Preparing for Worship - May 22, 2016
To view our full order of worship click here. Here are the songs we'll sing this Sunday:
1. COME PEOPLE OF THE RISEN KING
Style: This is an up-tempo contemporary hymn that is performed in a celtic style. The usual instrumentation for this hymn would include various strings, piano, and even wind instruments. We'll be playing this song with viola, cello, guitar, and piano. It should make for a beautiful arrangement.
Song Info: This song was written in 2007 by Keith & Kristyn Getty & Stuart Townend. Townend is an English born worship leader and modern hymn writer who is responsible for hymns such as: "In Christ Alone" and "How Deep The Father's Love For Us". His songs are often mistaken to be classic, traditional hymns. This song functions as a great call to worship because it is calling the people of the risen king to come and worship him - whoever they may be. "Come young and old from every land, men and women of the faith". This song reminds us that Jesus, by his death and resurrection, has created a most diverse people that includes men, women, young, and old from every tribe, nation, and tongue.
2. BE THOU MY VISION
Style: We will sing a contemporary version of this hymn that will be very familiar. The version we're singing is likely the most commonly known version. It is low-tempo and contemplative.
Song Info: This is a traditional Irish hymn of unknown authorship that probably dates to the eighteenth century, though possibly comes from the sixteenth century. This hymn has been translated into dozens of languages in its lifetime and remains one of the most popular hymns ever written. The subject matter is certainly appropriate for this moment in worship. The song is about asking and allowing God to be our "all in all". As we sing, we ask God to be our vision, our wisdom, our shield, our treasure, and our comfort. That we would ascribe all glory to God, look to him for all our needs, and find all of our desires fulfilled in him is the true heart of worship.
3. WE ARE LISTENING
Style: This is a contemporary song played in an up-tempo, alt-country style.
Song Info: This is one of many songs that we play that was produced by the people of Sojourn Church in Louisville Kentucky. It was written in 2006 by Jeremy Quillo and remains one of Sojourn's most popular songs. It is a perfect song to sing before the sermon. The refrain "We are listening to your word" says enough. We sing that we are gathered together to hear from our God and delight in his son Jesus.
4. Nearer My God To Thee
Style: This is a traditional hymn done in its original style. Lo-tempo and prayerful.
Song Info: This hymn comes to us from Sarah Flower Adams and the 19th century. It is based on the story of Jacob fleeing from Esau found in Genesis 28:11-19. Though God had promised that Jacob would be the recipient of Abraham's blessing it seemed that everything in Jacob's life conspired against him as he sought to attain it. Jacob deceived his father into giving him the blessing when Isaac had intended to give it to his brother Esau. After this deception Isaac died and Esau sought to kill his brother Jacob. So Jacob ran away to Padan-aram to save his life. As Jacob was exiting the land of promise God appeared to him in a dream and assured him that he would establish his covenant with Jacob and Jacob would return to the land. Jacob named the place "Bethel", which means house of God.
This hymn connects Jacob's story to ours. It recognizes that God meets with us in our most profound moments of pain and loss in order to draw us near to him and teach us more about who he is. The most profound place that we encounter God is the cross of Jesus Christ.
Some survivors of the sinking of the RMS Titanic reported that this hymn was played by the ship's string ensemble as the ship sank.
5. ONLY YOUR BLOOD IS ENOUGH
Style: This is a contemporary and mid-tempo song. It has an indie-rock feel.
Song Info: This song was produced as part of a collection that Sojourn Church produced of re-tooled Isaac Watts hymns. Though this song is unique enough to be considered original, it is adapted from Isaac Watt's Psalm 51 Part 2. The lyrics and music were written by Neil Robins and it was released onOver the Grave in 2009. This song is appropriate at this point in the service because it recognizes the need for a savior. We have sung about God's goodness, our sin, and now we will sing about our need for a savior. As the song says: "No bleeding bird, no bleeding beast, no hyssop branch, no priest, no running brook, no flood, no sea can wash away this stain from me. Only your blood is enough to cover my sin." Here, with an eye on our sin, we ought to prepare our hearts to hear the sermon and to hear about the hope we have in the gospel of Christ.
See you Sunday!