The Story Behind “He Who is Mighty”

by in —Christmas, —Songwriting, —Sovereign Grace Music

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He Who is Mighty is one of my favorite songs from our Christmas album, Prepare Him Room. Every time I’ve led it, which I’ve done both during and beyond the Christmas season, the response has been immediate and enthusiastic.

I asked Rebecca Elliott, one of the writers, to share a little of the story behind the song, which she co-wrote with Kate DeGraide.

For he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. (Luke 1:49)
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone. (Isaiah 9:2)

Mary, Jesus’ mother, has always been a hero of mine, and the Magnificat is one of my favorite details of the Christmas story. In the midst of all the amazing and terrifying things God was doing in her life, her response was to sing praise and declare God’s power and faithfulness! Her courage and obedience is convicting and inspiring, and I have frequently thought of her example when asking the Lord for the strength and humility to submit to His leading in my life.

I had also never heard a song based on the Magnificat that moved my heart in the same way that reading the passage did, so when Kate and I sat down to write a Christmas song, Luke 1:46-55 was my first suggestion for a text. In retrospect, it is clear to me how appropriate it was that we were drawing inspiration from Mary’s Song mere weeks after the births of my daughter and Kate’s son. 

I am supremely grateful to have been able to work on this song with my dear friend Kate, who is a fantastic songwriter and editor. We have talked about how humbled and joyful we are to hear others sing this song in worship. It is my hope and prayer that the Lord continues to use it to edify and encourage the church, and inspire the same awe that Mary felt when she sang her song of praise and surrender to God.

Rebecca and Kate sing the song below. You can download all the sheet music at the Sovereign Grace Music website.

Parkway Worship Ministry News – Week of June 7, 2015

THIS WEEK…

Thanks again to everyone who has been filling in for me while I have been out. I was able to attend the late service last Sunday! It was great for me to be able to sit in the congregation and worship. You all sounded great!

This Wednesday, June 3rd, rehearsal will begin at 7:00pm for only the vocal team and band that will be leading on Sunday. There will be NO CHOIR this week because the VBS stage set will be up. The VBS Kids will lead the first two songs. Jon Drury will be leading the congregational songs with the vocal team and band. Jon will be leading the altar call by himself with his acoustic guitar or piano. (NOTE TO BAND – Make sure you have ‘God Is Able’ and ‘This I Believe (The Creed)’ in the key of G. I left the charts on your stands before I left.)
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CHURCHILL DOWNS…

The Parkway Worship Ministry will be leading worship and providing the meal for the Churchill Down Chapel Service on Monday, June 22nd. WE WILL BE CARPOOLING. (The church vans will be at camp with the students.) I will be leaving from the church at 5:00pm, if anyone would like to meet there and carpool. Otherwise, you can meet at the Churchill Downs Chapel at 6:00pm. We will be singing songs we’re very familiar with, since we won’t be having an extra rehearsal for this. The Service is at 7:00pm with a meal (Lee’s Famous Recipe) immediately following. I hope to see you all there!
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UPCOMING SCHEDULE…

Wednesday, June 3rd
7:00pm – Vocal Team & Band Rehearsal (David Vincent, drums; Jon Drury, Worship Leader; NO CHOIR)

Sunday, June 7th – VOCAL TEAM & BAND; JON DRURY, WORSHIP LEADER (NO CHOIR – VBS Kick-off Sunday)
8:00am – Vocal Team & Band Sound Check & Rehearsal
9:00am & 10:30am – Sunday Morning Worship Gathering
12:00pm-2:00pm – Worship Planning Team Meeting

Wednesday, June 10th –NO REHEARSAL

Sunday, June 14th – FULL TEAM (CHOIR & BAND)
8:00am – Vocal Team & Band Sound Check & Rehearsal
9:00am & 10:30am – Sunday Morning Worship Gathering
CLICK HERE for the complete JUNE 2015 SCHEDULE.
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SCRIPTURE FOR THIS SUNDAY
“You shall not steal.” – Exodus 20:15 ESV
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SUNDAY MORNING MUSIC… (6/7)
SOUND CHECK/REHEARSAL: 8:00am
SERVICE TIMES: 9 & 10:30am

LINKS FOR THIS SUNDAY
   Planning Center Online
   PCO Public View
   PDF of Service Order
   Spotify Playlist
   YouTube Playlist

Journey Off The Map – VBS These Song (Kids will lead)
The Way – VBS Song (Kids will lead)
God Is Able – PraiseCharts in G
This I Believe (The Creed) – PraiseCharts in G
Lord I Need You – PraiseCharts in A (Jon will lead w/ acoustic guitar only)
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PARKWAY WORSHIP MINISTRY NEWS WEEK OF AUGUST 12, 2012

WORSHIP CHOIR TO BEGIN…
There will be an orientation/informational meeting on Wednesday, August 22nd at 7:30pm to ‘kick-off’ the Fall season with the Worship Team.  If you or someone you know would like to sing in the Worship Choir or Vocal Team, or play in our Worship Band, you must plan to attend.  This will be the perfect opportunity for you to bring a guest or invite someone back who hasn’t sung with us in a while!!!  Please be in prayer over our Worship Ministry and how you can serve as a part of it.  I can’t wait to see you all back in a couple of weeks!!
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MUSIC FOR THE BOOK OF DANIEL…
So that you can begin to prepare for the upcoming Sermon Series from the Book of Daniel, I have created a ‘playlist’ on Planning Center Online that includes all the songs that we will do throughout the series. Most are familiar, a few a new, and a few are new arrangements of songs we already know. Some songs are on this list multiple times because we have made them available in multiple keys. If you want the ‘original’ artist’s recordings in the original keys, you may get them from iTunes, Spotify, or Amazon. (Most songs have direct links to iTunes and Amazon on PCO.)

