At Christ Community Church, we’ve been experimenting with singing the Psalms over the past year or so. We’ve run the gamut from gospel to chant (within the same Psalm). We’ve drawn from a number of resources and traditions and we continue to explore the rich tradition of singing the psalter.
Recently I learned that worship leader/recording artist Robbie Seay had embarked on a Psalms project that I think may be worth checking out. It is a very contemporary approach to singing the Psalms. While he doesn’t include the entirety of a Psalm, the compositions are rooted in a particular Psalm. When we read and memorize portions of Scripture, this is often how we do it. We find a verse or short passage that we find meaningful. These selections are great ways to let God’s word seep into our hearts and breathe from our lungs.
The project consists of three EPs, the second of which has just been released. They are raising support through Kickstarter to fund the third collection. Volumes one and two can be purchased on iTunes. Below is their Kickstarter video.
1 Peter 3:13–22
As we near the end of the easter season we approach the great celebration of Pentecost. The gospel does not end with the resurrection but continues to see Christ ascend into heaven that he might send the Holy Spirit to be his presence and comfort for his children. Jesus makes this promise in this week’s gospel passage. As a response, we will sing the Getty’s hymn, Holy Spirit. This prayer illustrates the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the lives of all Christians. We will then sing Humble by Audrey Assad. This will remind us of the great cost ofChrist’s incarnation and even alludes to the Acts passage as it references the “Unknown God” who “holds our world in his hands.” We will close the service out with the song we learned last week, “All to Us.” The end of our service is a sort of “sending out.” This song is a prayer sung by the Church and is asking that as we go about the world we would be known for our love of Jesus, the glory of his name, and the righteousness we possess in him. The service will begin with “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today” as our call to worship.
Psalm 31:1–5, 15–16
1 Peter 2:2–10
This morning’s Psalm puts us in mind of Christ as he is on the cross. We can imagine ourselves where he is. Because of him we are righteous and our enemy the Devil stands about to accuse us. We are like children who stumble in the night to get in bed with mom and dad to seek shelter and safety. Our heavenly Father is our safety, our stronghold, our fortress. We begin our service with “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.” We are then reminded of the words of comfort Jesus speaks to his disciples: I go to prepare a place for you. Fittingly we will sing “That Where I Am, There You May Also Be” by Rich Mullins. The next hymn, “In Christ Alone,” covers the breadth of the gospel. Philip asks if he can see the Father and Jesus tells him that if he can see him, he has seen the Father. Understanding that Christ and the Father are one is important to understanding the breadth of the gospel. He is sufficient because he and the Father are one! This language is echoed in John 17 when Jesus prays for the unity of the church. We will learn a new song called “All to Us” by Matt Maher, Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, and Jesse Reeves. This song is about our unity and how it glorious the Bride of Christ really is.