(Updated) Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs: October 31, 2010

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This week’s music set-list review features photos by Scott Myers. You’ll find links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase recorded versions of the songs (where available).

O Worship the King – Words: Robert Grant (1833), Tune from W. Gardner’s “Sacred Melodies, (1815), attr. to Joseph Hadyn, Arr. and contemporary chorus by Chris Tomlin

O Worship the King was a fitting call to worhsip this morning. Recently, I read a short piece about the hymn’s history that gives wonderful insight into the lyrics and is worth sharing.

“Each of the epithets applied to God-King, Shield, Defender, Ancient of Days, Maker, Redeemer, Friend-as well as the vivid imagery – such as, “his chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form” and the references to His attributes – power, might, grace, bountiful care, love – all combine to describe with literary eloquence and spiritual warmth the majesty and praise-worthiness of our God.” (101 Hymn Stories, Osbeck p. 201)

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You Have Been Given by Bob Kauflin

As a service planner, I enjoy including short little songs that serve to give context to the surrounding songs and remind us of who and why worship.

You have been given
the Name above all names
and we worship You,
yes we worship You.

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His Name is Jesus – Words by Edward Perronet (1780), Contemporary chorus by Judah Groveman

After hearing from Philippians 2:9-11 we continued to lift high “the Name that is above every name” with this Christ exalting hymn.

All hail the power of Jesus’ Name!
Let angels prostrate fall;
Bring forth the royal diadem,
and crown Him Lord of all.
Bring forth the royal diadem,
and crown Him Lord of all.

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At the Foot of the Cross by Kathryn Scott

At the Foot of the Cross is lovely song that expresses the privileges that are ours because of Christ’s selfless sacrifice on the cross.

I trade these ashes in for beauty
and wear forgiveness like a crown.
Coming to kiss the feet of mercy,
I lay every burden down
at the foot of the cross.

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Christ is Risen by Matt Maher and Mia Fieldes

My personal favorite part of Christ is Risen is the bridge adapted from 1 Corinthians 15:55. When sing it we boldly express our confidence in our strong Deliverer Jesus Christ, who has conquered sin and death and gives us new life in His name.

O death, where is your sting?
O hell, where is your victory?
O church, come stand in the light;
Our God is not dead He’s alive,
He’s alive!

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The Mystery of Faith – Words adapted from a traditional english liturgy, Music by Scott Johnson and David Wilton

This simple, liturgically themed song focuses our attention on the monumental events of Christ’s death and resurrection, as well as, the hope of His promised return.

Christ has died, Christ is risen,
Christ will come again.
Emmanuel, Emmanuel,
Christ will come again.

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Sing to the King by Billy Foote and Charles Sylvester Horne

Our Lord, Jesus Christ has promised to one day return and then the kingdom of the world will at long last become His kingdom and He shall reign forever and ever. Until then we profess this hope with songs like Sing to the King.

Sing to the King who is coming to reign.
Glory to Jesus, the Lamb that was slain.
Life and salvation His empire shall bring,
and joy to the nations when Jesus is King.

The Big Music Team for October 31, 2010:

Lacey Burrell – vocals
Andrew Camp – vocals and acoustic guitar
Mark Collum – vocals
Nick Havens – bass
Ned Horner – violin
Rhett Johnson – electric guitar
Scott Johnson – piano and vocals
Andrew Luley – drums
Kerry Maggard – keyboards
Kristen Pierce – vocals
Alison Tatum – violin

For more information about music written for corporate worship by members of the music team visit The Crossing Music. You can also find us on Twitter and Facebook.

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