Moment Of Celebration-Abiding In Christ

john : May 2, 2014 8:19 am : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Moment Of Celebration reflects on the fruitful outcome of abiding in Christ.

Jesus said to His disciples in John 15:5, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

We are called to a relationship with Christ. Relationships flourish where there is love, faithfulness, honesty, and open communication. This is how our witness for Christ can thrive today. We know from the Bible that Jesus loves the people in the world; that He is faithful;  that He is the truth; and that He speaks openly and freely about the will of God. On trial, Jesus said, “I have spoken openly to the world.” As we respond to His voice, we get to know Jesus more and more. We learn to love Him more and more. We are also transformed into the likeness of His character more and more. A faithful relationship to Jesus leads to a fruitful witness for Jesus in a world that desperately needs Jesus.

In John 15:8, Jesus said, “This is to my Father’s glory that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”

The fruitful outcome of abiding in Christ is a reason to be glad in the Year of Celebration.

John Shirk

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Rend Collective

phil : May 1, 2014 5:54 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

RADIO FRIEND PHIL – Greetings! It’s time for 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.)

Rend Collective’s latest project is “The Art of Celebration.” The Irish band’s sound is celebratory, joyous, reverent and worshipful. Bandleader Gareth Gilkeson has stated, “This record is an attempt to reflect something of the irrepressible laughter in the heart of God.”

Gareth was a guest last week on New Tunes at 9; we spoke about the “The Art of Celebration,” his heart and vision for worship, and both the Irish and Scottish influence on their unique sound

For more on Rend Collective, go to

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Important Details for National Day of Prayer

phredd : May 1, 2014 8:23 am : Fred McNaughton, Staff Pages


The Lancaster National Day of Prayer events are at a new location this year:
The Junction Center! All attenders are asked to park at Roots Country Market & Auction – 705 Graystone Rd., Manheim.  Only those with Handicap Parking credentials will be permitted to park in The Junction Center Parking Lot.

National Day of Prayer without time

The Evening Program and Main Event
6pm-8:30pm – Celebration of Prayer
Worship Concert by the 100-voice NDP Choir
Keynote Speaker – Joni Eareckson Tada
WJTL and WDAC will be broadcasting Joni’s talk live, on the air, for those unable to attend.

The Afternoon Program for those with Disabilities
2:30pm -3:30pm -Concert of Prayer
This is exclusively for those with disabilities (and their caregivers), who are invited to experience an intimate and meaningful time of prayer and worship with Joni Eareckson Tada. Since this one-hour private meeting will be focused on individuals with disabilities we ask the rest of the community to respect this special time of ministry by not attending, and instead attend the Evening Program. Thank You.

The program will be held in The Junction Center Ampitheatre with limited covered seating, so please bring a lawn chair or blanket.

For a complete schedule, prayer guide, youth edition, motorcycle ride and all the complete information about the events surrounding this Thursday’s National Day of Prayer Events in Lancaster please visit

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Moment Of Celebration-United In Prayer

john : April 30, 2014 2:33 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Moment Of Celebration reflects on the united voice of God’s family.

In Romans 15:5 and 6, the Apostle Paul said to the church, “May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

This is the official verse for the National Day of Prayer observance tomorrow (Thursday, May 1st 2014). The official theme is “One Voice, United In Prayer.” Prayer is a significant and powerful opportunity for God’s people to come together and acknowledge our nation’s need for God’s grace. Prayer brings God’s people closer together.

According to the National Day of Prayer website, millions of people will gather to pray at thousands of events facilitated by volunteer coordinators.  As we come together, we will take our concerns for this nation to God’s throne of grace. According to Second Chronicles 7:14, when God’s people get serious about prayer with personal humility and repentance, God responds with His healing hand on that nation.

The united voice of God’s family is a reason to be glad in the Year of Celebration.

John Shirk

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Some Sort of Rock Show

promojohn : April 27, 2014 7:58 pm : John Staffieri

Your April 27th Some Sort of Rock Show playlist.  Leave a comment below to enter to win a chance for your very own Some Sort of Rock Show t-shirt.

