Preparing for Worship - September 25, 2016
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. OH THE DEEP DEEP LOVE OF JESUS
Style: We will play this song in its traditional style. The traditional version lends itself well to adding drums and it has the feel of a rolling waltz. It is mid-tempo and somber.
Song Info: This popular hymn was written by Samuel Trevor Francis in the nineteenth century. The limitless, unfathomable depths of the love of Jesus for his people is the great subject of this song. Here we sing that Jesus' love is: "vast, unmeasured, boundless, free!". Our sin may be great, but it is measurable. Even our sin has its limit. But the scope of our sin is not comparable to the love of Jesus. His love is "unmeasured, boundless". It is infinitely greater than our sin.
We incline our ears to hear of this love in the sermon and so this song should prepare our hearts to hear the word of God.
Style: This is a contemporary worship song that is lo-tempo yet builds into a very energetic conclusion.
Song Info: "Oceans" was written and produced by Hillsong Music in 2013 and spent 48 weeks as #1 on Billboard's Christian music song chart. It's one of the most popular and beloved contemporary worship songs written in the past 10 years. The content of the song is based on the story of Jesus and Peter walking on the Sea of Galilee in Matthew 14:13-21. The song is about how the Lord calls us to a life of faith wherein we are called to trust God for things that are completely beyond us. In the bridge we sing:
"Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever you would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
and my faith will be made stronger
in the presence of my savior."
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!