This week's Songs and Scenes review features photos graciously provided by Scott Myers. You'll find links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase recorded versions of the songs where available.
Here I Am to Worship by Tim Hughes, Arrangement: The Crossing Music
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.
Before the Throne - Words: Charitie L. Bancroft (1863), Music: Vikki Cook, Arrangement: the Modern Post
We sang a new arrangement of this retuned hymn which moves the song from it's original celtic feel (with a 3/4 time signature) into a more rock oriented 4/4 time signature. Dustin Kensrue (of the The Modern Post) said in a recent interview, “The gospel is the most timeless and timely of news—always. And as the church, we have the great joy of not only being recipients of this news, but its heralds as well.” Singing songs like "Before the Throne" is one of the ways we herald the gospel and encourage one another in our faith during our Sunday services.
When Satan tempts me to despair
and tells me of the guilt within
upward I look and see Him there
Who made an end of all my sin.
Because the sinless Savior died
my sinful soul is counted free
for God the just is satisfied
to look on Him and pardon me.
Our call to confession was inspired by Tim Keller sermon on Paul's letter to the Galatians.
“The gospel of justifying faith means that while Christians are, in themselves still sinful and sinning, yet in Christ, in God’s sight, they are accepted and righteous. So we can say that we are more wicked than we ever dared believe, but more loved and accepted in Christ than we ever dared hope — at the very same time. This creates a radical new dynamic for personal growth. It means that the more you see your own flaws and sins, the more precious, electrifying, and amazing God’s grace appears to you. But on the other hand, the more aware you are of God’s grace and acceptance in Christ, the more able you are to drop your denials and self-defenses and admit the true dimensions and character of your sin.”
Since I Am So Sick by Don Chafer
Since I am so sick, since I am in need,
since I have no healing within me,
Oh, my God, be mindful of me,
You are my help and my Redeemer.
Surely those who wait on You
will never be ashamed.
All of those who call on You
will know the faithfulness of Your name.
The Gospel Song by Drew Jones and Bob Kauflin
Holy God, in love, became
perfect Man to bear my blame.
On the cross He took my sin.
By His death I live again.
We heard the assurance (from Colossians 2:13-14) that not only are we forgiven in Christ but God also counts His righteousness as ours.
"When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross."
O My Soul, Arise - Words: Charles Wesley (1742), Music and additional words: Eric McAllister
Eric McAllister, who retuned this hymn had this to say about "O My Soul, Arise":
"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."
Arise, my soul, arise; shake off thy guilty fears;
The bleeding sacrifice in my behalf appears:
Before the throne my surety stands,
Before the throne my surety stands,
My name is written on His hands.
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.
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.
Music and Tech Team for August 26, 2012:
Taylor Bonderer - violin
Ashley Gross - vocals
Rhett Johnson - electric guitar, percussion
Scott Johnson - worship leader, piano, synth
Andrew Luley - drums
Ryan Ponder - bass
Emily Reisen - vocals
Benedict Sin - violin
Jay Atikins - camera operator
Ray Batt - sermon cg
Kameron Bong - tech assistant
Kenton Binkholder - asst. switchboard operator, live stream media
David Cover - sound
Laurel Critchfield - asst. switchboard operator
Chris Halsey - light board operator
Gerik Parmele - video director, switchboard operator
Ryan Stoll - camera
Ben Walton - camera
Chantel Wandel - music media
Jake Wandel - production manager, light designer
Tim Worstell - sound
Brandon Wright - shader