‘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.
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.
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.
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 here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Christ Is Mine Forevermore
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.
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.’
You can read the lyrics and also listen to and buy various recordings of the song or the albums it appears on here.
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.’
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.’
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.