violin"Next to the Word of God, music deserves the highest praise. The gift of language combined with the gift of song was given to man that he should proclaim the Word of God through music."

Martin Luther

Learning Songs Both Old and New

During our Evening Fellowship on Sundays, we often take time to learn hymns and songs to sing in our church services. Sometimes we introduce new songs to the congregation; other times we review familiar ones. We reflect upon the words we're singing and review the music as well. The whole congregation is the choir, and we love to rehearse!

What We're Learning Now

Triumphant Jesus Bore the Cross
This new song combines poetry by author Douglas Bond and music by composer Gregory Wilbur, and is taken from their recently released collaborative album, "Rise and Worship." "Triumphant Jesus" is a stirring reflection on Christ's victorious work on the cross. "Triumphant Jesus bore the cross / of cruel passion, curse, and loss / He routed sin, and death, and woe / and Satan my infernal foe."

Songs We've Learned Lately

Come, O Come, Thou Holy Spirit
This is a 2015 song produced by the folks of Indelible Grace. Julie Melucci wrote music to accompany poetry by Joachim Neander (as well as other anonymous contributors), and added some words of her own. The result is a prayer that draws upon some familiar hymns, looking to the Holy Spirit for light and life. You can learn more here.

Our Song From Age to Age
This is a 2012 song from the folks at Sovereign Grace Music, words and music by Joel Sczebel. God is acknowledged here as the one who made the stars, and who poured mercy on our needy souls. Same God. Christ is acknowledged here as the one who took on flesh and fulfilled the Father's saving purposes, even unto death. This God now guides our feet as the one enthroned over all. So it is that "our voices unite to recount your praise."

Shepherd of Tender Youth
This hymn, #160 in the Trinity Hymnal, combines an ancient text with late twentieth century music. The poem is attributed to Clement of Alexandria, and gives praise to Christ. The music was composed by Ronald Alan Matthews, who served as a member of the Trinity Hymnal Revision Committee which produced this edition. In the church's earliest centuries, and in our own day, the Lord is providing gifts to enable his people to sing his praise!

By Faith
Keith & Kristyn Getty and Stuart Townend wrote this song in 2009. It recalls the faith of those who went before us—the Fathers and Prophets of the Old Testament, the Apostles of the New Testament—and calls us to follow their lead. "We will stand as children of the promise. We will fix our eyes on Him, our soul's reward. Till the race is finished and the work is done, we'll walk by faith and not by sight."
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