Music for Sunday 8/5/12

Here’s what Colossians 3:12-15 says about relating to each other in Christ:

  • Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
  • Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
  • And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
  • Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

Let it be said of us that the Lord was our passion,
That with gladness we bore every cross we were given;
That we fought the good fight, that we finished the course
Knowing within us the power of the risen Lord.

Let it be said of us we were marked by forgiveness,
We were known by our love and delighted in meekness;
We were ruled by His peace heeding unity’s call,
Joined as one body that Christ would be seen by all.

Let the cross be our glory and the Lord be our song;
By mercy made holy, by the Spirit made strong.
Let the cross be our glory and the Lord be our song
‘Til the likeness of Jesus be through us be known.
Let It Be Said of Us: words and music by Steve Fry.  Copyright 1996 Maranatha! Music/Word Music, LLC.  CCLI # 3163058.

Let it be said of us.  What can be said of us?  What impressions would an outsider looking in form about us?  Could it be said of us, as representatives of God’s holy people, that we’re marked by forgiveness, or ruled by His peace, or joined as one body?

Above all, can it really be said of us that the Lord is our passion?  When others look at us, can they say, “His passion is the Lord” or “Her passion is the Lord”?  Or do they see something else entirely–maybe that our true passion appears to be TV, or video games, or sports, or money?

We have another “therefore” this week.  Remember last week’s message, that we have taken off our old selves and put on the new, putting to death the lives we once lived?  That’s what this “therefore” is talking about.  Once we were marked by immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language.  Now we are God’s holy people.  Now we are to be clothed with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forgiveness, peace, and love.  What a contrast!

The Servant Song is a hymn about serving each other in this new way of life:

We are travelers on a journey, fellow pilgrims on the road;
We are here to help each other walk the mile and bear the load.
I will hold the Christ-light for you in the nighttime of your fear;
I will hold my hand out to you, speak the peace you long to hear.

Sister, let me be your servant, let me be as Christ to you;
Pray that I may have the grace to let you be my servant, too.
Brother, let me be your servant, let me be as Christ to you;
Pray that I may have the grace to let you be my servant, too.
The Servant Song: words by Richard Gillard.  Copyright  1977 Scripture in Song/Maranatha! Music. CCLI # 3163058.

After that, we’ll sing Speak, O Lord.  You may have noticed that I love this hymn and use it often, and that’s because the beautiful text has so many applications in our worship settings.  This time I chose it specifically for the second verse:

Teach us, Lord, full obedience, holy reverence, true humility;
Test our thoughts and our attitudes in the radiance of Your purity.
Speak, O Lord: words and music by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend.  Copyright 2006 Thankyou Music. CCLI # 3163058.

I took the theme for our first three songs of the service from verse 16: Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. So
we’re going to sing three songs of gratitude: a psalm, a hymn, and a spiritual song.  O Worship the King is first, with a text taken from Psalm 104:

Praise the Lord, O my soul.
O Lord my God, you are very great;
    you are clothed with splendor and majesty.
He wraps himself in light as with a garment;
    he stretches out the heavens like a tent
    and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their waters.
He makes the clouds his chariot
    and rides on the wings of the wind.
He makes winds his messengers,
    flames of fire his servants.  (Psalm 104:1-4)

O tell of His might, O sing of His grace,
Whose robe is the light, whose canopy space!
His chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form,
And dark is His path on the wings of the storm.

Next is To God Be the Glory, a favorite hymn by Fanny Crosby.  All glory for our new life and our life to come goes to God:

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the earth hear His voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory, great things He hath done!

And third, we’ll sing Give Us Clean Hands, a newer song that’s a prayer for guidance as we take off the old and put on the new:

We bow our hearts, we bend our knees;
O Spirit, come make us humble.
We turn our eyes from evil things;
O Lord, we cast down our idols.
Give us clean hands, give us pure hearts;
Let us not lift our souls to another.
O God, let us be a generation that seeks,
Who seeks Your face, O God of Jacob.
Give Us Clean Hands: words and music by Charlie Hall.  Copyright 2000 Songs/sixsteps Music. CCLI # 3163058.

Finally, we’re observing the Lord’s Supper this week and the choir will be singing All to Us, which ties together Christ’s ultimate sacrifice for us with our response as God’s holy people, the redeemed.

Only Son of God, sent from heaven, hope and mercy at the cross.
You are everything, You’re the promise, Jesus, You are all to us.

So let the glory of Your name be the passion of the church.
Let the righteousness of God be a holy flame that burns.
Let the saving love of Christ be the measure of our lives.
We believe You’re all to us.
All to Us: words and music by Chris Tomlin, Matt Maher, Matt Redman and Jesse Reeves.  Copyright 2010 Thankyou Music/ Songs/sixsteps Music/Vamos Publishing/Said And Done Music/Matt Maher Designee.  CCLI #3163058.

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