Sunday we shared a sweet time of fellowship and communion with each other at Christ Baptist.  In typical fashion several families were away but several visitors providentially joined our gathering.  Our service began with a call to worship reading Psalm 76.  We then entered into a time of singing, with little instrumentation (acoustic guitar and cajon), together psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.  We sang “And Can It Be” (the upbeat Indelible Grace version).  As my pastor said “the perfect song for July 4th”

Long my imprisoned spirit lay,
Fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray—
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.

“For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:2.  We praised and joined the chorus of the saints enthroned on high with the hymn “Let Us Love And Sing And Wonder“.  And finished the time singing “Nothing But The Blood” by Matt Redman, which perfectly captures the shift from the old covenant to the better covenant in Christ.

It was a treat to hear our faithful percussionist/elder-in-training, Brandon Powell, preach from 1 Corinthians 1 on the foolishness of the gospel.  Where are the wise men, the scribes, the debaters?  Who predicted that God would take on flesh, die on a bloody cross, and rise again  for wretched sinners?!?!

As is our practice, we proclaimed the Lord’s death together as we partook of communion.  During the passing of the bread we sang “Sweetly Broken“.  During the distribution of the cup we sang “Beautiful, Scandalous Night“.  Two songs that I personally enjoy because of the poetry and depth of the lyrics. 

During the week as I prayed over, meditated on, and reread the passage in Corinthians and because I knew the majority of our congregation would not be familiar with the last song, I decided to sing “Sweetly Broken” again at the end to lead us to our knees before the cross of our King who was bruised and crushed, and victoriously rose crushing the curse of sin and death.  Nothing greater can we sing!