Songs and Scenes: Sunday, August 25, 2013

Songs and Scenes is a weekly blog review of songs, readings, prayers– all the elements featured in The Crossing’s Sunday morning liturgy. You’ll find links in the song titles allowing you to purchase recorded versions of the songs when available.

1. Call to Worship: Ephesians 5:19-20

Sing to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.
Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord,
always giving thanks to God the Father for everything,
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2. Come Ye Sinners – Words: Joseph Hart (1759), Music: Christine Cover and Greg Weile

Come, ye sinners, poor and needy,
Weak and wounded, sick and sore;
Jesus ready stands to save you,
Full of pity, love and power.

On the bloody Cross behold Him,
Sinner, will this not suffice,
Lo! the incarnate God ascended,
Pleads His perfect sacrifice.

3. Here is Our King (chorus only) by David Crowder

Here is our King, here is our love,
here is our God who’s come
to bring us back to Him.
He is the One, He is Jesus.

4. Here I Am to Worship by Tim Hughes

King of all days, oh, so highly exalted,
glorious in heaven above,
humbly You came to the earth You created.
All for love’s sake became poor.

Here I am to worship, here I am to bow down,
here I am to say that You’re my God.
You’re altogether lovely, altogether worthy,
altogether wonderful to me.

5. Scripture Reading: Ephesians 1:3-4, 7-8, 12

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.In Christ we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us, with all wisdom and insight… in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.

6. Prayer of Confession: Continual Repentance (adapted from “The Valley of Vision“)

Gracious God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

We know that Jesus,
who knew no sin became sin for us,
that we might become His righteousness,
clothed in white and called Your children.

But at my best, I still feel as though I’m in filthy rags.
My best prayers are stained with sin,
Even my tears of repentance are full of impurity,
and my spiritual life is full of pride and selfishness.

Wash my tears, and cover me in His righteousness.
Like the prodigal son, I run to a far country,
and return home, crying, “Father forgive.”
Because of Your mercy, You still call me Your child.
and clothe me in clean garments.

Every morning, let me wear them.
Every evening, return in them.
May I be found in death in them,
and stand covered by them
when I come before Your throne.

May I never lose sight
not only of the exceeding sinfulness of sin
but also of the exceeding righteousness of salvation,
the exceeding glory of Christ,
the exceeding beauty of holiness,
and the exceeding wonder of grace.

We ask this in the name of the One who makes it possible, Jesus Christ.

Amen.

7. Assurance of Forgiveness

We heard our assurance of forgiveness in a video (created by Refresh Ministries) containing excerpts of Matt Chandler’s terrific sermon, “Forgiveness”. You can view the video here and listen to Chandler’s sermon here.

8. Jesus Paid it All – Words: Elvina M. Hall (1865), Music: John T. Grape (1835-1915), Arrangement: Kings Kaleidoscope

Lord, now indeed I find
Thy power and Thine alone,
can change the leper’s spots
and melt the heart of stone.”

Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

9. Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken – Words: Henry Lyte (1824) Music: Attr. Mozart, Alt. Bill Moore

Kevin Twit, while introducing “Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken” at an Indelible Grace hymn sing, provided some insight into hymnist Henry Lyte’s life.

“Henry Lyte… had a wretched father. His father and mother split up, he got sent off to boarding school, his father remarried. From then on he would write letters to his own son and he would not sign them, “Your father,” but he would sign them, “Your uncle.” In other words, Henry’s father never let him call him “father” again. And yet every one of his hymns… the father image for him is a warm and comforting one. Which… shows the power and the Gospel and the scriptures to deconstruct and reconstruct something so basic as what does it mean to have a father.”

Haste thee on from grace to glory,
Armed by faith, and winged by prayer.
Heaven’s eternal days before thee,
God’s own hand shall guide us there.
Soon shall close thy earthly mission,
Soon shall pass thy pilgrim days,
Hope shall change to glad fruition,
Faith to sight, and prayer to praise.

Music and Tech Team for August 25, 2013:

Andrew Camp – vocals, acoustic and electric guitars
Kristen Camp – vocals
Nick Havens – bass
Rhett Johnson – vocals, electric guitar
Scott Johnson – worship leader, piano
Andrew Luley – drums
Emily Reisen – vocals
Justin Schilb – violin
Benedict Sin – violin

Haley Atkins – camera operator
Kameron Bong – tech assistant
Tracy Christman – video engineer
David Cover – front of house audio
Chris Halsey – light board operator
Scott Jones – camera operator
Barrett Knox – live-stream audio
Gerik Parmele – video director
Jamie Stephens – music cg
Ben Walton – camera operator
Chantel Wandel – sermon cg, live-stream music cg
Jake Wandel – light designer, production director

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