Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs: September 12, 2010

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

Draw Near (Hebrews 4:16) by David A. Cover

Our gathering song was a new song written by David and will be featured as the theme for The Crossing’s Women’s Ministry this autumn.

“Draw near to Me My child,
come rest in My mercy.
Draw near to Me, My child,
and know I AM with you.”

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We started the service with a reading from 1 Corinthians 15:1-6 and Romans 11:33-36. 1 Corinthians 15 (where Paul talks about the resurrection of Christ and the resurrection of believers) was a common thread woven throughout the morning and informed the songs that we sang together.

With Every Breath by Marc and Christina Byrd

With Every Breath is lyrically rooted in Psalm 145 and Psalm 150 and calls all creation to join in praise to the Lord.

Hallelujah from the heavens.
Hallelujah in the heights above the earth.
Hallelujah all His angels.
Hallelujah for the last will be first.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

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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.”

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The service continued as David read 1 Corinthians 15:12-22.

Mighty is the Power of the Cross by Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves and Shawn Craig

Mighty is the Power of the Cross highlights the life restoring benefits we receive through Christ’s death and resurrection.

What can take a dying man
and raise him up to life again?
What can heal the wounded soul,
what can make us white as snow?
What can fill the emptiness,
what can mend our brokenness?

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David also read 1 Corinthians 15:51-58.

Christ is Risen by Matt Maher and Mia Fieldes

In an interview for New Song Cafe, co-songwriter Matt Maher relates how Christ is Risen found it’s genesis in a refrain from a 3rd century sermon. It’s chanted every Easter in churches throughout the Ukraine, “Christ has risen from the dead trampling over death by death, and redeeming us from the grave.” The finished song is a heart-lifting celebration of our resurrection in Christ.

Christ is risen from the dead,
trampling over death by death;
Come awake, come awake,
come and rise up from the dead.

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There is a Day by Nathan Fellingham

As God’s children, our hope is not in this world but in an eternal future where we will be with the Lord forever. There is a Day (inspired by 1 John 3:2-3, 2 Corinthians 4:17-18, 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17) gives expression to that hope in song.

So lift your eyes to the things as yet unseen
that will remain now for all eternity.
Though trouble’s hard it’s only moment’ry
and it’s achieving our future glory.

Music Team for September 12, 2010

Nathan Billings – piano and organ
Taylor Bonderer – violin
Andrew Camp – vocals
David Cover – acoustic and electric guitars
Rhett Johnson – acoustic guitar
Scott Johnson – bass
Andrew Luley – drums
Josie Patton – cello
Kirsten Pierce – vocals

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For more information about music written for corporate worship by members of the music team visit The Crossing Music. You can also find us on Twitter and Facebook.

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