Worship&Music

Advent Songs

Michael Lottes, Director of Worship & Music Ministries – Gilbert

12/2/19

As we start our Advent waiting and approach Christmas, some of us may already be listening to Christmas songs on the radio or in our living rooms, it is important to note that there are many beautiful songs written for Advent.

Click on the link below to find a list of centuries-old classics as well as some more recent original songs. Tell us about your favorite Advent songs in the comment section below.

Advent Songs


Revised Common Lectionary

Michael Lottes, Director of Worship & Music Ministries – Gilbert

11/26/19

Since Desert Cross Lutheran Church is a part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), we follow the Revised Common Lectionary.  The Lectionary follows a three-year cycle of scriptures designated as Year A, B, and C.  Each year of the Lectionary focuses on one of the synoptic Gospels—Matthew, Mark, and Luke. The Gospel of John is read periodically in all three years and is especially frequent in Year B.

This year we’re also using the texts from the Revised Common Lectionary during our Education time.  It’s a great way to connect WE╬ogether Worship with WE╬ogether Education.

Click the link below to read more details about the Revised Common Lectionary from the ELCA’s website.

Revised Common Lectionary


Come to the Table

Daniel Decker, Director of Worship & Music Ministries – Tempe

11/20/19

This is such an incredible song about the church and the hope that we find in Jesus Christ. No matter our background, strengths, weakness, talents or burdens, there is healing, hope and forgiveness in the loving arms of God.

Click the link below to listen.

Share your thoughts through the comment section below.

Come to the Table


Hold Me Jesus

Daniel Decker, Director of Worship & Music Ministries – Tempe

10/23/19

Every now and then a song crosses my path that strongly impacts me. “Hold Me Jesus” by Rich Mullins is one of them. From the first time I heard it, I felt the power of the lyric and the beauty of the melody. This song speaks to the trials in our lives and the God who is always there to carry us through.

Click the link below to listen.

Share your thoughts below in the comment section.

Hold Me Jesus


Amazing Grace

Michael Lottes, Director of Worship & Music Ministries – Gilbert

9/11/19

For many, “Amazing Grace” is a favorite hymn.  I think this video is very inspiring and wanted to share it with the people of Desert Cross.  It features Jon Batiste, Music Director of The Late Show, and Tori Kelly, pop singer, performing the hymn.  What’s really amazing?  This is completely unrehearsed.

Click the link below and enjoy a few minutes of beautiful music.

Amazing Grace


What is a Disciple?

Michael Lottes, Director of Worship & Music Ministries – Gilbert

8/19/19

This year WE╬ogether will use a theme word or phrase each week to help connect our Worship and Education.  The weekly theme will emphasize a key idea from our Lectionary Gospel text.  WE╬ogether begins Sunday, September 8.  Our Gospel Lesson for that week is Luke 14:25-33, and we will focus on the word Disciple.  In the Gospel text from Luke, Jesus speaks frankly about the costs of discipleship.

So what does it mean to be a disciple?  The article below illustrates some different ways in which we are called to be disciples.  We are called to discipleship through being a worshiper, servant, and witness.  Read the article and share a comment.

What is a Disciple?

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