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I’m going to the Worship Together conference in KC on April 12th, 13th, and 14th, so check back here around those dates as I will be taking lots of notes from each of the speakers and will put some recaps here on the blog.  I am really looking forward to this one. I went last year to a one day Worship together conference and it was great. I think like last year there is a concert each evening so you get to learn from the speakers as well as hear them in concert.

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Glory to God Forever is a song off of Steve Fee’s new album Hope Rising.  It is one of those that a congregation can pick up the first time they hear it, singing along with the chorus the second time through.  I love a song that puts the focus where it should be and that is on God and His glory. These kinds of songs should be in our worship sets because they remind us of the glory, majesty, and splendor of God.  They remind us that God does indeed rule over all, and He is in control. Jeremiah 29:11

This song also reminds us what our response should be to God when we catch a glimpse of His glory. Check out what the writer of the song, Steve Fee, has to say about that:

I’m sharing our church’s Sunday Setlist along with other worshippers from all over the world. Check out what others are singing at The Worship Community.

This Sunday we gave a sacrifice of praise by singing these songs:

Wonderful (Brenton Brown)

Jesus Messiah (Chris Tomlin)

I Will Rise (Chris Tomlin)

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus (Helen H.Lemmel)

Hosanna (Praise is Rising) (Paul Baloche)

I am sharing my Sunday Setlist along with other worshippers from all over the world so if you would like to see what other churches did this week check them out at The Worship Community.

Meet with You (correction! Ten Shekel Shirt)

Wonderful (Brenton Brown)

Never Let Go (David Crowder) (offering) Here is the video I made that we played during the song.

Hungry (Kathryn Scott)

Jesus Messiah (Chris Tomlin)

This will be an interesting Sunday. Normally, I would not introduce two new songs on the same day but the opening verse of Jesus Messiah has been on my heart and I have been hearing it a lot lately. The first two lines of the song are taken almost directly from 2 Cor. 5:21 where it says:

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

The songs lyrics are:

He became sin, who knew no sin, that we might become, His righteousness.

What amazing love! O what a savior! The only sinless man to walk this earth was made “to be sin for us”, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. Perfection took on sin for us. I have to pause on that word, “us” because it seems so lopsided, so unfair, so ultimately: grace-ful. Indeed, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  And so we sing.

I love John Wesley’s notes on this juxtaposition of Christ’s righteousness compared to us. Check it out:

5:21 He made him a sin offering, who knew no sin – A commendation peculiar to Christ. For us – Who knew no righteousness, who were inwardly and outwardly nothing but sin; who must have been consumed by the divine justice, had not this atonement been made for our sins. That we might be made the righteousness of God through him – Might through him be invested wi th that righteousness, first imputed to us, then implanted in us, which is in every sense the righteousness of God.

Watch Chris Tomlin talk about the song we will be singing to close out the service on Sunday:

Then take a listen to some of the songs we will be singing in the rest of the service:

Meet with me (Ten Shekel Shirt)

Wonderful (Brenton Brown)

Never Let Go (David Crowder)

Hungry (Kathryn Scott)

Jesus Messiah (Chris Tomlin)

Video Opener

He Reigns (Newsboys)

Glory to God Forever (Fee)

I Will Rise (Tomlin)

I Stand in Awe (Altrogge)

Let My Words Be Few (Redman)

I am sharing my Sunday Setlist along with other worshippers from all over the world so if you would like to see what other churches are doing check them out at The Worship Community.

This Sunday we are singing some great songs. It will be a time of lifting the name of Jesus high, giving him glory and praise. We will be singing He Reigns, (just saw Michael Tait of the Newsboys perform that song Sunday night), Glory to God Forever, and we will end the set with the simple and profound Let My Words Be Few taken from Ecclesiastes 5:1-7. But one song in the set will stand out, I think. It is a song called I Will Rise and is one that was introduced last week as a special during offering and the congregation will get a chance to sing it this week, learning it over the next few weeks as we get closer to Easter.

Check out the story behind the song below:

I Will Rise

“Toward the end of the ‘How Great is our God Tour,’ Louie [Giglio] challenged me to write a song of worship for people in their hardest time of grief. We were talking about the reality that we need more songs like the hymn “It is Well” that can be sung as worship and hope at a funeral; to be able to find words to say and sing in that moment of sorrow when you lose someone you love. A few days later, Louie sent me an email with a few thoughts about the song, and the one line that struck me the most was…the grave is overwhelmed. I took that idea and ran. This song speaks the truth that we have a Savior and a God that has defeated death, and we have victory over it as well in Him… He has made us alive, and even

though all of us one day will say good-bye to our earthly bodies, we will rise when He calls our name. I love the passage in Revelation 4 and 5 where you see the angels and all the creatures gathered ’round the throne of God in celebration, singing

in a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb.” That’s what I am pointing to in this song–that we will join those angels, and we will  stand before the throne of our God and our risen Savior alive forever! Amen!” Chris Tomlin

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