Download the Village Church Kids CD for FREE

The Village: Kids - Jesus Came To Save Sinners The Village Church has just released a new children’s CD and you can download it for FREE here.

“Jesus Came to Save Sinners” contains five original songs that teach children about the character and nature of God and His plan to save sinners through Jesus Christ. These songs correspond with the five foundational truths – Jesus Came to Save Sinners, God is Good, God is in Charge of Everything, God Wants to Talk with Us, God Made Everything – taught each weekend in our preschool ministry, The Little Village. The mission and vision of The Little Village is “to partner with parents to build a firm spiritual foundation for their children.” Our hope is that these songs will be an effective tool in engaging your children with the truth of who God is as you endeavor to obey the biblical call to bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4)

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Recommended Adoption Music

Here are a few of my favorite songs/musicians that have a heart for adoption and orphans. If you know of others that should be included please share. Many of these would be great resources for including in your Orphan Sunday activities this weekend (If you do the DMC song or play it in your church let me know how that goes!)

Steven Curtis Chapman A dad of three adopted girls and three biological children, Steven Curtis Chapman has become a leading advocate for adoption. I’ll put money that most churches doing some music this Sunday for adoption will include a SCC song. One of his most popular is “When Love Takes You In,” exploring the journey from an adoptee’s perspective. I’m very excited about his new album that just released today which is his first since the death of their daughter Maria. Check it out here.

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Aaron Ivey – Aaron and his wife are adoptive parents and have been in the process of adopting two children, Amos and Story, from Haiti for the past two years. Story just came home the other week! Amos is still waiting. Aaron travels the country and the world with his band promoting justice issues and the glory of God through worship. He also leads worship at the Austin Stone Community Church.

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Sarah Groves – I have loved Sarah Groves music since her first CD came out. For special music in our wedding we had friends sing her song “He’s Always Been Faithful.” Over the last few years Sarah has become more vocal about justice issues and put out this video about a trip to Africa – ‘I Saw What I Saw’

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Meredith Andrews – Meredith has had a passion for orphans and adoption since she was young and has a great testimony of how God has used her family. This passion is reflected in her music. Read a great article about her passion for adoption here.

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Darryl McDaniels aka DMC (of Run DMC) – It wasn’t until he was 35 that rapper Darryl McDaniels (of Run DMC) learned he’d been adopted. In “Just Like Me,” he transforms Harry Chapin’s “Cat’s in the Cradle”—a folksong about a failed relationship between a parent and child—into a message of hope to adoptees everywhere. Fellow adoptee Sarah McLachlan collaborates on this hip remake.

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Sons & Daughters by Sovereign Grace Music – These songs are meant to direct our attention to the unfathomable love God has shown us in adopting us through Jesus Christ (Eph. 1:5). We are now part of God’s family—in Christ we will forever be the objects of God’s particular and passionate mercy and love. Great for use in corporate worship.

Though I Was Born an Orphan by Eric Schumacher & David L. Ward – Eric and David wrote this hymn specifically for churches to use in worship. They write, “If God the Father has blessed us with this great and altogether undeserved adoption, we will show like care to “orphans and widows in their affliction.” In application of the Gospel, Christians become people who display the greatness of their Father through their care for those in need.”

“Amos Story” live from Aaron Ivey

We are so excited for our friends, the Ivey’s, who just brought home their little girl Story from Haiti. They have been waiting for over 2 years. I posted the song that he wrote for his children (they are still waiting on Amos to come home) before but here is a live version from his recent house tour. It is powerful! Check out updates on their adoption here and get his album here.

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Steven Curtis Chapman Announces New Album

Steven Curtis Chapman announces some of the details of his new CD and gives a tour of Maria’s Big House of Hope in China.

Description:

Beauty Will Rise is a collection of 12 new and profound songs created over the past 15 months during the walk through the darkness of the loss of his daughter Maria and while God continued to meet him there on the journey. Part lament, part praise, part grief, part hope, part wrestling, part pondering; these tracks resonate as Chapman’s personal Psalms. It is a desperately hopeful, raw, personal, and honest recording that is likely the most important of his already incredible 20 plus year ministry.

BEAUTY WILL RISE will be available November 3rd.

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