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07 February 2010

sunday's music - february 7, 2010


On Friday at one of our area schools, the unthinkable happened. A 9th grade student lost his life after having been shot by another student.

Today we opened the service with reflection on that, asking our people to pray for the family of the victim, the shooter, and the students, teachers and all who have been impacted by this. We made several adjustments to the service for this purpose, including the opening song...

God of This City (Boyd | Bleakley | Jordan | McCann | Kernaghan | Comfort) - I didn't ask anyone to stand for this song, but before we'd gotten very far into the song, people began to stand and lift their hands in worship as they sang. What a simple but powerful song, and absolutely perfect for this day.

It Is Well With My Soul (Spafford | Bliss, traditional) - A song that perfectly fit what we all needed to sing today. "Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say, 'It is well, it is well with my soul."

Shout to the North (Smith) - An old favorite. It's incredibly encouraging to the body of Christ.

Because He Lives (Gaither) - This song is embraced by so many people, young and old. It focuses on Christ as our hope.

We Will Hold On (Baloche) - We introduced this song, from Paul Baloche's latest CD, two weeks ago. I strongly urge you to buy this CD! Deceptively simple but deep lyrics. For instance, "We'll be tested by the blessings; with all the comforts of the world surrounding, we will not forget the Savior. We will hold one [to Your love]."

I truly did not want to stop playing or singing.

Ending the worship service, I had the tremendous privilege of baptizing Andy, my close friend and brother in Christ. This made my day.

What a fantastic morning!

This post is part of TheWorshipCommunity.com's Sunday Setlists blog carnival, the brainchild of Fred McKinnon. Most links above (the titles of the songs) go to ChristianBook.com's or Amazon.com's MP3 downloads or NetHymnal.org song pages.

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