Songs and Scenes from Sunday, January 6, 2013

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Songs and Scenes is a weekly blog review of songs, readings and prayers featured in The Crossing’s Sunday services. Scott Myers has graciously provided photos to give a glimpse into Sunday morning life at The Crossing. You’ll also find links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase recorded versions of the songs where available.

This week many of us at The Crossing began a scripture memory program in order to grow in our knowledge and love of God. This week’s memory verse, Deuteronomy 4:39, served as our call to worship today.

Acknowledge and take to heart this day that the Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth below. There is no other.

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Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing – Words by Robert Robinson (1758), Music: NETTLETON, Wyeth’s Re­po­si­to­ry of Sac­red Mu­sic, Part Se­cond by John Wy­eth (1813), Based on an arrangement by Page CXVI

Come, Thou Fount of ev’ry blessing,
tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing
call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the Mount, I’m fixed upon it;
Mount of Thy redeeming love.

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How Great Thou Art by Stuart K. Hine, Based on an arrangement by Page CXVI

And when I think that God, His Son not sparing,
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin.
Then sings my soul to my Savior, God.
How great Thou art! How great Thou art!

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Our call to confession was from 1 John 1:9

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

…and inspired by an excerpt from Kevin DeYoung’s blog post, “Why We Need Confession of Sin.”

“The cleansing… is not like the expunging of a guilty record before the judge. That’s already been accomplished. This cleansing is more like the scraping of barnacles off the hull of a ship so it can move freely again. We need confession of sin before God like a child needs to own up to her mistakes before Mom and Dad, not to earn God’s love, but to rest in it and know it more fully.”

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This Breaks My Heart of Stone – Words by Charles Wesley (1707-1788), Music by Benji Pocta.

Savior, Prince enthroned above,
repentance to impart,
give me through thy dying love,
the humble, contrite heart.
Give what I have long implored,
a portion of thy love unknown,
turn and look upon me, Lord,
and break my heart of stone.

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Following a time of silent confession, we heard the assurance of our forgiveness in a reading based on Isaiah 53:1, 4-6 and 2 Corinthians 5:17-18.

Who believes what we’ve heard and seen?
Who would have thought God’s saving power would look like this?

The fact is, it was our pains he carried—
our disfigurements, all the things wrong with us.
We thought he brought it on himself,
that God was punishing him for his own failures.

But it was our sins that did that to him,
that ripped and tore and crushed him—our sins!
He took the punishment, and that made us whole.
Through his bruises we get healed.

We’re all like sheep who’ve wandered off and gotten lost.
We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way.
And God has piled all our sins,
everything we’ve done wrong, on him, on him.

To all who turn from sin in sorrow,
to all who turn to God in hope,
this is God’s word of grace;

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ’s death and resurrection.

Amen! Thanks be to God!

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Death in His Grave by John Mark McMillan

Death In His Grave is a wonderful example of poetry in the context of a corporate worship song. Bobby Gilles in his blog, My Song in the Night, gives a helpful analysis of the songs lyrics.

On friday a thief, on sunday a king
laid down in grief
but woke with the keys
of hell on that day.
The first born of the slain
the man, Jesus Christ, laid
death in his grave.

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The Gospel Song by Drew Jones and Bob Kauflin

Holy God, in love, became
perfect Man to bear my blame.
On the cross He took my sin.
By His death I live again.

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How Deep the Father’s Love For Us by Stuart Townend, Arrangement: Kings Kaleidoscope

Behold the Man upon a cross,
my sin upon His shoulders;
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice
call out among the scoffers.
It was my sin that held Him there
until it was accomplished;
His dying breath has brought me life —
I know that it is finished.

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Music and Tech Team for January 6, 2013:

Walt Beeson – double bass
Andrew Camp – vocals, electric guitar, six-string banjo
Kristen Camp – vocals
Sadie Currey – violin
Scott Johnson – worship leader, keyboard, acoustic guitar
Alyssa Kelly – violin
Andrew Luley – drums
Ethan Vizitei – organ, piano, percussion

Jay Atkins – IMAG technical director, asst. video/tech director
Kameron Bong – tech assistant
Joy Calvert – camera operator
Kevin Fletcher – video engineer
Addison Hawkins – audio
Scott Jones – camera operator
Ken Kroll – light board operator, designer
Michael Novak – music media
Gerik Parmele – video/tech director
Kate Shanks – sermon media, live-stream music media
Ryan Stoll – camera operator
Chantel Wandel – production assistant
Jake Wandel – production manager/director
Tim Worstell – live stream audio

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