Songs We Sing (11.13.2016)

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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 November 13, 2016, Redemption band The Reprise led music and we sang:

 

PSALM 18
Written by Zach Bolen and Brian Eicrhelberger; 2013. Taken straight from Psalm 18, this straight ahead driving song declares the greatness of God, the mighty “rock and shield, the fortress that fights off fear.”
Buy “Psalm 18” by Citizens & Saints.
 
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.
 
LIFT YOUR HEAD WEARY SINNER (CHAINS)
Written by David Crowder, Ed Cash. Seth Philpott; 2014. This “stomp” song is an anthem for all of us as “prodigals” stumbling towards grace. The chains of sin can no longer hold us as Jesus has wiped away all our sins and broken the bondage of sin.
Buy “Lift Your Head Weary Sinner (Chains)” by Crowder.
 
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)” by The Reprise.
 
MISSION’S FLAME
Written by Matt Redman, 2004. This song has such great words. “We’re going with a passion for Your name/Send us out.” We end each service reminding ourselves we are on the mission filed. This song helps us remember why we go.
Buy “Mission’s Flame” by Matt Redman.

Songs We Sing (11.06.2016)

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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 November 6, 2016, Redemption band Always At The Ready led music and we sang:

 

MADE ALIVE
Written by Zach Bolen and Brian Eichelberger, 2012. This song is inspired by Colossians 2 and Ephesians 2 and focuses on how Jesus’ grace has bought us back and made us right before God.
Buy “Made Alive” by Citizens & Saints.
Download “Made Alive (Live)” by We Come Alive here.
 
BEAUTIFUL ONE
Written by Tim Hughes; 2002. This is ultimately a song about how nothing on earth can compare to Jesus.
Buy “Beautiful One” by Tim Hughes.
 
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.
 
JUST AS I AM
Written by Charlotte Elliot, 1835, William B. Bradbury (Music), 1849. This is a song of understanding. Understanding that we have nothing to bring to God (i.e. ‘our righteousness is like filthy rags’). “Just as I am, without one plea, but that Thy blood was shed for me.”
Download “Just As I Am (Live)” by (Redemption outreach band) Narrow Path.
 
COME THOU FOUNT OF EVERY BLESSING
Written by Robert Robinson, 1758. This is a favorite hymn at CCJ. It’s such a song of yearning, pleading with God to keep us in Him. “Jesus sought me when a stranger/Wandering from the fold of God/He to rescue me from danger/Interposed His precious blood.”
Buy “Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing” by Narrow Path.
 
ONLY HOPE
Written by Daniel Ross, 2010. The song is more or less taken from Ephesians 2, a great part of Scripture dedicated to explaining how we are dead in our sins but God’s saving grace makes us alive. Verse one leads into a pre-chorus that is a question (“born of man and choosing sin/who will bring me to life?”). Verse two leads into the same pre-chorus but is now a statement (“set me free and now I can see/who will bring me to life.”).

Buy “Only Hope” by (Redemption outreach band) Narrow Path.

Redemption Staffing Update

Redemption announces organizational shift

Redemption is reorganizing staff in preparation for the church’s move to a multi-site church in late 2016. The church’s first multi-site location will be in Loogootee, in addition to its first site in Jasper.

“Seeing people come into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ is what the life of this church is about,” Senior Minister Darrel Land told the congregation on Sunday, Oct. 30 as he announced the staffing changes. “But because we are growing and changing, you kind of have to reshuffle and change some things.”

Effective immediately, each campus will have its own campus minister taking charge of the day-to-day operations and ministries at their specific location. Richard Crabtree will shift from overall Discipleship Minister to Loogootee Campus Minister and Ryan Stiles will shift from overall Outreach and Operations minister to Jasper Campus Minister.

Because of these changes, Redemption will also form a Central Team in an effort to minister to the entire church body at all campuses.

“There’s some voids that we have,” Land explained. “We’re doing a whole organizational shift.”

The Central Team will consist of Land as Senior Minister, continuing his role as lead pastor for the church and staff, as well as three other staff members, Drew Thurman, Daniel Ross, and Tracy Austin.

