Songs We Sing (12.10.2017)

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 December 10, 2017, Redemption bands At One (in Jasper) and Into The Fire (in Loogootee) will lead music and we will sing:

 

ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH

Traditional French carol translated by James Chadwick, 1862. “Gloria in Excelsis Deo!” is Latin for “Glory to God in the highest.” God is above all and we should praise Him above all.

 

HOW GREAT THOU ART

Written by Stuart Wesley Keene Hine; 1953. 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.”

 

O COME ALL YE FAITHFUL

Written by John F. Wade, circa 1743. Isn’t it cool that songs from 1743 are still relevant today? “Word of the Father/Now in flesh appearing/O come let us adore Him.” Buy “O Come All Ye Faithful” by Redemption band Narrow Path on iTunes.

 

O COME, O COME EMMANUEL

Author unknown (i.e. this one is VERY old – like 12th Century old). Lyrically, this one is also about the longing and expectation of a Savior. Buy “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” by Redemption band Narrow Path on iTunes.

 

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 (12.03.2017)

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 December 3, 2017, Redemption bands We Come Alive (in Jasper) and Day 41 (in Loogootee) will lead music and we will sing:

 

COME THOU LONG EXPECTED JESUS

Written by Charles Wesley, 1745 and Rowland Prichard, 1830. A song of longing and expectation for God to free us from sin and bondage.

 

ABSENT FROM FLESH

Written by Jamie Barnes, 2011. This song is based around the hope we have that, one day, all shackles of sin will be cast off and we will live with God in eternity. This is a modern adaptation of an old Isaac Watts text.

 

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.

 

COME BEHOLD THE WONDROUS MYSTERY

Written by Matt Boswell, Matt Papa,Michael Bleeker; 2012. This awesome lyrical song walks us through the Gospel, from Jesus’ birth to second coming. “Praise the Lord, He is alive!”

 

HARK THE HERALD ANGELS SING

Written by Charles Wes­ley, 1739; Music by Fe­lix Men­dels­sohn, 1840. The first verse is often the only one sung, but this song is rich in some of the other verses. “Second Adam from above/Reinstate us in Thy love.” Jesus breaks the curse of the fall so we should sing “GLORY to the newborn king” when we celebrate Christ’s birth.

 

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Songs We Sing (11.26.2017)

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 November 26, 2017, Redemption bands At One (in Jasper) and Into The Fire (in Loogootee) will lead music and we will sing:

 

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.

 

THERE IS A FOUNTAIN

Written by E.O. Excell, L. Mason, Wm. Cowper. Arrangement by Citizens & Saints. William Cowper wrote this hymn after a major bout with depression. Though he continued to struggle, he found hope in the words of this song and in the hope of Jesus. Find out more about this song’s origins.

 

HOW DEEP THE FATHER’S LOVE FOR US

Written by Stuart Townend, 1995. Structured like a traditional hymn, this relatively modern song has a clear presentation of God’s great love for his people. “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.

 

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.”

 

WE ARE CALLED

Written by Daniel Ross, 2008. This song was written for Redemption’s study of I Peter in early 2009. It’s 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 (Redemption band) Narrow Path.

 

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Songs We Sing (11.19.2017)

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 November 19, 2017, Redemption bands Always At The Ready (in Jasper) and At One (in Loogootee) will lead music and we will sing:

 

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.

 

THERE IS A FOUNTAIN

Written by E.O. Excell, L. Mason, Wm. Cowper. Arrangement by Citizens & Saints. William Cowper wrote this hymn after a major bout with depression. Though he continued to struggle, he found hope in the words of this song and in the hope of Jesus. Find out more about this song’s origins.

 

MY SAVIOR’S LOVE (a.k.a. I STAND AMAZED [HOW MARVELOUS])

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.”

 

GIVE US CLEAN HANDS

Written by Charlie Hall, 2000. This is a good song of repentance and one we need to pray more often.

 

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.

 

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A Redemption Christmas Night Of Worship

Because God is worthy of our worship and because we want to celebrate Him putting on flesh to be as one of us, we spend time worshipping here at Redemption.

 

On Sunday evening, December 17, Redemption will host A Redemption Christmas Night Of Worship at 5:30 and 7 p.m. on the Jasper campus. The night will feature leaders from both campuses participating to lead us in worship of Jesus through singing. Mark your calendars and begin praying about who you will invite to come with you.

 

What about children? There will be child care available for children age birth to 4 years old. All children older than 4 are invited to attend services with their families as we celebrate Jesus together. (Don’t worry about kids being noisy.)

 

Both campuses are encouraged to attend (we’re holding the Night Of Worship in Jasper for seating-capacity reasons) and are encouraged to invite friends, family, neighbors, and anyone else who needs to hear the good news of Christ.

 

LET US KNOW WHICH SERVICE YOU PLAN TO ATTEND.

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