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,

 

God Evermore – Sunday Song

We will be singing this song through Advent this year and into our study of Genesis.

This new version is by Paul Baloche and Aaron Shust with Fanny Crosby listed as a co-composer.

Light of eternity
Ancient of days
Glorious in holiness
Worthy of praise
Wonderful Counselor
We will adore
You have created us God evermore

We adore You
We adore You
Lifting praises to God evermore

Lord of the infinite
Author of time
Earth and the heavens sing Your grand design
Angels in worship
Rejoice and proclaim
You are the Holy One
Great is Your name

We adore You
We adore You
Lifting praises to God evermore
Hallelujah
For the Father’s love
Hallelujah
God evermore

Waves of the ocean deep
Bend to Your will
With Your commanding voice
Storms become still

All will acknowledge You
All will proclaim
You are the King of kings
Great is Your name

Written by: Paul Baloche, Aaron Shust, Fanny Crosby

Copyright© 2016 Integrity Worship Music/Leadworship Songs/Powerful Productions & Bridge Building Music/Cp Shust Tunes

This song is based on the hymn by Fanny Crosby, “God of Eternity.” None of my old hymnals have it but I found it at Hymnary.org.

The original words were:
God of Eternity, Savior and King,
Help us to honor Thee, help while we sing;
Now may the clouds of night
Break into splendor bright,
Jesus, our life and light,
Our God and King!

God of eternity, Ancient of Days,
Glorious in majesty, Author of Praise;
Hear Thou our earnest call,
While at Thy feet we fall,
Jesus our all in all.
Our Lord and King!

God of eternity, Ruler divine,
Strength of the mighty hills,  all power is Thine;
Boundless Thy reign shall be,
Wondrous Thy victory,
Earth shall be fill’d with Thee,
Our Lord and King!

God of eternity, Love is Thy name,
God of the earth and sea, Thee we proclaim;
Love, thro’ Thine only Son,
Thy work of grace hath done;
O blessed Three in One,
Our Lord and King!

by Fanny Crosby, copyright 1908 by the Biglow & Main Co.

Man of Sorrows

I love this new hymn by Matt Crocker and Brooke Ligertwood.

Man of Sorrows
Man of sorrows, Lamb of God,
By His own betrayed.
The sin of man and wrath of God
Has been on Jesus laid.

Silent as He stood accused,
Beaten, mocked, and scorned,
Bowing to the Father’s will,
He took a crown of thorns.

Oh, that rugged cross, my salvation,
Where Your love poured out over me.
Now my soul cries out, hallelujah,
Praise and honor unto Thee.

Sent of heaven, God’s own Son,
To purchase and redeem,
And reconcile the very ones
Who nailed Him to that tree.

Oh, that rugged cross, my salvation,
Where Your love poured out over me.
Now my soul cries out, hallelujah,
Praise and honor unto Thee.

See the stone is rolled away,
Behold the empty tomb.
Hallelujah, God be praised
He’s risen from the grave!

Oh, that rugged cross, my salvation,
Where Your love poured out over me.
Now my soul cries out, hallelujah,
Praise and honor unto Thee.
Praise and honor unto Thee!

Words & Music by Matt Crocker and Brooke Ligertwood
© 2013 Hillsong Music Publishing

This video is in the original key which is too high for congregational use but it’s easy to hear the melody.

This video is in a much better key but the harmonies are so strong, it’s harder to hear the melody.

For our congregation we will be singing this in the key of C and skipping the bridge.

Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates

This hymn is based on Psalm 24, and is sung for both Advent and Palm Sunday.

Lift up your heads, O gates!
    And lift them up, O ancient doors,
    that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?
    The Lord of hosts,
    he is the King of glory!
~Psalm 24:9-10

Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates;
Behold, the King of glory waits;
The King of kings is drawing near;
The Savior of the world is here!

O blest the land, the city blest,
Where Christ the Ruler is confessed!
O happy hearts and happy homes
To whom this King in triumph comes!

Redeemer, come! I open wide
My heart to thee; here, Lord, abide.
Let me thy inner presence feel;
Thy grace and love in me reveal.

Lyrics:from Psalm 24, George Weissel, 1642, tr. Catherine Winkworth, 1855
Music: TRURO, from Musica Sacra, 1789