Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs: June 20, 2010

This week’s music set-list review features photos by Christine Cover. You’ll find links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase versions of the songs as recorded by the original artists.

The House of God Forever by Jon Foreman

Every so often, we like to play a song before the start of the service. It provides an opportunity to gather God’s people together and has a way of softening our hearts. The House of God Forever (based on Psalm 23) reminds us of God’s promises for those who put their trust in Him.

All Creatures of Our God and KingWords by Francis of Assisi (cir­ca 1225)

We started our service with this enduring call for all created things to join together in worship to magnify their Creator.
Let all things their Creator bless,
and worship Him in humbleness,
O praise Him! Alleluia!

Glorious and Mighty by Todd Twining, Joel Sczebel and Bob Kauflin

This song from Sovereign Grace Music is a compelling declaration of God’s glory and expands on the themes established in All Creatures of Our God and King.

Majesty, You fashioned the heavens.
Your decrees can never be changed.
Over all the plans of the nations
Your judgments reign.

Scott Myers, a photographer at The Crossing, shared his story of faith and reflected on how his journey from atheism to Christianity has revealed itself in his photography. You can view the video of Scott’s story below. Please note there are short passages of the video without visuals. You can also discover more about his art here.

Medley: Awakening by Chris Tomlin and Reuben Morgan

Medley: The Gospel Song by Bob Kauflin and Drew Jones

After the moving story of God’s illumination in Scott’s life, it was fitting to sing Awakening. The song is a prayer that God would make “his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”

Like the rising sun that shines,
awake my soul, awake my soul and sing.
From the darkness comes a light;
Awake my soul, awake my soul and sing.

Élégie for Cello and Piano in C Minor (Op. 24) by Gabriel Fauré

Élégie (meaning “a mournful song”) was interpreted by Josie and Katie as we participated in the Lord’s Supper. In this powerful lament, the art and imagination of human beings gave expression to the longing of a broken soul while pointing us to God.

A recording of Josie and Katie playing this piece will soon be available.

Jesus, Thank You by Pat Sczebel

After hearing the lament of Élégie, Jesus, Thank You assured us that God has heard the cry of the broken sinner and, “has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

Your blood has washed away my sin,
Jesus, thank You.
The Father’s wrath completely satisfied,
Jesus, thank You.
Once Your enemy, now seated at Your table,
Jesus, thank You.

Music Team for June 20, 2010:

Taylor Bonderer – violin
Lacey Burrell – vocals
Andrew Camp – vocals
David Cover – percussion
Nick Havens – bass
Scott Johnson – vocals, acoustic guitar, piano
Christine Krull – oboe 
Kristen Pierce – vocals
Josie Patton – cello
Katie Smith – piano
Ethan Vizitei – vibes 

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