cake. I did find brightly decorated cake for her.  This lady was extremely appreciative and told me that she was 81 years old.  She gave credit to our Lord for her longevity.  I took particular note of her next statement. In that statement she said, "the Lord knows me!" I want the readers of this blog to know that this lady of limited means was a great witness to me. Her statement has a message for me and you.  This lady of limited means was focused on her Lord rather than her circumstances.  In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we also ought to know that our Lord knows each of us...regardless of our…

See A Victory

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Greetings Everyone!

Pastor Darrell will soon be sharing the next sermon in his series "Letters to the Seven Churches."  This sermon will be from Revelation 3:7-13 and is the letter to the church in Philadelphia.

CLICK HERE to read the scripture ahead of time.

In the letter, God instructs the church in Philadelphia through John to "hold fast to what you have."  He commends them for "patiently enduring, keeping God's Word."

As we know, scripture tells us there will be hard times.  But we have to patiently endure and remain in God's Word.  Even (and especially) when times are tough!

I wanted to share a song that we introduced a few weeks ago from Elevation Worship called "See A Victory."

The words are simple, but the message is one of encouragement:

The weapon may be formed but it won’t prosper When the darkness falls it won’t prevail Cause the God I serve knows only how to triumph My God will never fail I’m gonna see a victory For the bat…

Hymn Playlist

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Hello Everyone -

One of the things I enjoy most as your Worship Director is the opportunity to play for you.  I am always humbled when I hear folks say that they are able to worship, reflect, and connect with God through the music.  I know that for many, music can be one of the best ways to experience God and to worship Him.

I am sharing below a few recordings that I did several years ago of some of my favorite hymns.  I hope to be able to make some new recordings to share soon, but in the meantime, I hope these may be a blessing to you.

Don't forget to check back regularly on this blog, as we are adding lots of new content throughout the week!

In Christ,
Justin

CLICK HERE to listen to the music.

From the Food Pantry Thursday

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Jan Martin and her crew worked tirelessly to provide food for over 70 families at Thursday’s Food Pantry at GBC. The volunteers packaged the food and delivered them to the cars that drive up. What a way to serve those who are in need! 





(Please note that no recipients are pictured, only volunteers)

"Just A Minute" with Pastor Darrell

Can I Sleep Through a Storm?

A rancher was looking for help and he put the word out. A week or so later a man came around
to talk about filling the job. The rancher asked if he felt he was capable and willing to do all the
necessary tasks to keep the place running smoothly and without letting anything slip through
the cracks. The man simply replied, “I can sleep through a storm.” The rancher took a step back
and eyed-balled the man and said, “I didn’t ask about your ability to sleep nights, I’m asking
you, are you a steady hand or a slouch?” Again, the man repeated his qualifications, “I can sleep
through a storm.” Desperate, the rancher hired him on and hoped for the best.

Sure enough, within the week, a storm rolled onto the plains and came in hard! The farmer
jumped out of bed and ran out to the barn to see if the stock had been put up. Sure enough,
the horses were in the barn, the various coops, cages and pens were closed and secure. The hay
loft door was latched, and the equipmen…

Prayer for A Pandemic

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Why not start (or end) your day with this prayer?


Remember to always be thankful, no matter the circumstances.  And let us pray for those less fortunate, and ask God to show us how He can work through us to shine the Light of Christ.

He Will Never Leave You Nor Forsake You

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This song is definitely a favorite for many in our congregation!  I am sure this is a timely message for a lot of us.

Remember the words of Deuteronomy 31:8 -

"The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”



I hope this serves as an encouragement to you!

- Justin

You'll Never Walk Alone

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Thank you to Martha Addison for sharing this great song!  It reminds us to walk on through the wind, walk on through the rain, walk on with hope in your heart.  Because no matter what happens, we know that God is with us. 

One verse that comes to mind for me is Psalm 23:4

"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me."



Remember, even when you are in the storms of life,you'll never walk alone!

Mull It Over

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Thank you to Dale Maddux for sharing these thoughts!

CLICK HERE to read the scripture he references from John 11:1-44.


Welcome to the Greenway Baptist Church Worship Arts Blog!

Greetings, Greenway Family!

As we prepare for what looks like an extended hiatus from our regular worship services, I am tasked as your Worship Director to find new ways that we can engage in worship outside of the worship service setting.  As we navigate these difficult times, we are all presented with new challenges. However, I am reminded of the words of James 1:2-4: 

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

The days ahead will certainly test our faith in many different ways, but we are called not only to tolerate the situation, but to embrace the situation and consider it pure joy.  We know that God is in control and that He has a greater purpose and plan than we can even imagine.  Our job is to persevere so that our faith may become stronger and so that the Light of Chris…