I am looking for song ideas to fit with the message topic a visiting speaker is going to use in a couple of weeks. The sermon is entitled, A Touchy Subject. He is speaking on the power of God's touch. His scripture includes:


Matthew 8: 1-3  (Also Mark 1: 40-42; Luke 5:12-13) When Jesus had come down from the mountain, great crowds followed him; (2) and there was a leper who came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean.” (3) He stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I do choose.  Be made clean!”  Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.


Matt. 8:14-15  When Jesus entered Peter’s house, he saw his mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever; he touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she got up and began to serve him.


Matt. 9:27-29 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, crying loudly, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”  (28) When he entered the house, the blind men came to him; and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” (29) Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you. (30) And their eyes were opened.


Matt. 17:6-7  When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. (7) But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Get up and do not be afraid.”


Matt. 20:30,33-34 There were two blind men sitting by the roadside. … (32) Jesus stood still and called them, saying, “What do you want me to do for you?” (33) They said to him, “Lord, let our eyes be opened.” (34) Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes.  Immediately they regained their sight and followed him.


Mark 7:32-35  They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him. (33) He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue. (34) Then looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.”  (35) And immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly.


I appreciate any suggestions you guys might have.




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Open Our Eyes (Bob Cull) - Open our eyes, Lord, we want to see Jesus, To reach out and touch Him...

Hungry (Kathryn Scott) - I am weary, but I know Your touch restores my life

Let Your Glory Fall (David Ruis) - Turn to us Lord and touch us,

There Is None Like You (Lenny Leblanc) - No one else can touch my heart like You do

In The Secret (Andy Park) - I want to touch You, I want to see Your face, I want to know You more

Draw Me Close (Kelly Carpenter) - To feel the warmth of Your embrace (not sure if this is right 'touch')

I think, in metaphoric way, Paul Baloche's Open The Eyes of My Heart would work as well. A lot of passages talk about restoring sight/opening eyes, and while Paul Baloche is talking about Ephesians 1:18, and not real "eye-balls", it's a great metaphor.

I also think Brooke Fraser's Hosanna works:
heal my heart and make it clean
open up my eyes to the things unseen
show me how to love like You
have loved me

Hope that helps.
Wayne, These are great suggestions. I have really struggled to put music together for this service. I really appreciate your help.
Have a look at the other thread - "Jesus is my boyfriend". Interesting comments in that thread that touch on what you're touching on about touch.

It makes me want to write a song that incorporates this idea, but I'm not sure it would be a praise song that lends itself to corporate worship.

Did you try CCLI? Maybe for good or bad, there are over 1000 songs there that have the word "touch" in the lyrics. I know what my pastor would say - "just pick songs that you like regardless of the perceived relevance to my sermons. I think you'll be surprised at how appropriate they are."
I'll take a look at the "Jesus is my boyfriend" stuff. I am a CCLI junkie. I went through all the pages of songs with the word "touch" in them. In most cases, the songs were pretty dated. I don't have an issue with doing older music, but it does pose a challenge with unfamiliar songs in worship, especially if they're songs we may not use again in the forseeable future.

I appreciate your suggestions. Hopefully, the "Jesus is my boyfriend" stuff will provide some other possibilities.

I hope you touch on something good about touch, it would be very touching for us all.

Is it for the 4th?
It is for the 27th. I am modifying the set we had already put together to try to better support this week's message. We just got the visiting speaker's topic and notes a few days ago.

The service for the 4th is a combined patriotic service planned strictly by our Minister of Music who handles our traditional worship service. (We do traditional and contemporary simultaneously in different locations.) I could really get off on my soapbox on the Patriotic service, but that's a topic for another discussion. :)

Please know that I am touched by your helpful comments.:)
Tell me about the Patriotic thing - I'm wondering if you feel the same way. We're having a similar situation here.

Why don't you get the speaker's notes and summarize them and put that to music? Everyone would be touched...

Hey - is that a McPherson? How do you like it? I got a chance to play one here, it was an amazingly built instrument. Man are they pricey.
I replied to the Patriotic thing in your discussion "Patriotic Songs for the 4th".

Yes, I have a McPherson 5.0XP with a Port Orford Cedar top and Flamed Black Acacia back and sides. It is the dream guitar. My wife and I were in Nashville and stopped at Gruhn Guitars. I think I played every McPherson they had before deciding on this one. Quite frankly, my wife was not going to let me leave the store without one. If you can swing it, I highly recommend the guitar. It is like nothing else I have ever played.
Gruhn's - what a place. Thank God they didn't lose anything in the flood! I bought an El Dorado vintage strap there last fall. The one place that carried the McPhersons in Atlanta is gone. I really would like to A/B one against Goodall, Lowden and good old Martin.
I actually just put my Martin DC-Aura up for sale. Part of the reason I moved to a McPherson was that it was the only guitar I've ever played that just absolutely blew my Martin away and I've compare it to Collings and a Martin D-45.

I must admit that I would love to put a Henderson Guitar up abgainst a McPherson. Henderson's are made by Wayne Henderson, a luthier in Rugby, VA. Eric Clapton waited somewhere around 9 years to get his Henderson.
Theres a lovely old song called "He touched me" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1g9tH2osQQ


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