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 May 8, 2016, CCJ band The Reprise led music and we sang:
Written by Cam Huxford, 2011. Huxford says of this song, “One thing that I have seen throughout my life is that God is faithful to crush our idols. He can do that because he is simply bigger and more powerful than all of the other things that we might choose to worship. The song “One God” was written out of the continual experience of seeing a big God rule over everything else.”
Buy “One God” by Ghost Ship.
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.
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.
CHRIST BE ALL AROUND ME
Written by David Leonard, Jack Mooring, Leeland Mooring, Leslie Jordan, 2014. “Above and below me. Before and behind me. In every eye that sees me, Christ be all around me.” In everything we do and everywhere we go, we are the hands and feet of Jesus.
Buy “Christ Be All Around Me” by All Sons & Daughters.
Written by Matt Redman, 2004. This song has such great words. “We’re going with a passion for Your name/Send us out.” I often wonder about myself, just how much am I going with a true passion for His name?
Buy “Mission’s Flame” by Matt Redman.
GOD OF THIS CITY
Written by Aaron Boyd, Andrew McCann, Ian Jordan, Peter Comfort, Peter Kernaghan, Richard Bleakley; 2006. With all that is happening and has happened at CCJ, this song always gives me hope that there are even greater things to come here. I believe (and certainly hope) that even after I’m long dead and gone, there will be even greater things happen here.
Buy “God Of This City” by Bluetree.
Download “God Of This City (Live at CCJ) by Alyssa + The Trio.