On March 8, 2009 at 4:00 PM, we will be installing our new Pastor – Timothy Ehlers, who comes to us in CT from Oakley, MI. It will be a traditional service with Lutheran hymns appropriate for the occasion. However, it’s important to us at Messiah Lutheran Church to inject a little of our own local worship personalities. As such, our small “Praise Band” will be offering the song “God of This City” as a pre-service selection.
This song is magnetic. There’s something about it that just grabs you. I think it’s the chorus which states: “There is no-one like our God. For greater things have yet to come, and greater things are still to be done in this city.” And that’s our sentiment at Messiah, and that’s our hope, our prayer and with the Lord’s blessings, that’s our expectation with our new Pastor as we open up a new chapter in the worship life of Messiah Lutheran Church in South Windsor, CT.
Last night, at choir/band practice, our keyboardist and I played through a few potential song candidates until we landed on “God of This City.” Mid way through, Ruth (our keyboardist) stopped playing and said “this is it” and we both knew it. It just felt right.
The song was originally written by a little known band from Ireland known as “Bluetree”, but was made famous by Chris Tomlin. You can watch Tomlin perform the song and describe the background of the song here: