Songs We Sing (05.21.2017)

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. If you’d like a copy of the songs listed, a link is provided (where available). For the services of May 21, 2017, Redemption bands Always At The Ready (in Jasper) and The Reprise (in Loogootee) led music and we sang:

 

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.
 
HIS MERCY IS MORE
Written by Matt Papa and Matt Boswell, 2016. God’s grace has cast our sin as far as the “east is from the west” (Psalm 103:12). Our sins, they are many, but God’s mercy is more. This is a great song of confession and assurance rolled into one.

Buy “His Mercy Is More” by Matt Papa.
 
IT IS FINISHED
Written by Brian Eichelberger and Dustin Kensrue; 2013. The song takes the words of Jesus on the cross and turns them into a victory cry for the people He has redeemed through His work on the cross of Calvary. Jesus has finished the work of our salvation, there’s no deeds we can do to accomplish it and, as the lyrics say, “there’s no rite nor magic words.” He has done it for us. This is fantastic news.
Buy “It Is Finished” by The Modern Post.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
Buy “Grace Alone” by The Modern Post.

Songs We Sing (05.14.2017)

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. If you’d like a copy of the songs listed, a link is provided (where available). For the services of May 14, 2017, Redemption bands We Come Alive (in Jasper) and The Loogootee Collective (in Loogootee) led music and we sang:

 

LIKE A LION
Written by Daniel Bashta, 2009. “My God’s not dead/He’s surely alive/And He’s living on the inside/Roaring like a lion.” This is an anthem and one not meant to be sung quietly, but instead with confidence and faith that God — who alone brings dead faith to life — is mightier than all things.

Buy “Like A Lion” by Daniel Bashta.
 
HIS MERCY IS MORE
Written by Matt Papa and Matt Boswell, 2016. God’s grace has cast our sin as far as the “east is from the west” (Psalm 103:12). Our sins, they are many, but God’s mercy is more. This is a great song of confession and assurance rolled into one.

Buy “His Mercy Is More” by Matt Papa.
 
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.
 
MY SAVIOR’S LOVE (I STAND AMAZED)
Written by Charles H. Gabriel, Edwin O. Excell, 1905. Arrangement by Chris Tomlin, 2006. This is a slowed-down version of the hymn “I Stand Amazed In The Presence.”
Buy “I Stand Amazed (How Marvelous)” by Chris Tomlin.
 
COME THOU FOUNT OF EVERY BLESSING
Written by Robert Robinson, 1758. This is a favorite hymn at Redemption. 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.
 
LEANING ON THE EVERLASTING ARMS
Written by Elisha A. Hoffman, 1887. Music by Anthony J. Showalter. “What have I to dread/What have I to fear/Leaning on the everlasting arms …” I think of my grandparents when we sing this song. They left a rich legacy of faith for me and they came from a generation where “leaning on the everlasting arms” meant so much more than it does now (in many ways).
Download “Leaning On The Everlasting Arms (Live)” by We Come Alive.

Songs We Sing (05.07.2017)

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. If you’d like a copy of the songs listed, a link is provided (where available). For the services of May 7, 2017, Redemption bands The Reprise (in Jasper) and The Loogootee Collective (in Loogootee) led music and we sang:

 

HERE IS OUR KING
Written by David Crowder, 2005. God is a God of redemption and forgiveness. “Here is our God who’s come, to bring us BACK to Him. He is the One, He is Jesus!”
Buy “Here Is Our King” by David Crowder Band.
 
HIS MERCY IS MORE
Written by Matt Papa and Matt Boswell, 2016. God’s grace has cast our sin as far as the “east is from the west” (Psalm 103:12). Our sins, they are many, but God’s mercy is more. This is a great song of confession and assurance rolled into one.

Buy “His Mercy Is More” by Matt Papa.
 
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.”
Buy “Rock Of Ages” by Sojourn (feat. Brooks Ritter).
 
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.
 
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.

Song Teaching: “His Mercy Is More”

 

Learn the newest song we’re singing

Beginning in May, Redemption Christian Church will be singing a new song together called “His Mercy Is More,” originally performed by Matt Papa and written by Matt Papa and Matt Boswell.

 
VERSE 1:
What love could remember
No wrongs we have done
Omniscient, all knowing
He counts not their sum
Thrown into a sea
Without bottom or shore
Our sins they are many
His mercy is more
 
VERSE 2:
What patience would wait
As we constantly roam
What father, so tender
Is calling us home
He welcomes the weakest
The vilest, the poor
Our sins they are many
His mercy is more
 
CHORUS:
Praise the Lord
His mercy is more
Stronger than darkness
New every morn
Our sins they are many
His mercy is more
 
VERSE 3:
What riches of kindness
He lavished on us
His blood was the payment
His life was the cost
We stood ‘neath a debt
We could never afford
Our sins they are many
His mercy is more
 

Take a look at the above video to see Redemption worship ministers Caleb Spencer and Daniel Ross leading this song acoustically. Watch several times to get the song planted in your head so we can sing it loudly together beginning in May.

 

CCLI Song # 7065053. Matt Papa | Matt Boswell. © 2016 Common Hymnal Publishing (ASCAP), Love Your Enemies Music (ASCAP), Matt Boswell’s BMI Publishing Designee (BMI). For use solely with the SongSelect Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com CCLI License # 2226886

Songs We Sing (04.30.2017)

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. If you’d like a copy of the songs listed, a link is provided (where available). For the services of April 30, 2017, Redemption bands Always At The Ready (in Jasper) and Narrow Path (in Loogootee) led music and we sang:

 

YOU ARE MY VISION (Jasper Only)
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.
 
IMAGE OF THE INVISIBLE (Loogootee Only)
Written by Daniel Ross and Kurt Neighbors, 2008. Lyrics taken from Colossians 1:15-20. This is a song we wrote to help remind us that Jesus is truly King over everything, even our lives.
Buy “Image Of The Invisible” by (Redemption band) 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 band) Narrow Path.
 
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.
 
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).
 
THE SOLID ROCK
Written by (Lyrics) Ed­ward Mote, 1834; (Music) Will­iam B. Brad­bu­ry, 1863. This is another great song about Christ being our only hope and the fact that when we stand before God, we can be clothed in only Jesus’ righteousness.
Buy “The Solid Rock” by Austin Stone Worship (feat. Aaron Ivey).
 
ENDURE
Written by Kurt Neighbors, Daniel Ross, Andrew Kieffner and Mike Weisensteiner; 2011. This song was inspired by Psalm 72 and II Timothy 2 and has lyrics that focus on the goodness and might of God and how we should live in light of that truth.
Buy “Endure” by Redemption Christian Church (feat. We Come Alive).
Buy “Endure” by Narrow Path.

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