When I Survey on 09.29.12

After singing Praise to the Lord the Almighty and One Thing Remains, we turned our attention to Jesus Christ and the communion table.  To help us prepare, we focused on the scripture and heart behind the classic hymn When I Survey The Wondrous Cross.  Becky sang a free-flowing, minor key, haunting version of a verse, we heard the scripture read, and then we sang the verse together.  The flow went like this…

When I Survey / scripture / communion

Becky sings:
When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of Glory died
My richest gain I count but loss
And pour contempt on all my pride

Phil 3:7-11 (NIV) But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.  I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.

Everyone sings:
When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of Glory died
My richest gain I count but loss
And pour contempt on all my pride

—–

Becky sings:
Forbid it Lord that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God.
All the vain things that Charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood

Galatians 6:14-16 (The Message) For my part, I am going to boast about nothing but the Cross of our Master, Jesus Christ. Because of that Cross, I have been crucified in relation to the world, set free from the stifling atmosphere of pleasing others and fitting into the little patterns that they dictate. Can’t you see the central issue in all this? It is not what you and I do—submit to circumcision, reject circumcision. It is what God is doing, and he is creating something totally new, a free life!

Everyone sings:
Forbid it Lord that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God.
All the vain things that Charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.

——-

Becky sings:
See, from His head, His hands, His feet
Sorrow and love flow mingled down
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet
Or thorns compose so rich a crown

Isaiah 53:4-6 (NIV)  Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.  But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.  We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Shane leads us through communion.

Shane invites us to stand, and he reads:

Romans 12:1-2 (NIV) Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Everyone sings:
Were the whole realm of nature mine
That were a present for too small
Love so amazing, so divine
Demands my soul, my life, my all

O the wonderful cross!
O the wonderful cross!
Bids me come and die to find that I may truly live
O the wonderful cross!
O the wonderful cross!
All who gather here by grace draw near to bless Your name

Posted by Aaron Niequist on 09.30.12 under Lead Worship, Weekend Experience.

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