Today's Songs and Scenes review features photos provided by Lana Eklund. You'll find links in the song titles to help you purchase recorded versions of the songs when available.
The service began with a call to worship from the Open Sourcebook based on Psalm 50:15.
Call upon me in the day of trouble;
I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.
In Christ Alone by Stuart Townend and Keith Getty, Arrangement: King's 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.
The Solid Rock - Words by Edward Mote (1834); Music by William B. Bradbury (1863), Arranged by Page CXVI
His oath, His covenant, His blood
Support me in the whelming flood;
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay.
On Christ the solid Rock I stand
all other ground is sinking sand.
All other ground is sinking sand.
The call to prayer was based on Lamentations 3:21-23 and inspired by a lament from the Open Sourcebook and John Piper's sermon, "Today's Mercies for Today's Troubles".
Even though life is overwhelming, God meets us where we are with mercies "tailor made" to sustain us through today's struggles with the assurance that tomorrow he will provide new mercies for that day's struggles.
But this I call to mind,
and therefore I have hope:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
I Will Wait For You by Jodee Lewis
In his sermon, John Piper says, “Faith stands on the promise of God and waits and hopes in weakness and peace.” So we pressed into God's promise, waiting on him as we sang this song based on Lamentations 3.
Yet this I call to mind,
and therefore I have hope
Because of the Lord's great love,
we are not consumed
Your compassions never fail;
they are new every morning
and I will wait for you
We are a people who wait in hope. God hears our prayers and has promised to one day return to wipe away every tear from our eyes and make all things new through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Isaiah 25:8b-9 gives us a picture of this wonderful promise.
The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces;
he will remove his people’s disgrace from all the earth.
The Lord has spoken.
In that day they will say,
“Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us.
This is the Lord, we trusted in him;
let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.”
The Revelation of Jesus Christ by Cam Huxford, Arranged by Ghost Ship
I saw a new heaven and a new earth,
for the first had passed away.
I saw a new city, Jerusalem;
a bride on her wedding day.
I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
“look at the dwelling place of God.”
He will dwell with them, they will be his people,
and He will be their God.
Wipe away every tear from our eyes.
Death will be no more.
Surrender by Marc James
I'm giving you my heart,
and all that is within,
I lay it all down for the sake of you my King.
I'm giving you my dreams,
I'm laying down my rights,
I'm giving up my pride for the promise of new life.
And I surrender all to You.
All to You.
Music and Tech Team for September 9, 2012:
Andrew Camp - vocals, acoustic and electric guitars
David Cover - electric guitar, percussion
Nick Havens - bass
Rhett Johnson - drums
Scott Johnson - worship leader piano, keyboard, six-string banjo
Alyssa Kelly - violin
Emily Riesen - vocals
Benedict Sin - violin
Kameron Bong - tech assistant
Joy Calvert - live stream media
Kenton Binkholder - IMAG technical director
Emily Critchfield - camera
Chris Halsey - lights
Scott Jones - video engineer
Michael Novak - music media
Gerik Parmele - video/tech director
Chantel Wandel - sermon media
Jake Wandel - production manager/designer
Tim Worstell - audio
Brandon Wright - camera
Phil Vinyard - camera