Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs: November 21, 2010

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This week’s music set-list review features photos by Gerik Parmele and was planned and lead by guest worship leader Rhett Johnson. You’ll find links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase recorded versions of the songs (where available).

O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing by Charles Wesley (1739), Contemporary chorus by David Crowder and Jack Parker

O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing was written by Charles Wesley to commemorate the one year anniversary of the renewal of his faith. Recently, David Crowder wrote a new chorus for the hymn that serves as a great call to worship.

So come on and sing out,
let our anthem grow loud,
There is one great love; Jesus

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High Beyond Imagination – Words by John Newton (1725-1807), Additional Words by Scott Johnson, Music by Scott Johnson and David Wilton

This year the music team has been working to write songs for The Crossing to sing during our worship services. In keeping with the tradition of hymnody, it’s been particularly exciting to create new music and arrangements for some of the lesser known texts such as, High Beyond Imagination.

High beyond imagination
is the love of God to man.
Far to deep for human reason,
fathom that it never can.
Love eternal, love eternal
richly dwells in Christ, the Lamb.

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Come Ye Sinners –  Words by Joseph Hart (1759), Contemporary music by Matthew Smith

This rich hymn is a wonderful invitation to come to Christ and receive all the benefits of his grace.

Come ye sinners poor and wretched,
weak and wounded sick and sore.
Jesus ready stands to save you,
full of pity joined with power.

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The chorus of Here is Our King by David Crowder established the theme of Christ as our redeeming King which was woven throughout all the songs before the message.

Here is our King, here is our love,
here is our God who’s come
to bring us back to Him.
He is the One, He is Jesus.

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Revelation Song – by Jennie Lee Riddle

This powerful anthem reflects the eternal song of heaven found in Revelation 4:8. In an interview about the song, songwriter Jennie Lee Riddle said that her prayer was to write, “a song that the angels and creation were already singing, so that we could join in with One Voice, as One Bride, to One King.”

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord, God Almighty
Who was, and is and is to come.
With all creation I sing, “Praise to the King of Kings!
You are my everything and I will adore You.”

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Christ is Risen by Matt Maher and Mia Fieldes

Dave specifically asked to sing tChrist is Risen following his message this week. In it we boldly express our confidence in our strong Deliverer and Risen King, Jesus Christ, who has triumphed over the effects of The Fall.

O death, where is your sting?
O hell, where is your victory?
O church, come stand in the light;
Our God is not dead He’s alive,
He’s alive!

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Music Team for November 21, 2010:

Taylor Bonderer – violin
Nick Havens – bass
Rhett Johnson – guest music leader and guitars
Scott Johnson – piano and organ
Andrew Luley – drums
Kristen Pierce – vocals

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For more information about music written by members of the music team for corporate worship visit The Crossing Music. You can also find us on Twitter and Facebook.

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