Preparing for Worship - November 18, 2018
Join us this Sunday as we continue in our series in Hebrews. This Sunday also marks the date of our dedication service for our new building which will take place Sunday evening beginning at 4:30pm. 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. For All The Saints
Style: We will play this song in its traditional style. It is a nineteenth century English hymn.
Song Info: This famous hymn was composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams and written by William W. How. How was an Anglican Bishop in the 19th century who is responsible for several other hymns. The subject of this hymn is the church militant and the church triumphant. The church militant are those of us who are still in the struggle in this life to overcome temptation, sin, and the realities of a fallen world, while the church triumphant are those who have passed on into glory. They are no longer in the struggle, though we still maintain fellowship with them and one day will join their ranks. This song is introduced in celebration and dedication of our new building which was completed in November of 2018.
3. Come Ye Sinners
Style: We will be playing a contemporary, modified version of this hymn. One of the shining virtues of the traditional hymn is its haunting melody. Thankfully, the version we are playing preserves the original melody and nearly all of the original lyrics. It's updated slightly to suit popular modern tastes.
Song Info: The lyrics were written by Joseph Hart in the 18th century. Hart was a hymn writer and minister in London, but he did not become converted until age 45. For much of his life he lived in opposition to God. This hymn seems particularly suited to his story. My favorite line is: "Come ye weary, heavy laden, lost and ruined by the fall. If you tarry til you're better you will never come at all." This version of the song was arranged and produced by Sojourn Church in Louisville Kentucky. Sojourn is a young, but large, reformed congregation in Louisville that is responsible for producing much excellent music and planting many healthy churches around the United States.
4. Love Lifted Me
Style: We play a contemporary version of this hymn which is upbeat with a motown feel.
Song Info: Love Lifted Me is a classic, American hymn which has been covered and repurposed by artists such as Alan Jackson and Kenny Rogers. It was originally written by James Rowe in the early 20th century. The song very much captures the spirit of early 20th century American, protestant religion, emphasizing a personal encounter with the savior and exhorting all to “be saved today!” The version we play was rearranged by the Sing Team on their 2017 release Sing On.
5. 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.
See you Sunday!