9.November.2014, #269

I was assigned a difficult task: read the entirety of Romans 12 interspersed between songs.  Try it for yourself - it's not as if Romans 12 allows easy jumping-off-into-singing points.

This was my attempt...

We played Fill Us With Your Love, which is a tune I wrote a few weeks back to supplement All My Favorite People Are Broken.  It goes like this (followed by Romans 12:1-2):

Fill us with your love, Lord, Warm us to your truth

Break our pride-filled hearts, Lord, Take and make them new

Soak us through with grace, Lord, Call us back anew

Break our stubborn hearts, Lord, Make us more like You

I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Then we sang The Church's One Foundation in 6 rather than 8, to keep the juices flowing (followed by 3-8).  Here's a smidge of the lyrics:

The church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ our Lord

We are Christ’s new creation by water and the word

From heaven Christ came and sought us in love to set us free

With precious love Christ bought us for all eternity

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.

Then Called As Partners in Christ's Service, same tune as Come Thou Long.  Still in 6, still in D, still moving right along (followed by 9-13).

Called as partners in Christ’s service, Called to ministries of grace

We respond with deep commitment, Fresh new lines of faith to trace

May we learn the art of sharing, Side by side and friend with friend

Equal partners in our caring, To fulfill God’s chosen end

Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.

And finally Lord, Make Us Instruments of Your Peace.  Which, apparently, is bereft of decent recordings.  And finishing with 14-21.

Lord, make us instruments of your peace, Where there is hatred, let your love increase

Lord, make us instruments of your peace

Walls of pride and prejudice, When we are your instruments of peace

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.’ No, ‘if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.’ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

I'm not saying it was pretty.  But I suppose we prevailed.

Posted on December 3, 2014 .