Worship&Music

Your Will be Done

Michael Lottes, Director of Worship & Music Ministries – Gilbert

7/6/20

Click the link below for a song by CityAlight. During these trying times, it is important for us to see the bigger picture. As “Thy Will be Done”  concludes, the chorus reminds us: “Father, not my will, but Yours be done.” Take a few minutes to listen and calm your heart and spirit.


Ever Be

Daniel Decker, Director of Worship & Music Ministries – Tempe

5/5/20

I adore this worship song. As we live through these difficult days, the Almighty God saves us, empowers us, hears our prayers and changes us to be more like Him.

Let this music and melody speak to your heart as it has mine. Click the link below to watch and listen.

“Ever Be”
Your love is devoted like a ring of solid gold,
Like a vow that is tested, like a covenant of old.
Your love is enduring through the winter rain
And beyond the horizon with mercy for today.

Faithful you have been and faithful you will be.
You pledge yourself to me and it’s why I sing

Your praise will ever be on my lips, ever be on my lips.
You will be praised, You will be praised.
With angels and saints we sing worthy are you Lord.  

You Father the orphan. Your kindness makes us whole.
And you shoulder our weakness,
and your strength becomes our own.
Now you’re making me like you, clothing me in white,
Bringing beauty from ashes for you will have your bride
Free of all her guilt and rid of all her shame,
and known by her true name and it’s why I sing    

And it’s why I sing  
Your praise will ever be on my lips, ever be on my lips.

Ever Be 


Simply Lent

Daniel Decker, Director of Worship & Music Ministries – Tempe

3/2/20

Join us each Wednesday at Desert Cross Lutheran Church for special Lenten Worship Services entitled Simply Lent. During this time of solemn reflection and preparation for Easter, we will be singing Holden Evening Prayer. Holden Evening Prayer was written in 1985-86 by Marty Haugen while he was the musician-in-residence at Holden Village, a Lutheran retreat center in Washington State. This lovely setting of vespers follows the traditional form while using contemporary and inclusive language.

To watch and listen to Holden Evening Prayer from St. Olaf College, click the link below.

Holden Evening Prayer


Epiphany: Unfolding the Discovery

Michael Lottes, Director of Worship & Music Ministries – Gilbert

1/29/20

Epiphany began earlier this month on January 6th.  The season will carry us through February to Lent.  Use the link below for a resource provided by the Women of the ELCA to dig deeper into Epiphany.

Epiphany: Unfolding the Discovery


Love Came Down to Bethlehem

Daniel Decker, Director of Worship & Music Ministries – Tempe

12/23/19

As we wait for Christmas, we think about gifts and giving. Let us remember the greatest gift of all, Jesus Christ. The little baby, born in a lowly manger who is Emmanuel, which means God with us! This song powerfully reminds us of this great and eternal truth, that God sent His Son so we might know Him. Glory to God in the highest!

Click the link below to listen to Matt Maher’s song about this gift.

Love Came Down to Bethlehem


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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