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The Lenten season began last week. Lent leads up to Easter in a similar way that Advent leads to Christmas only with a different perspective. The idea around advent is an Expectation of the coming of Jesus on Christmas day. Lent however is a time of self-assessment and surrender to prepare our hearts for the death and resurrection of the King of Kings

There is a reason why Lent begins with ash Wednesday. The ashes that are put on a persons head are a symbolic representation of mourning our sin, a reminder of our mortality, and is usually in the shape of a cross showing we are marked by jesus and share in his resurrection.

We know that Christ died for us while we were yet sinners, but starting lent with an understanding of lament and mourning of our sin is critical. We need to begin this lenten season recognizing that we are dust that God breathed life into. We are little mud men and women who have been given the opportunity of having eternal life because of God’s mercy, kindness and sacrifice.. And in the same way we were formed out of dust we will eventually return to dust. Life is short and Ash Wednesday reminds us of that.

I love the way the NLT says it in:
James 4:14
 New Living Translation
How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog–it’s here a little while, then it’s gone

What we do with our short time on this earth matters. What or who we devote our days to shapes who we are.

Last week 21 Coptic Orthodox Christians were martyred or in other words killed because they were followers of Jesus. It is noted that some of their last words before they died was “Lord Jesus Christ, Jesus, Help me”.

My heart was heavy when I heard this news. It is important to note I want you to know that this kind of thing happens ALL the time. Since Jesus walked this earth Followers of Jesus have been persecuted. If you go to Voice of the Martyrs you can read about men and women who are Marked by Jesus and are persecuted or even killed for their faith. 

I am not saying this to get anybody down or cause any fear. I am saying it because with every great move of the church there is Great prayer and Great persecution. I am so thankful we have not been persecuted or threatened like these followers of Jesus.

Our blessings have also made us comfortable about our faith. Because we aren’t concerned for our lives, we feel that God doesn’t need the full control.

Lets now look at Genesis 2:15-17 (ESV)
15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat[a] of it you shall surely die.”

God gave Adam simple instructions… you guys get everything here, but you should not eat from this tree..

Genesis 3:1-7 (ESV)
3 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You[a] shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3 but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” 4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise,[b] she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.

So in this scripture a few things happen that lead all of humanity towards a need of reconciliation with God. Adam and Eve not only disobey God but they are tempted and succumb to the temptations of Pride and control. They were told that if they ate of this tree they would be able to see what God could see and they didn’t trust the Creator.

Adam and Eve were given a choice to surrender their control. God says “You shall not” which means it is their choice. He doesn’t say “you can’t”. In those beginning statements We see God’s desire for us to not be robots but to have free will. And we see His grace because not only did they not die after they ate it, but God had a plan to fix this mess by sending Jesus.

We are given this same choice that adam and eve were given every day.

The question is: Will you surrender control to God?

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Good Friday 2014: We spent a ton of time in prayer, as a church leadership, about our first Good friday service. Our hope was to make an invisible God visible to our congregation in a new way. We wanted it be a clear and a stark contrast to Sunday morning and the resurrection. Easter means so much more when you have to walk the road of the cross with Jesus. We ended up writing a script based on our own spin of the stations of the cross based on the Word. What we were left with was mind blowing and heart wrenching.

Here is our script. All the text copyright 2014 Ember Church (Mark Carpender, Adam Fagan-Kela, Joel Klampert, Ed Pichette II), but we want to make this available to any church that wants to use or any part of it for their services. We hope this blesses your congregation and stirs hearts towards Jesus!

Here is the audio from our service. By the end of the night there wasn’t a dry eye in the room.
The Script is below and has songs we used as well.

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We had an amazing 2nd service in our new building. Good friday was emotional, contemplative, restoring, and full of worship. It was a great evening. And I even got to play Keys this week on 3 of the songs.

For a detail on what was done in the service this year check out my Post on it.

for more pictures go here.

Easter is coming, but just before it is Palm Sunday. This day has even more importance to our church this year.

Last sunday was Lifepath Church’s last service in our current building. As a matter of fact it was actually the 777th service we have held there. How awesome is that!

We have, based on the nudging of God, JUMPED out of our box and we are moving to a store front. In this area that is not a typical thing so this is very exciting. What’s really exciting is how much our church prayed about this move and didn’t make a move without God. This location truly is of God and Palm Sunday marks our first service in the new building. I will have pics of it soon by the way.

So here is what we have planned Set List wise:

Prepare Ye G (no need to play) – Godspell
Here is Our King G

 – Klampert
You Are My Joy – Crowder – F (flyleaf arrangement)
Inside Out – United (chorus Only) – F
Mighty to Save – F
Sing to the King- E

Before the Throne of God

Center – Hall E
Hossana – Fraser E


Hosanna -Baloche G

So what do you have planned?

Good Friday is coming in two weeks and I have been working hard on planning all things holy week. I am not the kind of person who wants to pull out all of the stops during these days in a way that does not exemplify our normal services. With that said though I do want to do everything in my power to help the congregation and visitors to connect with the death and resurection of Jesus Christ. So here is what I have planned for our Good Friday service. I can’t wait for this evening. It is going to be fantastic. Below are the plans for it.


Hookers & Robbers – Charlie Hall D
Psalm 22 – Video
Lord Undo Me – Spoken word
Honestly – Carl Cartee
Whisper His Name – Deluge
Beautiful the Blood – Steve Fee

Hebrews 10:1-18
General Confession
Veil Video
Veil tearing by each person
Hebrews 10:19-25

Writing of Sins on paper
Jesus Paid it All – Video
Burning of sins at altar
Refiner’s Fire – Doerksen D
Above All (chorus) – Baloche D

Jesus Painter Video

The Cost – Spoken Word
Beautiful Savior – Darrell Evans D
Luke 23:26-43
Come Away – United Pursuit Band
Luke 23:44-46
Long Live God/Prepare Ye – Godspell

original- MP3 coming soon

Go in peace let your heart soar
Go in peace and thirst no more
For the Lord is righteous and pure
Go in peace and sin no more

**Go in peace let your heart soar
Go in peace and thirst no more
For the Lord is righteous and pure
Go in peace and be restored

So what are your plans for Good friday?