From Allen: Music has a funny way of bringing back vivid memories. You hear a song that is attached to an impactful time in your life and it almost transports you back to that time. I was born in the early 90's, and when I finally got to the age where I wanted to listen to my own music, my parents had the perfect solution. They went out and bought every Carman CD that had been released. I listened to the music my parents had bought for me and quickly realized that I was not a Carman fan. At all. From that time on I was determined to find the newest and most contemporary music that my parents would allow. I honestly think that is what kick-started my passion to lead contemporary worship music. Only now have I begun to dive back into "The Good 'ol Hymns" and realize the incredible power behind the lyrics. It comes in a totally different musical package than modern worship, but the verbiage of what is written is downright beautiful.
This Sunday, we will be opening the set with a medley of some down-home favorites including: "I'll Fly Away", "Nothing But The Blood", "There Is Power In The Blood", and a special appearance from "Oh How I Need You". All of these songs are upbeat and filled with some high speed banjo pickin', but the lyrics of them all hold a steady truth, firmly grounded in scripture.
Let's look at the first song "I'll Fly Away". This song is basically saying "Death will come eventually, but I'm not upset about it because I have a better home in heaven awaiting me!" This mindset of awaiting our new body is captured perfectly in 2 Corinthians 5:1-2 when it says "For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling." We know that great rejoicing awaits us in the kingdom of heaven and we celebrate that truth in our musical worship!
The next two songs, "Nothing But The Blood" and "There Is Power In The Blood" gives a foundation for the first song we will sing. We will fly away to our eternal home because of the sacrifice made by Jesus Christ. "What can wash away my sin, nothing but the blood of Jesus." In the words of Dr. Marshall during his final sermon "Jesus took care of it all by His death on the cross." There is wonder working power in the sacrifice that Christ gave, and that is the main theme of these two songs."Oh How I Need You" is simply a repackaged version of the hymn "I Need Thee Every Hour". Both songs talk about our constant need to have Christ be at the center of our lives. From beginning to end, all of these songs take us through the gospel story and how we can have complete reliance in Christ. Jesus came and died for our sins while we were still sinning, and that is the reason we worship today. The gospel of Christ is all we have and that is more than a sufficient reason for us to worship His name.