Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs: May 9, 2010

This week’s music set-list review features photos by 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 Glories of Calvary by Steve and Vikki Cook

We started our service with this great call to worship and call to the cross from Sovereign Grace Music.

Lord, You’re calling me to come
and behold the wondrous cross.
To explore the depths of grace
that came to me at such a cost.

Here is Love – Words by William Rees (19th century); Music by Robert Lowry (1876); Additional chorus by Matt Redman

This hymn (with a new chorus by Matt Redman) is a stirring proclamation of the fullness of God’s love and grace that is ours in Christ.

In Your truth You will direct me
By Your Spirit through Your Word;
And Your grace my need is meeting,
As I trust in You, my Lord

After Here is Love, Lynn read from Matthew 6:25-34 and we also heard from Philippians 4:6-7. This lead into a time of silent prayer where we brought our worries to God.

The Lord Is by Pat Sczebel and Bob Kauflin

We sang of God’s sovereign provision and care through all of life’s circumstances in this song based on Psalm 23.

You’re with me through every dark valley.
There’s nothing that I have to fear.
You are there to comfort me again and again,
protecting me, assuring me You’re near.

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

Following a prayer adapted from Psalm 121 (from the Worship Sourcebook), we introduced this hymn that Indelible Grace set to new music. It’s a calming reminder of God’s promise that He works all things together for the good of those who love Him.

Though we pass through tribulation, all will be well;
Our is such a full salvation, all is well;
Happy still in God confiding; Fruitful if in Christ abiding;
Steadfast through the Spirit’s guiding, all must be well.

On Jordan’s Stormy Banks – Words by Samuel Stennett (1787) and contemporary music by Christopher Miner

My good friend Keith Scherer likes to say that he’s a broken pilgrim longing for his true home. That’s a beautiful description that is true of all of us. On Jordan’s Stormy Banks gives us an opportunity to express that longing in song.

No chilling winds, nor poisonous breath
can reach that healthful shore.
Sickness sorrow pain and death
are felt and feared no more.

Sing to the King  by Billy Foote and Charles Sylvester Horne
Be Thou My Vision  – Traditional Irish hymn

Following Keith’s message, we sang of the victory over our struggles and the hope that is ours in Christ Jesus.

High King of heaven, my victory won,
may I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heav’n’s Sun.
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my vision, O ruler of all.

Music Team for May 9, 2010:

Carly Allen – bass
Nathan Billings – piano and organ
Mark Collum – vocals
Scott Johnson – acoustic guitar and vocals
Josie Patton – cello
Lynn Roush – vocals
Alison Tatum – violin

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