Songs and Scenes: Sunday, August 4, 2013

Songs and Scenes is a weekly blog review of songs, readings and prayers featured in The Crossing’s Sunday services. Unfortunately, we don’t have photos this week but, as always, you’ll still find links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase recorded versions of the songs when available.

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 that’s with us even now,
saturate us with your Spirit,
and cleanse us in your streams of living water,
that our lives might acknowledge and worship you
to the praise and honor of Jesus Christ

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), Based on an arrangement by Page CXVI

Here I raise my Ebenezer;
Here by Thy great help I’ve come;
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home..
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
Wandering from the fold of God;
He, to rescue me from danger,
Interposed His precious blood;

3. God Who Saves by Aaron Senseman

There is truth in His body,
raised that third day.
There is joy in a stone rolled away.
There is hope pouring out
of the tomb where He lay,
pouring out, pouring over the grave.

Praise the God who saves.
Praise the God who bled.
Praise the God who was nailed to a tree
and wore our sins upon His head.

4. Call to Prayer: Matthew 6:25-34

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to your life.

And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Philippians 4:6, 19

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

5. Cling to the Crucified – Words: Anonymous (from Bonar’s “Lyra Consolationis”), Alt. Lyrics and Music: Kevin Twit

Cling to the Mighty One, Cling in thy grief
Cling to the Holy One, He gives relief
Cling to the Gracious One, Cling in thy pain
Cling to the Faithful One, He will sustain

Cling to the crucified, Jesus the Lamb who died
Cling to the crucified, Jesus the King
Cling to the crucified, Jesus the Lamb who died
Cling to the crucified, Jesus the King

6. Words of Assurance (Adapted from Battling the Unbelief of Anxiety,” an excellent sermon by John Piper.)

When I am anxious about the future and all the unknowns in life, God promises in Deuteronomy 31:8

“The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; he will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear, or be dismayed”

When I am about anxious about an important decision I have to make, God promises in Psalm 32:8

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my eye upon you.”

When I am anxious about being too weak to meet the challenges at home, work, or school, God promises in 2 Corinthians 12:9

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

When I am anxious about a trial I am facing, God promises in Isaiah 41:10

Do not fear, for I am with you;
do not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.

When I am anxious about people’s opinions about me, God promises in Isaiah 51:7a, 12b

“Do not be afraid of people’s scorn
or be terrified by their insults…
I, yes I, am the one who comforts you.
So why are you afraid of mere humans?”

When I am about anxious about aging, God promises in Isaiah 46:4

“Even to your old age I am he, and to gray hairs I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save.”

When I am about anxious about falling away from God, God promises in Philippians 1:6

I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

Romans 8:31-32, 37-39…

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any power, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God!

7. All Must Be Well – Words by Mary Bowley Peters (1847) with contemporary music by Matthew Smith.

Through the love of God our Savior, all will be well;
Free and changeless is His favor, all is well;
Precious is the blood that healed us;
Perfect is the grace that sealed us;
Strong the hand stretched forth to shield us,
all must be well.

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

On Jordan’s stormy banks I stand,
And cast a wishful eye
To Canaan’s fair and happy land,
Where my possessions lie.
I am bound, I am bound,
I am bound for the Promised land.

9. You can view Kermit Summerall’s sermon, “Customer Service Gone Wrong,” in the video below. You can also purchase “When People Are Big and God is Small” (the book Kermit references) here.

10. Be Thou My Vision – Traditional Irish hymn, Based on an arrangement by The Spares

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art..

High King of heaven, my victory won,
may I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heav’n’s Sun.
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my vision, O Ruler of all.

Music and Tech Teams for August 4, 2013:

Walt Beeson – upright bass
Andrew Camp – banjo, vocals
Kristen Camp – vocals
Scott Johnson – worship leader, acoustic guitar
Josie Patton – cello
Justin Schilb – mandolin
Stephen Varner – drums

Kameron Bong – tech assistant
Tracy Christman – camera operator
Ryan Eiffert – video engineer
Chris Halsey – light board operator
Ken Kroll – light designer, production director
Cheyenne Lehr – cg coordinator
Gerik Parmele – video director
Michael Schobey – camera operator
Kate Shanks – sermon cg, live-stream music cg
Ryan Stoll – camera operator
Chantel Wandel – music cg
Jake Wandel – production manager
Tim Worstell – front of house audio
Phil Vinyard – technical director

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