Music for Sunday 3/10/13

I believe You’re my Healer, I believe You are all I need.
I believe You’re my Portion, I believe You’re more than enough for me.
Jesus, You’re all I need.

Bekki Johnson will be bringing our special music this Sunday (thanks so much, Bekki!) with this song, Healer.  I met with her this week to practice and as I listened to the message of such strong faith contained in these words, I found myself thinking: do we really have faith like that?  Do we truly believe that Jesus is all we need?

As humans, it’s easy to fall into thinking that we can solve our own problems, or that we know what’s best for ourselves–which is essentially setting ourselves up as being wiser or stronger than God! And what’s the result?  When times of trouble come, we don’t know what’s best.  We don’t know what the future holds.  We chase the empty ideas and philosophies of man that the world offers, and find no true strength or hope.

Jesus asks, “Where is your faith?”

You hold my every moment, You calm my raging sea,
You walk with me through fire and heal all my disease.

I trust in You, I trust in You.

We have the privilege to personally know and serve the Almighty God, who is both the maker of the universe and the one who knows and loves us each individually.  That’s the theme of our opening songs for this service:

Praise to the Lord, who o’er all things so wondrously reigneth,
Shelters thee under His wings, yea, so gently sustaineth!
Has thou not seen how thy desires e’er have been
Granted in what He ordaineth?
–Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail,
In Thee do we trust, nor find Thee to fail:
Thy mercies how tender, how firm to the end;
Our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend!
–O Worship the King

I have a Maker, He formed my heart.
Before even time began my life was in His hands.
He knows my name, He knows my every thought.
He sees each tear that falls, and hears me when I call.
–He Knows My Name

I’ll be playing an arrangement of Day by Day for the prelude, which I chose specifically for this service because of the words to this hymn:

Day by day and with each passing moment, strength I find to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment, I’ve no cause for worry or for fear.
He whose heart is kind beyond all measure
Gives unto each day what He deems best–

Lovingly, its part of pain and pleasure, mingling toil with peace and rest.

Every day the Lord Himself is near me with a special mercy for each hour;
All my cares He fain would bear and cheer me,
He whose name is Counselor and Power.
The protection of His child and treasure is a charge that on Himself He laid;
“As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure,” this the pledge to me He made.

Help me then in every tribulation so to trust Thy promises, O Lord,
That I lose not faith’s sweet consolation offered me within Thy holy Word.
Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting, e’er to take, as from a father’s hand,
One by one, the days, the moments fleeting, till I reach the Promised Land.

We’ll also sing Compassion Hymn, by Stuart Townend and Keith and Kristyn Getty, which follows the earthly life of Jesus and His great love for us as…

  • He came to save us:

There is an everlasting kindness You lavished on us
When the Radiance of heaven came to rescue the lost;
You called the sheep without a shepherd to leave their distress
For Your streams of forgiveness and the shade of Your rest.

  • He healed people and ministered to their needs:

And with compassion for the hurting, You reached out Your hand
As the lame ran to meet You and the dead breathed again;
You saw behind the eyes of sorrow and shared in our tears,
Heard the sigh of the weary, let the children draw near.

  • and He showed compassion even in His last hours, as He made the ultimate sacrifice for us:

We stood beneath the cross of Calvary and gazed on Your face,
At the thorns of oppression and the wounds of disgrace;
For surely You have borne our suffering and carried our grief
As You pardoned the scoffer and showed grace to the thief.

…and finishes with our responsibility: as we have been shown this great compassion, we must share it with others.

How beautiful the feet that carry this gospel of peace
To the fields of injustice and the valleys of need.
To be a voice of hope and healing, to answer the cries
Of the hungry and helpless with the mercy of Christ.

What boundless love, what fathomless grace
You have shown us, O God of compassion!
Each day we live an offering of praise
As we show to the world Your compassion.

We’ll close with My Heart Is Filled with Thankfulness.  Let’s make this a corporate statement of faith in our almighty, compassionate Healer:

My heart is filled with thankfulness to Him who walks beside;
Who floods my weaknesses and strengths and causes fear to fly;
Whose every promise is enough for every step I take,
Sustaining me with arms of love and crowning me with grace.

Healer: words and music by Mike Guglielmucci.  Copyright 2007 Planet Shakers Ministries, International, Inc.  He Knows My Name: words and music by Tommy Walker.  Copyright 1996 Doulos Publishing (BMI).  Compassion Hymn: words and music by Stuart Townend, Keith Getty and Kristyn Lennox Getty.  Copyright 2009 Thankyou Music (PRS).  My Heart Is Filled with Thankfulness: words and music by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend.  Copyright 2006 Thankyou Music (PRS).

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