Take My Life and Let It Be – Sunday Song

A beautiful song of offering. The words were written by Frances A. Havergal in 1874. In the hymnals I have, the number of verses varies and the arrangement of the phrases within the verses also varies. I prefer this arrangement of the verses as it appears in the Celebrating Grace hymnal.

Take My Life and Let It Be
Take my life and let it be consecrated, Lord, to Thee;
Take my hands, and let them move at the impulse of Thy love,
At the impulse of Thy love.

Take my feet, and let them be swift and beautiful for Thee;
Take my voice, and let me sing always, only for my King,
Always, only, for my King.

Take my silver and my gold; not a mite would I withhold;
Take my moments and my days, let them flow in ceaseless praise,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.

Take my will and make it Thine; it shall be no longer mine;
Take my heart, it is Thine own it shall be Thy royal throne,
It shall be Thy royal throne.

Take my love, my Lord, I pour — at Thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself and I will be ever, only, all for Thee,
Ever, only, all for Thee.

Words: Frances R. Havergal, 1874; Music: Henri A. C. Milan,; harm. Lowell Mason
HENDON; Public Domain

Isaiah 6:8
Philippians 1:20-21
Romans 12:1
Isaiah 52:7
Luke 21:2-3 (KJV)
1 Peter 1:17-19
Jeremiah 18:6

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Softly and Tenderly – Sunday Song

By William Lamartine Thompson (1847-1909)

Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling,
Calling for you and for me;
See, on the portals He’s waiting and watching,
Watching for you and for me.

Come home, come home,
Ye who are weary, come home;
Earnestly, tenderly Jesus is calling,
Calling, O sinner, come home!

Why should we tarry when Jesus is pleading,
Pleading for you and for me?
Why should we linger and heed not His mercies,
Mercies for you and for me?

O for the wonderful love He has promised,
Promised for you and for me!
Thou we have sinned, He has mercy and pardon,
Pardon for you and me.

Matthew 11:28-30  Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (ESV)

Be Still My Soul – Sunday Song

Be Still My Soul

I love this hymn, and how it encourages us to speak the truth to our own souls. The most obvious scriptural basis for this beautiful hymn is Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God.” and Exodus 14:14 “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” We are to be still because God is in control. He commands the waves and the storms. He is faithful. It speaks the truth of God’s love, sovereignty, care, guidance, and His eternal promises.

Be still, my soul: the Lord is on your side.
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change He faithful will remain.
Be still my soul: thy best thy heavenly friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake
To guide the future as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
His voice who ruled them while He dwelt below.

Be still, my soul: the hour is hast’ning on
When we shall be forever with the Lord,
When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past,
All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.

You can get a free chord chart or lead sheet here.

Recently, Kari Jobe and Jason Ingram added a chorus. What I love about this chorus: It takes the truth of the original hymn and adds a chorus of response of the trust, hope and rest we have in God because of His love, sovereignty, care, and guidance.

In You I rest, in You I found my hope
In You I trust, You never let me go
I place my life within Your hands alone
Be still my soul.

Text: Katharin von Schlegel; trans.  Jane L. Borthwick; Music: Jean Sibelius;

New W&M by Kari Jobe and Jason Ingram

O Worship The King — Sunday Song

O worship the King, all glorious above
And gratefully sing His wonderful love
Our shield and defender the Ancient of Days
Pavilioned in splendor and girded with praise

O tell of His might, O sing of His grace.
Whose robe is the light, whose canopy space
His chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form
And dark is His path on the wings of the storm

Thy bountiful care, what tongue can recite
It breathes in the air, it shines in the light
It streams from the hills it descends to the plains
And sweetly distills in the dew and the rain

Frail children of dust and feeble as frail
In thee do we trust nor find Thee to fail
Thy mercies how tender how firm to the end
Our maker, defender, redeemer and friend

Scripture References:
st. 1 = Ps. 18:2, Dan. 7:9, 13, 22
st. 2 = Ps. 18:9-12, Ps. 104:1-3
st. 3 = Ps. 104:7-10

Author: Robert Grant; Tune: Lyons

 

Behold the Lamb – Sunday Song

Behold the Lamb who bears our sins away
Slain for us and we remember
The promise made that all who come in faith
Find forgiveness at the cross

So we share in this bread of life
And we drink of His sacrifice
As a sign of our bonds of peace
Around the table of the King

The body of our Savior Jesus Christ
Torn for you
Eat and remember
The words that heal the death that brings us life
Paid the price to make us one.

So we share in this bread of life
And we drink of His sacrifice
As a sign of our bonds of love
Around the table of the King

The blood that cleanses every stain of sin
Shed for you
Drink and remember
He drank death’s cup that all may enter in
To receive the life of God

So we share in this bread of life
And we drink of His sacrifice
As a sign of our bonds of grace
Around the table of the King

And so with thankfulness in faith we rise
To respond
And to remember
Our call to follow in the steps of Christ
As His body here on earth

As we share in His suffering
We proclaim Christ will come again
And we’ll join in the feat of heaven
Around the table of the King

Words and Music by Keith and Kristyn Getty
& Stuart Townend

This is a beautiful hymn for communion services and we’ve used it several times in different ways (all together, interspersed throughout communion). You can find the sheet music here or here.

Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery – Sunday Song

We’ll be singing this newer song starting this week. The themes will go great with our Pastor’s new sermon series on the book of John.

Come behold the wondrous mystery, in the dawning of the King.
He, the theme of heaven’s praises, robed in frail humanity.
In our longing, in our darkness, now the light of life has come!
Look to Christ who condescended, took on flesh to ransom us.

Come behold the wondrous mystery: He the perfect Son of Man,
In His living, in His suffering, never trace nor stain of sin.
See the true and better Adam, come to save the hell-bound man,
Christ the great and sure fulfillment of the law; in Him we stand.

Come behold the wondrous mystery: Christ the Lord upon the tree.
In the stead of ruined sinners hangs the Lamb in victory!
See the price of our redemption, see the Father’s plan unfold,
Bringing many sons to glory: grace unmeasured, love untold!

Come behold the wondrous mystery: slain by death, the God of life.
But no grave could e-er restrain Him; Praise the Lord, He is alive!
What a foretaste of deliv’rance, how unwavering our hope.
Christ in power resurrected, as we will be when He comes.

text and music: Matt Papa, Matt Boswell and Michael Bleecker
copyright 2013 Love Your Enemies Publishing.

We are using this arrangement.

Note: I’ve added this song to our playlist.

Tell me what you think about it!