Recent and New Songs
‘Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth.’ (Psalm 96:1)
From time to time we learn new songs in our services. Here you can listen to some of the songs we’ve learned recently as well as songs we’re planning to introduce in future services. This may help you to learn them more quickly.
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TURN YOUR EYES
‘Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.’ (Hebrews 12: 2)
Turn your eyes upon Jesus is actually an old hymn by Helen Howarth Lemmel that’s been adapted by people at Sovereign Grace Music (George Romanacce, Nic Trout, Kevin Winebarger and Nathan Stiff) just over a century after it was written. It was first published as a pamphlet in 1918 under the title The Heavenly Vision. In Sovereign Grace Music’s Turn your eyes, the original refrain has become the opening verse, and a further three verses plus a chorus (with new music) help us to turn our eyes to Jesus’ death, resurrection and certain return, and to respond with words of adoration to our Saviour ever true.
Turn your eyes was first sung at HPC during communion on 15th March 2020, the last Sunday before before church (and other) gatherings were suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak. The song will be apt for the unusual time that follows.
You can access the lyrics and listen to or purchase the recording here: https://sovereigngracemusic.org/music/songs/turn-your-eyes/
HIS MERCY IS MORE
This song by Matt Papa and Matt Boswell is based on part of a letter written by John Newton in 1767: ‘Our sins are many, but His mercies are more: our sins are great, but His righteousness is greater: we are weak, but He is power.’ To read more, click here: https://www.mattpapa.com/his-mercy-is-more-john-newton
Matt Papa writes, on his website, that ‘at its core, and especially in the chorus, “His Mercy Is More” is a celebratory song…so as you sing this song, really shout out and sing the gospel because while our sins are many, His mercy is more!’
You can view the lyrics for this song and buy the music by clicking on this link: https://store.gettymusic.com/us/song/his-mercy-is-more/
JESUS, STRONG AND KIND
Jesus, Strong and Kind (Jesus said that if I thirst, I should come to him) is a new all-age song borne out of collaboration between CityAlight and Colin Buchanan. The lyrics centre on the twin themes of knowing that Jesus is sufficient and finding complete satisfaction in him. The melody is simple and memorable.
You can view the lyrics, and listen to and buy the music here: http://www.cityalight.com/jesus-strong-and-kind/
EVERYWHERE AROUND ME
‘When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
the son of man that you care for him?’
(Psalm 8: 3-4)
Tell me who made all of creation (Everywhere Around Me) is an energetic song from Mark and Helen Johnson’s album ‘Songs for Every Assembly’ that helps us respond to our amazing creator God in wonder and worship. Junior Band, our music group for children in Key Stage 2, are learning it then teaching it to the congregation during our all-age service this harvest time.
Here’s a link to the product page: https://www.outoftheark.co.uk/songs-for-every-assembly.html
YET NOT I, BUT THROUGH CHRIST IN ME
Here’s a song that develops the theme of all that we, as Christians, have in Christ. It does so along the lines of the apostle Paul, who writes: ‘I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me…’ (Gal. 2:20, KJV); and, ‘But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of [Christ’s apostles] — yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.’ (1 Cor. 15:10, NIV); and, ‘I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.’ (Phil. 3: 14, NIV). In the words of this song about Jesus, ‘all the glory evermore to him!’.
You can view the lyrics, listen to or buy the music here: http://www.cityalight.com/yet-not-i-but-through-christ-in-me/
MAY THE MIND OF CHRIST MY SAVIOUR
Sometimes singing the words of a traditional hymn to a new tune can help us reflect afresh on their meaning. With this thought in mind, our recent weekend away at Coldharbour Meadows saw the introduction of Mark Peterson’s setting of Katie Barclay Wilkinson’s text, May the mind of Christ my saviour.
The lyrics can be viewed here: https://emumusic.com/
BEHOLD THE POWER OF HIS WORD
Launched at our recent weekend away, here’s a taste of Michael Morrow’s song that develops the theme of how we can and must trust in God’s powerful, certain word:
He hung the stars – a guarantee:
His word is strong enough for me;
I will trust his promise.
To read the full lyrics, click here: https://www.
To download or stream the track, click here: https://co-mission.org/music/
O PRAISE THE NAME (ANASTASIS)
‘Anastasis’ is a Greek word used in the New Testament mearning ‘resurrection’ — coming back to bodily life after death. The song I cast my mind to Calvary (O Praise the Name (Anastasis)) helps us to ‘praise the name of the Lord our God’ for the resurrection of our saviour Jesus Christ, and to look forward to the day of his return and our own rising among the saints. HPC’s Youth Band will be launching this song on Sunday 26th May.
