(Updated) Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs: August 22, 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 versions of the songs as recorded by the original artists.

Our call to worship (by Lorie King of Sojourn Community Church) centered around the Sursum Corda which is Latin for “Lift up your hearts” and dates back to the 3rd century.

How Great is Our God by Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves and Ed Cash

We lived out the invitation of the Sursum Corda with How Great is Our God, a celebration of the majesty, power and eternality of our Three-in-one God.

And age to age He stands,
and time is in His hands;
Beginning and the End.
The Godhead three in one,
Father, Spirit, Son,
the Lion and the Lamb.

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Holy, Holy, Holy (Lord, God Almighty) – Words by Reginald Heber (1783-1826), Music by John B. Dykes (1861)

Holy, Holy, Holy!
merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons,
blessed Trinity.

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Kingdom Days by Randall Goodgame

The new song, Kingdom Days, is compelling in the way it lyrically anticipates the song of God’s Kingdom come; celebrating His holiness and His unfailing mercies. The use of two key changes musically enhances our sense of anticipation as the melody rises upward with each new verse.

Holy, holy, holy Lord,
be Thy glorious name adored.
Lord, Thy mercies never fail.
Hail, my Savior Jesus, hail.

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Here is Our King (chorus only) by David Crowder

Here is our King, here is our love,
here is our God who’s come
to bring us back to Him.
He is the One, He is Jesus.

We read Psalm 51:15-17 where God tells us that the sacrifice he most desires from us is a broken and contrite heart. This led us into a time of silent prayer and confession.

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This Breaks My Heart of Stone
– Words by Charles Wesley (1707-1788) with new music by Benji Pocta.

Our time of confession continued with this hymn that echoes the prayer of Psalm 51, asking God to give us humble hearts.

Savior, Prince enthroned above,
repentance to impart,
give me through thy dying love,
the humble, contrite heart.
Give what I have long implored,
a portion of thy love unknown,
turn and look upon me, Lord,
and break my heart of stone.

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When I Survey the Wondrous Cross – Words by Isaac Watts (1749), Music by Lowell Mason (1824)

When I survey the wondrous cross
on which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
and pour contempt on all my pride.

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1 Peter 2:24 reminded us of the assurance of God’s forgiveness through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.

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Jesus Messiah by Chris Tomlin, Daniel Carson, Ed Cash, Jesse Reeves

There is something that stirs the soul when singing the names of Christ in a song like Jesus Messiah. Each name provides greater insight into the person of our Savior (who He is and what He has done) and when woven together, amplify the truth of Jesus Christ as the Messiah.

Jesus Messiah, Name above all names
Blessed Redeemer, Emmanuel
The Rescue for sinners
The Ransom from heaven
Jesus Messiah, Lord of all

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O Great God by Bob Kauflin

O Great God is a personal favorite of mine because it is an elegant reminder of our humble dependence on God’s grace. The song is based on the 16th century puritan prayer Regeneration from The Valley of Vision.

I was blinded by my sin,
had no ears to hear Your voice,
did not know Your love within,
had no taste for heaven’s joys;
Then Your Spirit gave me life,
opened up Your Word to me,
through the gospel of Your Son
gave me endless hope and peace.

Music Team for August 22, 2010:

Carly Allen – bass guitar
Taylor Bonderer – violin
Lacey Burrell – vocals
Andrew Camp – acoustic guitar, electric piano
Mark Collum – vocals
David Cover – electric guitar
Scott Johnson – piano, vocals
Andrew Luley – drums
Josie Patton – cello
Kristen Pierce – vocals

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

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