World Music for Easter [French] – Alléluia sung by Paul Baloche

May 5, 2015

Not all the songs in my Easter playlist are in English.  I’ve got Arabic, French, Spanish and Swahili songs mixed in too…   One of the newest additions to my Easter playlist is a wonderful song from Paul Baloche’s 2013 album Glorieux, a fantastic collection of 14 French worship songs.  The song is simply entitled Alléluia.

Most of the songs on Glorieux are French versions of Paul Baloche’s own songs, but as best I can tell, this song was originally written in French, and I don’t believe it has been ever been recorded in English.   I have really fallen in love with this song in the past few weeks… it starts quite quietly, focused on Christ’s humbling Himself to die on the Cross and then towards the end it crescendos to wonderful joyous praise for the Resurrection and Christ’s triumph.   Even if you don’t understand French, give it a listen.  It’s a beautiful song.  [I’ve provided a rough translation of the lyrics alongside the French words below]

You can find out more about the album Glorieux and listen to samples of the songs at the leadworship.com website.

Alléluia by DAN LUITEN and JéRéMIE POULET
Performed by Paul Baloche and Friends, from the 2013 French worship album Glorieux

Tu t’es abaissé, pour l’humanité  [You lowered yourself for humanity]
Tu fus humilié et abandonné  [You were humiliated and abandoned]
Ta mort est ma vie,  [Your death is my life]
Tu payas le prix [You paid the price]
Sans crainte aujourd’hui, [Without fear today…]
Mon âme s’écrie :  [my soul cries out:]

Refrain
Alléluia, alléluia, alléluia   [Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia]
Tu es saint, tu es saint.  [You are holy, You are holy]

Je suis à tes pieds pour te remercier  [I am at Your feet to thank You…]
D’avoir accepté de tout supporter  [… for having accepted to bear all]
Éprouvé je tiens,  [Tested, I’m holding [on]]
pardonné je viens [Forgiven, I come…]
Avec tous les saints chanter, [with all the saints to sing…]
Tu reviens. [You’re returning.]

Pont
Élevé, glorifié, tu es ressucité et tu vis à jamais  [Exalted, glorified, You have risen and You live forevermore.]

 

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Easter Worship – Behold Our God (free download at We Are Worship)

April 28, 2015

One of my favorite worship songs in my Easter playlist is Sovereign Grace Music’s song Behold Our God, from their 2011 album Risen.  Their recording of the song happens to be free this week at WeAreWorship (free MP3, free chord chart, and free PDF sheet music).  Joining We Are Worship is free, and it’s a wonderful source of excellent worship music, with free downloads every week.  I’m posting a YouTube below which melds wonderful pictures of creation with Sovereign Grace’s version of the song.

I do have to say though that even though I love the original version of this song by Sovereign Grace, my favorite version of this song is the live recording from the Falls Church Anglican worship CD A Thousand Amens.   The combination of this song, followed by Praise My Soul the King of Heaven is just utterly majestic (you’ve got to hear the organ instrumental between the two songs.  I still get chills….).  I can’t recommend those two tracks highly enough.  Contemporary Anglican worship at its best!!

Here are the lyrics:

Who has held the oceans in His hands
Who has numbered every grain of sand
Kings and nations tremble at His voice
All creation rises to rejoice

Behold our God seated on His throne
Come let us adore Him
Behold our King nothing can compare
Come let us adore Him

Who has given counsel to the Lord
Who can question any of His words
Who can teach the One who knows all things
Who can fathom all His wondrous deeds

Who has felt the nails upon His hand
Bearing all the guilt of sinful man
God eternal humbled to the grave
Jesus Savior risen now to reign

You will reign forever
(Let Your glory fill the earth)
(REPEAT 6X)
You will reign forever
(Let Your glory fill)

Copyright © 2011 Soveriegn Grace Praise & Sovereign Grace Worship

CCLI Number: 5937510

 


A Compilation of 70 Favorite Easter and Eastertide Hymns

April 19, 2015
Easter Hymns

image credit: iTunes

NOTE: This post contains a listing of 70 great Easter hymns, and links to where you can purchase them, as well as links to other good hymn resources, but no audio.  I’ll be posting quite a few of thesehymns here at Lent & Beyond in coming days and weeks…. stay tuned.

