Category Archives: Aaron Shust

Contemporary Music for the Advent Season


Contemporary Music for the Advent Season

Finding good contemporary Advent music is not easy.  For some reason it is not a popular topic for today’s song writers.  These are a few songs that I have found and used in the past.

Contemporary
Advent Songs

Song Title Writer
A Baby Will Come Bill Wolf
All to Us Chris Tomlin
Behold the Lamb of God Shaun Starbuck
Breath of Heaven (Mary’s Song)  Amy Grant
Emmanuel (Hallowed Manger Ground) Chris Tomlin
Everlasting God Brenton Brown
Meet with Me Lamont Hiebert
My Soul in Stillness Waits Marty Haugen
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel Aaron Shust and David Crowder have great versions of this hymn
Prepare Ye the Way Michael W Smith
Shout of the King Matt Maher
Waiting Here for You Chris Tomlin, Martin Smith

Most of the above songs are available for download at any of the following sites:

www.lifewayworship.com
www.musicnotes.com
www.praisecharts.com
www.sheetmusicplus.com
www.worshiptogether.com

My Savior, My God


My Savior, My God!

That phrase appears twice in Psalm 42 and once in Psalm 43 and its also the title of the piece that we are working on to use sometime during the Season of Easter. I am particularly excited about this occasion because we will have a guest keyboard player in our band, an up and coming 14 year old girl in the congregation who will be confirmed this Spring. We have yet another confirmand that wants to join the band as a singer and we currently also have a guitarist who was confirmed three or four years ago.  Seeing these teens wanting to serve in worship is a blessing from our Father above.

The phrase in the Psalm is as follows:

Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.The Psalm writer must like the phrase, to use it three times, perhaps it was meant as a chorus and that’s exactly what Aaron Shust has done to this made-over hymn. You can watch him play it here, and guitarists take note, you can also learn the intro solos by watching closely.

Listen by clicking here:

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A Liturgy Based on Five Solas


A Liturgy Based on Five Solas

 

Sola Scriptura : Scripture alone  

Pastor: All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.   (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
All:      I will bow down toward your holy temple and will praise your name for your love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word.   (Psalm 138:2)

 

Solus Christus: Christ alone
Pastor: He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.   (Colossians 1:13-18)
All:  For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men—the testimony given in its proper time.   (1 Timothy 2:5-6)

Sola Gratia: Grace alone
Pastor:  In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.   (Ephesians 1:7-8)
All: But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many!   (Romans 5:15)
Pastor: For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.   (Ephesians 2:8-9)

 

 

Sola Fide: Faith alone
Pastor: Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.   (Romans 5:1-2)

 

 

Soli Deo Gloria: Glory To God alone
Pastor:  So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.   (1 Corinthians 10:31)
All: To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.   (Revelation 1:6)

 

Pastor: For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.   (Romans 11:36)

 

Consider following up with the singing of “In Christ Alone” by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend, or “To God Alone be the Glory” by Aaron Shust. 

 

You can here “To God Alone” here:

 

https://sjbrown58.wordpress.com/2009/05/09/to-god-alone-be-the-glory-sdg/

 

Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version, Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.  Used by permission of International Bible Society

To God Alone be the Glory (SDG)


To God Alone be the Glory (SDG)

 

Aaron Shust is one of my favorite Christian artists and Greatworshipsongs.com is one of my favorite sites for free sheet music and MP3s.  Right now they are featuring a new song by Aaron called “To God Alone.”  It’s a song based on the Latin phrase Soli Deo Gloria.  To God Alone be the Glory.   The song is easy to play, a bit mroe difficult to sing, and you can learn it here:

To get a free lead sheet and MP3, sign up here:

http://www.greatworshipsongs.com/

Martin Luther and Aaron Shust Collaborate on a Christmas Song


Martin Luther and Aaron Shust Collaborate on a Christmas Song

 

Contemporary recording artist, Aaron Shust, has a new Christmas song called “God Has Come to Earth” that he gives some credit to Martin Luther for the lyrics.  It’s available at his BLOG as a free download with no strings attached.   Here’s his BLOG site if you are interested and if you’d like an MP3 to add to your music inventory:

http://aaronshust.blogspot.com/2008/11/god-has-come-to-earth.html

My Savior My God


My Savior My God

This past Sunday we played this smash hit during worship.  The song was written by Aaron Shust.  The lyrics are striking.  Here they are:

  

I am not skilled to understand

What God has willed, what God has planned

I only know at his right hand

Stands one who is my savior

 

I take him at his word and deed

Christ died to save me this I read

And in my heart I find a need

For him to be my savior

 

That he would leave his place on high

And come for sinful man to die

You count it strange, so once did I

Before I knew my savior

 

My savior loves, my savior lives

My savior’s always there for me

My God he was, my God he is

My God he’s always going to be

 

Yes, living, dying; let me bring

My strength, my solace from this spring

That he who lives to be my king

Once died to be my savior

 

That he would leave his place on high

And come for sinful man to die

You count it strange, so once did I

Before I knew my savior

 

My savior loves, my savior lives

My savior’s always there for me

My God he was, My God he is

My God he’s always going to be

 

CCLI #4592255, Copyright 2005 Bridge Building Music, Inc. (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc., 741 Cool Springs Blvd., Franklin TN 37067)

 

The following is a piece written by Mr. Shust that explains this song in a wonderous way (from http://www.greatworshipsongs.com):

 

Aaron Shust has written a number of worship songs including “My Savior, My God,” “Matchless,” and “Watch Over Me.”

 

When I have a good day I say, “God, thank you. You’re really blessing me.” Blessing is a word I think only Christians use.  I’ve heard it means to “speak well about a thing”, but I think it’s used more often like we just got a raise, or a gift, or something. “God, bless me” means I want my business to do well, or I want a motorcycle, or I want to pay my rent this month.

 

When I’m having a bad day I say, “God, don’t forget me.  Please hear my prayers”, as if He may have forgotten about me.

 

One of my favorite communicators, Bill Bahr, tells a story of a man who by a series of events misses his flight and when the plane crashes and everyone dies, an article is written in a Christian publication saying, “God was watching out for him”.  Not long after that article, another article is written by the wife of a man, who by a series of miraculous events, made that flight, and the last communication they had was waving goodbye with joy in their hearts at how God had orchestrated his ability to make his flight…that would take him to his death.  Was God working in one man’s life and not the other?

 

People are healed of cancer after much prayer.  People die of cancer after much prayer.  People are born beautiful and talented; people are born with deforming diseases.

 

My perception of how God should operate is so often focused on how He should make my life better.  But one of the reasons His name is “God” is because He is smarter, wiser, and infinitely better (perfect actually) than me in all arenas.  I can’t figure out the reasoning behind all that God does.  But, I know that I am loved by Him because I FEEL it!  I know with my heart that the promises written in the Bible are true.  An act of faith?  Absolutely.  But once you feel the warmth of the sun on your skin, there’s no question that there’s really a ball of fire in the sky.

 

So whether I’m looking at one stitch on the backside of a tapestry and God’s looking at all of the front, or “I have point of view and God has view”, the bottom line is: I’m not skilled to grasp all that God has planned and I’m okay with that, because His ways are higher than mine.  And I trust him.

 

Source: greatworshipsongs.com