Songs and Scenes: October 4, 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 (adapted from the Book of Common Worship)

Leader: God Most High,

By your Word you created a universe of staggering beauty
and through your Spirit you breathed into it the breath of life
.

All: Accept creation’s hymn of praise from our lips,
and let the praise that is sung in heaven
resound in the heart of every creature on earth,
to the glory of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
now and forever.

Amen.

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2. Praise the Lord, All Praise and Blessing – Words: Joel Blomqvist (1840-1930) Music: Matt Scott

Praise the Lord, all praise and blessing,
render to his mighty name;
Thank him ever for His goodness,
now and evermore the same.
Now and evermore the same.

He created earth and heaven,
deepest sea and all therein;
Smallest creature, highest being,
let your anthems now begin.
Let your anthemes now begin.

Everything that you have made is beautiful.
Everything that you have made is good.

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3. Christ is Coming! Let Creation – Words: John R. Mac­duff (1853),
Add. Words and Music: Matt Scott

Long Thy people have been pining
For Thy peace and rest, and Thee,
Soon, in heav’nly glory shining,
Their Restorer shall they see.

Come on down! Come on down!
Haste that joyous jubilee!

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4. Prayer of Lament (adapted from The Open Sourcebook and Sojourn Church)

Leader: Lord, we look with hope for the day when there is no more grief, no more sorrow, no more sin, no more death.

All: When you return, there will be no sickness, no more weakness, no more anxiety, no more failing strength, and we will be made complete. We will see you, and our souls will overflow with joy, worship, and blessings.

Leader: Here, we see things darkly, our hopes are obscured by the brokeness that surrounds us–– war, disease, hunger, poverty—

All: The world is not as it should be.

Leader: We grieve over the violence at UCC in Oregon.

We mourn over Christians being persecuted and
killed because they follow yo
u.

We grieve over the loss of many friends, family
and the unborn.

We lament over shattered marriages and
unreconciled relationships

All: Lord Jesus, have mercy on us.

Leader: We long for your return when you will lift up the brokenhearted and restore peace.

All: Help us to put our hope in your unfailing promises.
May our souls find rest in you. Amen.

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5. Celebration of Assurance: Isaiah 25

Leader: 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.

All: 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.

Leader: On this mountain…
he will swallow up death forever.

All: 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.

Leader: In that day they will say,

All: “Surely this our God,
we trusted in him, and he saved us;
let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.”

Leader: This is the Word of the Lord.

All: Amen. Come Lord, Jesus!

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6. 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

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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7. Communion Song: The Morning Star – Words: Isaac Watts (18th cent.);
Add. Words: David A. Cover;Music: Christine Cover, Greg Wiele, & Latifah Phillips

Come all ye hungry, starving souls,
that feed upon the wind,
and vainly strive with earthly toils
to fill an empty mind.

Eternal Wisdom has prepared
a soul-reviving feast;
and bids your longing appetites
the rich provision taste.

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8. Communion Song: Trees Will Clap (Isaiah 55) by Andrew Camp, Patrick Miller, Scott Johnson, and Greg Wiele

“All who thirst, take and eat,
Without price, wine and wheat
Come and buy, to satisfy,
Yourself on love, Yourself on Me.”

With your Word, undeaf my ears,
“Seek ye God, while He’s near.”

Trees will clap, clap their hands,
mountains sing, oceans hymn.
Take your joy, fill the earth.
Lead us up and further in.

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Music Team for October 6, 2015:

Taylor Carr: vocals
David Cover: electric guitar
David Currey: pedal and lap steel guitar
Emily Herzog: vocals
Scott Johnson: vocals, acoustic guitar, piano
Jeff Schaefer: bass guitar
Johnny Tucker: keyboards
Stephen Varner: drums

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