Songs and Scenes: Sunday, May 11, 2014

Jodee Lewis

This week’s Songs and scenes liturgy review features photos by Nate Herndon. We were fortunate to have Jodee Lewis and Doug Zylstra join us as guest music leaders. You can learn more about Jodee from her website and can check out her most recent album here. As always, you’ll find links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase recorded versions of the songs when available.

1. Call to Worship: Psalm 116 – Music by Jodee Lewis

Each week we have a call to worship that invites us to remember who God is and what He has done for His people. This Sunday, for our call to worship, we sang Jodee Lewis’ arrangement of Psalm 116.

The Lord has delivered my soul from death,
my eyes from tears,
and my feet from stumbling.

Sunday worship, May 11, 2014

2. The Solid Rock – Words by Edward Mote (1834); Music by William B. Brad­bu­ry (1863), Arranged by Jodee Lewis

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly trust in Jesus’ Name.

His oath, His covenant, His blood,
Support me in the whelming flood.
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my Hope and Stay.

On Christ the solid Rock I stand
all other ground is sinking sand.
All other ground is sinking sand.

Sunday worship, May 11, 2014

3. How Firm A Foundation – Text: “K” in A Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors, ed. John Rippon, 1787. Music: Traditional American Melody Arranged by Jodee Lewis

Here is some scriptural insight on this hymn from Covenant Life Church.

Much of the hymn is taken almost directly from scripture. Verse one sets the stage, encouraging believers to find refuge and a firm foundation in God’s word. Verse two comes from Isaiah 41:10; verses three and four come from Isaiah 43:2 and 2 Corinthians 12:9… God’s word is the only sure, solid foundation for our lives.

How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word!
What more can He say than to you He hath said,
You, who unto Jesus for refuge have fled?

When through the deep waters I call you to go,
The rivers of sorrow shall not overflow;
For I will be with you, your troubles to bless,
And sanctify to you your deepest distress.

Sunday worship, May 11, 2014

4. I Will Wait For You by Jodee Lewis

Following a prayer of confession from Sojourn Community Church (based on The Valley of Vision prayer “Man A Nothing“), we remembered God’s faithfulness as we sang Jodee’s song based on Lamentations 3:19-24.

Yet this I call to mind,
and therefore I have hope
Because of the Lord’s great love,
we are not consumed
Your compassions never fail;
they are new every morning
and I will wait for you

Sunday worship, May 11, 2014

5. Words of Assurance: Romans 8:31-35, 37-39 (from the Open Sourcebook with adapted comments from Sojourn Community Church)

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 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? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 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.

Sunday worship, May 11, 2014

6. 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.

Jodee Lewis

7. Communion Song: Before the Throne – Words: Charitie L. Bancroft (1863), Music: Vikki Cook, Based on an arrangement: the Modern Post

Before the throne of God above
I have a strong and perfect plea.
A great high Priest whose Name is Love
Who ever lives and pleads for me.
My name is graven on His hands,
My name is written on His heart.
I know that while in Heaven He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart.

Sunday worship, May 11, 2014

8. Communion Song: Nothing But the Blood by Robert Lowry (1876)

Now by this I’ll overcome–
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
Now by this I’ll reach my home–
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Sunday worship, May 11, 2014

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

The resurrection of Christ has given us all the hope of an “inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade — kept in heaven for you.” On Jordan’s Stormy Banks gives us an opportunity to express that hope in song.

O’er all those wide extended plains
Shines one eternal day;
There God the Son forever reigns,
And scatters night away.

Music Team for May 11, 2014:

Jodee Lewis: vocals, acoustic guitar
Doug Zylstra: vocals, acoustic guitar

Walt Beeson: upright bass
David Currey: resonator guitars, lap steel guitar
Ashley Gross: vocals
Scott Johnson: vocals, piano, six-string banjo, acoustic guitar
Stephen Varner: drums

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