You can view the lyrics here: https://www.
You can buy the album containing the song here: https://hillsongstore.
WHATE’ER MY GOD ORDAINS IS RIGHT
This hymn text was written as long ago as 1675 by the German hymn-writer Samuel Rodigast, possibly to console a sick friend, Severus Gastorius, who may have been the composer of the original melody. Matt Merker and Keith Getty, in 2018, set the centuries-old text to a beautiful new melody. We’re introducing this ‘new old’ hymn in conjunction with our evening service sermon series on the book of Job, an innocent believer who knew immense suffering. As the Bible teacher Denny Burk puts it, ‘[Whate’er my God ordains is right] is written as a song for saints who are suffering. Which means it is written for all of us.’
To view the lyrics and to listen to the music, please follow this link: https://www.mattmerkermusic.
CHRIST IS MINE FOR EVERMORE
Mine are days that God has numbered (Christ is Mine for Evermore) by Johnny Robinson and Rich Thompson unfolds what it means to be a pilgrim on the narrow way of Christ: ‘I must travel through the valley’ yet because of my Redeemer, ‘fear is gone and hope is sure.’
You can view the lyrics, listen to or buy the music here: http://www.cityalight.
ALL I HAVE IS CHRIST
With words and music by Jordan Kauflin, I once was lost in darkest night (All I have is Christ) is a song of personal testimony that centres on God’s transforming love in Jesus: I was lost in darkness, dead in sin and bound for hell; now, because God in Jesus suffered the punishment I deserved, all I know is grace. ‘Hallelujah! Jesus is my life.’
From the following link you can read the lyrics and also listen to and buy various recordings of the song or the albums it appears on: https://
BOP! BAM! BOOM!
Samson was stronger than any man (Bop! Bam! Boom!), an all-age song with words by Bryson Smith and music by Philip Percival, is going to become the theme song for our all-age service series on the book of Judges. The judges were, as the song puts it, ‘raised by God when times were tough’ and point to ‘Jesus [who] rescues us.’
You can listen to an extract from the song by clicking on this link: https://songselect.ccli.com/
And you can purchase the album containing this song, The King, the Snake and the Promise, from this page: https://emumusic.com/
THE GREATEST IN THE KINGDOM
Junior Band are launching this all-age song by Paul Sheely in January 2019. It’s been chosen to accompany our preaching series in Mark chapter 9 onward, where the question in focus is ‘Why did Jesus come?’ As the first verse of the song puts it: ‘Though he is our king, Jesus gave up everything — his life to death — to free us from our sin.’
You can listen to an extract from the song by clicking on this link: https://songselect.ccli.com/
You can purchase the album containing this song, Meet the King, from this page: https://emumusic.com/
Hooley Dooley, Wop Bam Boom!
Complete with its Australian slang (Hooley Dooley means Wow!), this catchy song by Colin Buchanan will help us fix our eyes on Jesus’ certain return. We’re singing it for the first time as part of our all-age Advent service, Countdown to Christmas.
To view the lyrics for or to buy this or other songs from the album King of the Jungle, follow this link: https://colinbuchanan.
Amazing Grace (My chains are gone)
Amazing grace, the classic hymn based on the personal testimony of its author, John Newton (1725-1807), has been given a new chorus by Chris Tomlin and Louie Giglio.
You can view the lyrics, listen to the song, purchase a recording and watch an interview with Chris Tomlin about the song from here: http://www.worshiptogether.
We have heard a joyful sound (He saves!)
This is a fresh adaptation by Colin Webster from Cornerstone Church in Nottingham of a hymn by Priscilla Owens that first appeared in the Scotch Church Hymnary in 1898.
To view the lyrics or to download a recording of the song, click on this link: https://fiec.org.uk/
For God so loved the World
We first sang this song by John Hardwick at The Adventure Cruise holiday club we ran about a month back from date of writing, in August 2018. A gentle action song that can also be sung as two-part round, it helps us express, reflect on and remember the wonderful truth contained in John 3: 16: ‘For God so loved the world he gave his only Son that whoever believes in him shall not die but have eternal life.’
To purchase John Hardwick’s double-CD album containing this song, click here: http://www.
Come on and follow
This simple all-age song with words by Bryson Smith and music by Philip Percival invites and exhorts us to follow the God who reveals himself to his people in the Bible.
