Christ the Sure and Steady Anchor — Sunday Song

Christ the Sure and Steady Anchor

Christ the sure and steady anchor
In the fury of the storm;
When the winds of doubt blow through me
And my sails have all been torn.
In the suff’ring, in the sorrow,
When my sinking hopes are few.
I will hold fast to the anchor,
It shall never be removed.

Christ the sure and steady anchor
While the tempest rages on.
When temptation claims the battle
And it seems the night has won,
Deeper still then goes the anchor,
Though I justly stand accused.
I will hold fast to the anchor,
It shall never be removed.

Christ the sure and steady anchor
Through the floods of unbelief.
Hopeless somehow, O my soul, now,
Lift your eyes to Calvary.
This my ballast of assurance,
See His love forever proved.
I will hold fast to the anchor,
It shall never be removed.

Christ the sure and steady anchor
As we face the wave of death,
When these trials give way to glory,
As we draw our final breath,
We will cross that great horizon,
Clouds behind and life secure.
And the calm will be the better,
For the storms that we endure.

Christ the shore of our salvation,
Ever faithful, ever true.
We will hold fast to the anchor,
It shall never be removed.

Matt Boswell and Matt Papa; © 2015 Messenger Hymns;  CCLI #2850991

Review of New Songs in 2019

Today I’m spending some time wrapping up 2019; updating the song list for the last time, making a new song list for 2020, reorganizing my planning notebook and generally just getting ready for a new year.

In going through our song list from this year, I wanted to take note of the new songs we added this year and think through how they added to our services and how I’ll be using them in the coming year.  I was surprised to realize I only added three new songs this year. Part of that is because I’m picky about what songs we sing (finding new songs with good theology and musicality is challenging) and part of that is because I’ve learned more about what works and what doesn’t for our congregation.

The Lord is My Salvation – the first new song of the new year. I think it was well-received. I love the words of this song but it may be over-ambitious in terms of its vocal range.  We will still sing it in 2020 but I probably won’t have it in heavy rotation.

Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me – one of two new songs we’re singing by CityAlight. I love the way they’re writing modern, singable hymns for the church that don’t require a full band to do well.  This song works well right before the sermon or as a closing/sending song.

Only A Holy God – probably my favorite new song from this year.  Praising God for who He is and all He has done for us.  Just beautiful! And it was perfect during December as well.

New songs from other years that are still going strong:

10,000 Reasons – it hardly counts as a new song anymore and I try not to overuse it but it doesn’t seem to have gotten old yet.

God Evermore

His Mercy is More

Lord, I Need You – we rarely sing the bridge anymore but it’s a great song of surrender and submission.

Unbroken Praise

We Will Feast In the House of Zion

What was your favorite song this year? Did I forget your favorite?

Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me — Sunday Song

Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me

Verse 1
What gift of grace is Jesus my redeemer
There is no more for heaven now to give
He is my joy, my righteousness, and freedom
My steadfast love, my deep and boundless peace

Refrain 1
To this I hold, my hope is only Jesus
For my life is wholly bound to his
Oh how strange and divine, I can sing: all is mine!
Yet not I, but through Christ in me

Verse2
The night is dark but I am not forsaken
For by my side, the Saviour He will stay
I labour on in weakness and rejoicing
For in my need, His power is displayed

Refrain 2
To this I hold, my Shepherd will defend me
Through the deepest valley He will lead
Oh the night has been won, and I shall overcome!
Yet not I, but through Christ in me

Verse 3
No fate I dread, I know I am forgiven
The future sure, the price it has been paid
For Jesus bled and suffered for my pardon
And He was raised to overthrow the grave

Refrain 3
To this I hold, my sin has been defeated
Jesus now and ever is my plea
Oh the chains are released, I can sing: I am free!
Yet not I, but through Christ in me

Verse 4
With every breath I long to follow Jesus
For He has said that He will bring me home
And day by day I know He will renew me
Until I stand with joy before the throne

Refrain 4
To this I hold, my hope is only Jesus
All the glory evermore to Him
When the race is complete, still my lips shall repeat:
Yet not I, but through Christ in me!

Refrain 4
To this I hold, my hope is only Jesus
All the glory evermore to Him
When the race is complete, still my lips shall repeat:
Yet not I, but through Christ in me!

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When the race is complete, still my lips shall repeat:
Yet not I, but through Christ in me!
Yet not I, but through Christ in me!
Yet not I, but through Christ in me!

