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CD Release Concert & Book Launch July 20th!

Christ Church Conway is celebrating our 5th anniversary by having a free concert and book launch on July 20th, starting at 6:30 p.m..  Amanda Slikker will be presenting her new book “My Comfort in Affliction” at 6:30 and Preston Palmer will be opening the show at 7:00.  Treva Blomquist will be performing her newest  album “So We Would Know”  a collection of re-imagined hymns at 7:30.

So We Would Know is a folk and roots-­‐based album about God’s goodness, faithfulness, mercy and love. It’s a collection of old songs and hymns that Treva Blomquist has compiled, rearranged, and recorded (in Nashville, TN) after searching through old hymnals for songs that stirred her heart, her hands and her voice.

In today’s culture and church, many hymns seem to have lost their place. Mention the word ‘hymn’ and you can watch backs stiffen, as if they are already uncomfortably seated in a cold, hard, wooden pew. So We Would Know is not that kind of a hymns album. It’s an honest, acoustic praise and worship album, written from the heart for the heart, urging it to awaken and rejoice.

“… So We Would Know is a series of conversations, woven into a story by an artist that only knows how to make honest music. It’s a refreshing break from the oft manufactured, frequently forced feel of similar releases by other contemporary artists… (the song) “Ain’t No Grave” is strong enough both to recall The Civil Wars’ 2011 hit “Barton Hollow” AND give The Man In Black a run for his money.” (Taylor Weston, Conway Revel)

Treva Blomquist is a performing singer-­‐songwriter whose accolades include Kerrville New Folk Festival Finalist, USA Songwriting Competition Honorable Mention, among others. Blomquist has a song on The Gospel Coalition’s (TGC’S) first worship album Songs for the Book of Luke and performed at TGC’s National Conference in 2013. In addition, she helps lead worship weekly at Christ Church Conway and has opened for Suzanne Vega, Over the Rhine, Ben Taylor and many more. Treva was born in Chehalis, Washington and currently resides in Conway, Arkansas where she has been writing, touring and performing across the southeast. So We Would Know is Treva’s fourth independent album release.”

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My Comfort in Affliction

“Amanda Slikker’s story begins on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at the US Naval Academy. Two months into her navy career, she was enjoying the first and, as it turns out, only rugby game she would ever play. During one of the plays, the head of one of the players slammed into her chin, throwing her jaw out of place and putting her in excruciating pain. This injury would change her life forever.

Amanda became a Christian as a child and was outspoken about her faith while at school. Even so, her beliefs were never challenged until she faced agonizing pain. She had countless surgeries, each one weakening her health a bit more. As time went on, she wondered why God was making her go through this unbelievable pain. She had been a healthy child growing up and did not know how to deal with this kind of suffering. She found herself questioning the truths she had learned from the Bible.

My Comfort in Affliction is a profoundly personal journey through Amanda’s struggles with her faith. She shares her prayers, thoughts, and the Scripture that gave her peace and hope during her unexpected tribulations. God led Amanda through her physical pain and with His hand pulled her to the mountains filled with joy and peace. Her story is a testament to God’s faithfulness and everlasting love.”


An offering will be taken during the concert.  Proceeds will go to RUF  Reformed University Fellowship at UCA & Hendrix College.

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Why Should We Celebrate Good Friday?

Paul Vogeler, Good Friday, 2012

We are having a good Friday service this Friday night at 6:00. Here is a great article about why we celebrate Good Friday.


“Good Friday is a strange contradiction in terms. I can’t imagine referring to a day that memorializes the death of a celebrity or political leader – even an evil one – as “good.” Yet the day that the Savior of the world breathed his last is called “Good.”

Easter is easy to celebrate. It’s the day with the happy ending, the empty tomb, the hope for the future. But Friday is a day of suffering and death. The sky turned black. Jesus’ friends abandoned him. His body was pushed beyond its physical limits as Roman guards gambled for his clothes. “Good,” we say.

The exact origin of the phrase “Good Friday” is disputed, but with a little reflection, it’s not hard to imagine what may have inspired the name. Here are a few possibilities:

“Good” as in the Goodness of God

The cross is simultaneously a revelation of our wretchedness and God’s holiness. There, in the flayed, pierced, mocked, and stabbed frame of Jesus, we see the clearest revelation of what our sins deserve. We also see it inflicted on another, in our place. God turns his wrath upon himself. It’s a glimpse into the profound goodness of our creator, who didn’t spare his Son so he could rescue us.

“Good” as in Good Grief

Good Friday can be good while nonetheless being a day of grief. No matter how we spin the story of the cross, it’s a tragedy. The world wasn’t meant for tragedy and death. When sin entered the world, it began to spin out of control, bringing disease, decay, and suffering to all of us.

It’s tempting to try to avoid that pain, to drown it out with entertainment, gluttony, sex, drugs, and ordinary distractions like busyness with work, and family. Good Friday is a good day because it moves us from denial to acceptance. It asks us to pause and stare at the tragedy of death, seeing the painful impact of sin as the one pure, perfect thing in the universe takes its brunt upon himself. We need to learn to grieve at the cross because it helps us grieve all the pain and sorrow around us. We never suffer alone. We suffer and grieve in the presence and in solidarity with our God, who has endured it all with us.

