Songs and Scenes: Sunday, March 23, 2014

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Songs and Scenes is a weekly blog review of the songs, readings and prayers featured in The Crossing’s Sunday liturgy. Our friend, Scott Myers, took photos of corporate worship this morning. There are links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase recorded versions of the songs when available.

1. Call to Worship: All Creatures of Our God and KingWords by Francis of Assisi (cir­ca 1225), Arrangement by The Crossing Music

And all ye men of tender heart,
Forgiving others, take your part,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Ye who long pain and sorrow bear,
Praise God and on Him cast your care!
O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

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2. NEW SONG – From the Depths of Woe (Psalm 130) – Words: Martin Luther (1523), Music: Christopher Miner (1997)

Kevin Twit, leader of the Indelible Grace retuned hymn movement, wrote about this hymn on the Indelible Grace Hymnbook website. Here’s a helpful excerpt:

So often our experience here and now is a cry from the depths of woe, and we mustn’t minimize the reality of that place that God’s people regularly experience. And there is a certain comfort that comes from singing together in that place, we are not alone and song can help us experience this. But there is real hope for those who trust in Jesus – there is a joy beyond the sorrow, a day when God will set His Israel free from all her sin and sorrow. Yet you don’t easily or quickly go from the depths of woe to trusting with joy. I love the way this hymn takes five verses (and seven minutes) to make the journey.

From the depths of woe I raise to Thee
The voice of lamentation;
Lord, turn a gracious ear to me
And hear my supplication;
If Thou iniquities dost mark,
Our secret sins and misdeeds dark,
O who shall stand before Thee?

Though great our sins and sore our woes
His grace much more aboundeth;
His helping love no limit knows,
Our upmost need it soundeth.
Our Shepherd good and true is He,
Who will at last His Israel free
From all their sin and sorrow.

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3. Intercessory Prayer: Based on 1 Timothy 2:1-6

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time.

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4. In Christ Alone by Stuart Townend and Keith Getty, Arrangement: Kings Kaleidoscope

In Christ alone my hope is found;
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This cornerstone, this solid ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all—
Here in the love of Christ I stand.

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5. Communion Song: Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed – Words: Isaac Watts (1707), Music: Martyrdom, Hugh Wilson, (1800), Arrangement: The Crossing Music

Alas! and did my Savior bleed
and did my Sovereign die?
Would He devote that sacred head
for such a wretch such as I?

My God why would You shed Your blood
so pure and undefiled,
to make a sinful one like me
Your chosen precious child?

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6. Communion Song: Death in His Grave by John Mark McMillan

On Friday a thief,
on Sunday a king.
Laid down in grief,
but awoke with keys
to Hell on that day.
First born of the slain,
the man, Jesus Christ, laid
death in his grave.

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Music Team for March 23, 2014:

Andrew Camp: vocals, electric guitars
Kristen Camp: vocals
Nick Havens: bass
Scott Johnson: worship leader, piano, acoustic guitar
Justin Schilb: violin
Benedict Sin: violin
Greg Wiele: vocals, electric and acoustic guitars
Andrew White: drums

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