New Tunes at 9 Roundup with Sorensen

phil : August 28, 2014 6:13 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

RADIO FRIEND PHIL – Greetings! Welcome to this week’s New Tunes at 9 Roundup. (New Tunes at 9, one-hour of new and emerging music, weeknights at 9 p.m. on WJTL.)

The new record by Sorensen, “Songs-Volume 1,” is available now. Sorensen is a piano-based, pop-rock band, from Maryland, led by the husband and wife team of Jeremy and Kimberly Sorensesn. (Jeremy’s former band, Unsearchable Riches,  gained national attention by scoring extremely well in an independent music competition held by CCM magazine. In 2003, Unsearchable Riches had a minor hit on WJTL with the song, “Friday Night.”)

Jeremy Sorensen is a music teacher and unabashed fan of artists like Ben Folds, Elton John, Vince Guaraldi, and Billy Joel; his songs are delicate, charming, and often whimsical. The new project is available now on iTunes, and includes the first single, “With You,” currently playing on WJTL.

For more on Sorensen, go to

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A New Season of Youth Group Night

John Staffieri : August 28, 2014 10:28 am : John Staffieri


WJTL’s Youth Group Night is a chance for your group to see behind the scenes of WJTL!  

Highlights will include:

-Helping WJTL pick what music goes into our rotation

-Creating your own music video

-Talking live on the radio

Your students will also be challenged to make Godly decisions in the area of entertainment.

Everyone will leave with an exclusive Youth Group Night t-shirt designed by Walk In Love & food will be provided by Chick-fil-A Lancaster.

Although we work to create as many opportunities as possible, every year we have more groups that enter than open slots.  Please take the time to re-enter for the new season, to ensure we have the correct contact information.

Youth Group Night is held at The Junction Center, the home of WJTL.  In order to provide the best experience possible, it is necessary for us to limit the amount of participants.  If you anticipate a group of larger than 35, please consider ways to split your group. 

Feel free to contact me if you need additional information.

You will receive a confirmation that we received your entry.  If your group is chosen, we will email you several weeks in advance with an invitation for a specific date.  Generally, Youth Group Night is held on Thursday nights.

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Moment of Celebration-God’s Holiness

john : August 27, 2014 3:35 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Moment Of Celebration reflects on the holiness of God.

The angels make this declaration in Isaiah 6, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty. The whole earth is full of his glory.”  It was the kind of statement that caused Isaiah to feel doomed as a sinner. Yet, God’s holiness was accompanied by His compassion, and that makes all the difference for anyone who has sinned against God. Instead of being condemned as a sinner, he would be called into service as a saint. The holiness of God had a purifying impact on Isaiah, and it has a purifying impact on those who belong to Jesus.

The holiness of God refers to His absolute moral purity. There is no sin in Him. His glory shines with brilliance. God’s holiness also refers to His greatness. He is a cut above the rest. No persons or idols match the worth of God to the human soul.

One of God’s purposes for our lives is to make us holy, not in the sense that we are able to attain to His level of greatness, but in the sense of purifying our faith by the Word of God.  His holiness becomes an incentive for us to grow in holiness. First Peter 1:15 and 16 says, “Just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do, for it is written, “be holy, because I am holy.” Heaven celebrates the supreme holiness of God constantly.

The holiness of God is a reason to be glad in the Year of Celebration.

John Shirk

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Moment Of Celebration-God’s Graciousness

john : August 25, 2014 3:03 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Moment Of Celebration reflects on the graciousness of God.

Grace is that quality of God’s character that ultimately saves us from our sins and gives us eternal life. It is not an item we can purchase or a wage that we can earn. Ephesians 2:8 describes God’s grace as a gift to be received. In His grace, God shines His favor on His people.

The graciousness of God can be seen in the blessings that He pours out on the inhabitants of the earth. He sends rain from heaven to provide us with food from the crops.

His graciousness is often connected with His patience and kindness.

Instead of wiping out the civilization of Nineveh, as He had threatened through Jonah the prophet, the LORD saw how they had turned from their evil ways and had compassion on them. Likewise, God’s graciousness relents from the judgment that we deserve when we repent from our sins and trust in Jesus for forgiveness

God’s graciousness also equips the believer with spiritual gifts. He blesses us to be a blessing to others through acts of service. First Peter 4:10 tells us to use whatever gift we have received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.

The graciousness of God is a reason to be glad in the Year of Celebration.

John Shirk

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Kids Cookie Break Fest 2014 Schedule

phredd : August 25, 2014 8:50 am : Fred McNaughton, Staff Pages

There will be a lot going on this Saturday at The Junction Center. There will be a Petting Zoo, Inflatable from Big Bright Bounces, The Bull Guys Bull Riding, Pedal Cars, Fire Trucks, Local Police Dunk Tank, Concerts, and much more. The Kids Cookie Break Fest 2014 is 100% reserved. For those with tickets – here is the schedule.

