Songs and Scenes: Sunday, August 11, 2013

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Songs and Scenes is a weekly blog review of songs, readings and prayers featured in The Crossing’s Sunday services. Our good friend, Lana Eklund, provided photos to offer a glimpse into Sunday morning life at The Crossing. You’ll also find links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase recorded versions of the songs when available.

1. Behold Our God by Jonathan Baird, Meghan Baird and Stephen Altrogge

Who has given counsel to the Lord?
Who can question any of His words?
Who can teach the One who knows all things?
Who can fathom all his wondrous deeds?
Behold our God, seated on His throne.
Come, let us adore Him.

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

Holy, Holy, Holy! though the darkness hide Thee,
Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see:
Only Thou art holy, there is none beside Thee,
Perfect in power, in love, and purity..

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3. O Help My Unbelief – Words: Isaac Watts, Music: Justin Smith

How sad our state by nature is!
our sin, how deep it stains!
and Satan binds our captive minds
Fast in his slavish chains.
But there’s a voice of sov’reign grace,
sounds from the sacred word:
“O, ye despairing sinners come,
and trust upon the Lord.”?

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4. Prayer of Confession: Based on Daniel 9:4-19.

O Lord, the great and awesome God,
who keeps covenant and steadfast love
with those who love him and keep his commandments,

We are embarrassed to come before you,
for we have preferred the ways of this world to your ways,
for we have rebelled against You
and we have sinned and done wrong,

To you belongs righteousness, O Lord,
but we are covered in our shame.

Incline your ear to our troubles.
Hear us when we pour out our sorrows before you.
Forgive us, not on the ground of our own righteousness,
but on the ground of your great mercy.
On the ground of your great mercy
in the gift of your Son, Jesus Christ.

It is in his name that we pray

For he is our Savior and the mediator of
the covenant of grace. Amen.

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5. Cling to the Crucified – Words: Anonymous (from Bonar’s “Lyra Consolationis”), Alt. Lyrics and Music: Kevin Twit

Cling to the Living One, Cling in thy woe
Cling to the Loving One, Through all below
Cling to the Pardoning One, He speaketh peace
Cling to the Healing One, Anguish will cease

Cling to the crucified, Jesus the Lamb who died
Cling to the crucified, Jesus the King
Cling to the crucified, Jesus the Lamb who died
Cling to the crucified, Jesus the King

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6. Assurance of Forgiveness: Based on Psalm 16.

I keep the Lord before me always.
Because he is close by my side,
I will not be shaken.

So I rejoice and am glad.
Even my body has hope,
because you will not leave me in the grave.
You will not let your holy one see corruption.
You will teach me how to live a holy life.
Being with you will fill me with joy;
at your right hand I will find pleasure forever.

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7. Trees Will Clap by Andrew Camp, Scott Johnson, Patrick Miller and Greg Wiele

This song (based on Isaiah 55) gives us an opportunity to sing and remember God’s invitation to enjoy the banquet of the gospel of Christ. The last line of the chorus was inspired by C.S. Lewis’ vision of Heaven as described in “The Last Battle,” the final book of “The Chronicles of Narnia”.

“I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now…Come further up, come further in!”

Turn your ear, hear his voice,
“Sinners come, and rejoice,
Through my son, I set you free.
Pardon won, upon my tree.

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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8. In Christ Alone by Stuart Townend and Keith Getty

No guilt in life, no fear in death—
This is the pow’r of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.

No pow’r of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home—
Here in the pow’r of Christ I’ll stand.

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Music Team for August 11, 2013:

Walt Beeson – upright bass
Andrew Camp – banjo, acoustic guitar vocals
Kristen Camp – vocals
Ashley Gross – vocals
Scott Johnson – worship leader, acoustic guitar, piano
Andrew Luley – drums
Patrick Miller – liturgist
Josie Patton – cello
Justin Schilb – mandolin

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