Thurman will move from the position of Family Life and Teaching Minister to his new role as Executive Minister of Development. Thurman will oversee discipleship ministries of all campuses, including overseeing Redemption’s Community Groups. Thurman will also guide development of all Redemption ministries as well as continue to preach and teach on a regular basis.

Ross will move from the position of Music and Communications Minister to his new role as Executive Minister of Operations. Ross will oversee all Redemption operations and communications. While shifting to his new role, Ross will continue to lead the Jasper campus as Worship Minister until the campus hires a new Worship Minister for the campus. However, Ross will continue to guide the practice and philosophy of Redemption music worship, organizationally as well as be a floating worship minister for the church.

Austin rounds out the Central Team by expanding her role as Financial Administrator at the Jasper campus to include overseeing finances of all campuses of the church as well as organizationally.

“We’re really excited about this because it’s going to enable us to be the most efficient, to bring in fresh ideas, and to really grow this as we continue to see what God’s doing and we continue to see lives changed,” Land said. “I’m excited for the future because … our best days are not behind us, they’re ahead of us. And I look forward to God doing immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine as we love God, love people, and watch Him change the world.”

Songs We Sing (10.30.2016)

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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 30, 2016, Redemption band Always At The Ready led music and we sang:

 

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).
 
READY, WILLING, ABLE
Written by Daniel Ross, Mike Crockett; 2012. Taken from Luke 12:35-56, this original song focuses on keeping our hearts ready for the Master’s return. We are not called to know the hour, but only to be ready.
Buy “Ready, Willing, Able” by At One.
 
ALL CREATURES OF OUR GOD AND KING
Written by Francis of Assisi, circa 1225 (i.e. this is REALLY old). Arrangement by David Crowder, 2002. This song really says it all. “Alleluia” (Praise be to God!). Everything praises Him.
Buy “All Creatures Of Our God And King” by David Crowder Band.
 
HOSANNA
Written by Brooke Fraser; 2006. The word “hosanna” is a Hebrew word that means “O save!” It is a simple cry for our salvation. I love the line in this song that says “break my heart for what breaks Yours.”
Buy “Hosanna (Live)” by Christy Nockels.
 
WE ARE CALLED
Written by Daniel Ross, 2008. This song was written for our study of I Peter (preached in early 2009). This is a reminder of who we, as Christians, are in God’s eyes and we have no need to fear, even in the face of trials or persecution, because we (Christians) are His people.
Buy “We Are Called” by Narrow Path.

Songs We Sing (10.23.2016)

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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 23, 2016, Redemption band We Come Alive(-ish) led music and we sang:

 

FREEDOM IS FOUND
Written by Daniel Ross, 2010. Read Romans 8. That’s where most of the lyrics came from. Hopefully, this song helps us to understand that there is no other way to freedom except through Jesus.
Buy “Freedom Is Found” by (Redemption outreach band) Narrow Path.
 
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.
 
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).
 
GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS
Written by Thomas O. Chisholm and William M. Runyan, 1923. The little-read book of Lamentations has this gem in Chapter 3, “The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.” These words are so true and powerful. God’s faithfulness to us is constant, even despite our unfaithfulness to Him.
Buy “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” by Chris Rice.
 
OH MY GOD
Written by Daniel Ross, Bob Foote; 2014. This original Redemption song is centered on the fact that the Gospel is deep and unfathomable, yet still simple and easy enough for a child to understand. It inspires reverence toward God, where we can simply say “oh my God, what a wonderous love/That You would show us grace.”
Buy “Oh My God” by (Redemption band) At One.
 
I SAW THE LIGHT
Written by Hank Williams (Sr.); 1948, Additional lyrics by Johnny Cash and David Crowder. The only Hank Williams song we sing at CCJ is this one. It’s a simple song about the utter joy of being saved by God through Jesus.

Buy “I Saw The Light” by David Crowder Band.
Download a free live version of “I Saw the Light (Live)” by At One.

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