Songs and Scenes: Sunday, July 14, 2013

Songs and Scenes is a weekly blog review of songs, readings and prayers featured in The Crossing’s Sunday services. You’ll also find links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase recorded versions of the songs when available.

Sanctus – Words: Traditional (c. 1st century), Music: Christine Cover and Scott Johnson

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

Call to Worship: Matthew 21:9

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, a week before his crucifixion, the crowds came out of the city to meet him. They sang praises to him and shouted. We read their song in Matthew 21.

“Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”

The people sang to welcome their King: the King who promised blessing and fullness of life. This morning, let’s join in that same song, opening our hearts to welcome our king, Jesus.

Holy (Jesus, You Are) by Jason Ingram, Matt Redman, Jonas Myrin

Who shall we say You are?
You’re the living God.
Who shall we say You are?
You’re the Great I AM.
The highest name of all,
You’re all You say You are.

You are holy, holy, holy
God most high and God most worthy.
You are holy, holy, holy
Jesus, You are. Jesus, You are.

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.”≈

Call to Confession: Psalm 32:1-3, 5

Let’s hear the sound of sovereign grace, from God’s word. David writes in Psalm 32:

Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven,
whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the man against whom the LORD
counts no iniquity,
and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away.

David knows the shame sin makes us feel – shame we naturally want to hide. But he reminds us that life isn’t found in keeping silent. No. God promises forgiveness through his Son, Jesus Christ, when we honestly and vulnerably uncover our sinful hearts before him.

Let’s continue reading David’s prayer of confession together.

I acknowledged my sin to you,
and I did not cover my iniquity;
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,”
and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.

This is the word of the Lord,

Thanks be to God.

On the strength of the assurance, let’s continue our prayer and uncover our hearts to our merciful God in silent confession.

Assurance of Forgiveness: Based on Psalm 145:13-14, Psalm 31:3, 5, 5

Our emotions come and go. Sometimes we’re in the sweetest frame, but sometimes we’re cast down. But neither joy nor despair saves or condemns – only Jesus saves. Our confidence lies not with feelings, but with his finished work on the cross. He is faithful.

Let’s read these assuring words together.

The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises
and faithful in all he does.
The Lord upholds all who fall
and lifts up all who are bowed down.

Lord Jesus, you are my rock and my fortress;
and for your name’s sake you lead me and guide me;
Into your hand I commit my spirit;
you have redeemed me, O LORD, faithful God.

This is the good news of the Gospel.

In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.
Thanks be to God!

The Solid Rock – Words by Edward Mote (1834); Music by William B. Brad­bu­ry (1863), Arranged by Page CXVI

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly trust in Jesus’ Name.

On Christ the solid Rock I stand
all other ground is sinking sand.
All other ground is sinking sand.

Satisfied – Words: Clara T. Williams (1875), Music: Karl Digerness (1997), Arrangement: The Crossing Music

All my life long I had panted
for a drink from some cool spring
that I hoped would quench the burning
of the thirst I felt within.

Hallelujah! He has found me,
the One my soul so long has craved!
Jesus satisfies all my longings,
through his blood I now am saved.

He Rescued Me – Traditional, Arrangement: Red Mountain Music

I never wanted to follow Jesus.
I never wanted to follow Jesus.
I never wanted to follow Jesus.
He rescued me. He rescued. me.

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

This new 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!”

“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.

Music and Tech Team for July 14, 2013:

Walt Beeson – bass
Andrew Camp – acoustic guitar, vocals
Kristen Camp – vocals
Rhett Johnson – electric guitars, banjo, percussion
Scott Johnson – worship leader, piano
Andrew Luley – drums
Josie Patton – cello
Emily Reisen – vocals

Ray Batt – sermon cg, live-stream music cg
Kameron Bong – tech assistant
David Cover – front of house audio
Tracy Christman – camera operator
Ryan Eiffert – video engineer
Chris Halsey – light board operator
Scott Jones – camera operator
Barrett Knox – live-stream audio
Darin Nichols – music cg
Gerik Parmele – video director
Kirk Pickett – camera operator
Jake Wandel – production manager, light designer/director

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