Songs and Scenes from Sunday, June 9, 2013

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Songs and Scenes is a weekly blog review of the songs and liturgy featured in The Crossing’s Sunday services. Gerik Parmele 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.

Our Call to Worship was from Hebrews 12:2-3.

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of God. Let us consider him who endured such opposition from sinful people, so that we will not grow weary and lose heart.

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Come Ye Sinners – Words: Joseph Hart, Music: Christine Cover and Greg Wiele

Come, ye sinners, poor and wretched,
Weak and wounded, sick and sore;
Jesus, ready, stands to save you,
Full of pity, joined with power.

Come, ye thirsty, come, and welcome,
God’s free bounty glorify;
True belief and true repentance,
Every grace that brings you nigh.

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God Who Saves by Aaron Senseman

There is truth in His body,
raised that third day.
There is joy in a stone rolled away.
There is hope pouring out
of the tomb where He lay,
pouring out, pouring over the grave.

Praise the God who saves.
Praise the God who bled.
Praise the God who was nailed to a tree
and wore our sins upon His head.

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Our call to confession was inspired by Tim Keller’s sermon on Paul’s letter to the Galatians.

“…the more you see your own flaws and sins, the more precious, electrifying, and amazing God’s grace appears to you. But on the other hand, the more aware you are of God’s grace and acceptance in Christ, the more able you are to drop your denials and self-defenses and admit the true dimensions and character of your sin.”

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With Melting Heart and Weeping Eyes – Words: John Fawcett (1740-1817), Music: Clint Wells

With melting heart and weeping eyes,
My guilty soul for mercy cries;
What shall I do, or whither flee,
To rid the vengeance due of me?
To rid the vengeance due of me?

Does not Thy sacred word proclaim,
salvation free in Jesus’ name?
To Him I look and humbly cry,
“Lord, save a wretch condemned to die.
Lord, save this wretch condemned to die.”

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We heard the assurance of our forgiveness from Ephesians 2:1-2a, 3-9.

We were dead in our transgressions and sins, in which we used to live when we followed the ways of this world… gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath.

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace we have been saved.

And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

For it is by grace we have been saved, through faith—and this is not from ourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.

Hear and believe the good news of the Gospel.

Through Jesus Christ wave upon wave of grace reaches us, deals with our sins, washes us clean, and gives us new life in his name. This is God’s gift to us. Amen.

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Medley: Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) – Words by John Newton (1779), Music by Virginia Harmony (1831), Arrangement and contemporary chorus by Chris Tomlin and Louie Giglio

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound,
that saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now am found,
was blind but now I see.

My chains are gone, I’ve been set free.
My God, my Savior has ransomed me.
And like a flood his mercy reigns
amazing love, amazing grace.

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Medley: Grace That is Greater – Words by Julia H. Johnston, Music by Daniel B. Towner (1910)

Grace, grace, God’s grace,
grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
Grace, grace, God’s grace,
grace that is greater than all our sin.

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Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken – Words: Henry Lyte (1824) Music: Attr. Mozart, Alt. Bill Moore

Kevin Twit, while introducing “Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken” at an Indelible Grace hymn sing, provided some insight into Henry Lyte’s (the author of this hymn) life.

“Henry Lyte… had a wretched father. His father and mother split up, he got sent off to boarding school, his father remarried. From then on he would write letters to his own son and he would not sign them, “Your father,” but he would sign them, “Your uncle.” In other words, Henry’s father never let him call him “father” again. And yet every one of his hymns… the father image for him is a warm and comforting one. Which… shows the power and the Gospel and the scriptures to deconstruct and reconstruct something so basic as what does it mean to have a father.”

Jesus, I my cross have taken,
All to leave and follow Thee.
Destitute, despised, forsaken,
Thou from hence my all shall be.
Perish every fond ambition,
All I’ve sought or hoped or known.
Yet how rich is my condition!
God and heaven are still my own.

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Music and Tech Team for June 9, 2013:

Andrew Camp – electric guitar, vocals
Kristen Camp – vocals
Ashley Gross – vocals
Nick Havens – bass
Scott Johnson – worship leader, piano, keyboards
Andrew Luley – drums
Josie Patton – cello
Greg Wiele – acoustic guitars, cheatin’ banjo

Jay Atkins – asst. technical director
Kameron Bong – tech assistant
Tracy Christman – camera operator
Mike Conant – light board operator
Kevin Fletcher – video engineer
Jeff Fox – camera operator
Barret Knox – live-stream audio
Sam Munce – camera operator
Darin Nichols – music cg
Jamie Stephens – sermon cg, live-stream music cg
Jake Wandel – production manager, designer/director
Tim Worstell – front of house audio
Phil Vinyard – video director

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