Morning Program Schedule
09:00 – Gates Open
09:55 – Special Presentation and Unveiling
10:05 – Lisa Welcome
10:06 – Phredd
10:45 – This Way Up
11:20 – KCB Games with Lisa Landis
11:30 – Jesse Rothacker and Forgotten Friend Reptiles
12:05 – Steven Courtney & the Suitcase Musicians
12:50 – KCB Games with Lisa Landis
1:00 – Slugs & Bugs
1:45 –    Candy Drop

Evening Program Schedule

2:30 – Gates Open
2:55 – Special Presentation and Unveiling
3:05 – Lisa Welcome
3:06 – Phredd
3:45 – This Way Up
4:20 – KCB Games with Lisa Landis
4:30 – Jesse Rothacker and Forgotten Friend Reptiles
5:05 – Steven Courtney & the Suitcase Musicians
5:50 – KCB Games with Lisa Landis
6:00 – Slugs & Bugs
6:45 –    Candy Drop

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Some Sort of Rock Show

John Staffieri : August 24, 2014 7:55 pm : John Staffieri

Get your radio on!

Here is your August 24th Some Sort of Rock Show playlist:


The River – Decyfer Down

Oxygen – We Are Leo

Untraveled Road – Thousand Foot Krutch

When We All Come Alive – Switchfoot

Hearing Voices – Anberlin

Leave You Now – House Of Heroes

Radical – Disciple

Heartbeat – Sumerlin

Sadie Hawkins Dance – Relient K

The Mirror – Embers In Ashes

Only One – Scott Stapp

Never Back Down – Nine Lashes

Music – Manic Drive

Nuthin – Lecrae

Run and Escape – RED

Disconnected – VERIDIA

Disappear (feat. Stephen Christian)  – Number One Gun

Feet, Don’t Fail Me Now – Needtobreathe

Im Down – The Almost

Commodity – Remedy Drive

Gods & Kings – Finding Iris

You Can’t Stop Me – Andy Mineo

Stereo – Mike Mains & The Branches

Where You Belong – The Deep Space Network

Here For A Reason – Ashes Remain

The Edge – Cord of 3

We Are The Broken – Seventh Day Slumber

Cage – Manafest

Skills (feat. Trevor McNevan) – Manafest

The One I’m Running To – 7eventh Time Down

Light – The Rocket Summer



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Praise & Worship Heartbeat Playlist

kristi : August 24, 2014 6:00 am : Kristi Leigh, music, Staff Pages

This edition of the Praise & Worship Show features a Heartbeat Theme!  My encouragement to you is to let your heart sing along as you dedicate each beat to God.

All the song info is below.

Keep in touch!

Kristi Leigh – WJTL DJ

The Heart Needtobreathe Rivers In the Wasteland 2014
Where Your Heart Belongs Mainstay Become Who You Are 2007
Keep My Heart Alive Sanctus Real Pieces Of A Real Heart 2012
Oh Heart Bereaved And Lonely Leigh Nash Hymns And Sacred Songs 2011
This Beating Heart Matt Redman Your Grace Finds Me (Live) 2013
Write Your Name Upon My Heart Sonicflood Resonate 2002
Beautiful One Tim Hughes When Silence Falls 2004
Take Heart The City Harmonic Heart 2013
Heres My Heart Crowder Passion: Let The Future Begin 2013
Heartbeat Lincoln Brewster Oxygen 2014
Heartbeat Bellarive The Heartbeat 2012
Your Glory All Sons & Daughters Season One 2012
Unashamed Love Ten Shekel Shirt Open The Eyes Of My Heart 2001
The More I Seek You Kari Jobe Deeper (Integrtity Music) 2008
After Your Heart Phil Wickham Cannons 2007
Knit My Heart Charlie Hall The Bright Sadness 2008
Man After Your Own Heart Gary Chapman Shelter 1995
Search My Heart Hillsong United Aftermath 2011
With All My Heart Phil Stacey Into The Light 2009
Heart Bleeds John Mark McMillan Economy 2011
Sing My Love Sarah McMillan Under Your Bright Wings 2007
The Eyes Of My Heart Tim Hughes Here I Am To Worship 2001
Open the Eyes of My Heart Michael W. Smith Worship 2002
Joyful, Joyful Casting Crowns Until The Whole World Hears 2010
I Give You My Heart Jeff Deyo Saturate 2003
Be The Center (feat. Kathryn Scott) Michael Frye WOW Worship Red 2005
Longing Heart Jeremy Camp Carried Me 2004
Carry My Heart The Museum What We Stand For 2014
Tell Your Heart To Beat Again Phillips, Craig and Dean Breathe In 2013
Take Heart Hillsong United Aftermath 2011
Create In Me A Clean Heart (Psalm 51) Martin Smith Your Love Broke Through: Worship Songs of Keith Green
You Still Have My Heart Rita Springer Effortless 2003
Unto The King Darrell Evans Awesome God Is He 2013
Wake Hillsong Young & Free We Are Young & Free 2014
Furious (feat. Jeremy Riddle) Bethel Live Be Lifted High 2011
Joy Is In Our Hearts Sara Groves Fireflies And Songs 2009
Listen To Our Hearts (feat. Steven Curtis Chapman) Geoff Moore A Friend Like U 1992
Desire Phil Wickham Cannons 2007
The Heart Of Worship (feat. Martin Smith of Delirious) Matt Redman I Could Sing Of Your Love Forever 1999
Beautiful Jesus Kristian Stanfill Passion: God Of This City 2008
Song From The Heart (feat. Michelle Nadja) Vineyard One Glimpse 2003
Heartbeat Remedy Drive Daylight Is Coming 2009
Heartbeats Hillsong UNITED Zion (Deluxe Edition) 2013
Glowing Hearts Seven Places Glowing 2007
Brighten My Heart Sixpence None The Richer Exodus 1998
When Our Hearts Sing Rush Of Fools Rush Of Fools 2007
Ocean Wide The Afters Never Going Back To OK 2009
Steady My Heart Kari Jobe Where I Find You 2012
You Give Me Life Rita Springer Rise Up 2004
Here I Am To Worship (feat. Martin Smith of Delirious Tim Hughes Happy Day 2009
With All My Heart (feat. Lauren Farmer and Benson Eapen) Christ for the Nations Music Responding 2010
Divine Romance Phil Wickham Phil Wickham 2006
Heart Cries Holy Big Daddy Weave Fields Of Grace 2004
My Heart Is Overwhelmed (Live) Hillsong God Is Able (Live) 2011