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I notice quite a lot of folks coming to L&B looking for Easter Hymns.  I’m a lover of great Easter hymns, but sadly you might not really know it by browsing Lent & Beyond.  In recent years I’ve posted much more CCM and Contemporary worship music than hymns, primarily because my digital collection of hymns and classical music has until now been quite small.

One of the greatest blessings of the internet, iTunes, YouTube, etc., has been the ability to learn and appreciate a much wider diversity of Eastertide hymns.  In my Episcopal parish growing up, we seemed to sing the same 5 or 6 Easter hymns over and over and over again.  And while that repetition made me grow to love them deeply – they became part of me in a sense – I never realized how much I was missing…

For instance, it wasn’t until I was in my late 20s and working in French-speaking West Africa that I learned the fabulous hymn Thine Be the Glory (actually learning it first in French “A Toi la Gloire, O Ressuscité”) – now one of my absolute Easter playlist essentials!

And then of course, there are online hymnals and their Easter hymn collections which make learning new/old hymns easy these days:

With all of these resources to scour for good hymns, I devoted a fair bit of time (and a bit of money) in recent weeks to significantly increase my Easter hymn and classical music collection and creating a great Easter hymns & classical anthems playlist.

So, in case it’s a blessing and encouragement and helpful resource, here is a current list of 70 favorite Easter hymns. For each hymn I provide details for the version that’s in my playlist (artist, album, purchase link). I have not included details on composers, tune or lyrics.  In most cases you will find that information at Hymnary.org or the Cyber Hymnal.

For some hymns, I’ve included links to some alternate versions, including alternate tunes, instrumental versions, or contemporary renditions. There are a few modern hymns included – such as In Christ Alone.  The majority of these hymns are from the Anglican tradition, but I’ve thrown in a few Evangelical / Gospel type hymns as well.  My tastes are broad – any hymn that focuses on the joy and glory of Christ’s resurrection and His victory over death and His redemption of His people is fair game!

I’d love for commenters to add suggestions and tell us about your favorites!  Let’s turn this into an OPEN THREAD about memories of favorite Easter hymns… what songs do you love and why?

Note: this list includes only hymns.  I may try to create a separate post with some favorite recordings of Easter classical music, carols and anthems.

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Below is a list of the Titles and Artists for all the hymns.  Here is a link to the Excel Spreadsheet which will give you full details on the album and a purchase link in the iTunes store (US).

Title,  Artist

  • A toi la gloire, Les petits chanteurs de Sainte-Croix de Neuilly
  • All Hail the Power – No. 1 [Instrumental – tune: Coronation], The King’s Brass & Tim Zimmerman
  • All Hail the Power (arr. Sterling Procter – tune: Diadem), The Chancel Choir, The Chapel Choir, Broadway Baptist Church and The Oratorio Chorus, Southwestern Baptist Seminary, The Festival Brass
  • Alleluia! Alleluia! Hearts to Heaven, The Choir Of Sheffield Cathedral
  • Alleluia! Sing to Jesus (with handbells), Concordia Publishing House

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Easter Worship: He is Risen – Paul Baloche & Graham Kendrick with the All Souls Orchestra

April 18, 2015

 

Symphony of Worship

One of my favorite new Easter worship songs is Graham Kendrick and Paul Baloche’s song He is Risen.  I believe it first appeared on Graham Kendrick Worship Duets album, released in 2013, (which I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend), at least that’s when I first heard it.  Paul Baloche also released a live single of this song in 2014.

But this Easter, I discovered another really nice rendition of He is Risen: Graham Kendrick and Paul Baloche singing live at Royal Albert Hall accompanied by the All Souls orchestra.  The song appears on the 2014 Symphony of Worship album, part of the “Prom Praise” series, I believe.

