Songs and Scenes: September 20, 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 Nate Herndon.

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1. Call to Worship: 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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2. Scripture Reading: John 1:1-4, 10-14

Leader: In the beginning the Word already existed.
The Word was with God,
and the Word was God.

All: He existed in the beginning with God.

Leader: God created everything through him,
and nothing was created except through him.

All: The Word gave life to everything that was created,
and his life brought light to everyone.

Leader: He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him.

All: He came to his own people, and even they rejected him.

Leader: But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.

All: They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.

Leader: So the Word became human and made his home among us.

All: He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness.
And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.

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3. Rejoice by Dustin Kensrue and Stuart Townend

All our sickness, all our sorrows,
Jesus carried up the hill.
He has walked this path before us.
He is walking with us still.
Turning tragedy to triumph,
turning agony to praise;
There is blessing in the battle
so take heart and stand amazed.

Rejoice! When you cry to Him He hears your voice.
He will wipe away your tears.
Rejoice! In the midst of suffering
He will help you sing.
Rejoice!

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4. Prayer of Lament: Based on Psalm 13 (adapted from Sojourn Community Church)

Leader: God of all comfort,
The world can be a terrible place.
We pray for all who are suffering trials.

For the Christians who are persecuted
because they profess the name of Jesus, we ask:

All: How long O Lord?

Leader: For the refugees, the foreigners, and the outcast, we ask:

All: How long, O Lord?

Leader: For those who suffer racism, poverty, human trafficking:
and all forms of exploitation in our city, we ask:

All: How long, O Lord?

Leader: For those who face sickness of body or mind, we ask:

All: How long, O Lord?

Leader: For those whose families suffer loss and division, we ask:

All: How long, O Lord?

Leader: For those who are childless and long for children, we ask:

All: How long, O Lord?

Leader: For those who feel isolated and alone, we ask:

All: How long, O Lord?

Leader: It’s tempting to think our help is in politicians,
or technology, or our own cleverness.

With your church throughout the ages,
we echo this hope:

All: Our help is in the name of the LORD,
the creator of heaven and earth.

Leader: Lord, it is sometimes so hard to believe this.

All: Lord, help our unbelief!

Leader: We are eager for the day that you return, restoring justice,
beauty, and harmony to your creation.

All: Until then, may we continue to trust in you alone,
and look forward to that day with hope. Amen.

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5. The Church Has Waited Long – Words: Horatius Bonar (1845), Music: Scott Johnson

The whole creation groans,
And waits to hear that voice,
That shall restore her comeliness,
And make her wastes rejoice.

Come, Lord, and wipe away
The curse, the sin, the stain,
And make this blighted world of ours
Thine own fair world again.

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6. Celebration of Assurance: Based on Romans 8, Revelation 21, and Isaiah 25

Leader: Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. For all creation is waiting in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.

All: For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.

Leader: And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering.

All: We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when the LORD will wipe away every tear, death shall be no more, there will be a new heaven and a new earth, and all creation will be filled with God’s glory.

Leader: It will be said on that day.

All: This is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us. This is the LORD for whom we have waited; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation. Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

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

Christ is coming! Let creation
From her groans and travail cease;
Let the glorious proclamation
Hope restore and faith increase.

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

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

The Morning Star shines brightly forth
in bursting light that fills the earth
like April rain to wash away
the darkened stain.

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Music Team for September 20, 2015:

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

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