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Sunday Rhythm | January 9, 2011

Welcome to Redemption Hill’s new weekly Sunday Rhythm review. This review is from yesterday’s worship service held at Linwood Holton Elementary School in Richmond, Virginia. Below is not only a list of the songs we led, but also the readings and text from our liturgy, as well as a list of the pre-service music played in the auditorium before the service.

Pre-service Music
Every week we prayerfully and purposefully compile a Sunday pre-service iTunes playlist to enhance our Sunday gathering. These are artists that you should definitely consider listening too, and if you feel so inclined, purchasing their music through the link provided. We hope that this becomes an avenue for discovering new gospel-centered art and music. This week’s pre-service music featured selections from Page CXVI’s three Hymns ep’s:

    Come Thou Fount – Page CXVI – Hymns
    When I Survey the Wondrous Cross – Page CXVI – Hymns
    The Solid Rock – Page CXVI – Hymns
    Rock of Ages – Page CXVI – Hymns II
    Abide With Me – Page CXVI – Hymns II
    Doxology – Page CXVI – Hymns II
    You Have Redeemed My Soul – Page CXVI – Hymns III

Sunday Rhythm

Call to Worship

    Oh sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth!
    Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day.
    Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!
    For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; he is to be feared above all gods.
    For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the LORD made the heavens.
    Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
    Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength!
    Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering, and come into his courts!
    Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth!
    Psalm 96:1-9 ESV

Song Service
1. Holy, Holy, Holy by Reginald Heber, who was a Bishop in the Church of England. He wrote the hymn Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty in 1826 for a Trinity Sunday celebration. After Heber’s unexpected death at age 43, his wife found the song among some of his writings, and passed it on to noted musician John B. Dykes, who composed and arranged the hymn for publication. We used this as our “Call to Worship” song yesterday.

2. How Great Thou Art by Carl Boberg, with English translation by Stuart K. Hine. The original poem written by Boberg in 1886 was entitled O Stor God. In 1933, English missionaries to the Ukraine, Reverend and Mrs. Stuart K. Hine heard the song for the first time, fell in love with it and sang it often throughout their missionary journeys. As they traveled the Carpathian Mountains, the couple was inspired by the incredible beauty to translate the first three verses of the song into English. When WWII broke out in 1939, the Hines returned to England carrying How Great Thou Art to its new home. After the war they wrote the fourth verse and arranged the original Swedish folk tune to be published in English hymnals. In the 1950s, the song was copyrighted and widely published in America, becoming more and more popular. When George Beverly Shay and the Billy Graham gospel choir, directed by Cliff Barrows, began to sing the song at virtually every crusade event, How Great Thou Art soon became one of the most recognized songs around the world. It served as our hymn of adoration yesterday.

Responsive Reading

    For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.
    For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—
    but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
    Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.
    For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.
    More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
    Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
    Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
    Adapted from Romans 5:1-11 ESV

Sermon
Pastor Robert continued with our journey through The Book of Acts: Enjoying God and Engaging His Mission. Yesterday’s text was Acts 6:8-8:1, and was entitled Tipping Sacred Cows. You can hear the sermon audio by clicking here. Some of the reflection questions included:

    What stood out to you this morning? How could you respond?
    What are your sacred cows? What good things have you begun to make the main thing for your confidence and security?
    What would it mean for you to believe deeply that Jesus stands before God to intercede for you? What kind of peace, confidence, freedom, or hope would that produce in you?
    Think of a difficult situation or relationship in your life right now. How would you respond differently because of this?

To download the entire Reflection guide, click here.

Song Service Continued
3. Come Ye Sinners by 18th century London minister Joseph Hart. We sing an arrangement similar to Chicago orchestral rockers Anathallo off their 2004 Hymns EP. We used this as our communion hymn of the week, singing and meditating on the words as we came forward to receive the bread and cup.

4. Nothing but the Blood by Robert Lowry. This staple of Sunday school classes and Vacation Bible School sing-a-long’s everywhere is good for any occasion where Christians gather. This simple song presents God’s answer to our fallen state in language that even a child can understand:

    What can wash away my sin?
    Nothing but the blood of Jesus
    What can make me whole again?
    Nothing but the blood of Jesus

5. See What the Lord Has Done (Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning) is an American folk spiritual that comes from the parable of the ten virgins in Matthew 25. In the parable, ten maidens were awaiting the arrival of the bridegroom. While five kept their lamps trimmed and burning, the other five did not, and their lamps went out. They begged for oil for their lamps from the wise virgins, but were told to go into town and buy their own. When the bridegroom finally came, the five foolish virgins had no light, and the five wise virgins were invited in to the wedding reception. The message is that you should always keep your lamps trimmed and burning, because you never known when the bridegroom (Christ) will return. This folk spiritual was first made popular by blues guitarist Blind Willie Johnson in 1928. Since then, many artist have gone on to cover it, including blues guitarist Mississippi Fred McDowell, and more recently, indie artist Andrew Bird who routinely performs it as an encore at his live performances. Our version includes much of the original material, in addition to some original verses by our own worship leader Zach Banister.

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2 Comments

Deneen Costic

January 10 2011 Reply

hey–thanks for adding this review to the website–great feature!

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