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Song of the Week 18 – Come and Listen

Our song of the week this week is ‘Come and Listen’ written by David Crowder. I didn’t realise that the David CrowdBand sang this, as I only had a copy of it on a tape that friends from Denver left with us when they were over visiting our church in about 2001. It was my favourite song on that tape and the song popped into my mind last week, so I typed the title into Google expecting to somehow find a copy of our Denver friends singing it, but hey-ho all of this other info popped up. The things you learn!

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. It’s one to just sit back, close your eyes and listen.

Come and listen, come to the water’s edge, all you who know and fear the Lord.
Come and listen, come to the water’s edge all you who are thirsty, come.

Let me tell you what He has done for me.
Let me tell you what He has done for me,
He has done for you,
He has done for us.

Come and listen, come and listen to what He’s done.
Come and listen, come and listen to what He’s done.

Praise our God for He is good.
Praise our God for He is good.
Praise our God for He is good.
Praise our God for He is good.

He has done for me,
He has done for you,
He has done for us.

Come and listen, come and listen to what He’s done.
Come and listen, come and listen to what He’s done.

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Song of the Week 17 – Come People of the Risen King

Our song of the week this week is ‘Come people of the risen King’ by Keith and Kristyn Getty and Stuart Townend. A great, rousing call to worship and reminder about God’s love for us.

Come, people of the Risen King,
Who delight to bring Him praise;
Come all and tune your hearts to sing
To the Morning Star of grace.
From the shifting shadows of the earth
We will lift our eyes to Him,
Where steady arms of mercy reach
To gather children in.

REFRAIN
Rejoice, Rejoice! Let every tongue rejoice!
One heart, one voice; O Church of Christ, rejoice!

Come, those whose joy is morning sun,
And those weeping through the night;
Come, those who tell of battles won,
And those struggling in the fight.
For His perfect love will never change,
And His mercies never cease,
But follow us through all our days
With the certain hope of peace.

Come, young and old from every land –
Men and women of the faith;
Come, those with full or empty hands –
Find the riches of His grace.
Over all the world, His people sing –
Shore to shore we hear them call
The Truth that cries through every age:
“Our God is all in all”!

Song of the Week 16 – I could sing of Your love forever

Our song of the week this week is ‘I could sing of Your love forever’ by Martin Smith. It’s a beautiful song and you’ll hear more about it in the video below.

Over the mountains and the sea,
Your river runs with love for me,
and I will open up my heart
and let the Healer set me free.
I’m happy to be in the truth,
and I will daily lift my hands:
for I will always sing of when
Your love came down. [Yeah!]

I could sing of Your love forever,
I could sing of Your love forever,
I could sing of Your love forever,
I could sing of Your love forever. [Repeat]

Oh, I feel like dancing –
it’s foolishness I know;
but, when the world has seen the light,
they will dance with joy,
like we’re dancing now.

Written by Martin Smith ©1994 Curious? Music UK

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Song of the Week 13 – Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

Our song of the week this week is ‘Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah’ (also ‘Redeemer’) and was recommended by Chris from our congregation. The hymn was written in Welsh by William Williams in 1745 and translated in to English by Peter Williams in 1771. The tune was written by John Hughes in 1907, the famous ‘Cwm Rhondda’.

“I really like this song as it emphasises that even at the times when we find life at its most difficult, our powerful God is here to guide and support us. It’s a powerful song that in my view is best sang by those big Welsh male choirs!

The hymn describes the experience of God’s people in their travel through the wilderness from the escape from slavery in Egypt, Exodus 12-14, being guided by a cloud by day and a fire by night, Exodus 13:17-22 to their final arrival forty years later in the land of Canaan, Joshua 3. During this time their needs were supplied by God, including the daily supply of manna, Exodus 16. The hymn text forms an allegory for the journey of a Christian throughout their life on earth requiring the Redeemer’s guidance and ending at the gates of Heaven (the verge of Jordan) and end of time (death of death and hell’s destruction).”

Guide me, O thou great Redeemer,
Pilgrim through this barren land;
I am weak, but thou art mighty;
Hold me with thy powerful hand:
Bread of heaven, bread of heaven
Feed me till I want no more.
Feed me till I want no more.

Open thou the crystal fountain
Whence the healing stream shall flow;
Let the fiery, cloudy pillar
Lead me all my journey through:
Strong deliverer, strong deliverer
Be thou still my strength and shield.
Be thou still my strength and shield.

