This week's Songs and Scenes review features photos provided by Gerik Parmele. You'll find links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase recorded versions of the songs where available.
Our service began with a call to worship from Hebrews 12:2-3.
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of God. Let us consider him who endured such opposition from sinful people, so that we will not grow weary and lose heart.
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.
The Christ, Our Light by Martin Reardon
When all was dark and without dawn
You gave us Light, you sent your Son.
The Christ, the Christ, He shines, He shines
to take our sins away, away.
Often, we define sin only in terms of the bad things we do. Tim Keller clarifies the what sin is in his article, Talking About Idolatry in a Postmodern Age. Keller writes, "Sin isn’t only doing bad things… Sin is building your life and meaning on anything, even a very good thing, more than on God."
This morning we spent time in silent confession asking the Holy Spirit to search our hearts to reveal the idols that keep us from treasuring all God is for us in Jwesus Christ.
With Melting Heart and Weeping Eyes - Words by John Fawcett (1740-1817), Music by Clint Wells
Does not Thy sacred word proclaim,
salvation free in Jesus' name?
To Him I look and humbly cry,
"Lord, save a wretch condemned to die.
Lord, save this wretch condemned to die."
O My Soul, Arise - Words: Charles Wesley (1742), Music and additional words: Eric McAllister
This new song from Sovereign Grace Music enabled us to sing of Christ's resurrecting power in our lives. Eric McAllister, who retuned this hymn had this to say about the song:
"I set the song in a minor key, aware that the battle to remember the scriptural truths contained in these verses is a battle! But how sweet it is to contend with our souls knowing that the object of our trust is Jesus Christ. He is our unique and perfectly qualified Great High Priest, and our assurance that we do not fight alone."
He ever lives above
For me to intercede
His all redeeming love
His precious blood to plead
His blood atoned for every race
His blood atoned for every race
And sprinkles now the throne of grace
O my soul, arise
Behold the risen Christ
Your Great High Priest
This Breaks My Heart of Stone - Words by Charles Wesley (1707-1788) with new music by Benji Pocta.
Look as when thy pit'ing eye,
was closed that we might live;
"Father," at the point to die,
my Savior cried, "Forgive".
Surely with that dying word,
He turns and looks and cries, "Tis done!"
O my loving, bleeding Lord,
this breaks my heart of stone.
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross - Words by Isaac Watts (1749), Music by Lowell Mason (1824)
Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.
Music and Tech Team for June 3, 2012:
Andrew Camp - vocals, acoustic guitar
Ashley Gross - vocals
Rhett Johnson - electric guitars
Scott Johnson - worship leader, piano, organ
Andrew Luley - drums
Emily Riesen - vocals
Ryan Ponder - bass
David Cover - audio
Chris Halsey - lights
Amy Lamm - production coordinator
Jamie Stephens - music media
The Crossing Music has released a new song for Kids Club featuring hip-hop artist Rahlo. You can listen to and purchase a copy of I Want to Run at crossingsongs.com.