Songs We Sing (09.03.2017)

When we sing together, we are corporately singing the praises of our God. It’s a participatory activity. This “Songs We Sing” post is a 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. See the Spotify playlist below — updated weekly — to hear songs for this week. 

 

 

For the services of September 3, 2017, Redemption bands Always At The Ready (in Jasper) and Into The Fire (in Loogootee) will lead music and we will sing:

 

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

 

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.

 

JESUS PAID IT ALL

Written by Elvina M. Hall, 1865. We can do nothing to earn our favor with God. Only Christ’s blood makes us holy. Not our good works, not any action we take — ONLY Christ’s blood.

 

COME AS YOU ARE

Written by Ben Glover, David Crowder, Matt Maher, 2014. Isaiah 55:1 says, “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters.” This song, along with songs like the old hymn “Just As I Am” reflect that thought. We can come to Jesus and find forgiveness just as we are, not having to clean ourselves up first. Thank God, he finds us in our lowly estate and rescues us from darkness.

 

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.

 

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Hurricane Harvey: How Can We Help?

Our hearts break for our the people of Southeast Texas. We continue to be in earnest prayer for everyone there. Right now it is difficult, and in some areas not even possible, to physically be on the ground in the Houston area to assist those in need. The best way we can help is to send funds to those who are on the front line in the midst of the devastation. We wanted to let you know of two options you can use to give to the relief effort, both with personal ties to Redemption.

 

Helping His Hands Disaster Response

Redemption is a mission supporter of Helping His Hands and director Scott Shipman. Scott has a team heading to Houston next week. You can donate to Helping His Hands HERE.

New Hope Church

New Hope Church has four campuses in the Houston area. Senior Pastor, Tim Liston, is a personal friend to our staff at Redemption. Tim and his church will be helping to lead relief efforts in the Houston area.
You can donate to New Hope Church HERE.

Songs We Sing (08.27.2017)

When we sing together, we are corporately singing the praises of our God. It’s a participatory activity. This “Songs We Sing” post is a 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. See the Spotify playlist below — updated weekly — to hear songs for this week. 

 

 

For the services of August 27, 2017, Redemption bands At One (in Jasper) and Into The Fire (in Loogootee) will lead music and we will sing:

 

BEAUTIFUL ONE

Written by Tim Hughes; 2002. This is ultimately a song about how nothing on earth can compare to Jesus.

 

GRACE ALONE

Written by Dustin Kensrue, 2013. We worship a triune God (Father, Son, Spirit) Who is three in one. This song address our Triune God in each verse (Father, Son, Spirit) and helps us remember we are only saved by grace alone.

 

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.

 

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. Get a free download of “What A Friend We Have In Jesus (Live)” by The Reprise.
 

ALL BOW DOWN

Written by Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash; 2004. One day ‘every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.’

 

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Songs We Sing (08.20.2017)

When we sing together, we are corporately singing the praises of our God. It’s a participatory activity. This “Songs We Sing” post is a 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. See the Spotify playlist — updated weekly — to hear songs for this week. 

 

 

For the services of August 20, 2017, Redemption bands Always At The Ready (in Jasper) and Day 41 (in Loogootee) will lead music and we will sing:

 

GOD OF WONDERS

Written by Marc Byrd, Steve Hindalong, 2000. A song that focuses us on the big-ness of God. He is above any other thing our hearts chase. “The universe declares Your majesty.”

 

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.

 

I AM

Written by David Crowder, Ed Cash, 2013. Taken from Exodus 3, this song uses clever wordplay to show that THE I AM is holding on to us in his sovereignty and we, in turn, are holding onto Him (all we can really do).

 

NEAR THE CROSS

Written by Fanny Crosby and W. Howard Doane, 1869. A great hymn of prayer and reflection on the cross. Get a free download of “Near The Cross (Live)” by Redemption band At One.

 

BECAUSE HE LIVES

Written by Gloria Gaither and William J. Gaither, 1971. This song is a great declaration of faith in the face of the trials of the world. We can face uncertain days because Jesus has risen.

 

ON OUR SIDE

Written by Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, Jesse Reeves, 2004. This is another Chris Tomlin song that we’ve more or less revamped in style to make it our own. Romans 8 says, “if God be for us, who can be against us?” A great encouragement for Christians.

 

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Outreach Sunday (All Campuses)

Loogootee: On the final Sunday of each month, Redemption’s Loogootee Campus collects items for the Backpack Blessings program for area children. There are various items needed, such as: pudding cups, Pop Tarts, fruit cups, 7.5 oz. microwaveable pasta, microwavable mac & cheese bowls, instant oatmeal envelopes, and cereal bars (please, no peanut products). For more information, e-mail Brian or Cassie Self.

 

Jasper: On the final Sunday of each month, Redemption’s Jasper Campus collects non-perishable items for the Community Food Bank. Food Bank Sunday is a simple way for us to reflect the mercy God has shown us to those in need in our community. Monetary donations can also be made at each Welcome Desk.

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