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Summer Psalm for July 20, 2014 – Pentecost 6

Summer Psalm for July 20, 2014 – Pentecost 6
Based on Psalm 89 (selected verses)

Song Choices: 
1. “I Could Sing of Your Love Forever” by Martin Smith (Songbook BOB #103)
2. “Facedown” by Matt Redman
3. “Who is Like You” by Mac Powell (Third Day)

Level of Difficulty:
The entire congregation can sing “I Could sing of Your Love Forever” or “Who is Like You”.  “Facedown” is best suited for the worship team or praise band.

You Tube:
1. I Could Sing of Your Love Forever:

2. Facedown:

3. Who is Like You:

Rationale for the Song Choices:
1. “I Could Sing of Your Love Forever” takes it’s very title from the opening line in Psalm 89 and captures the spirit behind the first 3 or 4 verses.
2. “Facedown” is based on verses 5 – 8.
3. “Who is LikeYou” is also based on verses 5-8.

Suggested Format:

Musicians softly play the verse or chorus in the background

M: I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever;
C: with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. 
M: I will declare that your love stands firm forever,
C: that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself. 
M: The heavens praise your wonders, 
C: Lord, your faithfulness too, in the assembly of the holy ones. 

Sing as follows (depending on your song choice):
“I Could Sing of Your Love Forever” – Sing the Verse and Chorus
Band or Soloists sing: “Facedown” – Sing Verse 2 & Chorus
“Who is Like You” – Sing Verse 1 & Chorus

Musicians continue to play softly in the background

M: For who in the skies above can compare with the Lord?
C: Who is like the Lord among the heavenly beings? 
M: In the council of the holy ones God is greatly feared;
C: He is more awesome than all who surround him. 
M: Who is like you, Lord God Almighty?
C: You, Lord, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you. 

Sing as follows (depending on your song choice):
“I Could Sing of Your Love Forever” – Sing the Verse, Chorus and end with the CODA (omit the bridge)
Band or Soloists sing: “Facedown” – Sing Verse, Chorus then proceed to the CODA
“Who is Like You” – Sing Verse 2 & Chorus

Other readings that can be added if desired:

M: You rule over the surging sea;
C: when its waves mount up, you still them. 
M: The heavens are yours, and yours also the earth;
C: you founded the world and all that is in it. 
M: Your arm is endowed with power;
C: your hand is strong, your right hand exalted. 
M: Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
C: love and faithfulness go before you. 
M: Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you,
C: who walk in the light of your presence, Lord. 
M: They rejoice in your name all day long;
C: they celebrate your righteousness. 
M: For you are their glory and strength,
C: and by your favor you exalt our horn. 
M: Indeed, our shield belongs to the Lord,
C: our king to the Holy One of Israel. 

Contemporary Song choices for the Transfiguration of Our Lord

Contemporary Song choices for the Transfiguration of Our Lord

Scripture References:

Mt 17:1-13, Mk 9:2-13, 2 Cor 3:12-4:2, Ex 24:12, 15-18, 2 Peter 1:16-21, 2 Cor 4:3-6. Ex 34:29-35, Ps 148, Lk 9:28-36, 2 Ki 2:1-12

Contemporary Song choices for the Transfiguration   of Our Lord

Song Title Author / Songbook Comments
Did You Feel the Mountains Tremble? Martin Smith BOB #45 Ref. Ps 148:7 Good congregation song & fun to play/sing (we lower  the key by a half step due to the bridge)
A Mighty Fortress Christy and Nathan Nockels Ref Ex 24:17 Congregation Song with Beautiful piano music
Jesus, Take Us to the Mountain LAPPY 162 and CWS712 Ref. Mt 17:1-13, Mk 9:2-13, Lk 9:28-36 and 2 Pe 1:16-18
Tune: Silver Spring
Once on a Mountaintop LAPPY 231
Speak, O Lord Keith GettyCWS 735 Ref. 2 Cor 3:18Good congregational song
You, Lord, Are both Lamb and Shepherd CWS746 (especially Vs 2) Ref. Mt 17:1-13, Mk 9:2-13, Lk 9:28-36 and 2 Pe 1:16-18
Tune: Picardy

Great Hymns:  “With Trembling Awe the ChosenThree”
“Down from the Mount of Glory “ (CW 97)*
“How Good, Lord, to be Here” (CW#95)*
* These hymns lend themselves to guitar/piano accompaniment.

These are all good sites to find music:

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.

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:

Miracle Maker

Miracle Maker

There’s a haunting song called “Miracle Maker” by the band known as “Delirious?”.  That’s a statement not a question, as the question mark is really part of their name.

