Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs: June 27, 2010

This week’s music set-list review features photos by Scott Myers. You can learn more about Scott and his photography in this video shown in last week’s worship service. You’ll find links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase versions of the songs as recorded by the original artists.

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

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. 

Creator King  – by Mary Mclean

Creator King is a wonderful song to sing at the beginning of our corporate worship services. It reminds us that our God is glorious and transcendent and at the same time he is near and intimately involved in every aspect of our lives.

You who lit the stars and set the dawn in time
called them all by name and now You whisper mine.
You’re my Creator King.

His Loving-Kindness  – Words by Samuel Medley (1782), Additional Words by David A. Cover with contemporary music by Christine Cover and David A. Cover (2010)

Though the melody is new, His Loving-Kindness was originally penned by Samuel Medley in 1782 as an expression of thanksgiving to God. Medley wrote many, many hymns and he was always careful to say that his main purpose in songwriting was to “comfort Christians and glorify Christ.” (Amazing Grace: 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions, p. 333, Kenneth W. Osbeck)

Awake my soul, in joyful praise,
sing of my great Redeemer’s ways:
He justly claims a song from me,
“His loving kindness set me free!”

Blessed is the Oneby Doug Plank

Based on Psalm 32, Blessed is the One gives the worshipping church an opportunity to give thanks for the forgiveness of sins found in Jesus Christ.

Jesus, Your blood conquers all my sin.
Jesus, Your love draws my heart to sing,
“What a Savior!” 

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.”

Dr. Erwin Lutzer was a guest speaker at The Crossing this weekend and he spoke on Living With a Clear Conscience

Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) – Words by John Newton (1779), Music by Virginia Harmony (1831) with a new chorus by Chris Tomlin and Louie Giglio 

With Amazing Grace, we sang of the assurance of being released from the shackles of our sin and cleansed of our guilty consciences through God’s grace in Jesus Christ.

My chains are gone, I’ve been set free
My God, my Savior has randsomed me.
And like a flood His mercy rains
unending love, amazing grace. 

Music Team for June 27, 2010

Andrew Camp – vocals, acoustic guitar
Christine Cover – vocals
David Cover – vocals, electric guitar
Nick Havens – bass
Andrew Luley – drums
Kerry Maggard – keyboards
Kristen Pierce – vocals

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