Five Fun Free Family Things To Do

phredd : August 22, 2014 8:57 am : Fred McNaughton, Staff Pages


5)  Annual Fall Antique Show sponsored by Lititz Spring Park tomorrow (Saturday, Aug 23) 9am-4pm at Littiz Springs Park. More Info:

4) 10th Annual Richland Community Outreach Day tomorrow (Saturday, Aug. 23) from 4-6:30pm at Moehlman Park in Richland. Food, games, face painting, pony rides, door prizes, cake walk, barrel train rides, & more. Hosted by Richland’s churches. More Info:  717-866-5946

3) Ball Field Bash tomorrow, (Saturday, Aug 23) 4-7pm Behind Witmer heights Mennonite church at the ball field, Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster,. Festive Free Food, Carnival games and an aerial candy drop. More Info:(717) 392-6698

2)  Steven Courtney & The Suitcase Musicians,  live in concert, Sunday (August 24) 1:30pm at Zion of Iona UMC Church in Lebanon. Indoor & air conditioned with popcorn and refreshments provided. More Info:

1)  Stehman Memorial “Community Day”  tomorrow  (Saturday, August 23rd) beginning at 2pm at Stehman Memorial, Indian Run Road, just outside Millersville. All ages softball game, kids carnival games & Blue Grass Concert . More Info:

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Moment Of Celebration-Potter’s Hand

john : August 21, 2014 4:04 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Moment Of Celebration reflects on the work of the Potter’s Hand.

Isaiah 64:8 says, “Yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.”

As the potter, God has a plan for our lives to make us useful instruments in His Kingdom. We are made to glorify Him.

He chips away at the parts of our lives that are not honorable to Him so that our vessel might be fashioned into a design that reflects His glory. Ephesians 2:10 says that “we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

How can we become God’s masterpieces? It happens when we approach Him and say, “Have your way in my life,” and then, follow that prayer with a teachable spirit.

Lyrics from the song, “The Potter’s Hand” reflects the prayer of a tender heart to God. “Take me, mold me, use me, fill me, I give my life to the Potter’s hand. Call me, guide me, lead me, walk beside me. I give my life to the Potter’s hand.”

The work of the Potter’s Hand is a reason to be glad in the Year of Celebration.

John Shirk

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup with Laura Story

phil : August 20, 2014 9:01 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

RADIO FRIEND PHIL – Greetings! Welcome to this week’s New Tunes at 9 Roundup. (New Tunes at 9, one-hour of new and emerging music, weeknights at 9 p.m. on WJTL.)

Singer/songwriter, and worship leader, Laura Story, was my guest this week, on New Tunes at 9. Laura, who is expecting twins in early October, took some time to talk about motherhood, music, and her role as worship leader at Perimeter Church, Atlanta.

Laura Story is a gentle, reverent songwriter; her signature song “Blessings” has resonated with many people, especially those who have struggled with severe illnessnes. Recently, a fan posted on Laura’s facebook page: “I listen to your music while I get dressed in the morning; your music lifts me up every time I listen to it.” (“Blessings” is found on her second, self-titled project.)

The latest record from Laura Story is “God of Every Story”; it includes the first two singles: “Who Is Like Our God” and “O Love of God,” the latter of which includes the lyrics, “O Love of God, strong and true, in my barren soul, a river running through. O love of God swift and straight, you have washed away my sin and left no trace.” Here’s what Laura had to say about the song:

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