February 19, 2017

A Thousand Tongues

We open our worship gatherings with this hymn of praise. Written by Charles Wesley in 1739, it declares Christ's power and victory and uses rich biblical imagery of the Kingdom of God. Peter Boehler (a Moravian pastor and missionary) once told Wesley, "If I had a thousand tongues, I would praise Christ with them all," inspiring the first of the classic hymn. We sing this as a call to worship, the One who was and is to come.

Jesus Saves

For our corporate worship to be gospel-centered, we must proclaim the good news of the gospel as seen most clearly in the death and resurrection of Jesus. This anthem powerfully declares the theme of all creation — Jesus saves! 

I Will Boast

But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. — Galatians 6:14

As believers in Jesus, our only hope for salvation is in the finished work of Christ at the cross to pay the penalty for our sins. This anthem, led by our Worship Choir and Orchestra, is a beautiful reminder that Jesus is our "hope and stay." 

O Praise the Name (Anástasis)

As we prepare for the preaching of the Word, we again sing the gospel story. This new song of worship tells the story of Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection and anticipates His return. After each verse, the chorus gives us the opportunity to voice our praise —

O praise the Name of the Lord our God
O praise His Name forevermore
For endless days we will sing Your praise
Oh Lord, oh Lord our God

His Mercy Is More

This new hymn from Matt Papa and Matt Boswell emphasizes the greatness of the Lord's mercies.

"Our sins are many, but his mercies are more. Matt Boswell and myself ran across this line in one of John Newton’s letters, and we both immediately caught a vision for it as the ‘hook’ line for a hymn. Such a powerful truth. It was just a matter of how to say it / sing it. We had been (simultaneously) working to create a melody that was modeled after “Away In A Manger”; that classic, elegant, slow 6/8 melody. And both of these interests found a resting place in this hymn." — Matt Papa

We will sing it as we receive the elements of communion.