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
For the Father’s love
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

Isaiah 9:6
Hebrews 13:8
Psalm 67:3-5
Revelation 1:8
Psalm 90:2
Psalm 103:17

You can find the charts here.

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

Isaiah 53:3-7
John 8:36
1 Peter 3:18
Luke 24:2-7
Colossians 1:20

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

I Will Sing the Wondrous Story

Psalm 66:16
Come and hear, all you who fear God,
    and I will tell what he has done for my soul.

Psalm 89:1
I will sing of the steadfast love of the Lord, forever;
    with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations.

Psalm 145:6-7
They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds,
    and I will declare your greatness.
They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness
    and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.

Luke 15:3-7
So he told them this parable:
 “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it?  And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’  Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

John 10:14-16
 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me,  just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.  And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.


I will sing the wondrous story
Of the Christ who died for me
How He left the realms of glory
For the cross of Calvary.

Yes I’ll sing the wondrous story
Of the Christ who died for me,
Sing it with the saints in glory,
Gathered by the crystal sea.

I was lost, but Jesus found me,
Found the sheep that went astray,
Raised me up and gently led me
Back into the narrow way.

He will keep me till the river
Rolls its waters at my feet;
Then at last He’ll bring me over
Saved by grace and victory

Words: Francis H. Rowley (1886) Tune: Rowland H. Prichard, 1830, HYFRYDOL

It’s difficult to find the exact music for Robin Mark’s version because he uses the verses & chorus that traditionally go with the tune with which most Americans are familiar, but with the tune, HYFRYDOL (Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus), but I found a useable chart here.

Before the Throne — Sunday Song

A classic “newer” hymn. The text was written by Charitie Lees Bancroft in 1860. The alternate words and music were written by Vikki Cook. (© 1997 Sovereign Grace Worship) We’ve used this song in our church for several years and it’s a favorite of mine. It’s such a blessing to be reminded that we are held securely in God’s hands.

Before the throne of God above
I have a strong and perfect plea
A great high priest whose name is love
Who ever lives and pleads for me.
My name is graven on His hands
My name is written on His heart
I know that while in heav’n He stands,
No tongue can bid me thence depart
No tongue can bid me thence depart

When Satan tempts me to despair
And tells me of the guilt within
Upward I look and see Him there
Who made an end of all my sin
Because the sinless Savior died
My sinful soul is counted free
For God the Just is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me
To look on Him and pardon me

Behold Him there the risen Lamb
My perfect spotless righteousness
The great unchangeable I AM
The King of Glory and of Grace
One with Himself I cannot die
My soul is purchased by His blood
My life is hid with Christ on high
With Christ my Savior and my God
With Christ my Savior and my God

You can find resources for this song here.

Isaiah 49:16, John 8:58, Romans 6:8-9, Romans 8:1-2
Romans 8:34, Colossians 3:3, Hebrews 4:14-16
Hebrews 7:25, 1 Peter 1:18-19, Revelation 7:9-17

Jesus Shall Reign – Enfield

Isaac Watts wrote the words of this hymn based on Psalm 72. The original tune is by John Hatton. The additional text, music, & arrangement are by Ryan Foglesong. This Psalm and song encourage us to praise Jesus as our King.  He is a far better king than any earthly ruler has been or ever will be.

Jesus shall reign wherever the sun
Does its successive journeys run;
His kingdom spread from shore to shore,
Till moons shall wax and wane no more.

He shall reign in glory,
Crowned with grace and might.
Bless His name and praise the sov’reign King.
He shall reign forever with His chosen bride,
And all the earth shall sing
That Jesus is the King!

People and realms of ev’ry tongue
Dwell on His love with sweetest song.
And infant voices shall proclaim
Their early blessings on His name.

Let ev’ry creature rise and bring
His grateful honors to our King;
Angels descend with song again.
And earth repeat the loud “Amen!”

You can listen to the song on Spotify. It has also been added to our playlist.

I found the lead sheet here. For our congregation’s use, we will be skipping the instrumental interlude and key change.

You can download the album here.

Review of New Songs in 2015

In looking ahead to the coming year, I wanted to take a look back at the songs we began singing as a congregation in 2015; what worked and what didn’t. I try to introduce new songs one at a time and not add another until the congregation is fairly confident on the last one.

He Will Hold Me Fast  – I introduced this song in January of 2015 and it quickly became a favorite for our congregation. We’ll continue singing it.

My Worth is Not In What I Own – I love this song and it works but it doesn’t always fit in a service. We might be able to sing the chorus on its own after another song.

Come Behold The Wondrous Mystery – Definitely my favorite new song this year. It has been especially fitting for our Pastor’s study of the book of John.

The Risen Christ – Most of the congregation knows  this song as “O Breath of God” and it’s become an especially meaningful song to several of our church members as they have had deaths in their families. It’s nice as a quiet service opener.

My Soul Longs for the Lord – well, this one just never caught on. I tried it three separate times (2 weeks in a row, skipped a week, and then tried it again) and the congregation never really sang it with confidence. I think the melody just has too many surprises in it. It has been retired from our song rotation.

Salvation’s Song – We did this song twice before Advent and I’m anxious to get back to it this week.

Five out of six isn’t bad! What was your favorite new song this year?