Rock of Ages—September 2019

Feeling helpless is scary, but a common feeling for kids. When a child feels helpless, it can be a gripping, terrifying, overwhelming experience. As we grow older, the things that scare us change from monsters in the closet, or kids making fun of us, to a fear of failure, financial/marital ruin, health problems, or of death. We…

Bear + Squirrel Prayer Calendar

There are 3 ingredients in family worship. 1. Reading Scripture 2. Worship through song 3. Prayer One of the ways our family loves to keep track of our daily prayer time, and the people that we’re praying for is through the Bear + Squirrel Prayer Calendar. It’s a beautiful resource—my kids spend so much time…

Be Thou My Vision – January 2019

The dawn of a new year inspires hope, optimism, and for many people, a renewed resolve to do something better than we did it the year before. The ambition to do better and be better can be a good thing. And yet, we have a tragic history of being self-centered, self-serving, and self reliant. We…

Hymns for the 2019-2020 School Year

Hi friends! For those of you interested in knowing the hymns we plan to cover during the  2019-2020 school year, IT’S READY FOR YOU! This is not the entire 2020 year plan. You’ll have to wait just a tad longer for that one as we continue to pray over and finalize our choices. We hope…

Holy God, We Praise Thy Name – August 2019

“Holy God, We Praise Thy Name” was first published in 1774, written by Ignaz Franz (1719-1790), a German Catholic priest, primarily remembered for his important eighteenth century study of Catholic hymnody. This particular hymn is based upon the text of the 4th century Latin hymn, Te Deum. Some have said that the early hymn was…

What a Friend We Have in Jesus – July 2019

Hymnody is not always happy… Joseph A. Scriven was born on Sept. 10, 1819, in Ireland. His well-to-do parents sent him to Trinity College in Dublin and after he graduated, he had high hopes to serve in the military. Poor health, however, put a quick end to that dream. Scriven then made plans to marry…

I Sing the Mighty Power of God — June 2019

In Psalm 104, the Psalmist recounts God’s great work in creating the world, and ponders the sustaining power of God in providing for every living thing: “These all look to you, to give them their food in due season… when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.” (Ps 104:27-28). The poem begins and…