[The other must listen to song on this album is Martin Smith’s Majesty… it gives me chills!]

I wish the video showed the actual live performance, rather than just the audio track.  I can just imagine Royal Albert Hall filled to the brim with people worshiping Jesus… wow!  But the audio does a good job of capturing the joy that must have been there that night.

Here are the lyrics, from the We Are Worship (UK) site, where you can find a lot of resources for this song (chord sheet, tutorial video, story  behind the song…):

Early morning break of dawn
Stumbling to the tomb
Standing awestruck wondering who
Rolled away the stone
And as the sun came up
Amazed they looked inside
A voice, an angel clothed in light
Don’t be afraid, He is alive!

He is risen
Hallelujah, hallelujah
Christ is risen
Let the whole world sing
Christ is risen
Christ is risen from the dead

Sing, with all creation sing
Of a world made new
In His life we too may live
Bursting from the tomb
And looking up we see
Our King enthroned on high
His wounds of love now glorified
Rejoice, for soon He’ll burst the skies

Paul Baloche & Graham Kendrick

Copyright © 2013 Thankyou Music & Integrity Worship Music/Leadworship Songs

CCLI Number: 6606369


Easter Music – Sojourn: the Warrior

April 17, 2015

The Easter music I’ve chosen for today is one of the best contemporary songs in my Easter playlist, Warrior by the Louisville, KY based group Sojourn. The combination of the words and the great musicianship – a blend of jazz and rock – make it so powerful.

I only discovered Sojourn in 2013.  This is from their album Over the Grave, released in 2009. I also love the songs Over Death and We Are Changed from this same album, and Good Day from the 2011 EP The War.  All of these are 5 star songs in my Easter playlist.

The songs on this album are inspired by hymns written by Isaac Watts:

In the midst of the Reformation in England, Isaac Watts recognized that people needed to see the gospel in the psalms and hymns of the church, and they needed to sing them in language and metaphors that they understood. In this, he became not only the father of the modern hymn, but the pace-setter for contextualizing the gospel for the people of God.

As musicians, pastors and songwriters, our desire was to explore the hundreds of hymns that Watts wrote during his lifetime, to learn from the incredible range and depth of his lyrics, and to re-envision those songs with modern language and melodies. In particular, we gravitated towards themes that seem unfortunately absent in modern worship — themes about God’s wrath and judgment, His righteousness, and a dramatic vision of the cross and atonement of Christ.

This CD is the first installment of the Isaac Watts Project: songs inspired by and adapted from his hymns. The record was written and performed entirely by musicians from Sojourn Community Church — 35 in all. It is our hope that this project, like Watts’s hymns, will point us beyond the music and lyrics to see the glorious Savior who inspires them.

You can find all of Sojourn’s music at their bandcamp page.

David rejoiced in God alone
He was raised by grace to an earthly throne
But Christ the son demands our praise
For His kingdom has no end of daysLord, you rejoice in victory
When another lost soul bows to its knee
Rising tide of righteousness
With the shield of truth upon your breast

Oh the Warrior!

Honor and majesty divine
Around his sacred temple shine
Grace and might so long foretold
In crowns of glory, not of gold

Your hand shall find out every foe
And as a fiery furnace glows
With raging heat and living coals
They will feel your wrath upon their souls

Oh the warrior will conquer all
The world will fall before His feet

Earth and sea will give up their dead
The nations gathered before him
A day of glory, a day of dread
No one dares now ignore him

words: Dave Moisan, Neil Robins, Bobby Gilles, and Isaac Watt
©2008Sojourn Community Churchand Bobby Gilles
CCLI Song #5429035
I found a Chord Sheet here.  I post the lyrics and chord sheet for edification and as a resource, but please respect copyright and purchase the song if you’ll be using and sharing it.

