Songs and Scenes from Sunday, March 25, 2012

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Today’s worship service was planned and led by Andrew Luley. The Songs and Scenes review features photos provided by Nate Herndon. You’ll find links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase recorded versions of the songs where available.

I Sing the Mighty Power of God – Words: Isaac Watts (1715), Music and Additional Chorus: Scott Johnson, Keith Scherer, Andrew Camp

I sing the mighty power of God,
that made the mountains rise,
That spread the flowing seas abroad,
and built the lofty skies.
I sing the wisdom that ordained
the sun to rule the day;
The moon shines full at God’s command,
and all the stars obey.

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We continued in worship by reading this adapted prayer from the Worship Sourcebook.

Eternal God, you are the power behind all things:
behind the strength of the storm, behind the heat of a million suns.
Eternal God, you are the power behind all minds:
Leader: behind the ability to think and reason, behind all understanding of the truth.
Eternal God, you are the power behind the cross of Christ:
behind our redemption and reconciliation, behind our forgiveness through his blood.
Eternal God, we worship and adore you. Amen.

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He Holds All Things by David A. Cover and Patrick Miller

This original song by The Crossing Music (based on Colossians 1:15-20 and Romans 11:36) is available as a free download along with “I Sing the Mighty Power of God.”

From kingdom dark to kingdom’s light,
Your blood has made a way.
The death of sin and hope of life,
Your mighty cross proclaims.
From Him, to Him, salvation is sustained.
Through Him, for Him, all things remade.

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Jesus gives us the confidence to enter the very presence of God because of his once for all sacrifice on his cross. With this knowledge, we humbly confessed our sins to God (reading Psalm 51) with the assurance of his help in our time of need.

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and put a new and right spirit within me.
Do not cast me from your presence,
and do not take your holy spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and sustain in me a willing spirit.

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

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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1 Peter 2:24 gave us the assurance of Christ’s saving work on the cross and the effect it has on our lives.

Christ himself bore our sins in his body on the cross that we might die to sin and live for righteousness. By his wounds we are healed.

You Alone Can Rescue by Matt Redman and Jonas Myrin

Who, O Lord could save themselves
their own soul could heal?
Our shame was deeper than the sea.
Your grace is deeperer still.

You alone can rescue, You alone can save.
You alone can lift us from the grave.
You came down to find us, led us out of death.
To You alone be longs the highest praise.

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On Jordan’s Stormy Banks– Words by Samuel Stennett (1787) and contemporary music by Christopher Miner.

On Jordan’s stormy banks I stand,
And cast a wishful eye
To Canaan’s fair and happy land,
Where my possessions lie.

I am bound, I am bound,
I am bound for the Promised land.

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Surrender by Marc James

I’m giving you my heart, and all that is within,
I lay it all down for the sake of you my King.
I’m giving you my dreams, I’m laying down my rights,
I’m giving up my pride for the promise of new life.
And I surrender all to You. All to You.

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Death in His Grave by John Mark McMillan

We introduced Death in His Grave to learn as a congregation in anticipation of Easter. The song 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. Here’s an excerpt.

McMillan uses scriptural allusions and quotations throughout “Death In His Grave.” For example…

“The debt of blood they owed was rent
When the day rolled anew”
 

speaks of the Old Testament sacrificial system, which Jesus ended by becoming the once-for-all sacrifice, and it speaks of God’s “from dust to dust” proclamation in Genesis. Our “rent,” our “dues,” is the giving-up of our bodies in death. But we were created for immortality. Christ’s sacrifice restores our right-standing with God and makes us fit to live forever in God’s Kingdom. “Death In His Grave” succinctly and brilliantly conveys this information.

You can see the complete set of lyrics here.

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Music and Tech Team for Sunday, March 25, 2012:

Kenny Ashton – acoustic guitar, vocals
Andrew Camp – vocals, acoustic guitar
David Cover – electric guitar, vocals
Ashley Gross – vocals
Rhett Johnson – electric guitar
Scott Johnson – piano, organ, vocals
Andrew Luley – worship service designer, drums
Ryan Ponder – bass guitar

Mike Contant – sermon media
Ken Kroll – lights
Darrin Nichols – music media
Jake Wandel – light, media and stage coordinato
Tim Worstell – sound

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