“Good” as in “It was Good”

When the world was made, God looked upon it and saw that it was good. “Good” in that sense, was a word like “Shalom”, a beautiful Hebrew word that implies peace, wholeness, and harmony. Sin broke that harmony, spreading virally throughout creation.

Good Friday is where the disease of sin finds a profound and surprising remedy. From the cross, God reveals a conspiracy of redemption, turning back the curse and restoring the world through Christ and his church.

We celebrate this Friday because wrath and mercy coalesced at the cross. The tragedy of Christ’s death is a victory, the ultimate victory of good over evil, light over darkness, and hope against hopelessness. We celebrate because apart from the cross, there would be no reason to celebrate anything at all.”

Article by Mike Cosper Worship & Arts Pastor for Sojourn Community Church and the founder of Sojourn Music.

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Worship Notes 12/30/2012

This High Street Hymns album has several of the songs we will be singing this sunday.

The worship service of Christ Church Conway is structured according to the idea of covenant renewal. First, we hear from our God and acknowledge that he is the sovereign. Second, we hear his law read, acknowledge our sin, and call out to him for mercy. Third, we hear God’s declaration that based on Christ’s fulfillment of God’s law on our behalf, all who believe in Jesus are righteous. Fourth, having been reminded of God’s mercy toward us we call out to God in prayer and sit under the ministry of the Word and Sacrament. Finally, we respond in thanksgiving and praise to the grace our heavenly Father has shown us through his Son and applied to us by his Spirit.

Hark The Herald Angels Sing

Hail the heav’n born Prince of Peace
Hail the Sun of righteousness
Light and life to all He brings
Ris’n with healing in His wings
Mild He lays His glory by
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth
Hark the herald angels sing
Glory to the newborn King


Confession of Sin
The Bible teaches us to confess our sin to one another. Here, having heard the warning and way of salvation, with the help of the Spirit we corporately confess our sins and our need for the mercy of the Father, which comes only through Jesus Christ.

Belgic Confession Article 18

Minister: Brothers and Sisters in Christ, what do you believe?
Congregation: …That God fulfilled the promise, which he had made to the early fathers by the mouth of his holy prophets when he sent his only and eternal Son into the world at the time set by him.

Minister: What do you believe concerning the human nature of the Son, who was truly God?
 The Son took the “form of a servant” and was made in the “likeness of man,” truly assuming a real human nature, with all its weaknesses, except for sin; being conceived in the womb of the blessed virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit, without male participation.

Minister: To what extent was Jesus made like us?
And he not only assumed human nature as far as the body is concerned but also a real human soul, in order that he might be a real human being. For since the soul had been lost as well as the body he had to assume them both to save them both together.

Minister: How is this doctrine summarized with Scripture?
 We confess… that he “shared the very flesh and blood of children”; that he is “fruit of the loins of David” according to the flesh; “born of the seed of David” according to the flesh; “fruit of the womb of the virgin Mary”; “born of a woman”; “the seed of David”; “a shoot from the root of Jesse”; “the offspring of Judah,” having descended from the Jews according to the flesh; “from the seed of Abraham”– for he “assumed Abraham’s seed” and was “made like his brothers except for sin.” In this way he is truly our Immanuel– that is: “God with us.”

What Wondrous Love Is This

 What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul,
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul!

Melt My Soul To Love

My dying Saviour’s wondrous love
On earth employs my tongue;
And when I walk in white above
That love shall be my song.

Assurance of Pardon

God has not left us, his people, to wallow in our sin, so we announce and hear the wonderful promises of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

1 John 4.13-17

By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world.


Sermon: John 13.31-16.33


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The Hymns Movement


Here are a couple thoughts on rediscovering the “rich heritage of old worship practices” as well as a link to some interesting articles on “The New Hymns Movement”

“Modern worship is witnessing a renaissance.  Within the now decades-old phenomenon known as “contemporary worship,” a new generation of young people is discovering (perhaps for the first time) the rich heritage of the old worship practices and the ancient song of the Christian church.  Diving into the deep waters of Christian hymnody, they are reopening a dusty vault filled with hymn texts long forgotten.  As they pilfer the files, they are discovering songs that their hearts long to sing but contemporary worship rarely provides.  And they are now bushwhacking an overgrown but once well-trodden path of church music…setting old hymns to new music.  They are re-fitting ancient texts into the idioms and expressions of modern folk, pop, and rock music. They are singing these “new hymns” in college gatherings, urban and suburban church plants, student camps, and now even some mainstream established churches.  They are producing albums which rival the sonic heights of the more popular worship leaders and artists.”

~ Zac Hicks

Want even more explanation/analysis?

Cardiphonia: Observations on the New Hymns Movement ( Part 1 | Part 2 )

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