Songs and Scenes from Sunday, January 20, 2013

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Songs and Scenes is a weekly blog review of songs, readings and prayers featured in The Crossing’s Sunday services. Scott Myers has graciously provided photos to give a glimpse into Sunday morning life at The Crossing. You’ll also find links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase recorded versions of the songs where available.

Sanctus – Words: Traditional (c. 1st century), Music: Christine Cover and Scott Johnson

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

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Our Call to Worship was from Isaiah 40:25-26, and 28.

“To whom will you compare me?
Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One.
Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens:
Who created all these?
He who brings out the starry host one by one
and calls forth each of them by name.
Because of his great power and mighty strength,
not one of them is missing.

Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.”

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How Great is Our God by Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves and Ed Cash, Arranged by The Crossing Music

The splendor of the King,
clothed in majesty;
Let all the earth rejoice,
all the earth rejoice.

He wraps Himself in light,
and darkness tries to hide,
and trembles at His voice,
and trembles at His voice.

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Holy (Jesus, You Are) by Jason Ingram, Matt Redman, Jonas Myrin

Your name alone has power to raise us.
Your light will shine when all else fades.
Our eyes will look on Your glorious face,
shining like the sun.

You are holy, holy, holy
God most high and God most worthy.
You are holy, holy, holy
Jesus, You are. Jesus, You are.

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Our call to confession was based on Micah 7:18-19.

Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.

In a sermon on Micah 7, John Piper said, “If you don’t feel your sin and guilt, you won’t go deep with the pardon of God. But it works the other way… If you don’t know the depths of God’s pardon, you won’t go deep with your own sin.” With this in mind, we too a few minutes to go deeper into the reality of God’s mercy for us in Christ by confessing our sins in song and silent prayer.

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With Melting Heart and Weeping Eyes – Words: John Fawcett (1740-1817), Music: Clint Wells

Does not Thy sacred word proclaim,
salvation free in Jesus’ name?
To Him I look and humbly cry,
“Lord, save a wretch condemned to die.
Lord, save this wretch condemned to die.”

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We heard the assurance of God’s forgiveness and the promise of victory over sin and death through Christ’s resurrection in a reading from The Open Sourcebook based on 2 Corinthians 5:55-57.

This is what the Lord says:

“Death is swallowed in victory.
O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”
For sin is the sting that results in death.

But God has given us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.

In Christ, your sins are forgiven,
death has no grip on you,
and you will share in His victory.
Thanks be to God!

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Death in His Grave by John Mark McMillan

“Death in is Grave” is quickly becoming a favorite song at The Crossing due in part to it’s beautiful use of language. Songwriter John Mark McMillan provides a helpful line-by-line commentary of the song on his blog and here he comments on the phrase from the chorus, “the man, Jesus Christ.”

It is important that we understand the humanity of Jesus. Jesus lived like we live, and felt like we feel. He was “tempted in every way”. He suffered like a man and he felt sorrow as well as joy. Most significantly, he died like a man. Jesus regularly referred to himself as the “son of man” because I think he felt it was important for us to know that we have a God who can sympathize with our infirmities (Heb 4:15).

You can check the rest of his commentary here.

On friday a thief, on sunday a king
laid down in grief
but woke with the keys
of hell on that day.
First born of the slain
the man, Jesus Christ, laid
death in his grave.

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Christ is Risen by Matt Maher and Mia Fieldes

O death, where is your sting?
O hell, where is your victory?
O church, come stand in the light;
Our God is not dead He’s alive,
He’s alive!

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

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Music and Tech Team for Sunday, January 20, 2013:

Christine Cover – vocals, percussion
Rhett Johnson – electric guitars
Scott Johnson – worship leader, acoustic guitar, six-stringed banjo
Alyssa Kelly – violin
Andrew Luley – drums
Ryan Ponder – bass
Emily Reisen – vocals
Ethan Vizitei – piano, organ, vibes

Jay Atkins – camera operator
Kameron Bong – tech assistant
Ray Batt – sermon cg, live-stream music cg
David Cover – front of house audio
Ken Kroll – light board operator
Gerik Parmele – video director
Kirk Pickett – camera operator
Ben Walton – camera operator
Chantel Wandel – music cg
Jake Wandel – production manager, light designer
Brandon Wright – video engineer

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