I had a blast planning this service! Sometimes you just need to be able to have fun worshiping God, and our church definitely needed that. Hoping also to avoid the post-Easter letdown, we put in a lot of extra work, brought in extra (and super fun!) instruments, and let loose with some awesome, Christ-exalting worship.
As I told our choir, this service also served to send a message that every Sunday is a celebration of Christ’s victory over sin and death. Check out some of the lines from our hymns this week:
“Let the darkness fear”
“O victory in Jesus”
“‘It is finished!’ was His cry”
“Then He arose, over death He had conquered”
“By His hand we stand in victory, by His name we’ve overcome!”
Enjoy these hymns. We sure did!
Build Your Kingdom Here
Folks new something was a little different when they walked into our sanctuary Sunday morning. I asked one of our drummers to come up with a creative, folksy percussion set up to mimic the fun, creative sound of the “Stumpf Fiddle” (aka “Jingling Johnny” — you can get your very own, handcrafted by Rend Collective’s own folk-drumming virtuoso, just click here!), which turned out awesome. We also brought in a banjo, upright bass, and a melodica to complete the ensemble. The extra, unique instruments gave us a very different visual presentation from our “norm”, and sounded great, too! You can learn more about this song from my recent blog post here. It’s available on the album Homemade Worship By Handmade People by Rend Collective.
Our band played this arrangement from Praisecharts.
Victory in Jesus
We kept the energy up by going directly into a driving, Southern-rock arrangement of “Victory in Jesus” by Travis Cottrell. Our band loved the opportunity to rock out, and it seemed to go over really well with our congregation, too.
Hallelujah! What a Savior
After continuing the celebration by baptizing a new believer, we toned things down a bit with this great hymn by Charles Wesley.
Charts for this arrangement came via Hymncharts. Specifically, this is the “2011” version, as they had previously released a different arrangement of the same hymn in 2006.
Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me)
From the Wesley hymn, we segued into “Glorious Day” by Casting Crowns. I love this “re-tuned” version of the old hymn “One Day”! You can learn more about it from this blog entry. The song is available on the album Until the Whole World Hears.
Once again, our charts came from Praisecharts on this one.
Song of Moses
Our choir closed out the musical portion of our worship service with a new hymn by Aaron Keyes from his album Dwell. We’ve used this song before during an evening communion service, but this was the first (though not the last!) time we sang it on a Sunday morning. I wrote more about this hymn on the blog here.
I do love the studio version of this hymn (as heard in the recording above), but yesterday we sang a beautiful choral anthem arranged by Cliff Duren. It’s available from Lifeway, and I highly recommend this version for you choir directors out there who are looking for a “big” sounding piece that isn’t too taxing on your worship ministry. The vocal and instrumental parts are all quite accessible!
All the Way My Savior Leads Me
I probably won’t always put our “response song” on this blog each week, but since so many people asked me on Sunday about the hymn we sang after the sermon, I thought I’d share it. The song was “All the Way My Savior Leads Me” by Chris Tomlin, based on a hymn text of the same title by Fanny Crosby. It’s beautiful! You’ll find the track on the album Hello Love.
Thanks for stopping by! I’m hoping to start getting these Sunday Set List posts out earlier, so check back Monday next week for another list of songs from Stevens Street!