Credits
Jonny Robinson, Rich Thompson, Michael Farren

Philippians 3:13-14
Galatians 2:20
1 Corinthians 15:10
Romans 15:13

Only a Holy God — Sunday Song

Only A Holy God

Verse 1

Who else commands all the hosts of heaven
Who else could make every king bow down
Who else can whisper and darkness trembles
Only a Holy God

Verse 2

What other beauty demands such praises
What other splendour outshines the sun
What other majesty rules with justice
Only a Holy God

Chorus

Come and behold Him
The One and the Only
Cry out sing holy
Forever a Holy God
Come and worship the Holy God

Verse 3

What other glory consumes like fire
What other power can raise the dead
What other name remains undefeated
Only a Holy God

Verse 4

Who else could rescue me from my failing
Who else would offer His only Son
Who else invites me to call Him Father
Only a Holy God
Only my Holy God

Isaiah 57:15
Psalm 42:2
Isaiah 6:3
Revelation 4:8

 

The Lord is My Salvation

It’s a new year and it’s time for a new song! My prayer for our church as we sing this song is to be reminded of the comfort and assurance we have in Christ.

The Lord is My Salvation
The grace of God has reached for me,
And pulled me from a raging sea,
And I am safe on this solid ground —
The Lord is my salvation.

I will not fear when darkness falls,
His strength will help me scale these walls.
I’ll see the dawn of the rising sun —
The Lord is my salvation.

CHORUS
Who is like the Lord our God?
Strong to save, faithful in love.
My debt is paid and the victory won —
The Lord is my salvation.

My hope is hidden in the Lord,
He flow’rs each promise of His word.
When winter fades, I know spring will come —
The Lord is my salvation.

In times of waiting, times of need,
When I know loss, when I am weak,
I know His grace will renew these days —
The Lord is my salvation.

(CHORUS)

And when I reach my final day,
He will not leave me in the grave,
But I will rise, He will call me home—
The Lord is my salvation.

(CHORUS)

Glory be to God, the Father,
Glory be to God, the Son.
Glory be to God, the Spirit.
The Lord is our salvation.

Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty, Nathan Nockels and Jonas Myrin; © 2016 Getty Music Publishing; CCLI #2850991

 

Advent Hymn

I’m excited to add this song to our services this Advent.  True to its title, it speaks beautifully of the past, present, and future of our worship in Advent.  Advent means “coming.” It’s that special time of the year when we remember Christ’s first coming into the world and look forward to the time when He will come again.  We also praise and worship God for His Advent in our hearts now.

Here’s the original recording by Christy Nockels

Advent Hymn
Christ, whose glory fills the skies,
Christ, the everlasting Light,
The Sun of Righteousness arise,
And triumph o’er these shades of night.

Come, Thou long-awaited One,
In the fullness of Your love,
And loose this heart bound up by shame,
And I will never be the same.

So, here I wait in hope of You,
All my soul’s longing through and through.
Dayspring from on high, be near,
And Daystar in my heart appear.

Dark and cheerless is the morn,
Until Your love in me is born.
And joyless is the evening song,
Until Emmanuel has come.

Lyrics adapted from “Morning Hymn” by Charles Wesley; New Words and Music by Christy Nockels;
© copyright 2016 Sweater Weather Music;  CCLI #2850991

We will probably “straighten out” the rhythms like this video to make it easier for the congregation.

 

Whate’er My God Ordains Is Right — Sunday Song

Our church started singing this updated hymn earlier this year. I find such comfort in knowing that whatever comes into my life has come through the hands of my loving, sovereign Father.  *

You can find all of the resources for this song here.

Whate’er my God ordains is right,
His holy will abideth;
I will be still whate’er He does,
And follow where He guideth.
He is my God, though dark my road;
He holds me that I shall not fall;
And so to Him I leave it all,
And so to Him I leave it all.

Whate’er my God ordains is right,
He never will deceive me;
He leads me by the proper path,
I know He will not leave me.
I take, content, what He has sent;
His hand can turn my griefs away;
And patiently I wait His day,
And patiently I wait His day.

Whate’er my God ordains is right,
Though now this cup in drinking
May bitter seem to my faint heart,
I take it all, unshrinking.
My God is true, each morn anew
Sweet comfort yet shall fill my heart;
And pain and sorrow shall depart,
And pain and sorrow shall depart.

