Songs and Scenes: July 24, 2016

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Songs and Scenes is a weekly blog review of songs, readings and prayers featured in The Crossing’s Sunday morning liturgy. We’ve included a link to a Spotify playlist of Sunday’s songs (when available) so you can enjoy listening to them throughout your week. This week’s liturgy recap features photos by Shoshana Herndon.



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1. Doxology: – Words: Thom­as Ken (1674), Music: Old 100th, Ge­ne­van Psalt­er (1551)

Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

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2. Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing – Words by Robert Robinson (1758), Music: NETTLETON, John Wy­eth (1813), Arrangement: The Journey Collective

O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.

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3. Scripture Reading: Isaiah 53:6, Colossians 1:20-22

We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.

He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross. This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.

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4. Amazing Grace – Words: John Newton (1779), Music: James P. Car­rell and Da­vid S. Clay­ton (1831), Additional lyrics, chorus and arrangement: Page CXVI

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.

I will sing to you this song of praise.
for giving me abundant grace.
You broke the stones around my heart;
In you I’ve been redeemed.

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5. Call to Lament: Excerpt from “Is Black Lives Matter the New Civil Right Movement” by Michael Edmondson

The unique calling of the church (as opposed to the institutions of the world) is not simply to tolerate one another, or even simply to understand one another, but to mourn with one another and bear one another’s burdens. To deliberately devote ourselves to listen to one another for understanding, and then to empathize with one another to the point of shedding tears with one another.

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6. Prayer of Lament: adapted from a Liberti Church prayer cycle

Oh God, visit us now in our mourning
Be near to us in our lament.

Blood has been shed, precious lives have been lost, evil has had its say.
We mourn the hold racism and prejudice have on our national psyche.
Set us free from this bondage.

We mourn violence upon violence and many are in pain and distress.
Bring healing to us all.

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7. The Church Has Waited Long – Words: Horatius Bonar (1845), Music: Scott Johnson



The whole creation groans,
And waits to hear that voice,
That shall restore her comeliness,
And make her wastes rejoice.

Come, Lord, and wipe away
The curse, the sin, the stain,
And make this blighted world of ours
Thine own fair world again.

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8. Assurance: Based on Isaiah 25:4-9

But you are a tower of refuge to the poor, O Lord,
a tower of refuge to the needy in distress.
You are a refuge from the storm
and a shelter from the heat.
But you silence the roar of [the enemy]
As the shade of a cloud cools relentless heat,
so the boastful songs of ruthless people are stilled.
In Jerusalem, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies
will spread a wonderful feast
for all the people of the world.
It will be a delicious banquet
with clear, well-aged wine and choice meat.
There he will remove the cloud of gloom,
the shadow of death that hangs over the earth.
He will swallow up death forever!
The Sovereign Lord will wipe away all tears.
He will remove forever all insults and mockery
against his land and people.
The Lord has spoken!
In that day the people will proclaim,
“This is our God!
We trusted in him, and he saved us!
This is the Lord, in whom we trusted.
Let us rejoice in the salvation he brings!”

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9. We Will Feast in the House of Zion by Sandra McCracken and Josh Moore

We will feast in the house of Zion
We will sing with our hearts restored
He has done great things, we will say together
We will feast and weep no more

Every vow we’ve broken and betrayed
You are the Faithful one
And from the garden to the grave
Bind us together, bring shalom.

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10. Give Me Jesus – Traditional Spiritual, Additional Lyrics and Music by Matt Stinton

Give me Jesus.
Give me Jesus.
You can have all this world;
give me Jesus.

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Music Team for July 24, 2016:

Kristen Camp: vocals
David Currey: pedal steel
Sam Currey: bass
Jackie Floyd: vocals
Grady Frazier: vocals, acoustic guitar
Rhett Johnson: drums
Scott Johnson: vocals, acoustic guitar
Brittany McMurry: violin
Owen Stroud: keyboards

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