Songs We Sing (10.16.2016)

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When we sing together, we are corporately singing the praises of our God. It’s a participatory activity. “Songs We Sing” is an weekly effort to help us better learn the songs we are singing as well as to gather some small insight into what we are singing. If you’d like a copy of the songs listed, a link is provided (where available). For the services of October 16, 2016, Redemption band At One led music and we sang:

 

BLESSED BE YOUR NAME
Written by Beth Redman, Matt Redman, 2002. This song, lyrically, is never as upbeat as it can sound. It reminds me of the book of Job (where the title was taken from). No matter the circumstances of our life, God is in control. Blessed be His name.
Buy “Blessed Be Your Name” by Matt Redman.
 
AWESOME IS THE LORD MOST HIGH
Written by Cary Pierce, Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, Jon Abel, 2006. This song appears on the Chris Tomlin album “See The Morning.” Worship is a verb and, sometimes, requires action. This is an action song.
Buy “Awesome Is The Lord Most High” by Chris Tomlin.
 
10,000 REASONS (BLESS THE LORD)
Written by Matt Redman and Jonas Myrin, 2011. Taken from Psalm 103, this song is a great song of adoration and praise. We have so many reasons (and eternity to do it) to praise God for His goodness toward us.
Buy “10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)” by Matt Redman.
 
THE OLD RUGGED CROSS
Written by George Bennard, 1913. This slow song of lament was a great way to reflect on Jesus’ sacrifice. Through the cross, we gain new life.
Download “The Old Rugged Cross (Live On Good Friday)” by Narrow Path.
 
IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL
Written by Horatio G. Spafford, 1873 (Music by Philip Bliss, 1876). This hymn has a great/horrific story behind it. If you’ve never read it, check it out.
Download “It Is Well With My Soul (Live at CCJ)” by At One.
 
HALLELUJAH WHAT A SAVIOR
Written by Philip Paul Bliss and Tommy Walker, 2004. Based on the old hymn “Man of Sorrows, What A Name,” this updated version adds a chorus but sticks to the theme of going through the gospel and adding praise to God for his mercy towards us.
Buy “Hallelujah What A Savior” by Austin Stone Worship (feat. Aaron Ivey).

Songs We Sing (10.09.2016)

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When we sing together, we are corporately singing the praises of our God. It’s a participatory activity. “Songs We Sing” is an weekly effort to help us better learn the songs we are singing as well as to gather some small insight into what we are singing. If you’d like a copy of the songs listed, a link is provided (where available). For the services of October 9, 2016, Redemption band The Reprise led music and we sang:

 

AMAZING GRACE (FAITH’S REVIEW AND EXPECTATION)
Written by John Newton, John P. Rees, Sandra McCracken. Public Domain (arrangement © 2010). This is a different arrangement of the classic hymn, giving more focus to the gospel roots of the song. We’ve sung this song so much as a culture that it seems to have lost a lot of its meaning — the focus on God’s grace saving ‘a wretch’ like me.
Buy “Amazing Grace (Faith’s Review And Expectation)” by Sandra McCracken.
 
HALLELUJAH WHAT A SAVIOR
Written by Philip Paul Bliss and Tommy Walker, 2004. Based on the old hymn “Man of Sorrows, What A Name,” this updated version adds a chorus but sticks to the theme of going through the gospel and adding praise to God for his mercy towards us.
Buy “Hallelujah What A Savior” by Austin Stone Worship (feat. Aaron Ivey).
 
BEFORE THE THRONE OF GOD ABOVE
Written by Charitie Lees Bancroft (1863) and Vikki Cook (1997). The lyrics for this old hymn were written in the 19-century and revived with a new tune in the 1990s. “Before The Throne” is a song showing us that we have right standing before God because “the sinless Savior died.” It’s a really powerful song.
Buy “Before The Throne of God Above” by Sojourn.
 
WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS
Written by Charles Crozat Converse and Joseph Medlicott Scriven, 1855, 1868. “Take it to the Lord in prayer.” So simple, yet something we fail to do so often. In Jesus, we find a friend and we find peace. Scriv­en wrote this hymn to com­fort his mo­ther, who was across the sea from him in Ire­land.
Download “What A Friend We Have In Jesus (Live at CCJ)” by The Reprise.
 
HOW GREAT THOU ART
Written by Stuart Wesley Keene Hine; 1953. It’s hard to believe that this song is less than 60 years old. The third verse is particularly impactful. “And when I think, that God, His Son not sparing/Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in/That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing/He bled and died to take away my sin/Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee/How great thou art.”

Download “How Great Thou Art (Live at CCJ)” by Trio. (fast version)
Download “How Great Thou Art (Live at CCJ)” by At One. (slow version)

Bloctober: A Family Block Party

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Mark your calendar and invite others to attend with you.

On Friday, Oct. 21 from 6 to 9 p.m., Redemption’s Loogootee Campus will host Bloctober, a Family Block Party and Open House. On Saturday, Oct. 22 from 6 to 9 p.m., Redemption’s Jasper campus will host Bloctober, a Family Block Party and Trunk or Treat.