Easter Season Playlist – Contemporary Worship Songs

April 9, 2015

Back in 2009, my teammates and I put together songsheets for the Easter season.  These sheets included a mix of classic hymns as well as some contemporary worship songs.  Some of the contemporary songs and choruses we included were:

  • – Agnus Dei
  • – Celebrate Jesus, Celebrate
  • – Easter Song [Hear the Bells Ringing]
  • – How Deep the Father’s Love for Us
  • – I Know He Rescued My Soul [My Redeemer Lives]
  • – In Christ Alone
  • – Jesus Christ, I think Upon Your Sacrifice [Once Again]
  • – Led like a Lamb to the Slaughter [You’re alive, You’re alive, You have Risen]
  • – O to see the Dawn of the Darkest Day [The Power of the Cross],
  • – See What a Morning [Resurrection Hymn]
  • – Thank You for the Cross Lord [Worthy is the Lamb]
  • – The Greatest Day in History [O Happy Day]
  • – The Splendor of a King [How Great is Our God]
  • – You Chose the Cross [Lost in Wonder]

Not a bad list of songs!  I was amazed however this Easter, how many great new songs have been written in the past 5 – 6 years or so.  We needed to come up with a new set of song sheets.  Here are some of the songs we added and have been singing (links take to We Are Worship, Worship Together or Song Select for info about purchase, lyrics, etc.):

And here are 25 more great contemporary Easter-themed worship songs that have 5 stars in my playlist

  • Ben Cantelon – The Same Power
  • Bryan & Katie Torwalt – It Was Finished
  • Chris Tomlin – Once and For All
  • Darlene Zschech – Victor’s Crown
  • Elevation Worship – Raised to Life
  • Graham Kendrick – This Joyful Eastertide
  • Graham Kendrick – I  Know He Lives
  • Glen Packiam – Forgiven Forever
  • Hillsong – Beneath the Waters (I Will Rise)
  • Israel & New Breed – Risen
  • Israel & New Breed – Rez Power
  • Kari Jobe – Forever
  • Keith & Kristyn Getty – Come People of the Risen King
  • Kristian Stanfill – Shout Hosanna
  • Lacey Sturm – Mercy Tree
  • Laura Story – What a Savior
  • Lincoln Brewster – Shout for Joy
  • Matt Redman – Love So High
  • Matt Redman – Jesus Only Jesus
  • Michael Olson – On the Third Day
  • Michael W. Smith – All Arise
  • Newsboys – God’s Not Dead
  • Phil Wickham – The Victory
  • Soul Survivor – He is Alive
  • Sovereign Grace Music – Jesus Lives
  • Todd Agnew, God Undefeatable

You can find good lists of songs for Easter at these sites:  WorshipTogether, and SongSelect


Music for Easter – Victorious, a fantastic new song by Third Day

April 8, 2015

This is probably my favorite new song of 2015: Victorious, by Third Day, from their new album “Lead Us Back: Songs of Worship” (I really recommend the whole album!)

The focus is Christ’s resurrection, but I confess I gave it some air play during Lent…!  I just couldn’t resist, its message is so full of hope, and I needed to hear it in the wake of the Egyptian martyrs in Libya, the killings in Kenya, etc.  Soak in the truth of this song today. Christ’s resurrection is the seal on His victory over all powers of darkness!

 

  “And having disarmed the powers and authorities,

he made a public spectacle of them,

triumphing over them by the cross.” Col 2:15 (NIV)

lyrics:

[Verse 1]
In all the heavens, there is One
Who conquered death alone and brought our freedom
Your throne will last throughout all time
Let all the nations bow and bring You praise

[Chorus]
Victorious, You reign victorious
Over sin, over death, over all, over us

[Verse 2]
And with the angels, we will sing
A blessed multitude of Your creation
Rejoicing with our holy King
The only One that brings us our salvation

[Chorus]

Victorious, You reign victorious
In Your mighty name we trust
Let all proclaim You reign victorious
You reign victorious

[Bridge]
All nations rise and they will fall
The kingdom of our God will last forever
All nations rise and they will fall
The kingdom of our God will last forever

Victorious, we lift You up, victorious
Victorious, we lift You up, victorious

[Chorus]


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