Music for Sunday 3/3/13

We praise You, O God, our Redeemer, Creator,
In grateful devotion our tribute we bring.
We lay it before You, we kneel and adore You,
We bless Your holy name, glad praises we sing.

We Praise You, O God, Our Redeemer is one of my favorite hymns for opening a service.  What better way to begin corporate worship than to sing these words together as a body:

With voices united our praises we offer,
And gladly our songs of thanksgiving we raise.
With You, Lord, beside us, Your strong arm will guide us.
To You, our great Redeemer, forever be praise.

This week, as we look at the story of Jesus calming the sea in Luke 8:22-25, I chose this hymn specifically for its second verse:

We worship You, God of our fathers, we bless You;
Through life’s storm and tempest our Guide You have been.
When peril overtake us, You will not forsake us.
And with Your help, O Lord, our battles we win.

We’ll follow with Still, a song by Reuben Morgan that combines this theme with the words from Psalm 46:10: Be still and know that I am God.

Hide me now under Your wings. 
Cover me within Your mighty hand.

Find rest, my soul, in Christ alone.
Know His power in quietness and trust.

When the oceans rise and thunders roar,
I will soar with You above the storm;
Father, You are King over the flood,
I will be still and know You are God.

What storms and tempests are you facing in your life right now?  What a blessing to know that the one who has power over nature, the one with power to heal the sick, the one with power over death and the grave, is our Guide, our King, and our Redeemer!  I’m reminded of the words the choir sang last week: Never once did we ever walk alone.  Never once did You leave us on our own.

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
“It is well, it is well with my soul.”
–It Is Well with My Soul

We’ll be singing a new hymn this week: The Man Who Calmed the Sea by Stuart Townend, the writer of How Deep the Father’s Love for Us and co-writer of In Christ Alone.  I only recently discovered this song, and my response on finding it was, “Why on earth did I not know about this song before?”  I’m actually not going to post the words here this time, because I want to save them for you to discover as the message of the song unfolds.  You’ll just have to come to the service to experience them for yourself!

Please do come and join us.  Come to worship, give thanks, and sing: Through life’s storm and tempest our Guide You have been!

Still: words and music by Reuben Morgan.  Copyright 2002 Reuben Morgan/Hillsong Publishing.

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