Songs and Scenes: Sunday, March 9, 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. This week, our friend, Scott Myers, 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. Call to Worship: Matthew 11:28-30, Psalm 62:1-2

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

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2. Divine Invitation by Steve Hindalong and Eric Owyoung, Arrangement: Page CXVI

We are all here to find
the place where our restless souls will be free.
We were all made to see.
our hearts could not rest until found in Thee.

In this divine invitation we find Your embrace
and in our deep adoration see the light of Your face.
In this divine invitation we all find the place
for our souls where the longings were born long ago.

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3. In Christ Alone by Stuart Townend and Keith Getty, Arrangement: Kings Kaleidoscope

In Christ alone my hope is found;
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This cornerstone, this solid ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all—
Here in the love of Christ I stand.

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4. Prayer of Confession (adapted from the Worship Sourcebook)

Lord Jesus,
out of your fullness we have all received grace upon grace.
You are our eternal hope;
you are patient and full of mercy;
you are generous to all who call upon you.

Save us, Lord.

Lord Jesus, fountain of life and holiness,
you have taken away our sins.
On the cross you were wounded for our transgressions
and were bruised for our iniquities.

Save us, Lord.

Lord Jesus, obedient unto death,
source of all comfort,
our life and our resurrection,
our peace and reconciliation:

Save us, Lord.

Lord Jesus, Savior of all who trust you,
hope of all who die for you,
and joy of all the saints:

Save us, Lord.

Jesus, Lamb of God:
Have mercy on us.

Jesus, bearer of our sins:
Have mercy on us.
Jesus, redeemer of the world:
Have mercy on us
and grant us your peace.

Amen.

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5. NEW SONG – From the Depths of Woe (Psalm 130) – Words: Martin Luther (1523), Music: Christopher Miner (1997)

Kevin Twit, leader of the Indelible Grace retuned hymn movement, wrote about this hymn on the Indelible Grace Hymnbook website. Here’s a helpful excerpt:

So often our experience here and now is a cry from the depths of woe, and we mustn’t minimize the reality of that place that God’s people regularly experience. And there is a certain comfort that comes from singing together in that place, we are not alone and song can help us experience this. But there is real hope for those who trust in Jesus – there is a joy beyond the sorrow, a day when God will set His Israel free from all her sin and sorrow. Yet you don’t easily or quickly go from the depths of woe to trusting with joy. I love the way this hymn takes five verses (and seven minutes) to make the journey.

From the depths of woe I raise to Thee
The voice of lamentation;
Lord, turn a gracious ear to me
And hear my supplication;
If Thou iniquities dost mark,
Our secret sins and misdeeds dark,
O who shall stand before Thee?

Though great our sins and sore our woes
His grace much more aboundeth;
His helping love no limit knows,
Our upmost need it soundeth.
Our Shepherd good and true is He,
Who will at last His Israel free
From all their sin and sorrow.

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6. Words of Assurance: 2 Corinthians 5:17-18

If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation:
everything old has passed away;
see, everything has become new!

All this is from God,
who reconciled us to himself through Christ,
and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.

People of God,
receive the good news of the gospel:

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

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

Behold the man upon a cross,
my sin upon His shoulders;
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice
call out among the scoffers.
It was my sin that held Him there
until it was accomplished;
His dying breath has brought me life –
I know that it is finished.

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8. O My Soul, AriseWords: Charles Wesley (1742), Music and additional words: Eric McAllister

O my soul, arise,
behold the risen Christ!
Your Great High Priest,
Your spotless sacrifice. O my soul, arise,
God owns you as His child.
Shake off your guilty fears,
my soul, arise.

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Music Team for March 9, 2014:

Andrew Camp: vocals, electric guitars
Kristen Camp: vocals
Emily Herzog: vocals
Rhett Johnson: electric guitars
Scott Johnson: worship leader, piano, acoustic guitar, organ
Andrew Luley: drums
Ryan Ponder: drums
Justin Schilb: violin
Benedict Sin: violin

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