Friday, May 28, 2010

How He Loves

How He Loves from Crossview Community on Vimeo.

Here's a song lead by Worship Leader Grant Yarger from our May 9th worship service at Crossview Community Church (Richland Campus)..."How He Loves" written by John Mark McMillan.

He is jealous for me.
Love's like a hurricane, I am a tree
Bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy
When all of a sudden I am unaware
Of these afflictions eclipsed by glory
And I realize just how beautiful You are
And how great your affections are for me

Oh, how He loves us, oh
Oh, how He loves us
How He loves us all

He loves us
Oh, how He loves us
Oh, how He loves us
Oh, how He loves.

So we are His portion and He is our prize,
Drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes
If His grace is an ocean we're all sinking
So heaven meets earth like an unforeseen kiss
And my heart turns violently inside of my chest
I don't have time to maintain these regrets
When I think about the way

A simple video, a simple song, a complex love He has for us.

Grant Yarger - Vocals & Guitar
Mike Bush - Vocals & Keys
Timothy Niehenke - Bass
Rick Copeland - Djembe

Monday, April 26, 2010

Worship Evagelism

People who are searching for God are looking for an encounter with God, and the church is where they should find it. They are hungry to see evidence of God at work in our hearts.

If we make worship a lifestyle instead of an act, than our lives become a tool for evangelism.

“Worship can only function well when it emerges out of a rich, seven-day-a-week church life—not church inside the box—but a church dispersed, sent out and serving, a church whose goal is not church growth but transforming the community. Think of worship in a congregation that is partnered with the community—that is exciting.” - Sally Morgenthaler

Monday, March 15, 2010

Musical Preference

Musical taste is a very relative thing, and it changes with geography and age range. Authenticity is something I believe transcends the boundaries of differences with each other. I think people are looking for something real, real people, living in real community, worshiping a real God. Too often we get consumed by the "quality" of worship. Standards set up by our own interpretation of what "good" is. Regardless of what brand of music, or style of worship…God see’s our heart.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Hello Washington...

I recently moved from San Diego to the Tri-Cities, Washington. It was very hard leaving a place I had loved calling home...but God has a plan (which include a wonderful woman named Mindy, and a passionate young church called Crossview). So on an unusually stormy day, I departed from southern California...and 1,300 miles and 21 driving hours later, I arrived in eastern Washington. A long drive, but I really enjoyed seeing all that God created here on the west coast. So with the sounds of Future of Forestry, Urban Rescue, Pink Floyd, Eastmountainsouth, and others filling my is a little bit of what I saw...

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

This is who I am...this is what I was created to do. I can think of no higher calling than to bring glory to the Lord of Heaven and Earth, and point others to His throne. I am a worship leader. My name is Grant.

I've never had any reason to start a blog before. Never thought my life could offer any profound interest to the world. But as I was organizing files on my computer, I came across various writings I've had about worship. So there it is...a reason for Grant to blog. So here are some random thoughts about worship and life...through the eyes of a worship leader....

I see worship as response and submission to who God is. Psalm 95:6 “Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our maker.” The psalmist tells us to literally bow down, even kneel down in submission, as a response to who God is…”the Lord our maker”. It’s funny how little music and singing has to do with this, but yet when we hear someone say “I love to worship” we immediately know they are referring to singing to God. I view music as the most common and shared way, as humans, of communicating our emotions. And I see music and singing as merely a vessel to communicating these emotions of our heart to God. Music is merely a tool (no doubt our most common tool) for worship.

stay tuned...