Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs: May 16, 2010

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 versions of the songs as recorded by the original artists.

Creator King by Mary Maclean

This served as a gathering song at the start of our service.


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

O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing was written by Charles Wesley in 1739 and inspired by Revelation 5, which paints a picture of thousands upon thousands of angels worshiping around the throne of God.

O for a thousand tongues to sing
My great Redeemer’s praise,
the glories of my God and King,
the triumphs of His grace! 


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.

Dave then lead us in a time of reflection with Romans 5:8.

The Wonderful Cross – Words by Isaac Watts (1749), Music by Lowell Mason (1824), Additional chorus by Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves and J.D. Walt

We continued our meditation on the cross with an arrangement of Isaac Watts’ famous hymn. The lyrics (including the bridge to Hosanna by Brooke Fraser) remind us that a proper view of Calvary requires more than just a surrender of a song, but our entire lives.

O the wonderful cross,
O the wonderful cross
bids me come and die
and find that I may truly live.

Jesus Went to the Garden – by Steve Hindalong and Marc Byrd

This gave us an opportunity to respond to the message and sing of the history of our Living Savior, from His submission to the will of the Father in the Garden of Gethsemane, His crucifixion and resurrection, to His promise to his disciples at the Ascension.

Hallelujah, our Savior is alive!
Hallelujah, He is alive!
Hallelujah, He’s coming back for us.
Hallelujah, victorious! 

All Must Be Well -Words by Mary Bowley-Peters (1847), Music (and alt. words) by Matthew Smith

This hymn sent us out with encouragement for the week ahead.

Through the love of God our Savior, all will be well;
Free and changeless is His favor, all is well;
Precious is the blood that healed us;
Perfect is the grace that sealed us;
Strong the hand stretched forth to shield us, all must be well.

Music Team for May 16, 2010:

David Cover – electric guitar
Shawn Bender – drums
Nick Havens – bass
Rhett Johnson – vocals and acoustic guitar
Scott Johnson – piano, organ and vocals
Kristen Pierce – vocals

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