This post is part of the Sunday Setlist blog carnival.
I had the privilege of playing at Nashville’s Church of the Redeemer today, this third Sunday of Advent. It was my first time. Mother Jenna Martin is singer, songwriter, and an old friend from Belmont Church. She is also the worship pastor at Redeemer. I was a substitute keyboard player and vocalist. We had a very sweet yet sober time. I expect hearts are heavy all over our nation this morning as we continue to mourn the tragic loss of life at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
I think what I most appreciated was a spontaneous prayer voiced by a parishioner.
“Lord, I offer a prayer of lamentation. I don’t see a star leading to a manger. I see a world of madness and insanity. Not only this weekend in Connecticut, but all over the world. And in me. … Your star seems very dim, Lord. Please help me and help others who feel the same.”
Wow. What a raw, honest prayer. And how beautiful the community that allows its voice.
Here was our set. I’m afraid that I don’t have the writer information or iTunes link on some of the service music.
- Trisagion (Fernando Ortego)
- As With Gladness Men of Old (to the tune of For the Beauty of the Earth)
- On Jordan’s Stormy Banks I Stand (Stennett / Miner)
- O Praise Him (All This for a King) (David Crowder)
- Isaiah 12:3-6: The First Song of Isaiah (from The Book of Common Prayer, music by Jack Noble White)
- The Grace of God Appears (Harris / Wyse). Used as the Gospel Acclamation while the celebrants processed before and after the Gospel reading
- For the Life That You Have Given. Presentation hymn when the offering was received
- Holy (Sanctus) (Simmons / Martin)
- The Lord’s Prayer (Tibetan Melody)
- Lamb of God (Traditional text / music by Eric Wyse). Communion song 1: “Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world; Have mercy on us”
- Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus (Hyfrydol tune – that’s the one in the Baptist Hymnal 😉 ). Communion song 2
- Let All Mortal Flesh (Traditional). Recessional as the celebrants processed at the end of the service.
Let all mortal flesh keep silence and with fear and trembling stand
Ponder nothing earthly minded, for with blessing in his hand,
Christ our God to earth descendeth
Our full homage to demand