Preparing for Worship - September 30, 2018
Join us as we continue in our series in Hebrews this Sunday. Here are the songs we’ll sing together:
1. Come O Come Thou Holy Spirit
Style: This is a contemporary version of an old hymn. It is modern, mellow, and contemplative.
Song Info: The original tune "Come O Come Thou Quickening Spirit” is attributed to the seventeenth century German Reformed minister Joachim Neander. Neander is also famous for writing Praise to the Lord, the Almighty. This particular song focuses on our need for the Holy Spirit and is an invocation, calling upon the Spirit of God to enlighten our minds, soften our hearts, renew our wills, and show us Christ.
2. What a Friend We Have in Jesus
Style: This is a contemporary version of an old hymn. It maintains its original melody but introduces a Motown feel. It's mid-tempo and celebratory.
Song Info: This famous and beloved hymn was written in 1855 by Joseph Scriven. This tune, like many great tunes, was not originally written to be seen by anyone but the author's mother. He wrote it for her to comfort her in a time of trouble. The hymn focuses on the blessing of prayer and meditates on the wonderful privilege it is to be able to approach the living God in prayer.
This hymn was redone in 2017 by Sing Team on their record Sing On. They adjust the lyrics slightly and add a Motown feel to the song.
3. Pass Me Not O Gentle Savior
Style: Our version will be easily recognized as the traditional melody, though we will play it in the style of Red Mountain Band with a more southern, alt-country feel. It will be mid-tempo.
Song Info: This hymn was originally written by Fanny Crosby in 1868. Crosby is one of the most famous and beloved hymn writers of the past 200 years. This song has been widely covered in its history by artists that include Bob Dylan and MC Hammer. In this song we entreat the Savior to help us, not to pass us by. This is an appropriate song for this moment in worship because after we have acknowledged God for his goodness we are turning to reflect on our own brokenness and sinful response to God. We are beginning to detect our need for a savior. As we sing this song we ought to attempt to cast off all other helps and false saviors that we turn to in order to absolve ourselves of sin. We should turn to Jesus, the true savior, and pray for his help.
4. O Sacred Head Now Wounded
Style: We will play the traditional version of this hymn. It is melodic, beautiful, and low-tempo.
Song Info: The lyrics to this hymn were originally written in Latin and date back to the Middle Ages - possibly to Bernard of Clairvaux (1091-1153). The music itself was written by Hans Leo Hassler in the seventeenth century and was harmonized by JS Bach. The tune has also been appropriated by pop musician Paul Simon for his "American Tune" so it is very familiar. The content of the song is a meditation on the agony of the cross intermingled with a meditation on our own sinfulness. As we sing we recognize that the suffering that Jesus faced was the suffering due to us because of our sin. The song ends in a grateful expression of love for our God and savior who would humble himself to suffer on our behalf.
5. All My Days (Beautiful Savior)
Style: This is a contemporary hymn done in a CCM style. It is up-tempo and joyful.
Song Info: This is one of my favorite songs from hymn writer Stuart Townend. It's subject matter reflects back on our salvation, sings a song of gladness because of it, and looks toward the fulfillment of our salvation: a new heavens and a new earth. "Where countless worshippers will share one song, and cries of 'worthy' will honor the lamb." It is appropriate at this moment in worship because of its emphasis on glory that is to come. A great reminder for us as we conclude worship and go out into the world to live as disciples of Jesus.
See you Sunday!