Thursday, January 27, 2005

This week was brought to you by...

I know we've been over this on my blog, but seriously folks-- Christian music is such an amazing ministry and blessing. I don't know if I would have made it through the past couple of weeks without Mr. Steven Curtis Chapman. I have been listening to his albums, Speechless, Greatest Hits, and All About Love (perhaps the best love song CD ever) over and over on my little Windows Media player. Tonight I bought and downloaded All Things New, his latest CD. I have already listened to it and am sure I will grow just as attached to it as I am to his other work. Don't tell Chris Rice, but it looks like SCC is sneaking up to snatch away the position of my favorite singer/songwriter. No worries... I don't think Steven will ever surpass Chris (don't you like how I'm on a first name basis with these guys?), but they may have to share the spot.
I leave you with this, although I had a struggle over which song to post (I have 20 songs marked with 5 stars {the highest rating}), this one always touches me.

The Invitation

In the Palace in the land of mercy
The King looked out from His throne
He saw the sick and the homeless and hungry
He saw me lost and without hope
And moved with compassion
He sent out His only Son
With the invitation
to come

This is your invitation
Come just the way you are
Come find what your soul has been longing for
Come find your peace
Come join the feast
Come in
This is your invitation

So I stood outside the gates and trembled
In my rags of unworthiness
Afraid to even stand at a distance
In the presence of Holiness
But just as I turned to go
The gates swung open wide
And the King and His only Son
They invited me inside

This is your invitation
Come just the way you are
Come find what your soul has been longing for
Come find your peace
Come join the feast
Come in
This is your invitation

So now will you come with me
To where the gates swing open wide
The King and His only Son
Are inviting us inside

This is our invitation
Come sinner as you are
Come find what your soul has been longing for
Come find your peace
Come join the feast
Come in
This is your invitation
This is our invitation
This is the invitation

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Ann,

I just wanted to tell you how much i love this post on Steven Curtis Chapman. I love him and his music so much. Many a day has been made brighter by him. Also, i totally agree that "All about love" may be one of the best love song CD's ever made.

i hope things are going well in Japan. You and your work are in my prayers.

~Sally

Dan Lovejoy said...

Wow - I love that song too. It makes tears come to my eyes. You know SCC has I think three, children from China.

My current favorite Christian song (not SCC):
Beautiful, Scandalous NightGo on up to the mountain of mercy
To the crimson perpetual tide
Kneel down on the shore
Be thirsty no more
Go under and be purified

Follow Christ to the holy mountain
Sinner sorry and wrecked by the fall
Cleanse your heart and your soul
In the fountain that flowed
For you and for me and for all

CHORUS:
At the wonderful, tragic, mysterious tree
On that beautiful, scandalous night you and me
Were atoned by His blood and forever washed white
On that beautiful, scandalous night

On the hillside, you will be delivered
At the foot of the cross justified
And your spirit restored
By the river that poured
From our blessed Savior's side