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Summer Highlight Reel

Join us for our Summer Sermon Series where we experience a Highlight Reel of all our favorite worship songs, hymns, scriptures, and vacation destinations! Below you will find a compilation of each Sunday’s chosen favorites. To view the “Reel Good News” clips, check out our playlist on Youtube. To listen to a playlist of all the favorite songs from this series, check out our Spotify.

Remember that you can join us in-person or online every Sunday at 9 and 11 AM.


June 5, 2022

Scripture: Jeremiah 29: 11-12

Worship Song: Revelation Song
Written by Jennie Lee Riddle. She adapted the lyrics from Revelation 4 and Ezekiel 1:26-28. After having a really tough “mommy” day she could hear the Holy Spirit calling her. So she sat her son down to play with his toys and picked up her guitar and played four chords that she learned the night before. And out came the song. Jennie said “it had the sound of Heaven in it.”

Hymn: O Spirit of the Living God

Vacation Destination: Safari in Africa

Faith Highlight (Reel Good News): The Eppler Family


June 12, 2022


Scripture: Psalm 23

Worship song: O Come to the Altar
Highlight History: O Come to the Altar is a song by American worship group Elevation Worship. It was released on February 24, 2017, as the lead single from their fifth live album, Here as in Heaven (2016). The song was written by Chris Brown, Mack Brock, Steven Furtick, and Wade Joye. The song peaked at No. 2 on the Hot Christian Songs chart, their highest-charting entry. This song is an invitation for all who are broken, weary, and overwhelmed by sin to leave their regrets and mistakes by turning to the altar. Forgiveness came at the cost of the blood of Jesus. Jesus rose from the dead. Those who are forgiven may worship Jesus, bear their cross, and tell others about Him.

Hymn: Holy, Holy, Holy
Highlights History: Reginald Heber (1783-1826) was an Oxford-educated poet and vicar, serving his home parish in England. He wanted to raise the literary quality of hymns, hoping to publish a collection of them that were written to correspond with the church year. It wasn’t until after his death that his wife found his 75 works and succeeded in having them published.

Vacation Destination: Florida

Faith Highlight (Reel Good News): Kurt Hinkley


June 19, 2022


Scripture: Psalm 118: 24

Worship song: Your Great Name
This song was written by Michael Neale and Krissy Nordhoff with a release date August 9, 2019 Natalie Grant, a popular Christian singer, was going through advanced stages of terminal lymes disease and was healed. At this time, she was listening to music for ideas and kept saying over and over, “at the sound of Your great name”. She gave that song idea to Michael Neale who went home and started to write and said, Let’s just say it, “Your Great Name”. Neale said it was written for the church and let the Lord allow it to migrate as He sees fit. Natalie says, “you can’t get to God unless you go through Jesus. That at His name everyone will bow. At the name of Jesus chains are broken and peace is found. She believes the song can fit everyone’s life in one of the lines. The song is a reminder of what Truth is.The Message, regardless of the past or current day, NEVER changes!

Hymn: Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
Highlights History: While guest preaching at Williams College, Henry Van Dyke wrote this hymn in 1907, later published in a book of poems, and presented it to the college president. Van Dyke said to him, “Here is a hymn for you. Your mountains (the Berkshires) were my inspiration. It must be sung to the music of Beethoven’s ‘Hymn of Joy.’” A popular, well-loved hymn, Van Dyke later stated that, “These verses are simple expressions of common Christian feelings and desires for this present time—hymns of today that may be sung together by people who know the thought of the age, and are not afraid that any truth of science will destroy religion, or any revolution on earth overthrow the kingdom of heaven.” As a son of a clergyman, professor at Princeton, and contemporary of President Woodrow Wilson, Helen Keller, and Mark Twain, he made a lasting literary and spiritual impact that we experience even today. The hymn we highlight this week, as Van Dyke himself felt, is “a hymn of trust and joy and hope.”

