Songs and Scenes: May 3, 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.

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. Holy, Holy, Holy (Lord, God Almighty) – Words by Reginald Heber (1783-1826), Music: Nicaea, John B. Dykes (1861)

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessèd Trinity!

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2. Call to Worship: Based on Psalm 33:6-9, 3-5 (adapted by Sojourn Community Church)

The Lord merely spoke,
and the heavens were created.
He breathed the word,
and all the stars were born.
He assigned the sea its boundaries
and locked the oceans in vast reservoirs.
Let the whole world fear the Lord,
and let everyone stand in awe of him.
For when he spoke, the world began!
It appeared at his command.

Sing a new song of praise to him
and sing with joy.
For the word of the Lord holds true,
and we can trust everything he does.
The unfailing love of the Lord fills the earth.

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

O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds thy hands have made,
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed:

Then sings my soul to my Savior, God.
How great Thou art! How great Thou art!

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4. 10,000 Reason (Bless the Lord) by Matt Redman and Jonas Myrin (We adapted an arrangement by Rend Music Collective.)

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
O my soul; worship His holy name.
Sing like never before, O my soul;
I’ll worship Your holy name.

And on that day when my strength is failing
the end draws near and my time has come,
still my soul will sing Your praise unending;
Ten thousand years and then forevermore.

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5. Praying the Psalms: Psalm 50:15 (Introductory comments adapted from Kevin Twit’s commentary on “Indelible Grace: The Hymnsing”)

“Call on me in the day of trouble;
I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”

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6. Dear Refuge of My Weary Soul – Words: Anne Steel, Music: Kevin Twit

Dear refuge of my weary soul,
On Thee, when sorrows rise
On Thee, when waves of trouble roll,
My fainting hope relies
To Thee I tell each rising grief,
For Thou alone canst heal
Thy Word can bring a sweet relief,
For every pain I feel

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7. Praying the Psalms: Psalm 55:1-8, 16-17, 22

Listen to my prayer, O God,
do not ignore my plea;
hear me and answer me.
My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught
because of what my enemy is saying,
because of the threats of the wicked;
for they bring down suffering on me
and assail me in their anger.

My heart is in anguish within me;
the terrors of death have fallen on me.
Fear and trembling have beset me;
horror has overwhelmed me.
I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove!
I would fly away and be at rest.
I would flee far away
and stay in the desert;
I would hurry to my place of shelter,
far from the tempest and storm.”

As for me, I call to God,
and the Lord saves me.
Evening, morning and noon
I cry out in distress,
and he hears my voice
.

Cast your cares on the Lord
and he will sustain you;
he will never let
the righteous be shaken.

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8. Prayer of Hope and Trust: Troubled Hearts (from Prone to Wander: Prayers of Confession and Celebration by Barbara Duguid and Wayne Duguid Houk)

Lord Jesus, thank you for your fearless faith. Thank you that for the joy that was set before you, you persevered through far greater pain and suffering than anything we will ever suffer or can even imagine. Thank you that you will come back and take us to be with you forever, wiping away all our tears and comforting at last our grieving and broken hearts.

Holy Spirit, help us to believe in Christ. Help us to believe that in Christ’s death we died, and that in his resurrection we are raised to new life. Give us the joy and peace that should flow from that reality, as we continue to face the broken world in which we live, especially as we face the last enemy, death itself.

It is with hopeful hearts we pray:

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

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9. I Will Rise by Chris Tomlin, Louie Giglio, Jesse Reeves and Matt Maher

Jesus has overcome
and the grave is overwhelmed
The victory is won
He is risen from the dead.
I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain.

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10. 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.

No chilling winds or poisonous breath 
can reach that healthful shore;
sickness and sorrow, pain and death, 
are felt and feared no more.

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

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Music Team for May 3, 2015:

Lacey Burrell: vocals
David Currey: resophonic guitars
Scott Johnson: vocals, acoustic guitar
Justin Schilb: mandolin
Guimel Sibingo: vocals
Brad Stephenson: reader
Greg Wiele: acoustic guitars

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