Name Artist
Criminal Scientist
Say It Like You Mean It New Empire
Break The World Nine Lashes
Afterlife Switchfoot
Commodity Remedy Drive
Obvious Manic Drive
Memory Decyfer Down
Castaway Chasen
Boom P.O.D.
Space Cadet After Edmund
Run and Escape RED
Disconnected VERIDIA
Fight Song The Almost
Turn It To Gold Abandon Kansas
I Will Overcome Devin Williams
Criminals And Kings Stellar Kart
9pm hour
Proof Of Life Scott Stapp
Jump Start My Heart Satellites & Sirens
The Hunger Fireflight
Disappear Number One Gun
Crazy Love Hawk Nelson
Outlaws Disciple
Difference Maker Needtobreathe
Everything’s Gonna Be Alright Mike Mains & The Branches
Overcome Day of Fire
Dead Rose The Classic Crime
We Are The Broken Seventh Day Slumber
At The Sound Kingdom
What I Believe Skillet
Through It All Spoken
Down Thousand Foot Krutch
Human Manafest
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Praise&Worship Playlist (4/27)

kristi : April 27, 2014 6:00 am : Kristi Leigh, music, Staff Pages


Come Thou Fount (Acoustic) David Crowder All I Can Say 1998
After All (Holy) David Crowder Band Give Us Rest-A Requiem Mass In C (The Happiest of All The Keys) 2012
Before the Throne of God Above Shane & Shane Pages 2007
When I Think About the Lord Shane & Shane Carry Away 2003
I Can Only Imagine Rita Springer Effortless 2002
Rain Down Rita Springer I Have To Believe 2005
Better Is One Day Charlie Hall Better Is One Day 1999
Marvelous Light Charlie Hall Flying Into Daybreak 2006
Here I Am To Worship (feat. Martin Smith of Delirious Tim Hughes Happy Day 2009
Everything Tim Hughes Happy Day 2009
Give Me Jesus Jeremy Camp Beyond Measure 2006
Jesus Saves Jeremy Camp We Cry Out-The Worship Project 2010
The Love Of God Mercy Me Spoken For 2002
Word Of God Speak Mercy Me Spoken For 2003
Forever Kari Jobe Majestic 2014
Revelation Song (feat. Kari Jobe) Gateway Worship Cover The Earth 2006
In Christ Alone Kristian Stanfill Passion: Let The Future Begin 2013
Forever Reign Kristian Stanfill Passion: Here For You 2011
Indescribable Chris Tomlin Arriving 2004
Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) Chris Tomlin Music Inspired By The Motion Picture Amazing Grace 2007
Your Love Is Extravagant Casting Crowns Casting Crowns 2003
Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me) Casting Crowns Until The Whole World Hears 2010
Glorified Jared Anderson Where Faith Comes From 2008
Great I Am (feat. Jared Anderson) New Life Worship You Hold It All 2011
Holy Roar Christy Nockels Passion: The Road To One Day 2000
A Mighty Fortress Christy Nockels Passion: Awakening (Deluxe Edition) 2010
Grace Michael W. Smith A New Hallelujah 2008
Agnus Dei (Original Recording) Michael W. Smith Go West Young Man 1990
10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord) Matt Redman 10,000 Reasons 2012
You Never Let Go Matt Redman Beautiful News 2006
Desert Song Hillsong United Across The Earth – Tear Down The Walls 2009
Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) Hillsong United Zion 2013
One Thirst and Hunger Jeremy Riddle Furious 2011
This Is Amazing Grace Jeremy Riddle Bethel Live: For The Sake Of The World 2012
Joy Phil Wickham Response 2011
Tears Of Joy Phil Wickham The Ascension 2013
Beauty For Ashes Anthony Skinner Forever And A Day 2004
Forever And A Day Anthony Skinner Forever And A Day 2004
Oh How I Need You All Sons and Daughters The Longing 2012
Your Glory All Sons & Daughters Season One 2012
Desert Soul Rend Collective Homemade Worship By Handmade People 2012
Alabaster Rend Collective Homemade Worship By Handmade People 2012
Victors Crown Darlene Zschech [digital single] 2014
Shout to the Lord Darlene Zschech Shout to the Lord 1997
Holy, Holy, Holy Steven Curtis Chapman WOW Hymns 2007
We Fall Down (feat. Chris Tomlin) Steven Curtis Chapman WOW Worship Red 2005
Majesty (Here I Am) Delirious World Service 2004
My Soul Sings Delirious Kingdom Of Comfort 2008
I Belong To You (feat. Derek Johnson) Jesus Culture Live from New York (with Martin Smith) 2012
Your Love Never Fails Jesus Culture Your Love Never Fails 2008
Taste And See Brian and Jenn Johnson We Believe 2006
Love Came Down Brian Johnson Love Came Down 2010