When I tread the verge of Jordan,
Bid my anxious fears subside;
Death of death, and hell’s destruction,
Land me safe on Canaan’s side:
Songs of praises, songs of praises
I will ever give to thee.
I will ever give to thee.

 
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Song of the Week 12 – Power in the Blood

I was introduced to the song ‘Power in the Blood’ about 13 years ago by Raymond, one of the members of our congregation. It’s grown and grown on me ever since then and I love hearing it. It’s one of those songs I’m sure I’ll remember when I’ve forgotten everything else!  After each line you just want to shout yes!

We sang Power in the Blood on Easter Sunday and I know that a lot of people left that day after a wonderful service feeling uplifted by what they’d heard all throughout the service.

There are hundreds of versions of this song as you can perform it in so many ways. I thought you’d like to hear a couple, starting with my favourite just now by Lari White.

This version by Fernando Ortega

 
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Song of the Week 11 – Psalm 62

Our song of the week post this week is written by Pedro, from our congregation at Newhaven Church. Thanks for sharing this Pedro.

King David’s “Psalm 62”, in this adaptation it was beautifully written by Aaron Keyes and Stuart Townend. Aaron Keyes performs it with passion so people may enjoy each of the words of this hopeful Psalm. “My strength rests in God alone, my rock and salvation”.
Verse 1:
My soul finds rest in God alone
My rock and my salvation
A fortress strong against my foes
And I will not be shaken
Though lips may bless and hearts may curse
And lies like arrows pierce me
I’ll fix my heart on righteousness
I’ll look to Him who hears meChorus:
(And) O praise Him hallelujah
My Delight and my Reward
Everlasting never failing
My Redeemer my God

Verse 2:
Find rest my soul in God alone
Amid the world’s temptations
When evil seeks to take a hold
I’ll cling to my salvation
Though riches come and riches go
Don’t set your heart upon them
The fields of hope in which I sow
Are harvested in heaven

Verse 3:
I’ll set my gaze on God alone
And trust in Him completely
With ev’ry day pour out my soul
And He will prove His mercy
Though life is but a fleeting breath
A sigh too deep to measure
My King has crushed the curse of death
And I am His forever

Bridge:
O praise Him, O praise Him
Hallelujah, hallelujah
O praise Him, O praise Him
Hallelujah, hallelujah
O praise Him, O praise Him
Hallelujah, hallelujah

Find ‘Psalm 62’ in iTunes by clicking here.
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Song of the Week 8 – Oh, to see the dawn

Thinking about Easter, this week’s song of the week is ‘Oh, to see the dawn (the power of the cross)’ by Stuart Townend and Keith Getty. This song tells the Easter story in a powerful and moving way.

Oh, to see the dawn of the darkest day:
Christ on the road to Calvary.
Tried by sinful men, torn and beaten, then
Nailed to a cross of wood.

This, the power of the cross:
Christ became sin for us,
Took the blame, bore the wrath:
We stand forgiven at the cross.

Oh, to see the pain written on Your face
Bearing the awesome weight of sin;
Every bitter thought, every evil deed
Crowning Your bloodstained brow.

Now the daylight flees, now the ground beneath
Quakes as its Maker bows His head.
Curtain torn in two, dead are raised to life;
‘Finished!’ the victory cry.

Oh, to see my name written in the wounds,
For through Your suffering I am free.
Death is crushed to death, life is mine to live,
Won through Your selfless love.

This, the power of the cross:
Son of God, slain for us.
What a love! What a cost!
We stand forgiven at the cross.

Find ‘Oh, to see the dawn’ in iTunes by clicking here.

Song of the Week 7 – The Servant King

This week’s ‘Song of the week’ blog post has been written by John, a member of our congregation, and the song of the week is ‘The Servant King’ by Graham Kendrick.

This is a hymn of contrasts and challenge. God came into this world as a human baby to give his life that we might live. Our God is a servant. He who had all the power and authority chose to let it go and be the servant king. How different from what we are taught. We are told of the need to assert ourselves and develop our careers.
“So let us learn how to serve 
and in our lives enthrone Him
each other’s need to prefer, 
for it is Christ we’re serving.”
A wonderful hymn to listen to as we think about Easter.

Find ‘The Servant King’ in iTunes by clicking here.