Vacation destination: Hawaii

Faith Highlight (Reel Good News): James Cherian

June 26, 2022

Scripture: John 3:16

Worship Song: Old Church Choir

Hymn: How Great Thou Art
Vernon Spencer, born 1908 in a frontier town in Missouri, came from a poor mining family. At age thirteen he bought a ukulele, despite the reality of his family’s financial struggle, and played it lifelong. After his own employment in the mines, Spencer experienced a tragic accident that prevented his return. As a result, Spencer turned solely to music and began performing with his ukulele in local spots before moving to Hollywood. There he joined Roy Rogers and they became a popular singing group that toured the country. While Spencer was on the road, his wife Velma and children were at home, faithfully attending church.  Wanting to do what she could to lead her husband to Jesus, she began writing to him every day, including a verse of scripture. His heart soon became gripped by the lord. A couple years later, Spencer’s son attended a Youth Conference and heard a new song which he felt his father would be moved by and could do something with. Gaining the rights to the song, Spencer turned this early tune into the hymn we sing today.

Vacation Destination: Anywhere with Family (an honorable mention to VBS)

Faith Highlight (Reel Good News): Kat Fisher

July 3, 2022

Scripture: Isaiah 40:31

Worship Song: Everlasting God

Hymn: Amazing Grace

Highlights History: John Newton’s turbulent young life of being passed between boarding school and service in the British Navy culminated on the night of March 9, 1748 when John, at that time 23 years of age, was caught in a brutal storm at sea. It was a day remembered by John as “the day the Lord came from on high and delivered me out of deep waters.” This turning point catapulted him to a life of preaching, becoming a powerful foe of slavery, and creating hundreds of hymns.

Vacation Destination: Bar Harbor, ME

Faith Highlight (Reel Good News): Mike Toth

July 10, 2022

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13

Worship Song: Spirit of the Living God

Hymn: Here I Am, Lord

Highlights History: Dan Schutte’s hymn, a call for service and a call for spreading the love of God, was written in 1979 when he was a 31-year-old theology student. Inspired by his musician grandparents and education, he learned firsthand how music can move our souls and bring us into the presence of God.

Vacation Destination: Tucson, AZ

Faith Highlight (Reel Good News): Grace G.

July 17, 2022

Scripture: Matthew 7:7

Worship Song: Thank You Jesus for the Blood

Hymn: Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Highlights History: Following his youth filled with drinking and gang-life, Robert Robinson felt called to attend an evangelical meeting held by George Whitefield, one of history’s greatest preachers. Robert felt Whitefield was preaching directly to him, and after three years of pondering those words, he entered the ministry himself. He wrote the hymn, “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” while serving Calvinist Methodist Chapel in Norfolk, England.

Vacation Destination: Hilton Head, SC

Faith Highlight (RGN): Julia Ludwig

July 24, 2022

Scripture: Isaiah 43: 1 - 4

Worship Song: Lord I Need You

Hymn: It Is Well with My Soul

Highlights History:In 1873, two years after losing a fortune in the great Chicago fire, Horatio
G. Spafford decided to send his wife and four daughters to Europe where they were to attend
evangelist meetings by D. L. Moody & Ira Sankey. On November 22, 1873, the ship Spafford’s
family was on collided with an iron sailing vessel. His four children did not survive. Spafford’s
wife was recovered, hanging on to a piece of the wreckage. Safe on land, she sent a
message to her husband reading, “saved alone”. Spafford immediately left the states to join
his wife. While sailing over the site of the crash, he penned the words, “it is well”. Later, he
wrote this hymn based on that phrase.

Vacation Destination: Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Faith Highlight (RGN): Megan Gallagher

July 31, 2022

Scripture: Micah 6: 6 - 8

Worship Song: Broken Vessel (Amazing Grace)

Hymn: The Old Rugged Cross

Highlights History: George Bennard, an evangelist from Youngstown, Ohio, traveled to Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin about one hundred years ago. An Ohio coal miner-turned Salvation Army worker, he traveled the Midwest with his Bible and guitar, conducting revivals and composing Gospel songs. “The Old Rugged Cross” was conceived in the kitchen of his rented Albion, Michigan home during the Christmas season of 1912. It was during his stay in Sturgeon Bay that the hymn was finished and then presented at the final meeting of his highly successful revival, January 12, 1913.

Vacation Destination: Las Vegas, NV

Faith Highlight (RGN): Daley Moy