Behind The Worship Music is an in-depth look at how the songs are chosen for Sunday morning service. LHBC's Worship Leader, Dewey Noordmans, gives a brief description to how or why each song was selected and the significance to the message for that week. Scripture and a few key words are given as a prompt by Tony Randall to begin the process and the rest is left to the Holy Spirit to guide and direct.

*Posts are updated weekly the following Monday morning.


 
Sunday, July 26, 2020
 
Message: The Most Wonderful Word, The Word That Matters Most, Part 1
Keywords this week: JESUS, the Word, living and active
Scripture: Hebrews 4:12, John 1:1
 
I drew most of the set list out of John 1 this week. And what I kept coming back to was verse 5, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” We certainly seem to be in a time of darkness right now.
This set list is meant to point us back to our Lord, Jesus Christ, who is our guiding light when we have lost our way.
 
Way Maker by Leeland *NEW*

New music AGAIN?! I know, it’s a bit much. But “Way Maker” has become so popular on the Radio and most Christian circles I think we’re safe to introduce it this week.
As mentioned above, John 1:5 was the verse that really stood out to me this week, therefore you will be getting a lot of “light” imagery this week. The chorus of Way Maker reminds us of who our God is! Take comfort, for we serve a good God!
 
Chorus
(You are) Way Maker Miracle Worker Promise Keeper
Light in the darkness my God that is who You are
 
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus by Helen H. Lemmel
With a song like “Way Maker” leading us off, I could not pass up this traditional hymn. Verse 1 and the Chorus continue to use the ‘Jesus is light’ metaphor.
 
Verse 1
O soul are you weary and troubled
No light in the darkness you see
There's light for a look at the Savior
And life more abundant and free
 
Chorus
Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth
Will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace
 
When we “turn our eyes upon Jesus” everything else that is happening around us fades away. When fixed on Jesus, we see the holiness, goodness, and glory of our God. We realize that nothing else is better than our God! He is for us and He will overcome.
 
 
Tremble / Great I Am by (LHBC Worship Team Arr.)
We played this arrangement a couple weeks back, but I thought I’d be appropriate to bring it back for this series. Again, we are heavy on the light vs. the darkness imagery.
 
Chorus
Jesus Jesus You make the darkness tremble
Jesus Jesus You silence fear
Jesus Jesus You make the darkness tremble
Jesus Jesus
 
Bridge
Your name is a light that the shadows can't deny
Your name cannot be overcome
Your name is alive forever lifted high
Your name cannot be overcome
 
Frankly, I enjoy the repetition of Jesus’ name throughout “Tremble.” My hope is that as we sing His name over and over we remember just how powerful it is. His name is the Name above all names!
 
As we transition into “Great I Am” we are given a double dose of powerful imagery which reminds us of the holiness and incomparable power of our God.
 
 
What A Beautiful Name / Agnus Dei by Travis Cottrell
This song really sums up all the songs before it and hits John 1:1 right on the head in Verse 1. If given time we could write chorus after chorus of this song; What a beautiful name, what a powerful name, what an awesome name, what an incomparable name, what a holy name it is…
There is no other focus in this song than the grandeur and holiness of Jesus Christ. I’ve picked this song so many times I feel like I’ve worn out the explanation, but with Agnus Dei added on this time around, I feel the apex of this song shifts from the Bridge of “What A Beautiful Name” to the Chorus of “Agnus Dei.” As we sing through the bridge, we sing through the reasons of which Christ is worthy of our worship in “Agnus Dei.” We are excited to sing, “Holy are you Lord God Almighty!” because we have come to understand just how worthy the Lamb is!
 
Glorious by BJ Putnam
Since I was drawn to the light imagery from John 1:5, the Bridge of “Glorious” came to mind.
Bridge
Shine Jesus You shine for all the world to see
You are glorious
 
This song is simple and upbeat. Two characteristics that usually get attacked when evaluating worship music, but what gets overlooked is the unity in being able to join together is unbridled praise to our Lord. My hope is that after having spent time in worship and hearing from the Word of God that you will be energized with the Spirit; ready to jump up and give God the glory! 
 
Chorus
Glorious shout it out
And glorious make it loud
And Jesus we shout Your name
Jesus we make Your praise glorious
You are glorious
Sunday, July 19, 2020
 
Message: Who Are We, Guest Speaker Joel McGarvey
Keywords this week: None
Scripture: Ephesians 2:1-10   
 
Because we finished up a series on identity not too long ago I had a lot of source material to pull from when choosing this week’s set list. This made it much easier to pick the music this week because when guest speakers visit our church it is often difficult to know what they will be speaking on and the main ideas that is being communicated.

This week I did pull references from our previous services on April 19th, 2020 (I Am Reconciled), and May 3rd (I Am Adopted) along with the scripture listed above.

 
No Longer Slaves by Liberty Worship Collective *NEW*
When reading through Ephesians 2:1-3 this song came to mind. We were once slaves to our own desires and headed directly for death. But verses 4-6 tell us the incredible grace and mercy of God which we celebrate through this song; we are no longer slaves to sin but accepted by God!
 
 
Living Hope by Phil Wickham
As I read through Eph. 2: 5-7 Verse 2 of this song came to mind.

Verse 2
Who could imagine so great a mercy
What heart could fathom such boundless grace
The God of ages stepped down from glory
To wear my sin and bear my shame
The cross has spoken I am forgiven
The King of kings calls me His own
Beautiful Savior I’m Yours forever
Jesus Christ my living hope
 
I think I will spend my life marveling at this very act of sacrifice that Christ did for me. How a God this great can also be this good is truly incredible. Nothing else is worthy of our praise because nothing and no one can do or will ever do for us what Christ has.
 
 
Boldly I Approach by Rend Collective
As we bask in the glory of God’s great work for us we move on to “Boldly I Approach” which looks further at the benefits of God’s grace and result of Christ’s sacrifice on us. We now are able to stand in the presence of The Supreme Holy of Holies without being completely obliterated.

As we praise and worship God in this song (and all worship songs for that matter) we cannot simply sing these words with only our mouths, but worship from a place of understanding in our heart. Songs like this often cause me to reflect on my own iniquity and the fact that it truly was bad enough to condemn me. Without this incredible gift of salvation, I would be lost and spend eternity as the hopeless walking dead apart from God. Songs like this cause me to burst into tears of gratitude and give God more praise than ever. 
 
 
In Christ Alone / Solid Rock by Travis Cottrell
Now that we’ve gone through all of these incredible gifts and privileges we have with God, the answer to the question. “Where can these things be found?” is answered: we find them in Christ. Nowhere else, and by no other means can they be attained.
I chose this arrangement that sneaks in a refrain from “The Solid Rock” to help transition us out of our previous series. I thought it would be a nice call back to remind us of everything we’ve gone over in the “Living In Turbulent Times” series.  We can hold firm to these truths because they’ve been promised by God himself.
 
 
Who You Say I Am by Hillsong Worship
Since this song is so heavy on theme of identity I had to include it in the set list. This is one final declaration we proclaim as we go out into the world that we are who God says we are. When we stumble and mess up, the world and The Enemy will be quick to remind us that we are the worst and undeserving of anything good and that should just go die already. This may have been true before we found Christ, but now that we have believed and been purchased by His blood we are priceless Children of God. We’ve been given forgiveness, grace, love and purpose in Christ. Nothing we do now can take it away or cause us to lose it.