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Five Fun Free Family Things To Do This Weekend

phredd : April 25, 2014 8:57 am : Fred McNaughton, Staff Pages


5) Manheim Christian Day 38th Annual Benefit Auction & Family Fun Days, tonight (Friday, April 25) and tomorrow (Saturday, April 26) at the school, Lebanon Rd., Manheim. Kids Activities, Helicopter Candy Drop, Chicken Barbecue, Buffet Breakfast, Auction and more. More Info:

4) Clarinet Quartet Superb – Central Pennsylvania’s only professional performing clarinet quartet,will perform at Garden Spot Village tomorrow (Saturday April 26) at 7pm. More Info:

3) PUREhope Coffeehouse tomorrow (Saturday, April 26) 6:30 -10pm at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.  A benefit coffeehouse for Abolition International and Blood:Water Mission to support the organizations. Live entertainment provided throughout the evening by Jonathan Frazier, the Elizabethtown College Clarinet Ensemble, Seasons, and friends.

2) Miles For Martins Cross Country 5K Miles Cross Country Run/Walk that benefits the Martin Family Education Trust. It offers hope to the four children survived by Wes and Liz Martin by raising funds in an effort to provide a fundamental education for the children to grow and succeed in life. Miles 4 Martins begins and ends at Lancaster Catholic High School Stadium. Rain or shine. More Info:

1) Sahd Salvage Earth Day Event tomorrow (Saturday, April 26) Lisa and Kids Cookie Break  Live from 9am to noon, Aluminum Can donations benefit WJTL! Scrap Yard Tours, Recycling Organizations, Composting Shows.

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Moment Of Celebration-Faith That Pleases God

john : April 25, 2014 8:42 am : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Moment Of Celebration reflects on God’s pleasure in the person who has faith.

There is a theme woven throughout Hebrews 11, when describing the way of life of various Old Testament characters.

That theme is faith.

Hebrews 11:5 says, “By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.”

One of the ways that the book of Genesis describes Enoch’s relationship with God is that he walked with God. That is a good picture of faith; walking in step with God, and being close enough to hear His voice.

According to Romans 10:17, “faith comes from hearing the message and the message is heard through the word of Christ.”

When God takes pleasure in our faith, that is a reason to be glad in the Year of Celebration.

John Shirk

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: MercyMe

phil : April 24, 2014 5:49 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

RADIO FRIEND PHIL – Greetings! It’s time for 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.)


MercyMe has just released their 8th project, “Welcome to the New.”

“Welcome to the New” is the follow-up recording to “The Hurt and the Healer,” a record that debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200.


MercyMe, who hail from Texas, was formed in 1994 by singer/songwriter, Bart Millard. After quietly releasing six independent records, MercyMe achieved mainstream crossover success with “I Can Only Imagine,” a song written in memory of Bart’s father. On the strength of that song alone, the companion project, “Almost There,” went on to be certified double-platinum, selling over 2-million copies.


MercyMe’s new project is receiving strong fan support; one MercyMe fan posted: “Listen to it everyday on my way to and from work. It makes me smile, groove, and just feel strong in the spirit.” MercyMe, “Welcome to the New,” available now.

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Moment of Celebration-Faith Expressed In Love

john : April 23, 2014 5:18 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Moment Of Celebration reflects on God’s pleasure when our faith is expressed in love.

Hebrews 13:16 offers this reminder: “Do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices, God is pleased.”

Doing good may involve a wide range of services including: mowing an elderly couple’s lawn, visiting a friend in the hospital, or taking some food to the new neighbor who just moved in next door. There are various ways to express God’s love with acts of kindness.

The Bible acknowledges that when we do good deeds, and share our resources with others, there will be personal sacrifice.  It may involve a sacrifice of time or money, or energy that we decided to spend for the well-being of someone else instead of ourselves. God takes notice of our activities that involve personal sacrifice.

Hebrews 6:10 says, “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.”

When God is pleased by our faith expressed in love, that is a reason to be glad in the Year of Celebration.

John Shirk

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