Coming This Easter Sunday

We could not be more thrilled as a church that this coming Sunday is Easter Sunday. Come join us as we celebrate our Savior who proved Himself more powerful than death as He raised Himself from the dead. Whether you’re a skeptic or a believer or somewhere in between, join us at 10 AM or 12 PM in the 130 Foundry Building.

Hear Matt speak on ‘One Word, One Love’ from John 20:16.

“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found; was blind, but now I see.”

“You are stronger, You are stronger. Sin is broken, You have saved me. It is written, Christ is risen. Jesus, You are Lord of all!”

“Marvelous grace of our loving Lord, grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt! Yonder on Calvary’s mount outpoured, there where the blood of the Lamb was spilled.”

“Christ is risen from the dead, trampling over death by death. Come awake, come awake, come and rise up from the grave. Christ is risen from the dead, we are one with Him again. Come awake, come awake, come and rise up from the grave.”

“I see you there hanging on a tree, You bled and then you died and then you rose again for me. Now you are sitting on Your heavenly throne. Soon we will be coming home, You’re beautiful!”

See you there! Invite anyone and everyone you know!

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Coming This Sunday, April 1

This Sunday, April 1, we will be gathering ACROSS THE STREET from where we usually meet. Click here to watch a one-minute video of Collin Ross instructing you where to go. It will be easy to find on Sunday morning. We will gather at our usual times of 10 AM & 12 PM.

Lead Pastor Matt Adair will be speaking from Luke 9:28-36 this week where Peter, James and John see Jesus transfigure on a mountain.

“You have crushed beneath your heel the vile serpent. You have carried to the grave the black stain. You have torn apart the temple’s holy curtain. You have beaten death at death’s own game, Hosanna!”

“Thy mercies how tender, how firm to the end. Our maker, defender, redeemer and friend!”

“Great is Thy faithfulness, Great is Thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see. All I have needed, Thy hand has provided. Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!”

“The church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord. She is His new creation by water and the Word. From heaven He came and sought her to be His holy bride; With His own blood He bought her, and for her life He died.”

“You are more, You are more than my words will ever say. You are Lord, You are Lord, all creation will proclaim. You are here, You are here, in your presence I’m made whole. You are God, You are God, of all else I’m letting go.”

See you there!

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Good Friday

The Easter season is fast approaching. Before we celebrate Jesus Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday, we want to come together as a church and reflect on his death on the cross on Good Friday. 

On Friday night, April 6th, we will gather at the Seney-Stovall Chapel at 6:30 pm for a night of worship and remembrance. We do this every Friday before Easter because we want to remember the horrific, brutal death Jesus endured. We will remember an act of God, who created us for himself, being made sin for us so that we might know him in fullness. We will remember the death we deserved to die and the one who died in our place.

We will sing songs like When I Survey The Wonderful Cross and remember the clash of love and sorrow of Christ’s crucifixion. And we will sing Jesus I Long For Thee and through a sense of longing lift up our prayers to God.

We hope you will join us for our Good Friday gathering. If you are planning on coming, and especially if you are planning on bringing family, friends or kids, please register here.

Here are a couple links to songs we will sing that night:

A full set list of the songs for the Good Friday Night of Worship will be posted next week!

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Coming This Sunday, March 25

This Sunday, March 25, we will gather at 10 AM and 12 PM in the 130 Foundry Building.

Here’s what Pastor Matt has to say about his sermon from Luke 9:23-27 -

There’s nothing more horrifying than a lifetime of being alone, being in pain, or being on the losing side of life. Well, actually there is something more terrifying - and Jesus talks about it in Luke 9:23-27 as we start our new teaching series, Disciple.

“Unto your hands O God of truth, my spirit I commit. You have redeemed my soul from death and saved me from the pit.”

“Great father of mercies! Thy goodness I own and the covenant love of thy crucified son. All praise to the spirit whose whisper divine seals mercy and pardon and righteousness mine!”

“We’ve walked through storms and we have walked through sorrow. Still You won’t let them steal away tomorrow. We are going to shine, now we are going to shine for You. We leave the old behind, it will not define us, no. Yesterday is gone, now anything is possible.”

