Praise & Worship: January 20th, 2017

1. Good Good Father-  Housefires

2.  Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)-  Christ Tomlin

3.  Because He Lives-  Gaither Vocal Band

4.  I’ll Take You There-  The Staple Singers

5.  I Believe In You-  Bob Dylan

6.  From The Inside Out-  Hillsong United

7.  Deeper-  Meredith Andrews

8.  This Is The Stuff-  Francesca Battistelli

9.  The Mississippi Squirrel Revival-  Ray Stevens

10.  Be Thou My Vision-  Audrey Assad

11.  Come Thou Fount-  All Sons & Daughters

Praise & Worship: January 6th, 2016

1.Be Thou My Vision-  Alison Krauss

2.  Amazing Grace-  Judy Collins

3.  Come Thou Fount-  King’s Kaleidoscope

4.  Swing Low, Sweet Chariot-  Anya Rose

5.  How Deep The Father’s Love For Us-  Civil Parish

6. Dear Refuge Of My Weary Soul-  Pacific Gold

7.  There’s Something In The Water-  Carrie Underwood

8.  Deeper Well-  Evan Thomas Way

9.  You Are Worthy Of My Praise-  Vineyard Music

10.  Breath Of God-  Vineyard Music

11.  He Is Able-  Maranatha Music

Praise & Worship: December 30th, 2016

1. At The Cross-  Terry Butler

2.  Before You Call-  Daphne Rademaker (Vineyard)

3.  Your Hands-  jj Heller

4.  You Won’t Relent-  Misty Edwards

5.  Be Thou My Vision-  Audrey Assad

6.  Be Kind To Yourself-  Andrew Peterson

7.  King Of Hearts-  Randy Stonehill

8.  Tell Your Heart To Beat Again-  Danny Gokey

9.  Let It Fade-  Jeremy Camp

10.  Beautiful To Me-  Kerrie Roberts

11.  Jesus Take The Wheel-  Carrie Underwood

Praise & Worship, Christmas Edition: December 23rd, 2016

1. Do You Hear What I Hear-  Bing Crosby

2.  White Christmas-  James Galway

3.  The Wexford Carol-  Alison Krauss & Yo-Yo Ma

4.  Silent Night-  Elvis Presley

5.  Go Tell It On The Mountain-  Keith & Kristyn Getty

6.  Little Drummer Boy-  Sean Quigley

7.  Away In A Manger-  Casting Crowns

8.  O Come All Ye Faithful-  Chris Tomlin

9.  What Child Is This-  Carrie Underwood

10.  O Come, O Come, Emmanuel-  Enya

11.  How Many Kings-  Downhere

10-YEAR OLD AUTISTIC GIRL SINGS JAW-DROPPING CHRISTMAS VERSION OF LEONARD COHEN’S ‘HALLELUJAH’

The description below is taken from the video. I hope you are encouraged by what you hear. Merry Christmas!!  Allan

A 10-year-old girl who attends a special needs school in Co Down is being tipped for musical stardom after her Christmas performance of Hallelujah reduced adults to tears.

Kaylee Rogers, a pupil at Killard House School in Donaghadee, was chosen to sing a special biblical version of the Leonard Cohen classic for the school’s festive end-of-year shows. The primary seven pupil, who has moderate learning difficulties, gave an emotional performance of the song at three Christmas concerts, supported by Killard’s middle school choir.

 

A video of Kaylee’s rendition was also shown at a carol service at First Newtownards Presbyterian church, leaving many of the congregation in tears. It has since been uploaded on Facebook and has been shared up to 1,000 times so far.

Colin Millar, principal of Killard special school, which provides education for children with learning difficulties, speech and language difficulties and autism, said everyone who heard Kaylee sing was blown away by the power and the tone of her voice. And he said he believed she had a special gift which needed to be shared.

Speaking to Belfast Live, Mr Millar said: “Kaylee came to us in primary four and our music teacher, Lloyd Scates, who is a musician and has his own band, spotted her talent straight away.