I encourage you to begin listening to and learning these songs!
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THIS WEEK…
This Sunday’s Worship Team will have rehearsal this Wednesday, August 8th at 7:30pm to prepare for this Sunday, August 12th. Only Worship Team members leading this week need to attend this rehearsal.  See below for information about this Sunday’s services.
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WORSHIP MUSIC FOR THIS SUNDAY… (8/12)
To view this service, click here to log in to your PCO (Planning Center Online) account,
or click here to view without logging in, or to download the PDF click here.
SERIES: JESUS
SERMON TITLE: The Messiah
SCRIPTURE: Mark 10:46-52
SOUND CHECK: 8.15am – BLUE Vocal Team & Band
SERVICE TIMES: 9am & 10.30am
COLOR: TBA
NOTE:  Measure cuts and transitions are indicated on PCO.
Mighty To Save – PraiseCharts
Jesus Messiah – PraiseCharts
Forever Reign – PraiseCharts
Overcome – PraiseCharts
Stay Amazed – PraiseCharts
Great I Am – PraiseCharts
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SCRIPTURE FOR THIS WEEK…
Jesus Heals Blind Bartimaeus (Listen)
And they came to Jericho. And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside.  And when he heard that it wasJesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”  And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”  And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart. Get up; he is calling you.”  And throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus.  And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “Rabbi, let me recover my sight.”  And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way.
-Mark 10:46-52
ESV Bible Online
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HAVE A BLESSED WEEK!

PARKWAY WORSHIP MINISTRY NEWS WEEK OF JULY 22, 2012

THE BOOK OF DANIEL…
Our Worship Planning Team met on Monday to choose the song list for the upcoming series from the Book of Daniel (which begins on August 19th).  We are very excited about the upcoming series and we pray you are too.  I’ll publish the song list later this week or early next week, so you can go ahead a get an early start on learning the songs!
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THIS WEEK…
We have rehearsal this Wednesday, July 18th at 7:00pm to prepare for this Sunday, July 22nd.   Only Worship Team members leading this week need to attend this rehearsal.  See below for information about this Sunday’s services.
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WORSHIP MUSIC FOR THIS SUNDAY… (7/22)
To view this service, click here to log in to your PCO (Planning Center Online) account,
or click here to view without logging in, or to download the PDF click here.
SERIES: JESUS
SERMON TITLE: Defender of Marriage
SCRIPTURE: Mark 10:1-12
SOUND CHECK: 8.15am – ORANGE Vocal Team & Band
SERVICE TIMES: 9am & 10.30am
COLOR: Green/Black/Khaki
NOTE:  Measure cuts and transitions are indicated on PCO.
Blessed Be Your Name – PraiseCharts
Always – PraiseCharts
Holy Holy Holy (Savior King) – PraiseCharts
From the Inside Out – PraiseCharts
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SCRIPTURE FOR THIS WEEK…
Teaching About Divorce

And he left there and went to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan, and crowds gathered to him again. And again, as was his custom, he taught them.

And Pharisees came up and in order to test him asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?”  He answered them, “What did Moses command you?”  They said,“Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of divorce and to send her away.” And Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment.  But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”

And in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. And he said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her, and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”

-Mark 10:1-12
ESV Bible Online
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HAVE A BLESSED WEEK!

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PARKWAY WORSHIP MINISTRY NEWS WEEK OF JULY 8, 2012

THIS WEEK…
I hope you had a fun and safe Independence Day on Wednesday!  Sorry to be sending this late this week, but since there was no rehearsal on Wednesday I decided to wait until after the holiday!
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WORSHIP MUSIC FOR THIS SUNDAY… (7/8)
To view this service, click here to log in to your PCO (Planning Center Online) account,
or click here to view without logging in, or to download the PDF click here.
SERIES: JESUS
SERMON TITLE: King of a Unique Kingdom
SCRIPTURE: Mark 9:30-41
SOUND CHECK: 8.15am – RED Vocal Team & Band
SERVICE TIMES: 9am & 10.30am
COLOR: Red/Black/Khaki
NOTE:  Measure cuts and transitions are indicated on PCO.
How Great Is The Love – PraiseCharts
Your Great Name – PraiseCharts
Forever Reign – PraiseCharts
Great I Am – PraiseCharts
Jesus Paid It All – PraiseCharts
Jesus Messiah – PraiseCharts
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SCRIPTURE FOR THIS WEEK…
Jesus Again Foretells Death, Resurrection

They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he did not want anyone to know, for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him. And when he is killed, after three days he will rise.” But they did not understand the saying, and were afraid to ask him.

Who Is the Greatest?
And they came to Capernaum. And when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.”

Anyone Not Against Us Is for Us
John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” But Jesus said, “Do not stop him, for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. For the one who is not against us is for us. For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward.

-Mark 9:30-41
www.youversion.com
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HAVE A BLESSED WEEK!