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.

CHORUS
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.

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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?