Return of the Blogger

For some time now, I’ve pondered about returning to blogging…
It’s not for a loss of something to say…anyone who knows me at all knows that to be the case.

So, I guess I’ll just ease back in…
I just returned (a week ago today) from an INCREDIBLE musical week in Chicago at the ACDA National BiEnnial conference with one of my dear friends and mentors.
It was a week chalked full of experience after experience that we’ll never forget…My soul was fed and filled.  From Worship with John Ferguson, Anton Armstrong, choirs from St. Olaf, Michigan, and Highland Park UMC, to the many wonderful breakout sessions, exhibits, and phenomenal choirs, and a Saturday night performance of Elijah with Helmuth Riling and the Grammy Award Winning Chicago Symphony and Chorus, it was a week to be remembered for sure.  But perhaps I’ll write more about that later…

This afternoon, I’m struck by lyrics of music as I pour through piles of arrangements and charts of songs as I plan our journey through the Lenten Season (though I wonder if our good Stone-Campbell CofC folks recognize the significance of that season)…two rather new sets of lyrics in particular.

YOU ALONE CAN RESCUE (© 2008 Thankyou Music | sixsteps Music | Said And Done Music | SHOUT! Publishing (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing) | (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing) | (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing) | (Admin. by Integrity Music, Inc.)
Jonas Myrin | Matt Redman)

Who O Lord could save themselves
Their own soul could heal
Our shame was deeper than the sea
Your grace is deeper still

And You alone can rescue
You alone can save
You alone can lift us from the grave
You came down to find us led us out of death
To You alone belongs the highest praise

You O Lord have made a way
The great divide You healed
For when our hearts were far away
Your love went further still
Yes Your love goes further still

And You alone can rescue
You alone can save
You alone can lift us from the grave
You came down to find us led us out of death
To You alone belongs the highest praise

And the other…

O THE BLOOD (© 2010 Gateway Create Publishing (Admin. by Integrity’s Praise! Music)
Mary Elizabeth Miller | Thomas Miller)  Love love love Kari Jobe’s leading of this powerful song…

O the blood crimson love
Price of life’s demand
Shameful sin placed on Him
The Hope of ev’ry man

O the blood of Jesus washes me
O the blood of Jesus shed for me
What a sacrifice that saved my life
Yes the blood it is my victory

Savior Son Holy One
Slain so I can live
O see the Lamb the great I Am
Who takes away my sin

O the blood of the Lamb
O the blood of the Lamb
O the blood of the Lamb
The precious blood of the Lamb
What a sacrifice that saved my life
Yes the blood it is my victory

O what love no greater love
Grace how can it be
That in my sin yes even then
He shed His blood for me

What a sacrifice that saved my life
Yes the blood it is my victory

HERE’S YOUR PART…What Easter/Lent/Resurrection songs are most memorable to you?  Which songs of this season have formed you?  Why?  Are they “lasting hymns” now?  Might they be “lasting” one day?

2 thoughts on “Return of the Blogger

  1. 1. We just learned You Alone Can Rescue at my church at school and I LOVE IT.

    2. My church at school is not church of Christ, and therefore has been a transition for me, worship-wise. We obviously have a band and such, so a lot of the songs we sing are different, but I’ve learned to really enjoy it.

    3. That being said, one of my favorite “Eastery” songs, if you can call it that, is still “Jesus Paid it All.” But I really love the version with “O praise the One who paid my debt and raised this life up from the dead” repeated over and over (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3o3DiMVdOI at 3:11ish)

    • Thanks Lindsay. I love that version of “Jesus Paid It All” and have an Acappella-ized version of that chorus that I’ve wanted to use, but never have…

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