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

 

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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,

 

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.