Whate’er my God ordains is right,
Here shall my stand be taken;
Though sorrow, need, or death be mine,
Yet I am not forsaken.
My Father’s care is round me there;
He holds me that I shall not fall;
And so to Him I leave it all,
And so to Him I leave it all.

Words: Samuel Rodigast (1675), tr. Catherine Winkworth (1829-1878)
Music: Matt Merker & Keith Getty © 2018 Getty Music Publishing / Matthew Merker Music (BMI), Admin. by Musicservices.org. All rights reserved. CCLI Song 7106792.

*Scriptures:
Psalm 23:3
Genesis 18:25
Deuteronomy 31:6, 8
Deuteronomy 32:4
1 Samuel 3:18
Romans 8:28
Hebrews 13:5

His Mercy Is More — Sunday Song

What love could remember no wrongs we have done?
Omniscient, all-knowing, He counts not their sum.
Thrown into a sea without bottom or shore.
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more.

Praise the Lord! His mercy is more;
Stronger than darkness, new ev’ry morn.
Our sins, they are many, His mercy is more.

What patience would wait as we constantly roam?
What Father so tender is calling us home?
He welcomes the weakest, the vilest, the poor.
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more.

Praise the Lord! His mercy is more;
Stronger than darkness, new ev’ry morn.
Our sins, they are many, His mercy is more.

What riches of kindness He lavished on us.
His blood was the payment, His life was the cost.
We stood ‘neath a debt we could never afford.
Our sins, they are many, His mercy is more.

Praise the Lord! His mercy is more;
Stronger than darkness, new ev’ry morn.
Our sins, they are many, His mercy is more.

By Matt Papa and Matt Boswell; © 2016 Messenger Hymns; Love Your Enemies Publishing

 

Unbroken Praise — Sunday Song

I’m excited to start singing this song with the church this Sunday.

Unbroken Praise
Praise unbroken, praise unending
Be Yours, be Yours forevermore.
Praise untainted, praise unfading
Be Yours, be Yours forevermore;
Be Yours, be Yours forevermore.

Unbroken praise be Yours, God, forever.
All my praise be Yours, God, forever.
Lord, take this life, Let it become Your throne.
Unbroken praise be Yours.

My surrender, my devotion
Be Yours, be Yours forevermore;
Be Yours, be Yours forevermore.

Unbroken praise be Yours, God, forever.
All my praise be Yours, God, forever.
Lord, take this life, Let it become Your throne.
Unbroken praise be Yours.

So, let my deeds outrun my words.
And let my life outweigh my songs.
So, let my deeds outrun my words.
And let my life outweigh my songs.

Unbroken praise be Yours, God, forever.
All my praise be Yours, God, forever.
Lord, take this life, Let it become Your throne.
Unbroken praise be Yours.

Jonas Myrin & Matt Redman; © 2015 worshiptogether.com Songs; sixtepsMusic

*Psalm 35:18, Exodus 15:2

His Forever — Sunday Song

We’ll be adding this song to our services beginning this week and leading up to Holy Week. The first verse of this hymn is based on the hymn, “I’ve Found a Friend” by James G. Small.  Pat Sczebel wrote a new tune and two additional verses.

His Forever
Jesus, friend of sinners, loved me ‘ere I knew Him.
Drew me with His cords of love, tightly bound me to Him.
‘Round my heart, still closely twined, the ties that none can sever,
For I am His and He is mine forever and forever.

Jesus, friend of sinners, crown of thorns You wore for me,
Bruised for my transgressions, pierced for my iniquities.
The wrath of God that I deserved was poured out on the innocent.
He took my place, my soul to save. Now I am His forever.

Jesus, friend of sinners, I love to tell the story.
Redeeming love has been my theme and will be when in glory.
Not death, nor life, nor anything can ever separate me.
Oh, love that will not let me go, Yes I am His forever.

Not death, nor life, nor anything can ever separate me.
Oh, love that will not let me go, Yes I am His forever.
Yes I am His forever, Yes I am His forever.

Original words, vs. 1 by James G. Small (1863)
New & alt. words  & music by Pat Sczebel
© 2003 Severeign Grace Worship; CCLI #2850991

Scriptures: Hosea 11:4, Psalm 71:15, Isaiah 53:5, Romans 8:32-39, Jeremiah 31:3,