“He got her to sing a few solos and she performed at the Easter and Harvest concerts, which helped her confidence to grow. Kaylee is a lovely child; she’s very quiet and shy, but when she opens her mouth to sing, something wonderful happens.

“She may only be a child but she has an amazing tone to her voice and when I heard her sing Hallelujah, I can honestly say the hairs stood up on the back of my neck and I had tears in my eyes.

“Kaylee was supposed to perform at a carol service at First Newtownards Presbyterian church at the weekend but was unfortunately ill. We showed the video of her singing instead and it’s fair to say there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

“I believe she has a very special gift which needs to be heard. Her voice is a complete joy.”

Killard school caters for around 200 children in total, aged between three and 16. Each year the school stages three different Christmas shows, according to age and this year, Kaylee was given the star role of singing Hallelujah at each of the three concerts.

Mr Millar said he hoped the Donaghadee girl went on to receive the right training to help her fulfil her potential as a performer.

“I’ve spoken to Kaylee’s mum and she’s keen to organise vocal coaching for her,” he said. “Kaylee has a special talent that needs to be harnessed and nurtured.

“She has the voice of an angel and I believe she could go very far.”

And he said he was proud of all the children involved.

“The whole production of Hallelujah is really beautiful and it’s just brilliant that these children, many of whom have learning difficulties and other issues, are bringing joy to other people with their singing.”

The Power Of Music For A Hurting Spirit

There are times in our lives when out hearts ache. Other times our hearts are anxious. Or maybe we’re having a crummy day.

Since I was a teen music has always been a tonic for me. When I was searching for meaning in a life marked with chaos I retreated into reading and later on into music. For those times I was whisked away to a place where I was free from the harsh realities of life.

After I listened to an album while absorbing the lyrics I would re-enter the world. Thus began my love affair with music.

In 1 Samuel 16 we read of the anointing of David by Samuel to lead Israel. God had rejected Saul and His spirit departed from him. After being anointed king David was summoned by Saul to play his harp to calm Saul as he was tormented by an evil spirit sent by God. Thus began a long and tortured relationship between David and Saul.

1Samuel 16:23  And it happened when the spirit from God was on Saul, that David took a harp and played with his hand. And there was relief for Saul, and it was well with him, and the evil spirit departed from him. 

Gill, in his commentary on 1 Samuel 16:16 states   “music being a means of cheering the spirits, and removing melancholy and gloomy apprehensions of things, and so of restoring to better health of body and disposition of mind; and that music has such an effect on the bodies and minds of men is certain from observation and experience in all ages.”

In my journey living with panic disorder for over twenty years I can’t count the number of times God has used music to calm my soul when I was overcome with anxiety. Don’t think for a second that you as a Christian are a Saul whom God has removed His spirit from.

When you are overcome with depression or anxiety God loves you as much in those times just as much as when you think you’re at your best. God’s love is unconditional fellow Christian!

Christmas season can be difficult for many. You may find yourself overcome with sadness or grief. I’ve been there. I’ve been in that place I felt God had left me. So I will and have often turned to music to calm my soul. At times read through the promises of God. Know He has not excluded you from His promises. It’s been a long journey that is still ongoing for that to sink into me to the point I believe it 100%.

John 3:16,17 is a reminder of the love God has for us. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

The reason that for years I have shared music once a week is it can be a balm for the soul. I’ll leave you with one of my favorites. God bless and keep you. Allan

Praise & Worship: December 2nd, 2016

1. Street Called Mercy-  Hillsong United

2.  In The River-  Jesus Culture (Kim Walker-Smith)

3.  You’re Here-  Francesca Battistelli  (Christmas Song)

4.  Do You Hear What I Hear-  Bing Crosby

5.  O Come, O come, Emmanuel-  Enya

6.  Sarajevo (Carol of the Bells)-  Trans Siberian Orchestra

7.  Beautiful-  Vineyard U.K.

8.  Oh Happy Day-  The Edwin Hawkins Singers

9.  The Silence Of God-  Andrew Peterson

10.  This World-  Caedmon’s Call

11.  My Peace-  Maranatha Singers