Hymns


Matt Redman’s Breathing the Breath

We have nothing to give
That didn’t first come from Your hands
We have nothing to offer You
Which You did not provide
Every good, perfect gift comes from
Your kind and gracious heart
And all we do is give back to You
What always has been Yours

Lord, we’re breathing the breath
That You gave us to breath
To worship You, to worship You
And we’re singing these songs
With the very same breath
To worship You, to worship You

Who has given to You
That it should be paid back to him?
Who has given to You
As if You needed anything?
From You, and to You, and through You
Come all things, O Lord
And all we do is give back to You
What always has been Yours

We are breathing the breath
That You gave us to breath

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This song has a variety of meanings but is a powerful call to let go and let God use you throughout each day to bring His love and mercy.

If You can use anything, Lord, You can use me.
If You can use anything, Lord, You can use me.
Take my hands, Lord and my feet.
Touch my heart, Lord, speak through me.
If You can use anything, Lord, You can use me.

This is actually the chorus to the song Use Me (God is Able) written by Ron Kenoly

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Hungry, I come to you for I know You satisfy.
I am empty, but I know Your love does not run dry.
And so I wait for You, so I wait for You.

Chorus:

I’m falling on my knees.
Offering all of me.
Jesus, You’re all this heart is living for.

Broken, I run to You for Your arms are open wide.
I am weary, but I know Your touch restores my life.
And so I wait for You, so I wait for You.

Hungry, Kathryn Scott, Vineyard Publishing

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Last night we had the privilege to join Karin Berquist for her birthday. If that name doesn’t sound familiar maybe you’ll recognize the band that she sings with: Over the Rhine. Her and husband Linford Detweiler, are the very core of the group.

OTR has a strong and dedicated following to music that is written from their Christian perspective but more often gets played in bars and clubs! We attended their concert last night at the Music Mill in Indianapolis and were treated to an awesome show with front row seats! (I think the show would have been awesome from any spot in the 250 seat crowd) We also ran into a good friend from Anderson, another Anderson Road Runner, some friends of Christy’s from IWU and spotted Jon McLaughlin.

Using an upright bass, cello, ukulele, guitar, drum kit, piano, and even a cookie sheet, they provide an awesome sound that is evocative. They also have a sometime hilarious, sometimes serious, but always fun stage presence. At one point I thought the drummer was going to leap from behind the drum set into the audience, but he was only dramatically grabbing the cymbals!

You should check out some of their music. To me one of their funniest and most appropriate songs for 2007-2008 is If a Song Could be President.

If a song could be president
We’d hum on Election Day
The gospel choir would start to sway
And we’d all have a part to play

The first lady would free her hips
Pull a microphone to her lips
Break our hearts with Rhythm and Blues
Steve Earle would anchor the news

We’d vote for a melody
Pass it around on an MP3
All our best foreign policy
Would be built on harmony

If a song could be president
We’d fly a jukebox to the moon
All our founding fathers’ 45’s
Lightnin’ Hopkins and Patsy Cline
If a song could be president

If a song could be president
We could all add another verse
Life would teach us to rehearse
Till we found a key change

Break out of this minor key
Half-truths and hypocrisy
We wouldn’t need an underachiever-in-chief
If a song could be president

We’d make Neil Young a Senator
Even though he came from Canada
Emmylou would be Ambassador
World leaders would listen to her

They would show us where our country went wrong
Strum their guitars on the White House lawn
John Prine would run the FBI
All the criminals would laugh and cry
If a song could be president

Thank you Sarah for the tickets!

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