Every few months we hold a “cerebral” worship service where we sing hymns and praise songs that are very theologically dense. Here is what happened in this week’s service.
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1. Thou Lovely Source of True Delight – Anne Steele, 1760 / Kevin Twit, 1998
A slow and contemplative song reminiscent of Christ’s life, death and resurrection, “Thou Lovely Source of True Delight” takes a deep look into the emotional journey of Jesus’ sacrifice.
2. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silent – Words: Liturgy of St. James, 4th Century / Music: Picardy, French carol melody
This hymn always struck a dark chord with me. The words are full of glory and anticipation of the coming Messiah, yet in combination with the musical setting it brings a more full perspective of the dichotomy which is God’s Judgment: infinite Wrath to the wicked as well as overwhelming Mercy and Grace to His own people.
3. God, Be Merciful to Me – Richard Redhead, 1853 / Christopher Miner, 1997
“God, Be Merciful to Me” is a pleading song which was used for our Song of Confession. It reminds me of many of David’s psalms written in repentance.
4. O, Little Town of Bethlehem – Words: Phillips Brooks, 1867 / Music: St. Louis, Lewis H. Redner, 1868
As our assurance of pardon “O, Little Town of Bethlehem” reminds us that Christ has indeed come for the purpose of our salvation.
5. My Hope is Built on Nothing Less – Words: Edward Mote, circa 1834 / Music: Solid Rock, William B. Bradbury, 1863
During our offering we sing of our dependence on Christ for everything as we come forward and give as a symbol of entrusting everything we have and are to Christ.
6. We Three Kings of Orient Are – Kings of Orient
This is a traditional carol telling the tale of the Three Kings’ journey to worship and bring gifts to Christ. Each verse dives into the symbolism that each gift represents.