Thinking back on this last Sunday (Easter), it was such a great time to be with so many visitors, and the body of River Oaks! We truly felt the reviving Spirit of God in our 65 minutes together.
Musically, it was truly a blend of old and new. Our horn section (alone) kicked off the morning with a New Orleans-style arrangement of “Just a Closer Walk with Thee”. We followed with a bass drum banging version of “When the Saints Go Marching In”, giving us a sense of an old time Revival meeting.
After a brief welcome from one of our teachers, Dustin Kaehr, together we sang some familiar songs that speak of the reason why we gather together: the glorious resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ (which I hope is always evident when we sing together). Our band and vocalists led us in the songs “Like Never Before”, “You Give Me Joy” and “Mighty to Save”.
The theme for the next couple of songs was Isaiah 35 (on the subject of restoration/reviving). Lindsay Harris sang the song “Revival”, recorded by Soulfire Revolution. Following Lindsay, I sang a new song I wrote for our program titled “This Changes Everything” (I hope to record it soon).
At this point, we transitioned into the theme of baptism. Kim Kaser and our vocalists sang “Down To the River to Pray” (made famous in the Cohn Brothers movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou?“). Following was our version of the great Sam Cooke’s “Jesus Gave Me Water”, lead vocal by Rich Trowbridge, w/ the vocal team. Both songs were done acapella, on one mic. Since 1989, River Oaks has had the humbling/amazing opportunity of baptizing over 900 people. What a privelige!
Right here we featured a great video, produced by Jordan Swartzendruber, of three “revival stories”. All three people are a part of the River Oaks community. One was our vocalist Justin Palmer, who followed the vid with the song “Redeemed”. Check out this awesome video on the River Oaks Facebook page!
Jenny Beer closed this music portion with another song titled “Revival”, written by the Vineyard Church.
Tim Rowland then spent the next few minutes sharing his thoughts on the subject of revival. Make sure to check it out at our River Oaks website.
Together we closed with an up-urban-ish version of “Christ the Lord is Risen Today”.
Feel free to check out photos from this even at the River Oaks Facebook page. If you were a visitor, it was so great to have you with us!