In WHITEWATER at Northern Hills today, the worship was led by Chariot Sky. These guys did a great job and really have a heart for worship. They are very talented and we were honored to have them join us this weekend. Be sure to stop by their site and give them a listen.
About a year ago I began scrobbling the music I listen to at last.fm. For me personally, the blending of statistics and music is a big hit, plus it is free. (My only complaint is that on occasion my profile loads s l o w l y). I now have personal charts that show my most listened to artist, top albums, and my most listened to tracks. Not all that important, but I dig stuff like this.
I also get to see what others are listening to and the total plays scrobbled for individual artists by all of the users combined. For example as of this post, The Beatles have a grand total of 49,897,234 plays scrobbled. For comparison, Chris Tomlin has 428,080. It is really an amazing collection of data.
Here is the listening skinny for yours truly. Also, I now have it set up in my sidebar to show recent tracks and my top artist. Which basically will make is easier for you to make fun of me when you see me listening to ABBA.
Mother Mary cried as she held heaven in her arms For the shadow of the scar she saw was clear As her own bewildered baby lay weeping for the world Whose frightened tears would free us all from fear
Chorus: The marks of death that God chose never to erase The wounds of loves eternal mark When the kingdom comes, with its perfected sons He will be known by the scars
For a time he sought to tell the world he was the way That God the Father had a human heart With his own holy hands he sought to touch and heal their scars But they chose to tear those gentle hands apart What was there to wipe away the tears That burned the holy eyes of God As he looked upon his one and only Son Who'd never sinned nor lied Yet was crucified
And after they had slain him and laid him in the grave And the ones he loved had fled into the dark Then his love and power raised him God won the victory But they only recognized him by the scars
I have been listening to Leeland a bunch over the last week. Great sound and lyrics. Although certainly not as accomplished, their sound is kind of a U2 meets Keane, yet very original. What really impresses me however is the depth and emotion of the lyrics that are equally sung with intensity and beauty. Have I convinced you to check them out?
If not here are the lyrics and story behind the song -Tears of the Saints. Info comes from jesusfreakhideout.com.
Lyrics: There are many prodigal sons On our city streets they run Searching for shelter There are homes broken down People’s hopes have fallen to the ground From failures
This is an emergency!
There are tears from the saints For the lost and unsaved We’re crying for them come back home We’re crying for them come back home And all your children will stretch out their hands And pick up the crippled man Father, we will lead them home Father, we will lead them home
There are schools full of hatred Even churches have forsaken Love and mercy May we see this generation In it’s state of desperation For Your glory
This is an emergency!
Sinner, reach out your hands! Children in Christ you stand! Sinner, reach out your hands! Children in Christ you stand!
And all Your children will stretch out their hands And pick up the crippled man Father, we will lead them home Father, we will lead them home
Behind the Song: Leeland Mooring says it was a Sunday afternoon during a quiet devotional time that he sensed what he calls a presence of God. “I was playing piano, just worshiping, and I asked in prayer, ‘God, just give me your heart for the lost.’” It was a hope to feel the longing God feels for people struggling to find their way. “And then I started crying—it was as if God gave me a little glimpse of his heart,” Leeland continues. “‘Tears of the Saints’ came out, and it’s about how for every person who is out there lost there is probably about five people praying for them.” More, the track illuminates the vision the band has for its ministry. “We want to see kids saved,” the songwriter affirms. “What’s awesome about this song live, is how it touches people,” bassist Jake Holtz adds. “The Lord is just blessing people. You can see change coming across their faces. It’s nothing we’re doing. God’s just working through us with this song.”
I have spent time this week preparing my message for the weekend. Something that I began doing about 6 months ago, was listening to a playlist I created called Canvas.
Before I begin praying, studying and writing, I listen to the songs on my Canvas list. For me it has become an important part of my personal preparation. This list is to my message prep what my favorite pair of jeans are to walking out the door. (I hope that makes sense!) Anyway, here is the list:
Canvas Play List
Pass me Not by Fernando Ortega
Beautiful Day by U2
Bring Me to Life by Evanescence
I Have to Believe by Rita Springer
Open my Eyes by By The Tree
Dare You to Move by Switchfoot
Whenever God Shines His Light by Van Morrison
Father, Blessed Father by Newsboys
O Worship the King by Chris Tomlin
Beautiful One by By the Tree
Give Me Jesus by Fernando Ortega
Hallelujah by Newsboys
Filled With Your Glory by Starfield
Here is Our King by David Crowder Band
Famous One by Chris Tomlin
This is Your Life by Switchfoot
Your Grace is Enough by Chris Tomlin
Holding Out For Grace by Tait
Come to Jesus by Mindy Smith
O Praise Him (All This for a King) by David Crowder Band
I have really been inspired by the new Passion CD, Everything Glorious. Knowing that I have some friends who are going through some tough times I offer the words to my favorite song on the CD - Matt Redman's song You Never Let Go.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death Your perfect love is casting out fear And even when I’m caught in the middle of the storms of this life I won’t turn back I know You are near
And I will fear no evil For my God is with me And if my God is with me Whom then shall I fear? Whom then shall I fear?
Chorus: Oh no, You never let go Through the calm and through the storm Oh no, You never let go In every high and every low Oh no, You never let go Lord, You never let go of me
And I can see a light that is coming for the heart that holds on A glorious light beyond all compare And there will be an end to these troubles But until that day comes We’ll live to know You here on the earth
Yes, I can see a light that is coming for the heart that holds on And there will be an end to these troubles But until that day comes Still I will praise You, still I will praise You