New Song: “Degree By Degree”

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Our new song for August is another homegrown song called “Degree By Degree.” This song is an original written by me, Kelsi Walker, along with help from a group of our songwriters.

This song was inspired by 2 Corinthians 3:18:

And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

We as believers trust that our God is loving and near, but sometimes circumstance can cause us to wonder if the Lord is present in our lives. But the scriptures say that from one degree of glory to the next, the Lord is making us more like Himself. Slowly, the Lord is restoring us and bringing us to back to life. In these times of confusion and questioning the Lord, we as His people can trust that He who began a good work in us will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:16) He is our redeemer and rescuer and comes for us still. And so we sing:

I wait on you, Lord.
You have not forgotten me, not forgotten me
I trust in you, Lord.
You’ll finish what you start in me, what you start in me

This song is a reminder that He is good and that he sees us. There is more glory still to come from knowing Him, the King of Kings, our shepherd, our father and our friend. We wait and believe that He is bringing us new mercies every day. When we cannot feel His presence, we wait and have faith that He is a God who loves us too much to leave us and that He is transforming our lives in the midst of our days.

We hope to record this one soon. In the meantime, worship team members can check out the chart & demo on Planning Center.

New Song: The Real Thing

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Today at the Maryville & Springbrook venues, we’re introducing a new song called “The Real Thing.” It’s another homegrown tune that Scott Flinchum brought to our songwriting retreat, and several folks collaborated to finish it with him.

We’ve been singing it at house worship and youth for a while now, and we’ve found that each section of the tune is simple, easy to learn & repeatable. You might find yourself singing along the first time through. And it’s perfectly suited for our desire to give a little space to our worship.

This desperate cry borrows themes from Ecclesiastes:

All my life is vapor. Your Word stands forever…

I’ve been chasing after wind. Your wind is chasing me.

And as the song progresses, we move from longing to declaring:

You are the real thing! The gospel breathing!

Men will lead this one in G or A, and women will be in D or E. Visit the song page on Planning Center for charts.

 

New Song: “Your Love is Greater”

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LOVE>FEAR is one of our favorite recurring sermon series at the Vineyard. It’s based on 1 John 4:18, where we learn that “…perfect love expels all fear.” We’re about to dive back into it starting January 24, and our next new song is called “Your Love is Greater.” It’s a homegrown tune written specifically for this series.

I love songs that capture the reality of the “Already and Not Yet” of our lives. This song acknowledges the presence of fear, but serves as a reminder that God’s perfect love is greater than every fearful thing we face:

You come and tell me “Do not fear”
And even though I know you’re here
I’m still so afraid
But your love is greater

As we lead our church family in singing these lyrics, let’s ask ourselves what it would look like if we each live with this truth in view. Where would it lead us? How would it change our decision-making process?

The founder of the Vineyard movement, John Wimber, is famously quoted as saying,“Faith is spelled R-I-S-K.” When we experience God’s perfect love, we are marked by it. We no longer fear punishment. We assess risk differently. The bridge of the song leans into this:

In death, in dying I will risk it all
In shame, in darkness, I will risk it all
In hope, in healing, I will risk it all
In life, in glory, I will risk it all for your kingdom

May God draw near and let us experience his perfect love during this series. May he remind us of what’s true. And may God call us to new risks for his kingdom as we respond to him.

Check out the chart and demo of “Your Love is Greater” on Planning Center.

New Song: “Glory to Glory”

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Our first new song of 2015 is an original by our very own Grady Milligan. “Glory to Glory” is sure to get your blood pumping and your foot tapping. We need more up-tempo tunes, and this one is FUN. But at the heart of all the kinetic energy, the reason we need to sing this is the incredible cry for the King of Glory:

Lion, lover, come and cover me
In this hour make your power all I can see
Cast me from my filthy throne
Take the seat that’s yours alone, my king…
Glory to glory, shekinah from above
Holy, you’re holy, I’m drowning in your love

The word shekinah is derived from the Hebrew verb שכן which means to inhabit, to settle, or to dwell. The word tabernacle is from the same root word. Shekinah doesn’t appear in the Bible, but was used by rabbis to describe the manifestation of the presence of God. For example, at the dedication of Solomon’s temple in 1 Kings 8, “…the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord.” (v11)

In Exodus 33, Moses asked to see God’s glory. Verses 21-23 say:

21 And the Lord said, “Behold, there is a place by me where you shall stand on the rock, 22 and while my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by. 23 Then I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back, but my face shall not be seen.”

This encounter with glory was so significant that it made Moses face shine and when he came down from the mountain, it freaked everyone out. They made him cover his face with a veil that he only took off when he went into the tabernacle to speak with God.

So let’s consider 2 Corinthians 3. You should go read the whole chapter, but here are a few verses:

12 Since we have such a hope, we are very bold, 13 not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face so that the Israelites might not gaze at the outcome of what was being brought to an end… 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.