Card’s Biblical Lyrics, Music, Inspire Holiday Weekend.

Written by Terry DeBoer on . Posted in Local

Card235It was the day between Good Friday and Easter that singer-songwriter and Bible teacher Michael Card carried a Hudsonville audience through the Holy Week story at Grace Community Church.

Backed by the church's 40-voice choir and a small string section, Card's 80-minute, 16 song-set included many of his past ballads and anthems on Christ's passion, and several newer songs that fit the theme.

The affable artist opened on the keyboard with the rhythmic "Known By the Scars," emphasizing the eternal reminder of the sacrifice of Christ in giving himself for the lost. "Come to the Table" offered a picture of The Last Supper. Similarly "The Basin and the Towel" told the story of Jesus' act of servanthood in foot washing that set the example for us.

"This is what music's really for – to wash your feet," Card said later.

Before several of the selections the artist read directly from the scriptures, previewing the topic/narrative he used in the composition. That was the case for his version of "Crown Him," as well as a song about the woman who anointed Jesus with oil.
The artist also performed several songs on the guitar.

One of the newer songs from his catalog was "Only His Wounds" – Card teaching the chorus to the audience and reprising the anthem near the evening's end.

"Immanuel" is often thought of an advent song. But it carries the mission of the Christ born in a stable to his conquering of death revealing that He is, indeed, still "God with us."

"I hope the songs have helped prepare you for tomorrow morning," Card said of the impending Easter worship/celebrations.

That set up the favorite "Love Crucified, Arose," musically proclaiming Jesus' triumph in which believers share. It was one of several songs that benefited from the choir (directed by Grace pastor of worship and fine arts Brian Felten) and the strings.

Card even sung a musical benediction "Grace Be With You All," taken from Hebrews 13 and included on his 2000 album, "Soul Anchor."

The song concluded an inspiring and illuminating experience with one of Christian music's most thoughtful and erudite artists.
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