After a two month hiatus, our church returned yesterday to our verse-by-verse study of the book of John. We picked up where we left off in chapter 16, where Jesus is teaching his disciples about the coming of the Holy Spirit, and about the work which the Spirit would do. The Spirit was certainly at work in our choir and in our congregation yesterday as we worshiped! We were led by Blake Pierce, a godly young man from our choir. I’ve enjoyed watching him grow as a worship leader through a lot of hard work, prayer, Bible study, practice, and, of course, music lessons at our church’s School of Performing Arts!
O Praise Him
Our worship set opened with David Crowder’s song “O Praise Him”, which, perhaps surprisingly, came out more than ten years ago on the DC*B album Illuminate. This hymn of adoration has been arranged a number of different ways (is it just me, or does Crowder never sing it the same way twice?), which makes it a great service opener as it can be made to “flow” into just about anything else.
Lord, I Need You
About a month ago, we introduced this song to our congregation for the first time, so we wanted to repeat it for the sake of familiarizing ourselves with it. The song was co-written by Chris Tomlin and Matt Maher. Each has recorded it (on the albums Here For You and All the People Said Amen, respectively), though I prefer Maher’s version.
Our orchestrated arrangement came Joel Mott via Praisecharts.
Spirit of the Living God
Next we sang an early 20th-century chorus by Daniel Iverson, which, as it turns out, was a “new” song to many of our choir and congregation members. Here’s a very new-sounding arrangement of this song performed by Phil Wickham:
The arrangement we used was much more tame, of course, and came from Lifeway Worship.
Because of Your Love
Speaking of Phil Wickham, he is the author of the hymn our choir sang just prior to the sermon. Wickham recorded the song on his album Heaven and Earth, but after singing the beautiful choral arrangement from San Antonio’s Community Bible Church, I can’t imagine doing this song any other way! Here the CBC choir sings this song, though they medley into “How He Loves” in this video, whereas the published choral arrangement ends with “Nothing But the Blood”.
The choir & orchestra arrangement we purchased came from the “God, You Are God” collection, published by Prism Music. This collection is a good value because it includes several great arrangements, including one that we’ll be singing next week!