13.July.2014, #252, World Cup Final

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...

Jesus said: I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away – and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep.
— John 15:11-15

Come Thou Fount, verse 3, followed by...

But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.
— Romans 5:8

In Christ Alone, verses 1-3, followed by...

Has not the one God made you? You belong to him in body and spirit.
— Malachi 2:15

In Christ Alone, verse 4, followed by...

Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful.
— Hebrews 10:23

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...

Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your judgments are like the great deep; you save humans and animals alike, O Lord.
How precious is your steadfast love, O God! All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
— Psalm 36:5-7

Lastly, we sang Please Be My Strength and On Christ, the Solid Rock, I Stand

Please Be My Strength

Blessed Be the Name

Midnight by Coldplay. Great song, good album. I heard lotsa people say Radiohead influence, but I only hear Imogen on this one

Come Thou Fount, since I first heard this version I have yet to go back to the old

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