Okay…this is a random question for the blog today…
When you go to church on the weekend do you prefer Teaching Series that take on real life topics through the lens of Scripture or do you prefer a more old school approach and just want to hear verse by verse, chapter to chapter Bible Teaching? When you answer the question include why.
It’s an interesting conversation and there is no right answer…it’s just different approaches to communication.
My good friend Matt Maher is a student of the hymns. Last year, I heard a retooled version of this song while praying with Matt Maher and his gang. It was such a powerful statement of the theology of our faith. I love that this hymn comes from the 1700’s. It’s a song of the fathers of our faith. There were men and women writing songs in the 1700’s with the same heart and mind that I have about my faith in 2009. There were people hundreds of years ago crafting melodies for the corporate gathering with a heart to teach theology through their song. There were men and women bowed down in awe of the mighty hand of God.
Matt wrote a beautiful chorus addition to this old hymn. I’ve actually never asked Matt why he wrote the chorus or why he chose this hymn, but, when I sing it I’m reminded of the timelessness of the faith we have through Jesus Christ. What an amazing gift to be able to sing truthful words, worship our God, teach theology and gather in awe of our amazing God. How sweet to look back in history and know that men and women worshiped and adored the same God that we worship and adored today in Chandler, Arizona, today in 2009. We do it bowed down with one heart and one mind declaring that He alone is holy!!!
Worship Leaders: What songs are you singing in your church that are full of theology?
Here’s how we did it at church today!
Check out these lyrics:
Holy God, we praise Thy Name;
Lord of all, we bow before Thee!
All on earth Thy scepter claim,
All in Heaven above adore Thee;
Infinite Thy vast domain,
Everlasting is Thy reign.
Hark! the loud celestial hymn
Angel choirs above are raising,
Cherubim and seraphim,
In unceasing chorus praising;
Fill the heavens with sweet accord:
Holy, holy, holy, Lord
We praise You with one heart
We bless You with one mind
We bow down in awe of Your might
For You alone are holy
Holy Father, Holy Son,
Holy Spirit, Three we name Thee;
While in essence only One,
Undivided God we claim Thee;
And adoring bend the knee,
While we own the mystery.
May I recommend that you buy Matt’s newest record called ‘Alive Again’?? I can, almost, promise you that you will not disappoint. Click the picture above for a link to the record! Enjoy!
From time to time I want to post some of the music that we’re doing at Cornerstone. I know, for me, since Jarrett Stevens canned 7:22 @ North Point (only kidding jarrett), I’ve been hard pressed to find music online that we (as a team) can go and get creative ideas from week to week. Anyways, yesterday was a special day here at Cornerstone. A really good friend of mine from Nashville name Audrey Assad was here and helped lead music in our gatherings all day. These are a few of the videos from yesterday.
This first video is a new tune Audrey wrote called ‘Love is Moving’. WOW! If you don’t watch anything else on this post…watch and listen to Audrey’s song. Hopefully some of these videos will serve as a resource to inspire and encourage your ministry or life.
A great day today! Golfing with a bunch of skaters, well, we golfed and they drove golf carts around and heckled us. It was a good time and a few of us from Cornerstone got the privillege of swinging the sticks to support these guys.
If you don’t know about their ministry…GET TO KNOW IT! If you have kids that skate make sure they know about them. These guys are studs and they are radically in love with Jesus. They’ve got one guy name, Brian Sumner, who is an internationally renown skater that is on the team. He road for Tony Hawk for the past 12 years. INCREDIBLE story of the rescue of God in his life. Here’s a video of Brian Sumner:
If you have a church – BOOK THEM – I promise you it will be a great event and students will get to see and meet these guys and they’ll speak about Jesus with intentionality.
Also, check out their new film called BURL FACTOR – it’s VERY WELL done.