Songs and Scenes: March 15, 2015

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Songs and Scenes is a weekly blog review of songs, readings and prayers featured in The Crossing’s Sunday morning liturgy. We were fortunate to have Barry Danylak join us as a guest speaker this weekend. You can view to Barry’s message here and check out his book, Redeeming Singleness, here.

Today’s liturgy recap features photos by Nate Herndon. You’ll find links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase recorded versions of the songs when available.

Sunday, March 15

1. Prayer of Invocation (adapted from the Worship Sourcebook)

All-knowing and all-caring God,
we gather this day drained by another week.
We are like a parched desert,
empty and in need of replenishment.
Make us aware of your presence
and saturate us with your Spirit,
Bathe us in your streams of living water,
that our lives might acknowledge and worship you
to the praise and honor of Jesus Christ.

Sunday, March 15

2. Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing – Words by Robert Robinson (1758), Music: NETTLETON, Wyeth’s Re­po­si­to­ry of Sac­red Mu­sic, Part Se­cond by John Wy­eth (1813), Arrangement and Additional Chorus: Page CXVI

Come, Thou Fount of every blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
Sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,
Mount of Thy redeeming love.

Sunday, March 15

2. You Alone Can Rescue by Matt Redman and Jonas Myrin

You alone can rescue. You alone can save.
You alone can lift us from the grave.
You came down to find us, led us out of death.
To You alone be longs the highest praise.

Sunday, March 15

3. Scripture Reading: Ephesians 1:3-8

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.

Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ….

So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has lavished his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.

Sunday, March 15

4. Song of Confession: Rock of Ages – Words: Augustus M. Toplady (1776), Contemporary chorus by Page CXVI (2009). Arrangement by Page CXVI and David Wilton

Not the labor of my hands
Can fulfill Thy law’s demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears forever flow,
All for sin could not atone;
Thou must save, and Thou alone.

Sunday, March 15

5. New Song: Grace Alone by Dustin Kensrue

You left your home to seek out the lost;
You knew the great and terrible cost
But Jesus, your face was set.
I worked my fingers down to the bone;
But nothing I did could ever atone,
But Jesus, you paid my debt.

By your blood I have redemption and salvation.
Lord you died that I might reap what you have sown,
And you rose that I might be a new creation.
I am born again by grace, and grace alone.

Sunday, March 15

6. I’m Yours by Asher Seevinck & Dave Wilton

 I am no longer a slave.
I am no longer afraid.
You gave me a voice and a song,
You taught me how to sing.
Now I have brothers and sisters,
You gave me a family.

I’m Yours, I’m Yours,
You called me Your child.
I’m Yours, I’m Yours,
You bought me with blood.

Sunday, March 15

Music Team for March 15, 2015:

Alex Dereszynski – electric guitar
Emily Herzog: vocals and acoustic guitar
Scott Johnson: worship leader, piano, and Rhodes
Justin Schilb: violin
Stephen Varner: drums
Greg Wiele: bass

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