And… we’re back! About a month ago, some major changes took place at Stevens Street Baptist Church, which necessitated taking an unexpected break from the blog. I hope to be back to posting new hymnology articles by the end of this week, but in the meantime, this seems as good a time as any to begin a new series that I’ve been planning to do here for a while.
Each week, I’ll be posting the set list from our Sunday worship services. This will serve both as a resource for members of my own church who would like to learn more about the hymns we are singing, as well as a resource for worship leaders looking for service planning ideas and/or new music. I hope you’ll enjoy it!
See, He Comes
We opened our Easter service with “See, He Comes”, from the album From Age to Age by Sovereign Grace Music. In this hymn, which is based off an old Charles Wesley text called “Lo, He Comes With Clouds Descending”, we sing of Christ’s wounds as evidence of his saving grace, but also of the sorrow with which His return will be met by “those who mocked and scorned His name.”
We used the piano and strings music available directly from the SGM website. I wrote parts for our woodwind and brass players, as well as creating a new lead sheet to match the piano music.
Note for worship leaders: Sovereign Grace Music makes sheet music available for free for any of their hymns, but be careful, as these parts are usually poorly edited; I frequently have to make changes to the parts so that everyone has the same number of measures.
See, What a Morning
We moved quickly from the grief which Christ’s appearing will bring upon unbelievers, to a celebration of the joy His appearance brought to His followers on the morning of His resurrection. “See, What a Morning” from Keith & Kristyn Getty’s album In Christ Alone is one of my favorite Easter hymns!
We played this arrangement from Lifeway Worship.
In Christ Alone/The Solid Rock
Next we sang another great hymn from the writing tandem of Keith Getty and Stuart Townend, “In Christ Alone”, with the chorus of “The Solid Rock” inserted between the third and fourth verses, as recorded on the Travis Cottrell album, Alive Forever.
This arrangement is available from Praisecharts.
Man of Sorrows
The congregational portion of our service wrapped up with “Man of Sorrows”, from the Hillsong Live album, Glorious Ruins. This modern hymn quotes Isaiah 53, drawing the connection between the Suffering Servant and the Conquering King.
This arrangement also came from Praisecharts.
Our choir and orchestra then performed “Mercy Tree”, recorded by Lacey Sturm on the collaborative album, My Hope: Songs Inspired by the Message and Vision of Billy Graham. It can be heard in the 30-minute video released last year by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, “The Cross”.
Our choir used the anthem & orchestration available from Brentwood Benson.
NO PM SERVICE
Typically, I’ll also list the music from our evening services, but we took the night off this week so that our people could spend Easter Sunday with their families!
Let me know what you think of this new series. What info would you like to see listed here?