Lord I Need You

“Lord I Need You” was written a few years ago by Matt Maher, Jesse Reeves, Kristian Stanfill, Christy Nockels, and Daniel Carson. I love the words and the message of the song. (My thoughts on using this song with a congregation are at the bottom of this post.)

Lord, I come, I confess.
Bowing here, I find my rest.
And without You, I fall apart.
You’re the one that guides my heart.

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You.
Ev’ry hour I need You.
My one defense, my righteousness;
Oh, God, how I need You.

Where sin runs deep, Your grace is more.
Where grace is found is where You are.
And where You are, Lord, I am free.
Holiness is Christ in me.

(repeat chorus)

So teach my song to rise to You
When temptation comes my way.
And when I cannot stand, I’ll fall on You.
Jesus, You’re my hope and stay.

(repeat chorus)

So, a couple of thoughts on using this song with a congregation: Musically, this song is written as a solo — specifically, a male solo. It starts with the verse in a low register and midway through the second verse, it jumps up an octave to a high register with the male worship leader singing in unison with the women. It’s very effective as a moment of drama in the music. But the vocal range in the original key is nearly two octaves and as a worship leader, I have to ask, what do I expect the congregation to do here? Do I expect everyone in my congregation to have this vocal range? Do I expect the congregation to break up into two-part harmony with the men on a high melody and all the women on an alto part? Or do I expect all the women to sing the whole song in the lowest part of their voice? Or make the jump with the men? I’ve seen a couple of guys transpose it to G which makes most of the song more accessible but then the bridge gets awkward — either it is sung way too high or you have to jump down to sing the words “So teach my song to rise to You.”  For our congregation, I transposed it to the key of E and skipped the octave jump. Yes, it loses a little of the drama without the jump but it puts the whole song in a key where people can sing expressively.

Grace and peace.

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Worship Recap – August 31, 2014

A week off for family vacation but thankfully I had someone to fill in for me this time.

Call to worship: Psalm 26
Here I Am To Worship
In Christ Alone
Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 15:16
Ancient Words


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Worship Recap — August 24, 2014

Congregational Scripture reading of Psalm 121 (responsive)

Come People of the Risen King
Our Great God
Scripture Reading Proverbs 3:1-8
Be Thou My Vision
Lord I Need You (look for an upcoming post on this song)

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Worship Service Without Music: Recap – August 17, 2014

I had family plans last weekend and was unable to find someone to take my place so by necessity and by design, I planned a service without music for last Sunday, focusing instead on worship through group and solo scripture readings.

Hymnals are a great resource for congregational readings and the one with the best contemporary readings that I have found is the Celebration Hymnal by Word/Integrity.

Another resource I used is the Daily Light Devotional which is composed completely of selected scriptures.

Here’s our service from last week:

Congregational responsive reading from Psalm 145

Psalm 67

Daily Light reading using the following scriptures: Luke 1:49; Exod. 15:11; Ps. 86:8; Rev. 15:4; Matt. 6:9; Luke 1:68; Isa. 63:1; Ps. 89:19; Eph. 3:20-21

Congregational reading from Philippians 2:1-11

The church then celebrated the remembrance of the Lord’s Supper.

Sometimes it’s good to do things differently to connect to hearts in a different way.


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Sunday Song List – August 10, 2014

Worship recap for August 10th, 2014

Call to Worship: Hebrews 11:1-3, 6, 12:1-2

By Faith (Getty)

Psalm 18:1-3

Your Name

I Love You Lord

My Jesus I Love Thee


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Sunday song list — August 3, 2014

Our call to worship is from Psalm 136: “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever.”

Forever (Tomlin)

Grace greater than All Our Sin (Ps. 136:23 It is he who remembered us in our low estate,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;)

He Will Rescue Us (Ps. 136:24 and rescued us from our foes,
    for his steadfast love endures forever)

My Heart is Filled With Thankfulness (Ps. 136:25 Give thanks to the God of heaven,
    for his steadfast love endures forever.)

May your heart be filled with thankfulness today for God’s steadfast love for you!





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Sunday Song List — July 27, 2014

Last week our songs centered on God’s love for us:

The Love of God
I Stand Amazed (Tomlin arr.)
You Are My King (Amazing Love)
Agnus Dei


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