Preparing for Easter - April 21, 2019
Join us this Easter Sunday as we celebrate our Lord’s resurrection. Whether you come here every week, you’re visiting from out of town, or you haven’t been to church in years, you are welcome to worship with us at Faith. Here are the songs we’ll sing together:
1. New Again
Style: This song is up-tempo with a very celebratory spirit. It is perfect as a benedictorial, sending song. Worship will conclude with a recognition that Christ has risen in victory and a call to go and tell the world.
Song Info: This song was written and produced by Brooks Ritter and Mike Cosper of Sojourn Church in Louisville Kentucky. It is a celebration of the victory of the resurrection. "Death is defeated and Jesus reigns, tell the world there is hope in his name". In the name of Jesus we have hope that, though we will suffer death, we too will rise in victory. Death cannot defeat the people of God because death could not defeat Jesus - the king of God's people. This song sends us out into the world in hope and with the message of the gospel in our heart and on our lips.
2. Lift High The Cross
Style: We will sing the traditional version of this song. It is low-tempo but triumphant and joyful.
Song info: This is another classic easter hymn that has an especial emphasis on Christian mission. It was written by George Kitchin in 1887 and set to the tune we'll be singing by Michael Newbolt in 1916. This song is rife with biblical imagery and allusions to Scripture - many from John's Gospel. Jesus said that when he was lifted up from the earth he would draw all men to himself. So we believe that when the cross of Christ is preached that the Holy Spirit uses it to draw the people of God to repentance and faith.
3. Christ the Lord is Risen Today
Style: We will be singing the traditional version of this famous easter-hymn. It is up-tempo and celebratory.
Song info: This is a hymn written for Easter by Charles Wesley in 1739. Yet even in 1739, Christian song writers were taking older hymns and contemporizing them. This one was based on an older hymn by the same name that came from the 14th century. The words are set to the tune Lyra Davidica which comes from John Baptist Walsh in 1708. The content of this song focuses on the resurrection of Jesus and what it means for us. It is heavily imbued with Scripture and connects Jesus' resurrection with our hope of resurrection.
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. Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery
Style: This is a contemporary song played in a pop/country/rock style.
Song info: This song was written by Matt Papa and Matt Boswell in 2013. It is an invitation to consider "the mystery of the gospel of Christ". My favorite line in the song is "See the price of our redemption/ See the Father's plan unfold/ bringing many sons to glory/ grace unmeasured, love untold!"
See you Sunday!