What are we singing this weekend?

Summer is always a little interesting. Who will be there this weekend and who will be on vacation? Last weekend, when I was on vacation there was also an unusual number of other musicians on vacation. We had a complete shortage of altos. Our best option was to have a soprano who could only come in on Sunday. This weekend, we have a pretty solid line-up so I pulled out all the stops.

I Will Boast – A tune by Paul Beloche which has a nice pop-punk feel. The words are taken from Jeremiah 9. I plan to rock your face off.

You Are the Living Word – Parker Loveless is in the house, and he’s our resident Fred Hammond double. Woot!

I Will Bless The Lord – Parker doesn’t get a break because he has to channel Byron Cage next. This is the second time we are doing this song. It’s  pretty challenging for our church to sink it’s collective teeth into. I hope that this time around it will connect better. Despite our reputation among our denominational sister churches, we are actually a fairly traditional church, so tunes like this one can cause a bit of culture shock.

Tu Es Saint – …speaking of culture shock…This tune comes from our Congolese folk. The Americans in our congregation always flinch at French. It’s a beautiful language to listen to, but without French classes, we struggle to pronounce the written text. This tune is a little easier for us because there’s a lot of repetition. The song has an Advent theme, but we like to sing it all throughout the year. Americans also get uncomfortable at the end when we sing the phrase “Tu Es Saint” about 40 times. What can I say? Our God is so holy that saying it 40 times is not even close to expressing his holiness.

A Living Sacrifice – Remember that tune I wrote that I posted earlier this week? I thought, “Why not?”

Dame Mas De Ti – “Give me more of You”. It’s an oldie, but it fits well with this week. We also have Spanish scholar, Kasey Bates, in the vocal team this weekend.

Year of Jubilee – “Blow ye the trumpet, blow!” My pastor rarely requests songs, so when he does, I figure it’s worth making it happen. It’s a hymn that we haven’t sung in a few years, but the melody, “Lenox”, has been used for a bunch of other hymns, so it shouldn’t be unfamiliar.

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