Musical Monday: Forever

The events of Easter are forever.

Jesus died.
He was buried.
He rose from the dead.
He was alive then and is still alive now.
In fact He’s the only God who is still alive: no other religion or faith can claim that!

Another anthemic song, this one written by Kari Jobe and a few others. I couldn’t decide between posting the last song or this one, so decided to do both. A double whammy! Drive the point home that Jesus is alive and He reigns forever and ever!

Forever He is glorified
Forever He is lifted high
Forever He is risen
He is alive, He is alive!

 

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Musical Monday: The Anthem

To round off my Easter week… I love this song – an anthem declaring that death is beaten, death could not hold Him down, the victory is won — Jesus is our risen King!

Our God is risen, He is alive
He won the victory, He reigns on high…

Hallelujah, You have won the victory
Hallelujah, You have won it all for me
Death could not hold You down, You are the risen King
Seated in majesty, You are the risen King!

 

Easter Day: Thine Be The Glory!

This is another “Easter Essential” for me.

It’s one I grew up with and it didn’t feel like Easter unless I sung, heard or played it myself! I love how the melody and the music back up what is being sung – it is grand and I feel like all aspects of the song point to God, make us look up (especially the descant in the very last chorus!) and again, you can’t help but join in with this upbeat hymn.

1. Thine be the glory, risen conquering Son;
Endless is the victory, Thou o’er death hast won;

Angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,
Kept the folded grave clothes where Thy body lay.

Refrain: Thine be the glory, risen conquering Son,
Endless is the victory, Thou o’er death hast won

2. Lo! Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;
Lovingly he greets us, scatters fear and gloom;
let the Church with gladness, hymns of triumph sing;
for her Lord now liveth, death hath lost its sting.
(Refrain)

3. No more we doubt thee, glorious Prince of life;
life is naught without thee; aid us in our strife;
make us more than conquerors, through thy deathless love:
bring us safe through Jordan to thy home above.
(Refrain)

 

Easter Day: Christ the Lord is Risen Today!

Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed, hallelujah!

Love this ancient proclamation, one that is centuries old yet is still proclaimed today.
Why? Because it’s true!

It reminds me of one particular hymn that can only be sung upbeat and when sung, you can’t help but join in! I can only ever remember the first line but that’s the whole point of what we celebrate today!

Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!

Holy Week – Saturday: Were You There?

Holy Saturday.  The day in between Friday and Sunday.

We now know what was still to happen, but Jesus’ family, disciples and followers may not have, or probably more accuarately, I’d imagine they were probably more confused. Here is this guy who is supposed to be the King, the awaited Messiah, the Deliverer but He was crucified yesterday and is now lying dead in a tomb. I imagine they may have felt feelings of despair, confusion, anger and grief. They were no doubt feeling quite numb.

Saturday can be a day of reflection. In light of that, here is a more reflective gospel song that is sad but it also carries hope.

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Oh…. sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

Good Friday: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

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I consider this hymn one of my “Good Friday Essentials”.
In some way, it doesn’t feel like Good Friday if I haven’t sung, heard or played it. I grew up with this hymn and I have always loved it.

It draws you in.

It humbles you.

It speaks of the juxtaposition that the cross was and is.
It is death but it is victory.
It is sorrow but it is love.

I particularly love the last two lines of the last verse:
Love so amazing, so divine
Demands my soul, my life, my all

How can we not give our all to the One who gave it all for us?

Holy Week – Wednesday: The Servant King

Today’s ‘verse of the day’ on my Bible app reminded me of a song we used to sing in the 1990’s.

The verse:
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give His life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28, NLT)

The song:
The Servant King, by Graham Kendrick.

 

From heaven You came helpless Babe
Entered our world, Your glory veiled
Not to be served but to serve
And give Your life that we might live

This is our God, the Servant King…

Holy Week – Tuesday: See His Love

Holy Week.

It was a week that I didn’t think much of as I grew up.

I was brought up in an Anglican church where my Dad was the Vicar (aka Senior Pastor) so I didn’t really have much choice in which church I went to.  Looking back I am so grateful for my upbringing in the Anglican church. I was in one that embraced contemporary worship and valued the Holy Spirit moving but it also had traditional style services too, where my friends and I dressed up in robes and served in the traditional positions that non-ordained people could serve in.

But back to Holy Week…

For me, it was a week where it seemed like my Dad had a million services on (in reality only about a dozen from Palm Sunday – Easter Day) and it seemed like he was almost living at the church. I don’t know if I really fully got it, or at least I know I didn’t get it as much as I do now.

So now, while I haven’t been going to any specific Holy Week services, I have been in my own way meditating on and following the journey Jesus took to get to the cross and then this weekend I will be going to and am involved in my own church’s Good Friday & Easter Day services.

Holy Week may not mean anything to you, or you may not even know it exists, or it might be something that you embrace fully, but this week I want to share a variety of Easter songs and hymns that I have found a connection with in some way shape or form.

The first one is See His Love, by Jesus Culture.  It’s fast but it describes the great love poured out by Jesus on the cross.

Such love, such love, such love is this for me…

This is Jesus in His glory, King of heaven dying for me
It is finished, He has done it, death is beaten, heaven beckons me…

 

(Warning: contains graphic images that may disturb)

 

Musical Monday – Mercy

As I have been preparing to lead the music at our church on Good Friday (25 March 2016), I have been constantly drawn to this song.

On Good Friday Christians remember why Jesus died on the cross – He is The Way.  By Jesus (who was perfect, spotless, sinless) being sacrificed on the cross once and for all, He made the way for all of us to come to God.  He became the perfect atonement for all sin for all time.

For someone to do that, it can seem ludicrous in our carnal mind.  But that’s the wonder of it. God did it because of His great love and He is full of mercy.

Titus 3:3-7 says (emphasis added):
“Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled and became slaves to many lusts and pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy, and we hated each other. But when God our Saviour revealed his kindness and love, He saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Because of His grace he made us right in his sight and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.”

It’s because of His mercy…

May I never lose the wonder, oh the wonder of Your mercy
May I sing Your hallelujah, hallelujah, Amen!