Songs and Scenes: July 5, 2015

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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. Today’s liturgy recap features photos by Dan Gill. You’ll find links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase recorded versions of the songs when available.

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1. Call to Worship: Sursum Corda (adapted from The Open Sourcebook)

Leader: The Lord be with you.

All: And also with you.

Leader: Lift up your hearts.

All: We lift them to the Lord.

Leader: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

All: It is right to give God our thanks and praise.

Leader: God of all power, Ruler of the Universe,
you alone are holy and worthy of all glory and praise.

All: Glory to you, Lord, forever and ever. Amen.

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2. How Great Thou Art – by Stuart K. Hine, Adapted from an arrangement by Page CXVI and David Wilton

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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3. Call to Confession: Based on Psalm 15:1-4 and Romans 7:14

Leader: LORD, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain?

All: The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous,
who speaks the truth from their heart;

Leader: LORD, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain?

All: The one whose tongue utters no slander, who does no wrong to a neighbor,
and casts no slur on others;

Leader: LORD, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain?

All: The one who despises a vile person but honors those who fear the Lord;
who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does not change their mind;

Leader: Whoever does these things will never be shaken.

All: Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord.

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4. Only Your Blood is Enough by Neil and Kate Robbins (based on Psalm 51, Part 2 by Isaac Watts)

I am ashamed, conceived in sin, I’ve always been.
Born in a world where Adam’s fall corrupts us.
Rooted is the seed of death in life’s first breath.
The law demands a perfect heart, but I’m defiled in every part.

For only Your blood is enough to cover my sin.
Only Your blood is enough to cover me.

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5. Profession of Faith (adapted from Hebrews 12:1-2 and Morning and EveningJune 28 – Morning by Charles Spurgeon)

Leader: Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.

All: We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.

Leader: Therefore, let us remember it is not our hold of Christ that saves us—

All: It is Christ;

Leader: It is not our joy in Christ that saves us—

All: It is Christ;

Leader: It is not even our faith in Christ,
though it is the instrument—

All: It is Christ’s blood and merits;

Leader: Therefore, let us look not to our grasp of Christ.

All: but to Christ, himself.

Leader: Let us look not to our hope,

All: but to Jesus, the source of our hope;

Leader: Let us look not to our faith,

All: but to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.

Leader: Let his death, his sufferings, his merits, his glories,
his intercession, be fresh upon our minds;

All: When we wake in the morning let us look to him;
when we lie down at night let us look to him.

Leader: Let not our hopes or fears come between us and Jesus;
let us follow hard after him,

All: Because Jesus will never fail us. Amen.

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6. In Christ Alone by Stuart Townend and Keith Getty, Arrangement: Kings Kaleidoscope

In Christ alone my hope is found;
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This cornerstone, this solid ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all—
Here in the love of Christ I stand.

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7. Sweet Comfort by Sandra McCracken and Latifah Phillips. Lyrics adapted from a hymn text by Samuel Rodigast (1676) and translated by Ca­ther­ine Wink­worth (1863).

Whatever my God ordains is right
He makes my feet to stand
Though sorrow, need, or death be mine
He holds me in his hand

Sweet comfort, sweet comfort
Yet shall fill my heart
Sweet comfort, sweet comfort
Sorrow shall depart

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8. Grace Alone by Dustin Kensrue

You left your home to seek out the lost;
You knew the great and terrible cost
But Jesus, your face was set.

I worked my fingers down to the bone;
But nothing I did could ever atone,
But Jesus, you paid my debt.

By your blood I have redemption and salvation.
Lord you died that I might reap what you have sown,
And you rose that I might be a new creation.
I am born again by grace, and grace alone.

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Music Team for July 5, 2015:

Lacey Burrell: vocals
Andrew Camp: vocals, electric guitar
David Currey: pedal steel guitar
Nick Havens: bass guitar
Scott Johnson: vocals, piano, Rhodes
Alan Quiñones: vocals, acoustic guitar
Justin Schilb: violin
Guimel Sibingo: vocals
Stephen Varner: drums

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