‘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.

Maker, Made a Child

Maker, Made a Child (There was once a child) by Abi Marthinet-Glover, Jake Marthinet-Glover and Alanna Glover was included in our music-making for Christmas 2021. 

Listen to and/or buy the song here

Longing for a hope-filled morning

With a text by Ally Barrett set to the French traditional tune Picardy, this carol was included in our candlelit service on Advent Sunday evening 2021. 

More information about this hymn can be found here

My soul praises the Lord

This lively contemporary setting of the Magnificat (Mary’s song, Luke 1:46-55) by Andy Flannagan was chosen for our all-age Countdown to Christmas service 2021. 

The lyrics can be viewed and the album that includes the song purchased from here

Holy Spirit, Living Breath of God

Holy Spirit, Living Breath of God by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend was sung for the first time at HPC as part of our confirmation service on 10th October 2021.

You can view the lyrics of the song, read some background information about it, and/or buy Stuart Townend’s recording of it by clicking on this link

This Is Amazing Grace

This Is Amazing Grace (Who breaks the power of sin and darkness?) by Jeremy Riddle, Josh Farro and Phil Wickham is included on Phil Wickham’s album The Ascension: view it here

Revelation 3:20 (Here I am! I stand at the door and knock)

Chosen for our Jungle Jamboree Holiday Club in August 2021, this song by Colin Buchanan helps us to remember Jesus’ words of challenge and promise to the church in Laodicea in Revelation 3, verse 20: ‘”Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.”‘

You can view the lyrics and buy the music here

It Was Finished Upon That Cross

It Was Finished Upon That Cross (How I love the voice of Jesus) is by Jonny Robinson, Rich Thompson and Nigel Hendroff from CityAlight.

View the lyrics and stream or buy the track here: https://www.cityalight.com/it-was-finished-upon-that-cross/

Amazing grace (Auld Lang Syne)

Verses from John Newton’s hymn Amazing grace are combined with some new words by Colin Webster and the traditional tune associated with the song Auld Lang Syne.

The lyrics can be viewed here

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.

There is Hope

We’ve taken the opportunity, during autumn 2020, of bringing some of our musicians together from their own homes to share an uplifting song with a pertinent message:  There is Hope by Matt Weeks (Resound Worship).  Why not take a couple of minutes to listen to and watch the recording we’ve put together in our lockdown project? We hope you enjoy it!   

You can view the lyrics and listen to Resound Worship’s original recording of the song, released in June 2020, here.  

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.

Here’s a link to the product page.

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.

The lyrics can be viewed here. And the album containing the song can be purchased here.

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. To download or stream the track, click here.

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. You can buy the album containing the song here.

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.