Songs and Scenes: March 26, 2017

Songs and Scenes is a weekly blog review of songs, readings and prayers featured in The Crossing’s Sunday morning liturgy. We’ve included a link to a Spotify playlist of Sunday’s songs (when available) so you can enjoy listening to them throughout your week. This week’s liturgy recap features photos by Scott Myers.

Crossing Worship

1. Opening Prayer – Adapted from the Northumbria Community

Lord, You have always given
bread for the coming day;
and though I am poor, today I believe.

Lord, You have always given
strength for the coming day;
and though I am weak, today I believe.

Lord, You have always given
peace for the coming day;
and though of anxious heart, today I believe.

Lord, You have always kept
me safe in trials;
and now, tried as I am, today I believe.

Lord, You have always marked
the road for the coming day;
and though it may be hidden, today I believe.


2. 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) by Matt Redman and Jonas Myrin

The sun comes up, it’s a new day dawning
It’s time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass and whatever lies before me
Let me be singing when the evening comes

Bless the Lord, O my soul, O my soul;
worship His holy name.
Sing like never before, O my soul;
I’ll worship Your holy name.

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3. Steadfast by Sandra McCracken, Leslie Jordan, and Josh Silverberg (with adaptions from Henri Nouwen)

I will build my house
Whether storm or drought
On the rock that does not move
I will set my hope
In your love, O Lord
And your faithfulness will prove

You are steadfast, steadfast

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4. Call to Confession: Based on Psalm 89, Hebrews 13, & Micah 6

We will sing of the LORD’s steadfast love forever;
with our mouths we will make your faithfulness known
through all generations.

We will declare that righteousness and justice
are the foundation of Your throne;
Steadfast love and faithfulness go before You.

Therefore, let us continually
offer a sacrifice of praise to God,
through Jesus Christ.

What kind of sacrifice can we bring to the LORD?

The LORD has told us what is good,
and this is what he requires:
To do justice, and to love mercy,
and to walk humbly with our God.

5. Have Mercy by Sandra McCracken and Thad Cockrell

Have mercy on me
Have mercy on me, O Lord
Have mercy, O Lord
Have mercy

Oh help my unbelief
Oh help my unbelief, O Lord
Have mercy, O Lord
Have mercy

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6. Prayer of Confession

Holy and merciful God,
we confess to you and to one another,
that we have sinned by our own fault
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done
and by what we have left undone.

We have not loved you with
our whole heart and mind and strength.
We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We have not forgiven others as we have been forgiven.
We have grieved your Holy Spirit.

For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us and forgive us;
that we may delight in your will,
and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your Name.


7. When I Survey The Wondrous Cross – Words: Isaac Watts (1707), Music: Lowell Mason (1824)

When I survey the wondrous cross
on which the Prince of glory died,
my richest gain I count but loss,
and pour contempt on all my pride.

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.

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8. St. Patrick’s Breastplate

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

Salvation is of the Lord.
Salvation is of the Lord.
Salvation is of the Christ.
May your salvation, O Lord,
be ever with us.

9. Christ Be All Around Me by David Leonard, Jack Mooring, Leeland Mooring, and Leslie Jordan

Above and below me
Before and behind me
In every eye that sees me
Christ be all around me

Your life, Your death
Your blood was shed
For every moment
Every moment

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10. Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken – Words: Henry Lyte (1824) Music: Attr. Mozart, Alt. Bill Moore

Jesus, I my cross have taken,
All to leave and follow Thee.
Destitute, despised, forsaken,
Thou from hence my all shall be.
Perish every fond ambition,
All I’ve sought or hoped or known.
Yet how rich is my condition!
God and heaven are still my own.

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11. On Jordan’s Stormy Banks I Stand – Words: Samuel Stennett (1787), Music: Christopher Miner.

I am bound, I am bound,
I am bound for the Promised land.
I am bound, I am bound,
I am bound for the Promised land

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Music Team for March 26, 2017:

Rhett Johnson: Electric Guitars
Scott Johnson: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Co-liturgist
Katie Nielson: Vocals
Jeff Schaefer: Bass Guitar
Guimel Sibingo: Vocals, Co-liturgist
Johnny Tucker: Piano
Stephen Varner: Drums

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