I'm actually posting this before the service. I'm not sure how things will go, but praying for the grace and strength to point people to Christ this morning.
We're starting with the Bethel Church song You Are Good as an opener to get people's attention on the right thing. It's a peppy song which means it could have a trite ra-ra feel to it if we're not careful.
We simply need to frame it with the truth that's already in the lyrics of the song: God is good. God must be the focus and we must respond with joy and singing. Sounds good to me.
After that we're transitioning to the key of B, and hanging out there for a few songs. How Great Thou Art is a hymn that doesn't ever get old to me. I love it. It's very gospel potent...
"And when I think that God his son not sparing, sent him to die, I scarce can take it in... That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing, he bled and died, to take away my sin."
That's always a sobering thing to sing about.
After that we're further responding to the gospel by singing, Let Me Sing. It's similar to How Great, but definitely more modern lyrically. I love this song. If you've never heard of Todd Fields you should give him a listen.
New Doxology is a new take on the hymn Doxology. Creative name right? Gateway Worship came up with this new arrangement. Good stuff.
Last but not at all least, we're doing Our Great God by Fernando Ortega and Mac Powell. This song has been a real blessing lately. Its chorus is so simple and engaging. It takes you vertical right away.
You Are Good (Johnson/Riddle) - [YouTube]
How Great Thou Art (HYMN as done by Passion) [YouTube]
Let Me Sing (Todd Fields) - [YouTube]
New Doxology (HYMN remake by Gateway Worship) – [YouTube]
Our Great God (Ortega/Powell) [YouTube]