Songs and Scenes from Sunday, July 17, 2011

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This week’s Songs and Scenes review features photos graciously provided by Scott Myers. You’ll find links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase recorded versions of the songs where available. This setlist (along with many other churches) is also archived at the Sunday Setlist blog at The Worship Community.

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

Here is love, vast as the ocean,
loving-kindness as the flood,
when the Prince of Life, our Ransom,
shed for us His precious blood.
Who His love will not remember?
Who can cease to sing His praise?
He can never be forgotten
throughout Heav’n’s eternal days.

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His Loving-Kindness – Words: Samuel Medley (1782), Additional Words: David A. Cover, Music: Christine Cover and David A. Cover (recording to be released this fall on a forthcoming album by The Crossing Music)

This is our second week singing this adapted hymn congregationally. One reason we sing a new song several weeks in a row is it often takes awhile to learn a new melody so it becomes familiar enough to sing it out loud. It is also true the lyrics have a way of weaving their truths into our hearts with consistent repetition. The more we sing a song and understand it’s meaning the freer we are to sing in faith.

Often I feel my sinful heart
prone from my Savior to depart;
but though I have him oft’ forgot,
His loving kindness changes not!
How precious is your steadfast love,
eternal Lord of all.
In you is life, is true delight;
I choose to rest in love.

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In June over 50 college age volunteers from Veritas, a college ministry for The University of Missouri, and The Crossing traveled to Joplin, Missouri, to assist in the recovery effort after an EF-5 Tornado destroyed a large portion of the city. This morning we viewed a video, produced by Gerik Parmele, captures the students reactions to the devastation and helps turn our attention to humble dependence on God in prayer and service.

How Long to Save
 by Patrick K. Miller and David A. Cover

This original song (based on Psalm 18) gave voice to our prayers of humble dependence on God’s mercy, strength and Sovereign hand in all things.

You are my Rock, my firm foundation;
apart from You I will fall.
You are my strength. my sure salvation!
I love You, Lord

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Take My Life – Words: Frances R. Havergal (1874), Music and additional lyrics: Chris Tomlin and Louie Giglio, Arrangement: The Crossing Music

Take my life and let it be
consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days,
let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Take my hands and let them move
at the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet and let them be
swift and beautiful for Thee.

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Jesus, Saviour, Pilot Me Words: Edward Hopper (1871), Music: Joseph Pensak and Isaac Wardell, Arrangement: Bifrost Arts

Hymn writer Edward Hopper was pastor at the Church of the Sea and Land in New York Ci­ty where many sailors and sea captains congregated. He specifically wrote the lyrics of “Jesus, Saviour, Pilot Me” using nautical imagery to minister to them. This morning the hymn was an appropriate response to guest speaker Erwin Lutzer’s message “How to Survive a Storm.” You can find the complete lyrics here.

Jesus, Saviour, pilot me
over life’s tempestuous sea;
Unknown waves before me roll,
Hiding rock and treacherous shoal.
Chart and compass come from Thee:
Savior, pilot me.

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Music and Tech Team for July 17, 2011:

Kenny Ashton – acoustic and electric guitars, vocals
Lacey Burrell – vocals
David Cover – acoustic and electric guitars, vocals
Rhett Johnson – bass
Andrew Luley – drums
Joel Schirmer – vocals
Josie Patton – cello
Ethan Vizitei – vibes, piano, keyboard

Kameron Bong – stagehand
Addison Hawkins – sound
Jake Wandel – stage, light and media coordinator

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Granny’s House photo courtesy of Gerik Parmele.

The Crossing Music’s new album Forever/Home is now available! You can find the CD in The Crossing’s bookstore or online here. You can also find us on Twitter and Facebook.

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