Songs and Scenes: May 17, 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 Lana Eklund. You’ll find links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase recorded versions of the songs when available.

The Crossing Music recently released “Liturgy of the Seasons–Volume 3: Spring’s Ardor”; a new E.P. featuring “Trees Will Clap”. A song that is a Crossing favorite. Check it out on C.D. or digital download at crossingsongs.com. Vinyl is coming soon.


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1. Call to Worship: Ephesians 5:19-20

Sing to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.
Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord,
always giving thanks to God the Father for everything,
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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2. Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery by Matt Papa, Matt Boswell, and Michael Bleeker

Come behold the wondrous mystery
Slain by death the God of life
But no grave could e’er restrain Him
Praise the Lord; He is alive!

What a foretaste of deliverance
How unwavering our hope
Christ in power resurrected
As we will be when he comes

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3. Death in His Grave by John Mark McMillan

On Friday a thief,
on Sunday a king.
Laid down in grief,
but awoke with keys
to Hell on that day.
First born of the slain,
the man, Jesus Christ, laid
death in his grave.

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4. Call to Confession: Based on Hebrews 2:14-15, 4:14-16

Jesus shared in our humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death— and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

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5. Prayer of Confession (adapted from Prone to Wander: Prayers of Confession and Celebration by Barbara Duguid and Wayne Duguid Houk)

Leader: Heavenly Father, we confess before you today the weakness of our faith.

All: In good times, we declare boldly that in Jesus we have a sympathetic High Priest, yet when trials and troubles come, we quickly feel abandoned and alone, convinced that you have forgotten us.

Leader: Instead of drawing near to the throne of grace, full of confidence in your love for us, our hearts are consumed with frustration and fear.

All: We lash out at those closest to us in anger, or withdraw within ourselves to sulk and hide. We run to the idols that promise us immediate escape or relief from our pain.

Leader: We quickly forget that our merciful High Priest has ascended into heaven in triumph and intercedes for us there.

All: As a result, we do not depend on you for the resources that we need in our weakness; we do not honor and revere you as the all-wise God who orders everything in the universe well, including our trials; and we do not obey you in our hearts or in our lives.

Father, forgive us.

Leader: Spirit of God, bind our hearts to you as we walk through the paths that you have ordained for us.

All: When we suffer, be our vision by strengthening our belief that you always have redemptive purposes in the suffering of your children, as we see so clearly in the cross of Christ.

Leader: Enable us to cry out for wisdom when we lack it, and humble us to see that we lack wisdom often.

All: Grow our faith in the promise that you will not leave us as we pass through troubled waters, that we will not be burned when we are called to walk through fire, and that we do not need to fear, for you have called us by name; we are yours.

Leader: In Jesus’ name we pray,

All: Amen.

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6. Sovereign Over Us by Aaron Keyes, Jack Mooring, and Bryan Brown

You are wisdom unimagined. who could understand your ways,
reigning high above the heavens, reaching down in endless grace.
Youʼre the Lifter of the lowly, compassionate and kind,
You surround, and You uphold me; Your promises are my delight

Your plans are still to prosper,
You have not forgotten us.
You’re with us in the fire and the flood.
Faithful forever, perfect in love,
You are sovereign over us.

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7. Celebration of Assurance: Based on Isaiah 25:1, 6-9

LORD, you are my God;
     I will exalt you and praise your name,
for in perfect faithfulness
     you have done wonderful things,
     things planned long ago.

On this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare
     a feast of rich food for all peoples,
a banquet of aged wine—
     the best of meats and the finest of wines.
On this mountain…
     he will swallow up death forever.
The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears
     from all faces;
he will remove his people’s disgrace
     from all the earth.
The LORD has spoken.

In that day they will say,
“Surely this is our God;
     we trusted in him, and he saved us.
This is the Lord, we trusted in him;
     let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.”

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8. New Song: We Will Feast in the House of Zion by Sandra McCracken and Joshua 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

We will not be burned by the fire
He is the LORD our God
We are not consumed, by the flood
Upheld, protected, gathered up

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9. Unimaginable by Kristen Camp, Scott Johnson, Andrew Luley, & David A. Cover

No eye has seen, nor ear heard,
nor the heart of man imagined,
no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
nor the heart of man imagined,
What God has prepared for those who love him.
What God has prepared for those who love him.

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10. The Revelation of Jesus Christ by Cam Huxford

I saw a new heaven and a new earth,
for the first had passed away.
I saw a new city, Jerusalem;
a bride on her wedding day.

I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
“look at the dwelling place of God.”
He will dwell with them, they will be his people,
and He will be their God.

Wipe away every tear from our eyes.
Death will be no more.

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Music Team for May 17, 2015:

Andrew Camp: vocals, electric guitars
David Currey: pedal steel guitar
Scott Johnson: vocals, piano, acoustic guitar
Jeff Schaefer: bass guitar
Justin Schilb: violin
Guimel Sibingo: vocals
Johnny Tucker: keyboards, piano
Stephen Varner: drums

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