Songs & Scenes: Sunday Liturgy Recap, November 16, 2014

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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.

Gerik Paremele, one of our regular photographers, has a series of photos reflecting the themes of Advent on display at the Imago Gallery & Cultural Center November 11, 2014 – January 2, 2015. Be sure to check it out.

You’ll 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)

Leader: Almighty God,

You have gathered us together this morning
not because we are deserving of your love
and not because we have lived faithfully before you.

All: We are here because you have called us.
You loved us before we could love you.
You have given your Son for our salvation.

Leader: For this we join all creation
in blessing you, praising you,
and thanking you.

All: Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty!
You are great, and worthy to be praised.

Leader: As we worship you today,
We long for you to continue to mold us
in the image of your Son, Jesus Christ
whose death and resurrection gives us hope.

All: We pray all these things
through the power of the Holy Spirit.


2. Holy (Jesus, You Are) by Jason Ingram, Matt Redman, Jonas Myrin

Your name alone has power to raise us.
Your light will shine when all else fades.
Our eyes will look on Your glorious face
shining like the sun.
Who is like You, God?

You are holy, holy, holy
God most high and God most worthy.
You are holy, holy, holy
Jesus, You are. Jesus, You are.

3. With Melting Heart and Weeping Eyes – Words: John Fawcett (1740-1817), Music: Clint Wells

With melting heart and weeping eyes,
My guilty soul for mercy cries;
What shall I do, or whither flee,
To rid the vengeance due of me?
To rid the vengeance due of me?

Does not Thy sacred word proclaim,
salvation free in Jesus’ name?
To Him I look and humbly cry,
“Lord, save a wretch condemned to die.
Lord, save this wretch condemned to die.”

4. Call to Confession: Isaiah 55:7 (adapted from Christ-Centered Worship by Bryan Chappell)

Leader: Let the wicked forsake their ways
and the unrighteous their thoughts.

All: Let them turn to the Lord,
and he will have mercy on them,
and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

5. Words of Assurance: Romans 5:8-10

Leader: God demonstrates his own love for us in this:

All: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Leader: Since we have now been justified by his blood,
how much more shall we be saved
from God’s wrath through him!

All: For if, while we were God’s enemies,
we were reconciled to him
through the death of his Son,
how much more, having been reconciled,
shall we be saved through his life!

Leader: Brothers and sisters,
remember the good news of the Gospel:

All: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven
and restored to righteousness and life.


6. Jesus, Thank You by Pat Sczebel

The mystery of the cross,
I cannot comprehend the agonies of Calvary.
You the perfect Holy One, crushed Your Son
who drank the bitter cup reserved for me.

Your blood has washed away my sin;
Jesus, thank You.
The Father’s wrath completely satisfied;
Jesus, thank You.
Once Your enemy, now seated at Your table;
Jesus, thank You.

7. Profession of Faith (adapted from Hebrews 12:1-2 and Morning and Evening: June 28 – Morning by Charles Spurgeon)

Leader: Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.

All: We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.

Leader: Therefore, let us remember it is not our hold of Christ that saves us—

All: It is Christ;

Leader: It is not our joy in Christ that saves us—

All: It is Christ;

Leader: It is not even our faith in Christ,
though it is the instrument—

All: It is Christ’s blood and merits;

Leader: Therefore, let us look not to our grasp of Christ.

All: but to Christ, himself.

Leader: Let us look not to our hope,

All: but to Jesus, the source of our hope;

Leader: Let us look not to our faith,

All: but to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.

Leader: Let his death, his sufferings, his merits, his glories,
his intercession, be fresh upon our minds;

All: When we wake in the morning let us look to him;
when we lie down at night let us look to him.

Leader: Let not our hopes or fears come between us and Jesus;
let us follow hard after him,

All: Because Jesus will never fail us. Amen.

8. 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.

9. Heidelberg Catechism Q. & A. 1

Leader: What is your only comfort in life
and in death?

All: That I am not my own, but belong–
body and soul
in life and in death–
to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ.
He has fully paid for all my sins
with his precious blood,
and has set me free
from the tyranny of the devil.

He also watches over me in such a way
that not a hair can fall from my head
without the will of my Father in heaven:
in fact, all things must work
together for my salvation.

Because I belong to Him,
Christ, by His Holy Spirit,
assures me of eternal life
and makes me wholeheartedly
willing and ready
from now on to live for Him.

10. My One Comfort by Dustin Kensrue (based on Heidelberg Catechism Q. & A. 1)

My one comfort both in life and death
is that I am not my own.
I was bought with blood and I confess
I belong to you alone.

By the Father’s good decree
Jesus you’ve delivered me.
By your spirit set me free
to follow you.

Music Team for November 16, 2014:

Andrew Camp: vocals, electric guitars
Kristen Camp: vocals
Alex Dereszynski: electric guitar
Nick Havens: bass
Emily Herzog: vocals, acoustic guitar
Scott Johnson: worship leader, piano
Johnny Tucker: keyboards
Stephen Varner: drums

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