Friday, June 3, 2011

The Songs We’re Singing Sunday

Songs for June 5, 2011:

Holy! Holy! Holy! Lord God Almighty
Words: Reginald Heber, 1826. Music: John Dykes, 1861
I’m so glad that this song is a monthly tradition. I love how clearly it speaks of the trinity and for that reason, it just can’t be sung by groups who claim the name Christian, yet deny this basic and fundamental belief. My favorite line is, “Only Thou art holy! There is NONE besides Thee!” Amen!

The Power of the Cross  
Written by Keith and Kristyn Getty and Stuart Townend, 1995
This is a perfect song to sing on communion Sunday. Isaiah 53:5 says, “But He was wounded for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with His stripes we are healed.” Watch and listen to this great song  here.

Jesus, Thank You    
Written by: Pat Sczebel, 2003
An excellent response to the truths we acknowledged in the last song. “Your blood has washed away my sin – Jesus,  thank you! The Father’s wrath completely satisified – Jesus thank you! Once your enemy, now seated at your table – Jesus, thank you!” I so so so love that last line. I was once an enemy – a hater of God. He crushed His Son so that I could join Him at His banquet table! What a love feast! Read more about this song as well as watch and listen to it here.

Man of Sorrows! What a Name!    
Written by: Philip P. Bliss, 1875
I think this has to be my most favorite hymn ever. It is pretty close up there with “And Can It Be.” I am really thrilled that it has become a tradition for First Baptist every month. I can’t think of a more perfect way to close our communion service. And I love the piano arrangement my mom wrote for it too. “Full atonement, can it be?! Hallelujah, what a Savior!” Watch here to see Enfield leading us at Resolved.

As always, please let me know if you have any comments or questions! I look forward to singing with you Sunday!