My favorite hymn (so far) of the 21st century!
The Power of the Cross
Words and music by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend
© 2005 Thankyou Music
Easter Weekend 2006
Menlo Park Presbyterian Church
John Ortberg, Pastor
Doug Lawrence, Minister of Worship
Christian Elliott, organ
Debbie Shaeffer, piano/vocals
Margie Lawrence, vocals
Eric Wilson, bass
Kent Reed, percussion
Andre Bush, guitar
Glen Deardorff, guitar
Tamara Mead, harp
Rob Iriartborde, audio
Chris Brennan, audio
Julie Gavrilis, lighting
Dan Burke, video
David Swartz, graphics
Doug Lawrence, video remix
"The Power of the Cross" is a meditation on the sufferings of Christ.
Over the past couple of years, we have been working through the Apostles Creed
and writing hymns teaching the fundamental beliefs of Christianity.
The Creed teaches that 'He suffered under Pontius Pilate',
and in communion we are commanded to 'remember his death 'til he comes'.
In the New Testament, Paul and the Apostles often preached and prayed in more
detailed and visual ways about the cross, turning all of our senses to Christ's sufferings
and their significance.
Stuart and I considered how the reality of His sufferings should penetrate our worship services
and were challenged by the need to explain the overwhelming significance and implications
these have for our lives. In our congregational worship the sufferings of Christ have often only
been given a surface glance and it is hardly surprising that the theological meaning often
'This the power of the cross
Christ became sin for us
Took the blame, bore the wrath
We stand forgiven at the cross.'
Our hope is that the hymn; "The Power of the Cross" will be a resource to the
church as a declaration of what we believe; a challenging reflection on Christ's sufferings
and a powerful song for Easter or Communion services.
It is also our hope that people will be challenged again by the wonder and
the power of the cross.
—Keith Getty and Stuart Townend
Music by David Carnes from Journey…a Praise Offering