Free Music for Holy Week / Good Friday: Hillsong Live – Calvary

April 9, 2014

Worship Together.Com is offering yet another Free Song this week, this time a song that’s focused on Holy Week / Good Friday.  It’s by Hillsong Live, and called Calvary.  (The song is also available at the Hillsong Live site.)

This song is NOT AVAILABLE for purchase anywhere – it will be released on Hillsong Live’s next album, due out in July.  This free version is a special pre-release acoustic version.

I’m so glad I found this.  It’s a powerful song, and I appreciate the acoustic version which brings out the strength of the words

Calvary

by Jonas Myrin , Reuben Morgan

Verse 1
The Saviour  alone carried the cross
For all of my  debts He paid the cost
Salvation complete, now forever I’m free
Calvary covers it all

Chorus
Calvary covers it all
My sin and shame don’t count anymore
All praise to the One who has ransomed my soul
Calvary covers it all

Verse 2
No power on earth, not even the grave
can separate us from mercy and grace
He is faithful to save oh, his blood never fails
Calvary covers it all

Bridge
No one but Jesus
Can make us pure as snow
We stand in Your freedom
Calvary covers it all


A free worship song for Easter – Elevation Worship “Raised to Life”

April 9, 2014

The other day I posted about some free Easter music songs and worship resources from the Worship Together site.  Tonight I happened to come across news of a free download of a new Easter worship song from Elevation Worship:  Raised to Life, from their brand new EP of the same name.

Here’s the site where I found the free download.

Check out the Elevation Worship site for more resources (lyrics, chords, etc.)

Here are the lyrics

Raised To Life
CCLI # 7011534
Written By: Pastor Steven Furtick, Matt Redman, Chris Brown, Mack Brock

VERSE 1:
Precious compassion that pours
From the wounds that have won our salvation
Sin was strong but the Savior is stronger
Come let us worship Him

VERSE 2:
Great was the debt that we owed
And how high was the price of our healing
Paid in full by the One who is worthy
Come let us worship Him

CHORUS:
Raised to life with Christ the Savior
In His name a new creation
Now our song will rise
Adoring Christ the Lord

VERSE 3:
Death overcome by the Word
That was spoken before it was finished
Jesus saves is our song everlasting
Come let us worship Him

BRIDGE:
Sin was strong
But Jesus is stronger
Our shame was great
But Jesus you’re greater

Hallelujah!  Great lyrics!!  What a wonderful truth.  Jesus’ sacrifice and His grace, His victory is greater than our sin and shame.  We are free if we put our faith in Him!


Psalm 130

April 9, 2014

Out of the depths I have cried to you, O LORD; (Psalm 130:1)
      LORD, thank you for hearing the cry that comes from the depths of my heart.

Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. (Psalm 130:2)
      Jesus, thank you for hearing all those who cry out to you in their hour of need. Please hear my cry.

If you, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with you, that you may be feared. (Psalm 130:3-4)
      Father, you know the depts. of my sin — thank you for forgiving me through your son Jesus Christ.

I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I do hope. (Psalm 130:5)
      Holy Spirit, give me a waiting heart — a heart that hopes in your word.

My soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning– yes, more than those who watch for the morning. (Psalm 130:6)
      Lord, I am waiting for you. Please give me eyes to watch and see what you are doing.

O Israel, hope in the LORD; for with the LORD there is mercy, and with him is abundant redemption. And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities. (Psalm 130:7-8 )
      Jesus, you are my hope, my mercy, and my redeemer. Thank you.

A word received: I will shepherd you.

A word received: I AM in charge; let me guide you.

A word received: Speak my word.

Wednesday: 119:145-176 * 128, 129, 130; Exod. 7:8-24: 2 Cor. 2:14-3:6: Mark 10:1-16
Thursday: 131, 132, [133] * 140, 142; Exod. 7:25-8:19: 2 Cor. 3:7-18: Mark 10:17-31

Albany Intercessor


Priest martyred in Syria

April 9, 2014

From the BBC: A Dutch priest well known for refusing to leave the besieged Syrian city of Homs has been shot dead by a gunman.

Psalm 116:15  (NKJV)
Precious in the sight of the Lord
Is the death of His saints.

Deuteronomy 32:39a,43 (NKJV)
‘Now see that I, even I, am He,
And there is no God besides Me . . . .
 “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people;
For He will avenge the blood of His servants,
And render vengeance to His adversaries;
He will provide atonement for His land and His people.”

Our Father in heaven,

We trust in Your perfect justice and perfect mercy, in time and through eternity.  We see through a glass darkly and don’t apprehend the spirits at work in the Syrian civil war.  Yet we see the fruit of death, destruction,  anti-Christ, and prophet-slaying.

We humbly ask that the shed blood of Father Frans van der Lugt become the seed of the church.  When Isaac moved to Gerar during a famine, he sowed in that land and reaped in the same year a hundredfold. Oh, for a hundredfold harvest of souls in Syria.  Father Frans’ life was animated by Your steadfast love for the Syrian people.  May his death yield the fruit of that love.

Jesus has come to save the world.  Jesus has come to save Syria.  Salvation in Syria!  Salvation and healing!  Amen.


Music for Lent: Come You Sinners (From the wonderful Falls Church worship album)

April 9, 2014

A few years ago, Falls Church Anglican released a WONDERFUL live worship album called A Thousand Amens.  It’s truly excellent musically, but also deeply encouraging and moving to hear a large congregation enthusiastically praising God just weeks before forced out of their historic church property after the Episcopal Church sued them and won.  The album exemplifies the true meaning of a “sacrifice of praise.”  How good to be able to praise God for His goodness in spite of knowing full well the sorrow and trial that was ahead.

I encourge all our readers to check out the full album.

The song Come You Sinners, written by the Falls Church worship leader Jamie Brown is very appropriate for Lent, and I’ve been enjoying it the past few days whenever it comes up in my Lenten playlist.

You can read the background to the song here at Jamie Brown’s blog.    (I think the free download and chord chart / sheet music mentioned there are still available too!)

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 P.S.  I’ve just discovered the Falls Church released another live worship album in December 2013:  It’s called “We Will Proclaim” and it’s a mix of hymns, contemporary worship songs, and elements of the spoken Anglican liturgy.  I’ve previewed it and it sounds excellent.


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