Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs: June 6, 2010

This week’s music set-list review features photos Gerik Parmele. 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 Doxology – Words by Thomas Ken (1874), Music: Old 100th, Ge­ne­van Psalt­er (1551)

This week the songs and readings specifically focused on the Trinity: the Heavenly Father, blessed Son, eternal Spirit. The Doxology was an appropriate way to introduce this theme and start the service.

Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
Praise Him all creatures here below.
Praise Him above ye heavenly host.
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

How Great is Our God by Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves and Ed Cash

We continued our coporate worship time with this anthemic celebration of the majesty, power and eternality of our Three-in-one God.

And age to age He stands,
and time is in His hands;

Beginning and the End.
The Godhead three in one,
Father, Spirit, Son,
the Lion and the Lamb.

Holy, Holy, Holy (Lord God Almighty) – Words by Reginald Heber (1783-1826), Music by John B. Dykes (1861)

This hymn was written by Reginald Heber in 1826 specifically for use on Trinity Sunday, a day that reaffirms the truth of the triune Godhead.

Holy, Holy, Holy!
merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons,

blessed Trinity.

Heavenly Father, Beautiful Son by Mark Altrogge

Mark Altrogge, a pastor and songwriter for Sovereign Grace Ministries, wrote this song highlighting the unique, yet complementary, role each person in the Trinity plays in our salvation.

Father, You loved me,
sent Your Son to redeem.
Jesus, You washed me

by Your blood I am clean.
Spirit, You’ve opened these blinded eyes
and brought me to Christ.

Heavenly Father, Beautiful Son was based on the prayer, The Trinity, which we also read corporately. The prayer is from The Valley of Vision, a collection of 16th century Puritan prayers, and is a highly recommended resource for personal prayer. You can find a copy of it in The Crossing’s bookstore.

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

Grace That is Greater – Words by Julia Johnston (1911), Music by Daniel Towner (1910)

In the previous prayer, we thanked God for the fullness of His grace manifested in the Trinity. This medley was a beautiful affirmation of that reality expressed through song.

Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that is greater than all our sin.

The Heidelberg Catechism Question 1 helped us to respond to the assurance of God’s grace with sound biblical truth.

Because I belong to Him,
Christ, by His Holy Spirit,
assures me of eternal life
and makes me wholeheartedly
willing and ready
from now on to live for Him.

Awakening by Chris Tomlin and Reuben Morgan

Awakening served as a prayer that the Holy Spirit would not only work in our hearts but in the hearts of all the nations. The chorus echos the Lord’s Prayer asking for God’s perfect will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.

For You and You alone awake my soul; 
Awake my soul and sing
For the world You love Your will be done
Let Your will be done in me


The Gospel Song by Bob Kauflin and Drew Jones

We responded to the message with this simple song that reveals the complex reality of the Son’s sacrifice on the cross.

Music Team for June 6, 2010:

Carly Allen – bass
Lacey Burrell – vocals
Mark Collum – vocals
Rhett Johnson – electric guitar
Scott Johnson – vocals and piano
Andrew Luley – drums
Josie Patton – cello 

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