Both Bloctober events will feature loads of inflatables, food, giveaways, and more.

 

Giving a day of fun for families in our community and region for free is a way for us to reflect the free gift of God’s beautiful grace. Be sure to invite friends, family, co-workers, and others you know to this day of fun.

Redemption’s Loogootee Campus is located at 1 Loogootee Plaza — the former Pamida building. Redemption’s Jasper campus is located at 1450 Energy Dr. on the south side of town. 

Admission is free and everyone is invited.

Songs We Sing (10.02.2016)

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When we sing together, we are corporately singing the praises of our God. It’s a participatory activity. “Songs We Sing” is an weekly effort to help us better learn the songs we are singing as well as to gather some small insight into what we are singing. If you’d like a copy of the songs listed, a link is provided (where available). For the services of October 2, 2016, Redemption band Always At The Ready led music and we sang:

 

ONLY YOUR BLOOD IS ENOUGH
Written by Neil
 Robins,
 2010. Adapted 
from 
“Psalm
 51, 
Part 
II”
 by 
Isaac 
Watts, 1791
. Nothing we do (“no bleeding bird or beast, no hyssop branch, no priest”) is enough to make us sinners right before a perfect and holy God. In other words, no kind of sacrifice or right-living will set us right before God. Only the blood of Jesus can set us free. Great words to this song.
Buy “Only Your Blood” by Sojourn.
 
YOUR NAME IS MATCHLESS
Written by Colin Edge, Neil DeGraide, 2015. What God has done for us is matchless. We were adopted as children of God through the blood and sacrifice of Jesus. Because of that, we sing glory to His name.
Buy “Your Name Is Matchless” by Sovereign Grace Music.
 
YOU ARE MY VISION
Written by Eleanor Henrietta Hull, Mary Elizabeth Byrne, Rend Collective; 1919, 2011. This is a modern rendition of the hymn “Be Thou My Vision.” The lyrics of the first verse set the tone for what we are singing: “You are my vision/O King of my heart/Nothing else satisfies only You Lord.” This is truth.
Buy “You Are My Vision” by Rend Collective.
 
HOW DEEP THE FATHER’S LOVE FOR US
Written by Stuart Townend, 1995. This is a song that people often think is an old hymn but is, in fact, relatively new. It’s a great song. “Why should I gain from His reward?/I cannot give an answer/But this I know with all my heart/His wounds have paid my ransom.” True words. Stylistically, we do this one a bit differently.
Download “How Deep The Father’s Love For Us” by Kenosis (feat. Hannah Garvey).
 
IN CHRIST ALONE
Written by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend; 2001. This is a modern hymn (meaning, it’s written in the classic hymn format) that has also become a modern classic in the church. It’s the complete gospel in four verses and is a great, great song.
Buy “In Christ Alone” by Kings Kaleidoscope.
 
YOUR GRACE IS ENOUGH
Written by Matt Maher, 2003. Chris Tomlin first popularized this song but Matt Maher is the original songwriter. This is taken from 2 Corinthians 12.
Buy “Your Grace Is Enough” by Matt Maher.
Download “Your Grace Is Enough (Live at CCJ)” by We Come Alive.

Songs We Sing (09.25.2016)

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When we sing together, we are corporately singing the praises of our God. It’s a participatory activity. “Songs We Sing” is an weekly effort to help us better learn the songs we are singing as well as to gather some small insight into what we are singing. If you’d like a copy of the songs listed, a link is provided (where available). For the services of September 25, 2016, Redemption band We Come Alive led music and we sang:

 

MIGHTY TO SAVE
Written by Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan, 2006. I love the focus on singing for the glory of the risen king, Jesus. Only He is mighty enough to save us, there is none other.
Buy “Mighty To Save” by Hillsong Live.
 
ADOPTION
Written by Cam Huxford IV and Ghost Ship, 2015. Ephesians 1:5-6 says, “God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.” Solid lyrics reflecting on what God has given us by adopting us as His own.
Buy “Adoption” by Ghost Ship.
 
ROCK OF AGES
Written by Augustus M. Toplady, 1776. Music by Thomas Hastings, 1830. I love the line “Let the water and the blood/From Thy wounded side which flowed/Be of sin the double cure/Save from wrath and make me pure.”
Download “Rock Of Ages (Live)” by Alyssa + The Trio.
 
GOD WITH US
Written by Jason Ingram and Leslie Jordan,
 2012. Jesus. Emmanuel. He is “God with us.” God doesn’t make us come to Him via works, but He came to us, to deliver us from ourselves, death, and hell.
Buy “God With Us” by All Sons & Daughters.
 
GRACE GREATER THAN OUR SIN
Words written by Julia H. Johnston (1911) and music by Daniel B. Towner (1910). Ephesians 2:8 says, “for it is by grace you have been saved … .” This song is a great reflection on God’s grace. “Dark is the stain that we cannot hide. What can avail to wash it away? Look! There is flowing a crimson tide. Whiter than snow you may be today.”
Buy “Grace That Is Greater” by Bart Millard.

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