To buy the album that the song comes from in CD or digital format, click here: https://emumusic.com/
My worth is not in what I own
My worth is not in what I own is the result of a collaboration between Graham Kendrick and Keith and Kristyn Getty. In reflecting on the song, Kendrick comments: ‘We know that our culture calibrates human worth by measures of wealth and status, skills and achievement, beauty and youth, power and so on, but we don’t always appreciate how deeply those values are ingrained into us and how effective they are in driving our behaviour. Christians are little different. We need to sing about our worth from God’s perspective, not ours or our culture’s, and God’s perspective centres in on the cross.’
To view the lyrics and to purchase the music, please click here: https://www.gettymusic.
Be strong and courageous
We first introduced Colin Buchanan’s Be strong and courageous to the church family around the campfire on our church weekend away in June 2018. It had been enjoyed by some of us about a month earlier during the Family Praise session at Bible by the Beach, when we learned about the courage of Daniel and his friends, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, whilst God’s people were in exile in Babylon.
To view the lyrics for or to buy this or other songs from the album Jesus Rocks the World, follow this link: https://colinbuchanan.
This lively action song, from Mark and Helen Johnson’s album Songs for Every Easter, is a joyful celebration of the truth of Matthew 28: 5-6: ‘The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.”‘ Hallelujah!
The songbook and double audio CD for the album can be purchased here:
You are our Hope
With words and music by Doug Plank, Comfort for weary sinners (You are our Hope) unfolds comforting, empowering implications of Jesus’ resurrection for the lives of ordinary, struggling saints. Hallelujah indeed for our overcoming King!
You can read the lyrics, listen to the song and buy the track or the album it comes from here: https://
You have called us out of darkest night
Inspired by Psalm 67, You have called us out of darkest night (May the Peoples Praise You) is a call to mission for the church and a call to worship for everyone — that all may praise the glorious name of Jesus. We’ve chosen to introduce the song as we approach our special week of mission, Connect 2018 (17th-25th March).
To view the lyrics, click on this link: https://www.gettymusic.
Just the Way God Wanted Us to Be
Learning about God isn’t just for grown-ups! That’s the thought behind the musical album The Ology: Ancient Truths Ever New (and also the storybook theology of the same name). God made the earth and filled it full (Just the Way God Wanted Us to Be), one song from the album, teaches kids and grown-ups about people as well as God in a memorable, creative and understandable way.
You can view the lyrics and listen to or purchase the music by clicking on this link: http://sovereigngracemu
If you enjoy actions, here they are!… https://vimeo.com/1667
God speaks, we listen
We’ve chosen to introduce God speaks, we listen at the end of October so that we can sing it with confidence at the beginning of November when, at our Reformation 500 all-age service, we’ll be unpacking the theme, among others, that anyone can read God’s word and understand it.
You can listen to the song by clicking on this link: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/
You can buy the album with this song on it, Get Ready!, from this page: https://emumusic.com/pages/uk-
Shine from the inside out
We’ve chosen to introduce Shine from the inside out on the Sunday the Howles family, our mission partners at Uganda Martyrs Seminary, visit us. An all-age song with a focus on being sent by God to live for him in the world, Shine will help to fill a gap in our all-age repertoire.
You can purchase the music here: http://www.
You put the stars in outer space (Creator God) by Nick and Becky Drake is song for the whole church family to sing together as we celebrate God and, in particular, his goodness as we encounter it in his amazing creation. Our Youth Band enjoyed learning this song last autumn (2016). A year on, we’ll be singing it as a church for the first time as part of our all-age harvest festival.
To view the lyrics for this song or to listen to and / or buy the music, click here: http://worshipforeveryone.com/
It’s A Light And A Hammer
A number of children from our church returned home from Bible by the Beach in May 2017 singing Hold the power of the universe in your hand (It’s A Light And A Hammer) by the band Awesome Cutlery, who led their singing over the weekend. We used the song for the first time at HPC during our recent Watt-A-Lott Castle Holiday Club, where, each day, we focused on a different piece of the armour of God (Ephesians 6). This included the sword of the Spirit, which is where this song came in! It’s a great all-age song about God’s living, active and powerful word!
You can view the lyrics, listen to or buy the music here: https://awesomecutlery.bandcamp.com/
Only A Holy God
This new song from CityAlight Music considers the uniqueness of our holy God and calls us to respond in worship to the everlasting One and Only.
You can view the lyrics, listen to or buy the music here: http://www.cityalight.com/