Songs & Scenes: Sunday Liturgy Recap, October 5, 2014

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Songs and Scenes is a weekly blog review of songs, readings and prayers featured in The Crossing’s Sunday morning liturgy. Today’s liturgy recap features photos by Dan Gill. You’ll find links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase recorded versions of the songs when available.

The Crossing Music recently released “Liturgy of the Seasons–Volume 1: Autumn’s March”; a new E.P. featuring many songs from today’s service. Check it out on vinyl, C.D. or digital download at crossingsongs.com

1. Call To Worship: Psalm 86:8-10

There is none like you, Lord;
    no deeds can compare with yours.
All the nations you have made
    will come and worship before you, Lord;
    they will bring glory to your name.
For you are great and do marvelous deeds;
    you alone are God.

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2. How Great Thou Art – by Stuart K. Hine, Adapted from an arrangement by Page CXVI and David Wilton

And when I think that God, His Son not sparing,
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin.

Then sings my soul to my Savior, God.
How great Thou art! How great Thou art!

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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 (adapted from Sojourn Community Church)

Lord of All,

We have heard so many times that you are
are sovereign over every aspect of our lives.
But we confess that our hearts are haunted with doubt.
If we could only hear and believe our Savior when he says,
“Let not your hearts be troubled.
Trust in God, also trust in me.”
We ask for a faith that truly relies and trusts you
even in the darkest situations.
Help us to fully understand that if you are for us,
that nothing can be against us.
Sustain us according to your word.
Let not our hope be put to shame.
Hold us safely in Jesus Christ that
we may live according to your promise.

Amen.

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5. Sovereign Over Us by Aaron Keyes, Jack Mooring, and Bryan Brown

You are wisdom unimagined. who could understand your ways,
reigning high above the heavens, reaching down in endless grace.
Youʼre the Lifter of the lowly, compassionate and kind,
You surround, and You uphold me; Your promises are my delight

Your plans are still to prosper,
You have not forgotten us.
You’re with us in the fire and the flood.
Faithful forever, perfect in love,
You are sovereign over us.

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6. Assurance: Romans 8:28-30 (adapted by Sojourn)

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.

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7. Gloria by Chad Gardner, Arrangement by The Crossing Music

O taste and see that the Lord is good;
all you people, all you saints
all you children of the king.
Gloria! Gloria!
Gloria!, Gloria!

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8. Death in His Grave by John Mark McMillan

Death In His Grave is a wonderful example of poetry in the context of a corporate worship song. Bobby Gilles in his blog, My Song in the Night, gives a helpful analysis of the songs lyrics.

On Friday a thief,
on Sunday a king.
Laid down in grief,
but awoke with keys
to Hell on that day.
First born of the slain,
the man, Jesus Christ, laid
death in his grave.

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Music Team for October 5, 2014:

Kristen Camp: vocals
David Currey: resophonic and pedal steel guitars
Nick Havens: bass
Emily Herzog: vocals, acoustic guitar
Scott Johnson: worship leader, acoustic guitar
Justin Schilb: violin and mandolin
Johnny Tucker: keyboard
Stephen Varner: drums

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