“Guilty, vile and helpless we, spotless Lamb of God was He. Full atonement can it be? Hallelujah, what a Savior! Hallelujah, what a Savior!”

“Oh the wonderful cross, oh the wonderful cross, bids me come and die and find that I may truly live. Oh the wonderful cross, oh the wonderful cross, all who gather here by grace draw near and bless your name.”

See you there!

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Coming This Sunday, March 18

This Sunday, March 18th, we will only gather at 10 AM in the 130 Foundry Building.

See what Pastor Matt Adair has to say about his sermon on Ephesians 6:4 this Sunday:

We wrap up our Real Parenting series by talking about how we build our lives - including parenting - on grace rather than rules.

There will be beneficial things for you to hear about grace, rules and the gospel of Jesus whether you are a parent or not!

“You wrote a letter and You signed your name. I read every word of it page by page. You said that You’d be coming, coming for me soon. Oh my God I’ll be ready for You.”

“Holy, holy, holy, Lord. Holy, holy, Lord. Be thy glorious name adored … Jesus shall reign over every sea and sky, over every mountain high, over every valley low, Jesus shall reign!”

  • Jesus Shall Rain - Hymn redone by Aaron Slaten

“I stand amazed in the presence of Jesus the Nazarene, and wonder how He could love me - a sinner condemned unclean.”

“Come weary and tired, worn out from life. Step out of the shadows and walk into light. There is a peace to settle your soul. There is a peace that is calling you home.”

“Hallelujah! All I Have is Christ! Hallelujah! Jesus is my life! … This is my story, this is my song; praising my Savior all the day long.”

See y’all there!

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9 Days in A Mountain-house-made-studio

Read this post by Pastor of Gathered Worship Aaron Slaten about Mission Athens Music’s time in the mountains!

In October of last year we started talking about the band from Christ Community Church recording an album. There were many reasons we wanted to capture the music of our band. Here are four of them:
  • recording will time stamp different seasons of music for our church
  • recording creates/intensifies community with your musicians
  • recording makes our band better
  • recording is an encouragement to our church members 
Once we decided recording was a good idea, we set out to make it happen. We used the website Kickstarter to raise money for our album, and within 30 days had raised $7800 for the project. I called my friend Brian T Murphy and asked him to produce the album. He graciously said yes. Brian is the founder of ‘Red Mountain Music’ and ‘New York City Hymns’. We scheduled to record the album starting on March 1st
Late in the evening on February 29th, 2012 Brian and I started to transition the mountain house into a recording studio. The master bedroom became a live tracking room, the loft room became a drum/bass room and the master closet was turned into a vocal booth. 
On Thursday we began to lay down scratch vocals and acoustic guitars. These tracks serve as a map for the song. We did scratch for 8 of the 12 songs we would record in one day. Justin Kimmel & Rachael Mirabella joined us for this process. We re-worked one of the hymns we were planning to record and then we all went to sleep around our new bed time…2:30am. Seriously, our bed time fluctuated between 2:30 and 4:30 am all week.

On Friday we finished up scratch vocals and guitars and recorded a few random parts for songs. As people started to show up on Friday night the house got more lively. Slade showed up early evening and Brian got him to experiment with a chord progression. Words can’t describe the beauty in this piece! Get ready; it will be the opening track on the record. We started tracking drums at 7:30 pm and finished for the night at 2:45am. David and Kevin cranked out 8 songs that night. It was impressive. 
Saturday was a full day finishing up bass and drums and then moving to electric guitars.

Sunday was one of the most fun days of music. One of the songs we recorded was ‘Power in the Blood’. While we were doing all of the scratch vocals on Thursday, we had this idea of it sounding like a bunch of friends sitting on the back porch singing. On Sunday, we took that to another level. We had 12 people in the house, and Brian got every person to grab a percussion instrument. One by one we all took turns recording our parts. The instruments ranged from spoons, mason jars, pill bottles, and a People magazine (and many, many more). After percussion we moved to stomps and claps, then gang vocals (no one was harmed during these) and then a gang music jam session. This song is going to be and was so much fun. We worked on a couple harmony tracks since most of of female vocalists had to go home Sunday night for work and midterms.  One little hiccup on Sunday - I started to get sick and lose my voice. Definitely not part of the plan on recording week.