The song is about Jesus healing a crippled man at the pool in Bethesda (John 5:1-18).  This is an incredible story and it’s an incredible song.  It’s one of the healings by Jesus that was not a result of the patient’s faith.  All too often, we hear Jesus say “your faith has healed you.”  Not this time.   In fact, it seems that Jesus healed him out of pure mercy and compassion.  The man could not get into this pool quick enough on his own to be healed and he had been this way for 38 years.  It’s also of note that this man did not seek out Jesus to be healed; Jesus sought him out.  When Jesus asked him if he wanted to be healed, the man did not even answer “yes”, he just described his pitiful situation (Vs 7).

You can hear the song and learn to play it on the guitar here:
Note – This is not a congregational song.  It is a great song for a Praise Band to play during the Offering if your Pastor has just preached on John 5:1-18.

There is one thing peculiar about the scripture text.  Namely, where is verse 4 (see below)?

The Healing at the Pool

 1Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for a feast of the Jews. 2Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. 3Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. 5One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”

 7″Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”

8Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” 9At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.       The day on which this took place was a Sabbath, 10and so the Jews said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.”

11But he replied, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’ ”

12So they asked him, “Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk?”

13The man who was healed had no idea who it was, for Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there.

14Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.” 15The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.

Life Through the Son

 16So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jews persecuted him. 17Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working.” 18For this reason the Jews tried all the harder to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.

Here is verse 4, omitted in the NIV, from the King James version:

4For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.

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

A Year of Jubilee is Coming!

A Year of Jubilee is Coming!

Sometimes the music that we choose for worship – just seems to fit so well.  It’s the work of the Holy Spirit you know.  At Messiah, we choose our music months in advance because the use of a Lectionary allows for this level of preparedness.  Of course, we might update our song choices as the date approaches should the Holy Spirit moves us in some other direction.


Several months ago, I chose “Did You Feel the Mountains Tremble?” for this coming Sunday.  Right now, it feels so right to me on so many different levels that it just has to be the Holy Spirit’s guiding hand.


Let me explain, and we’ll start with the song lyrics:


Did You Feel The Mountains Tremble?


Verse 1:

Did you feel the mountains tremble?

Did you hear the oceans roar?

When the people rose to sing of;

Jesus Christ the risen One.


Verse 2:

Did you feel the people tremble?

Did you hear the singers roar?

When the lost began to sing of;

Jesus Christ the saving One.



And we can see that God You’re moving.

A mighty river through the nations.

And young and old will turn to Jesus.

Fling wide you heavenly gates;

Prepare the way of the risen Lord.



Open up the doors and let the music play,

Let the streets resound with singing.

Songs that bring Your hope,

Songs that bring Your joy,

Dancers who dance upon injustice.


Verse 3:

Do you feel the darkness tremble?

When all the saints join in one song.

And all the streams flow as one river;

To wash away our brokenness.



And here we see that God You’re moving.

A time of jubilee is coming.

When young and old return to Jesus.

Fling wide you heavenly gates;

Prepare the way of the risen Lord.


CCLI Song No. 1097028

© 1994 Curious? Music UK (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing)

Martin Smith


This is a song of hope, joy and unity in Christ.  I originally chose it for this third Sunday in Advent because of the lyric “prepare the way for the Lord” and it’s natural tie-in to John the Baptist and the season of Advent.   But as the date grew closer; other lines in this song began to resonate with me.  For example, if you are a WELS reader (as many of you are), you will quickly associate with the “Year of Jubilee” line.  Also, we are doing a responsive reading of Psalm 71 on this particular Sunday by age groups (young & old) which align with the song lyric “When young and old will turn to Jesus.”  You can view our planned reading of this Psalm here:


Lastly, we are between Pastors right now and there’s a subtle air of brokenness among us, so the lyric that states: “When all the saints join in one song.  And all the streams flow as one river; To wash away our brokenness” takes on a beautiful meaning.  And by the way, our Shepherd is watching over his flock in South Windsor CT because we are being led by an interim semi-retired Pastor who’s just wonderful; and I might add, perfectly willing to worship God through the use of Contemporary music.  I’ve heard it said that music transcends time!  Our hymns certainly attest to this fact.


We are going to be singing this song with a lot of energy on Sunday.  Music is such a wonderful gift from God.  I have every expectation that as we come together in unity and belt out this chorus that God will be moving, people will tremble, our brokenness will be washed away, and yes the darkness will tremble as well.  He does every time that our worship is this spirited.