The World Cup final was over a little after 2pm. So we were a go for church at 5pm.
The day's scripture was Jeremiah 17:5-8, the standout word of which is trust. So I tried pretty severely to zero in on that word, mainly by splitting up songs with scripture that included both depictions of trust and sources of the songs themselves. It was just me with a guitar, so I asked people in the congregation to shout out the scripture, which is rough and fun and effectively diversifies the worship leadership.
Come Thou Fount, verses 1 & 2, repeating "Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it", followed by...
Come Thou Fount, verse 3, followed by...
In Christ Alone, verses 1-3, followed by...
In Christ Alone, verse 4, followed by...
From the Inside Out, just the chorus: "Everlasting, your light will shine when all else fades / Never ending, your glory goes beyond all fame / And the cry of my heart is to bring you praise / From the inside out, Lord, my soul cries out", followed by...
The final lines from Come Thou Fount: "Here's my heart, O take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above"
And then, for kicks, we sang the other song written by Robert Robinson, which I'd never heard before but enjoyed discovering. It's called Brightness of Eternal Glory, and we sang it to the same tune as Come Thou Fount because, lucky for everyone, it's in the same meter. I did, however, considerably mess with the lyrical arrangement.
Brightness of eternal glory
Shall Thy praise unuttered lie?
Who would hush the boundless story
Of the One Who came to die
Came from off the throne eternal
Down to Calv’ry’s depth of woe
Came to crush the pow’rs infernal
Streams of praises ceaseless flow
Sing His blest triumphant rising
Sing Him on the Father’s throne
Sing – til heav’n and earth surprising
Reigns the Nazarene alone
Lord of ev’ry land and nation
Ancient of eternal days
Sounded through the wide creation
Be Thy just and endless praise
But wait, there's more!
We'd started a series called The Prophetic Imagination, and for the dozen or so weeks of that series we included a "prophetic song", i.e. usually a secular song that someone liked and thought had depth.
For this week I chose to mashup Coldplay's Midnight with the 90s version of Blessed Be the Name (which I infinitely prefer over the 00s version by Matt Redman). I chose it because it strikes me as a single-minded plea for help and presence, much more to the point than most worship songs. We followed that with a brief reading...
Lastly, we sang Please Be My Strength and On Christ, the Solid Rock, I Stand