Monday morning we woke up to a relatively quiet house and that was helped by the fact that all I could do was whisper. My voice was gone! We spent Monday finishing up violin, a couple female vocals and trying to slow down a bit since we had been working so hard the previous days. 
Tuesday I had an antibiotic called in for me to help clear up whatever was happening with my throat. Tuesday we spent the day tracking acoustic and electric guitars again, a little piano and a couple of vocal harmonies. 

Wednesday and Thursday were almost identical. We worked on lead vocals, piano, organ, pads, synth and harmonies. We did have to go back and record some bass that night. The most personally frustrating thing happened on Thursday when we realized that one of the songs we were recording was a full step too high. This literally blew my head up! I spent way too much time trying to get this vocal and realized it was the key, not my voice. Our last track recorded was rain falling and at 2:45 am on Friday morning we finished recording the album. We were all THRILLED! 

I am so excited to share the finished project with everyone. My hope is that you will enjoy the album and each person will be able to engage with the lyrics in our songs and that the love of Christ would ring loud and true in your ears.

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Coming This Sunday, March 11

This Sunday, March 11, we will gather at 10 am & 12 pm in the 130 Foundry Building.

Come hear lead pastor Matt Adair speak from Ephesians 6:4 on how to raise good kids.

“Morning and evening we come to delight in the words of our God. Give us eyes to see, give us faith to hear that the Word has come, that the Word is here.”

“Before the throne of God above, I have a strong and perfect plea, a great High Priest whose name is love, who ever lives and pleads for me. My name is graven on His hands, My name is written on His heart; I know that while in heaven He stands no tongue can bid me thence depart, no tongue can bid me thence depart.”

“There is no one else for me, none but Jesus. Crucified to set me free, now I live to bring Him praise.”

“You are worthy of affection. You’re the radiance of all His glory. Let adoration fill this place. You hold everything together by the word of your immovable power. We sing a song of praise!”

“I will not boast in anything: no gifts, no power, no wisdom. But I will boast in Jesus Christ; his death and resurrection. Why should I gain from his reward? I cannot give an answer, but this I know with all my heart: his wounds have paid my ransom!”

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Mission Athens Music

We’re recording!!

Well, we’ve been in the mountains for several days now recording our church band’s first album. First, we want to say thank you again for everyone’s support through prayer, through encouragement, and through our kickstarter page.

It has been a blast so far! It’s been a lot of work, a lot of chords, a lot of laughs, and light on sleep. The songs are coming together incredibly. We’ve had the creative juices flowing as people come in and out to record their instruments of expertise. Here are a few photos from an iPhone of our time together so far:

This is Brian Murphy. We call him the wizard, the genius, our friend. He is our talented producer for the week. And that’s his sweet dog Como at his feet.

Rachael Mirabella and Jason Gridley laying down scratch for Beautiful.

Kevin Justmann on the upright bass.

Setting up the drums for beat-master David Gridley.

Slade Adams. Don’t all violinists wear robes?

Paige Betts on the vocals!

Electric guitarist Ryan Keck took a guided fishing trip break with Justin Kimmel.

Just the smallest snippet of the instruments used on Power In The Blood. This is going to be fun!

Daniel Lilley laying down more bass.

Wes Gregory laying down some incredible beats.

The lovely Mary Griffith Davis singing some harmonies.

Meredith Williams singing beautiful melodies and harmonies.

Justin Kimmel bringing it on the vocals.

Aaron Slaten’s thoughts about the record so far. Just kidding. 

So, that’s us! We’ve been at this lake-house-turned-studio for six days, and we’ve got three left. We are really, really excited to share the final product with you. Please continue to pray for health and creativity as we end our time here. Y’all rock. See you on Sunday.

because of Christ,

Mission Athens Music

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