Songs and Scenes: Sunday, March 16, 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 liturgy. Our friend, Ben Walton, took photos of the morning. There are links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase recorded versions of the songs when available.

1. He is Yahweh – by Dean Salyn.

Who is moving on the waters?
Who is holding up the moon?
Who is peeling back the darkness
with the burning light of noon?

Who is standing on the mountains?
Who is on the earth below?
Who is bigger than the heavens
and the lover of my soul?

Creator God, He is Yahweh.
The Great I AM, He is Yahweh.
The Lord of All, He is Yahweh.

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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. O Help My Unbelief – Words: Isaac Watts, Music: Justin Smith. Adapted from an arrangement by Indelible Grace

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

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.

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5. Jesus, All For Jesus by Robin Mark and Jennifer Atkinson, Arrangement: The Crossing Music

Jesus, all for Jesus,
All I am and have and ever hope to be.
All of my ambitions, hopes and plans
I surrender these into Your hands.
For it’s only in Your will that I am free.

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Music Team for March 16, 2014:

Andrew Camp: bass, vocals
Kristen Camp: vocals
David Cover: worship leader, electric and acoustic guitars
Rhett Johnson: electric guitars, vocals
Scott Johnson: piano, organ, vocals
Andrew Luley: drums
Greg Wiele: percussion

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