Songs and Scenes: Sunday, April 6, 2014

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Songs and Scenes is a weekly blog review of the songs, readings and prayers featured in The Crossing’s Sunday morning liturgy. Our good friend, Scott Myers, took photos of corporate worship this morning. There are links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase recorded versions of the songs when available.

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1. Doxology #2 – Words: Thom­as Ken (1674), Music: Old 100th, Ge­ne­van Psalt­er (1551), Arrangement: The Crossing Music

Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

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2. Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing – Words by Robert Robinson (1758), Music: NETTLETON, Wyeth’s Re­po­si­to­ry of Sac­red Mu­sic, Part Se­cond by John Wy­eth (1813), Arrangement: The Crossing Music

O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.

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3. Prayer: based on Psalm 40

LORD, help us to wait patiently for you;
turn to us and hear our cry.
Lift us out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
set our feet on a rock
and give us a firm place to stand.

Put a new song in our mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
May we see and fear the LORD
and put our trust in him.

Do not withhold your mercy from us, LORD;
may your love and faithfulness always protect us.

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4. Rock of Ages – Words: Augustus M. Toplady (1776), Based on an arrangement by Ascend the Hill

While I draw this fleeting breath,
When mine eyes shall close in death,
When I soar to worlds unknown,
See Thee on Thy judgment throne, Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee.

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5. Reading: Ephesians 1:3, 5-8

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight.

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6. Rejoice by Dustin Kensrue and Stuart Townhend

This morning we introduced this new song by Dustin Kensrue and Stuart Townend. Here’s a helpful excerpt from an interview where Dustin talks a little more about the origins of the song.

I had the idea to write a song that was pretty directly a call for people to worship, specifically in rejoicing. We see in Philippians and other places that Paul calls us as Christians to rejoice—even in suffering and hardships. I wanted to have a song that called people to rejoice in what God has done and who He is, and who we are in Him. Also, I wanted to work in the idea of rejoicing through trials and suffering. That was the big idea behind the song.

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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7. How Deep the Father’s Love For Us by Stuart Townend, Arrangement: King’s Kaleidoscope

How deep the Father’s love for us,
how vast beyond all measure
that He should give His only Son
to make a wretch His treasure.
How great the pain of searing loss,
the Father turns His face away
as wounds which mar the chosen One
bring many sons to glory.

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Music Team for April 6, 2014:

David Cover: worship leader, acoustic guitar, percussion
Alex Derezynski: electric guitar
Emily Herzog: vocals
Andrew Luley: percussion
Ryan Ponder: bass, moog
Christian Smith: vocals
Johnny Tucker: piano, keyboards
Stephen Varner: percussion

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