Songs and Scenes from Sunday, July 31, 2011

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This week’s Songs and Scenes features photos courtesy of Gerik Parmele. 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.

Our call to worship was God’s Word from Psalm 50:15. In his mercy, God invites us to come to him with our troubles and sorrows with the promise of deliverance by His own hand.

“Call upon me in the day of trouble;
I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.”

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With Every Breath by Marc Byrd

For all your times of laughter,
in every hopeful prayer,
when the world weighs on your shoulders,
through sorrow and your despair,
with everything, with every breath
praise the Lord.

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We read Psalm 61:1-4 adapted by Mike Cosper from The Open Sourcebook.

O God, listen to our cry!
Hear our prayers!
From all over the earth,
We cry out to you for help
because our hearts are overwhelmed.
Lead us to the towering rock of safety,
for you alone are our safe refuge,
a fortress where our enemies cannot reach us.
Let us live forever in your shelter,
safe beneath the shelter of your wings!

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Jesus, Lover of My Soul – Words: Charles Wesley (1740), Music: Chris Eaton and John Hartley

This morning we introduced a new arrangement of this hymn we’ve sung for years at The Crossing. The new melody (set in a minor key) captures the aching lament inherent in Wesley’s lyrics.

Other refuge have I none,
hangs my helpless soul on Thee;
Leave, ah! leave me not alone,
still support and comfort me.
All my trust on Thee is stayed,
all my help from Thee I bring;
Cover my defenseless head
with the shadow of Thy wing.

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We had an extended time of prayer guided by Psalm 55 where we brought our struggles and sins to God.

Cast your cares on the LORD
and he will sustain you;
he will never let the righteous fall.

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Psalm 62 (My Soul Finds Rest) by Stuart Townend and Aaron Keyes

Find rest, my soul, in God alone
amid the world’s temptations;
when evil seeks to take a hold
I’ll cling to my salvation.
Though riches come and riches go,
don’t set your heart upon them;
The fields of hope in which I sow
are harvested in heaven.

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Absent from Flesh – Words: Issac Watts (1707), Music and adapted lyrics: Jamie Barnes

We partcipated in communion and sang this new song by Sojourn Music from their most recent album The Water and the Blood. On a personal note, this album is one of my favorite worship releases of the last few years and worth checking out.

I go where God and glory shine,
to one eternal day.
This failing body I now resign
for angels point my way,
for the angels point my way!
.

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

No chilling winds nor poisonous breath
can reach that healthful shore.
Sickness sorrow pain and death
are felt and feared no more.
I am bound, I am bound,
I am bound for the Promised land.

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Music and Tech Team for Sunday, July 31, 2011:

Andrew Camp – vocals, keyboards
Kristen Camp – vocals
Sadie Currey – fiddle, vocals
Nick Havens – bass
Rhett Johnson – electric guitar
Scott Johnson – vocals, acoustic guitar
Andrew Luley – drums
Joel Schirmer – vocals
Ethan Vizitei – piano, organ

Josh Burrell – light and media coordinator
Addison Hawkins – sound
Michael Novak – music media

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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