Songs and Scenes: November 8, 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. You’ll find links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase recorded versions of the songs when available. This week’s liturgy review features photos by Shoshana Herndon.

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1. Call to Worship: Based on Psalm 121:1-2 and Belonging to God: Catechism Resources for Worship

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?

My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

What did God do to help us?

We believe God chose the people of Israel
to make a new beginning.
They received God’s covenant promise
and prepared the way
for Jesus to come as our Savior.

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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: 1 John 1:8-9 (from “Christ-Centered Worship” by Bryan Chappell)

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins
and purify us from all unrighteousness.

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4. Rock of Ages – Words: Augustus M. Toplady (1776), Contemporary chorus by Page CXVI (2009). Arrangement by Page CXVI and David Wilton

Nothing in my hand I bring,
simply to the cross I cling;
naked, come to thee for dress;
helpless, look to thee for grace;
foul, I to the fountain fly;
wash me, Savior, or I die.

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5. Scripture Reading: Romans 6:23 and Silent Confession

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

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6. Celebration of Assurance: Based on Ephesians 2:1-2, 4-5; Romans 6:11; 8:1; 2 Corinthians 5:17

Once you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world… But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace we have been saved.

There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

Christ died for us,
Christ rose for us,
Christ reigns in power for us,
Christ prays for us.
Anyone who is in Christ is a new creation.
The old life has gone; a new life has begun.

Brothers and sisters, consider yourself dead to sin
and alive to God in Jesus Christ.

Amen. Thanks be to God!

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7. O My Soul, Arise – Words: Charles Wesley (1742), Music and additional words: Eric McAllister

O my soul, arise,
behold the risen Christ!
Your Great High Priest,
Your spotless sacrifice.
O my soul, arise,
God owns you as His child.
Shake off your guilty fears,
my soul, arise.

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8. What Wondrous Love is This – Author: Anonymous, Tune: WONDROUS LOVE (Southern Harmony), We used Wen Reagan’s arrangement of this hymn.

What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss
to bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul,
to bear the dreadful curse for my soul?

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9. Christ is Risen by Matt Maher and Mia Fieldes

Beneath the weight of all our sin
You bowed to none but heavens will.
No scheme of hell, no scoffer’s crown,
no burden great can hold you down,
In strength you reign.
Forever let Your church proclaim,

Christ is risen from the dead
trampling over death by death.
Come awake, come awake!
Come and rise up from the grave
.

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10. The Mystery of Faith – Words: Traditional english liturgy, Music by Scott Johnson

Christ has died,
Christ has risen,
Christ will come again.

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Music Team for November 8, 2015:

Andrew Camp: vocals, electric and acoustic guitars
Kristen Camp: vocals
Rhett Johnson: electric guitar
Scott Johnson: vocals, keyboard
Andrew Luley: drums
Jeff Schaefer: bass
Guimel Sibingo: vocals
Stephen Varner: percussion

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