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.]

 


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]


An Easter Adaptation of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah – Kelley Mooney and Choir

April 7, 2015

I discovered this song online yesterday.  It’s the third entry that shows up when one types “Easter Music” into the Google search bar.

It’s lovely, and there’s a wonderful story behind the song.  Kelley Mooney is a Roman Catholic singer and songwriter in Canada.  Her parish priest had heard Leonard Cohen’s classic “Hallelujah” and thought it might make a good song for Kelley to sing in church for Easter.  She became troubled that the lyrics might not be so appropriate for church worship, so she wrote a modified version focused on the narrative of Christ’s passion and resurrection.   Kudos to her, she contacted the publishers for copyright to use Leonard Cohen’s music, and then it was first recorded with her singing with a school choir.  She later published a CD with the song.   The video of her singing with the choir has gone viral – 8 million plus views on GodTube and nearly 3 million on YouTube!  Wow.

Below is the GodTube version of the song.  It’s also available on You Tube.   Here is Kelley Mooney’s website, and here is the link to purchase the recording of her singing the song  (via iTunes).

Here are the lyrics:

Hallelujah by Kelly Mooney
Adapted to the music of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah

“A crown of thorns placed on His head
He knew that He would soon be dead
He said did you forget me Father did you?
They nailed Him to a wooden cross
Soon all the world would feel the loss
Of Christ the King before His Hallelujah

Hallelujah (repeat 4 times)

He hung His head and prepared to die
Then lifted His face up to the sky
Said I am coming home now Father to you
A reed which held His final sip
Was gently lifted to his lips
He drank His last and gave His soul to glory

Hallelujah (repeat 4 times)

The soldier who had used his sword
To pierce the body of our Lord
Said truly this was Jesus Christ our Savior
He looked with fear upon his sword
Then turned to face his Christ and Lord
Fell to his knees crying Hallelujah

Hallelujah (repeat 4 times)

Took from his head the thorny crown
And wrapped him in a linen gown
And laid him down to rest inside the tomb
The holes in his hands, his feet and side
Now in our hearts we know he died
To save us from ourselves oh hallelujah

Hallelujah (repeat 4 times)

Three days went by again they came
To move the stone to bless the slain
With oil and spice anointing hallelujah
But as they went to move the stone
They saw that they were not alone
But Jesus Christ has risen Hallelujah

Hallelujah (repeat 4 times)
Hallelujah (repeat 4 times)


Updated Easter Music Series – Index (2014 and 2015)

April 6, 2015

Last updated 18 April 2015.  (I’ll aim to update this every Saturday during Easter)

During the Easter Octave of 2014, we posted some great Easter music.  I intend to post more throughout this Eastertide (my schedule and internet connection permitting!).  So here’s an index of our Easter Music Series entries so you can go back and find any great songs you might have missed.

Songs are grouped by Music Subcategory:

1. CCM Classics for Easter  (CCM from early 70s – early 90s.  Includes artists such as 2nd Chapter of Acts, the Imperials, Keith Green, Dallas Holm, Sandi Patty & Larnelle Harris, DeGarmo & Key, Amy Grant, Michael Card, Benny Hester, Bob Bennett, Leslie Phillips, Glad, Petra…)  [Some classic “Gospel” music is in this category too – Jesse Dixon, Andre Crouch….]

2. Easter Hymns & Classical

3. Easter Worship Songs  (Contemporary worship songs from songwriters such as Graham Kendrick, Stuart Townend, Keith & Kristyn Getty, Chris Tomlin, Hillsong, etc.)

4. “Contemporary CCM”  (CCM songs from the mid-90s to the present, includes artists such as Andrew Peterson, Steven Curtis Chapman, Jeremy Camp, Casting Crowns, Natalie Grant, MercyMe, Mark Schultz, ThirdDay…)

5. World Music for Easter:  Easter worship songs from around the world in various languages!

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1. CCM Classics for Easter 

NEW:

Gaither Vocal Band: Alpha and Omega (1984)

Steve Green: I Know that My Redeemer Liveth (from New Young Messiah 1993)

LAMB: Hallelujah (1981)

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2. Easter Hymns & Classical

NEW: 

Paschal Canon Odes 1 & 3, Byzantine Choir of St. George Cathedral

Christ Our Passover is Sacrificed for us – Richard Dirksen

The Lord is Risen Indeed! (Easter Anthem) William Billings

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3. Easter Worship Songs

NEW:

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

See what a morning (Resurrection Hymn) – Keith Getty & Stuart Townend

 Easter Season Playlist – Contemporary Worship Songs  (note this contains no audio, just a list of 45-50 good Easter-themed contemporary worship songs)

 

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4. “Contemporary CCM”

NEW: 

Sojourn: the Warrior

Victorious, a fantastic new song by Third Day

Easter video: “Dance Your Shoes Off” (includes the song “Rise Up”)

An Easter Adaptation of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah – Kelley Mooney and Choir

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5. World Music for Easter

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1) Any music I have uploaded is music I have legally bought and paid for.  I HIGHLY value copyright and want to ensure artists get credit and royalties for their work.  Please respect music copyrights.  In almost every music post I have provided a link (often to the iTunes US store because that is handy for me to link) as to where you can purchase the song(s).  In some cases the post will have an embedded MP3 files.  Sometimes that’s because the albums are out of print.  In a few other cases it was because I was having problems with WordPress’ audio playlist feature.  Please do NOT download music from Lent & Beyond, but purchase the songs if you enjoy them!

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Music for Easter Monday – See what a morning (Resurrection Hymn)

April 6, 2015

I expect that like last year, much of whatever Easter devotional blogging I can find time to do will center around music.

Singing Easter hymns and worship songs throughout the 50 days of Easter is one of the best and easiest ways I know of to keep the joy of Easter alive and fresh  in our hearts.  Also as in 2014, I expect to post a variety of old hymns; modern worship songs and new hymns; and also Easter-focused songs by CCM artists such as Third Day, Casting Crowns, Andrew Peterson, Natalie Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman, Twila Paris, etc.

You can find all our Easter Music entries here.  See also this index of Easter music entries (which I will try to update regularly).

This morning in our team’s morning prayer time, we sang “See What a Morning” (Resurrection Hymn) by Stuart Townend and Keith Getty.  The words are SO powerful!  I was especially struck by the lines about how Christ’s resurrection clothes our faith with certainty.  And also, the image of the Lord’s voice “speaking life, stirring hope, bringing peace to us,” – just as Jesus did on the road to Emmaus, with His two discouraged disciples.  As He spoke the Scriptures to them, their hearts burned within them, and when He revealed Himself to them, they were filled with joy and hope and ran to tell the other disciples…  May the Lord continually stir up and revive our hearts with the joy of the resurrection this Easter season!

You can read about the background to the hymn from the Getty’s website.

SEE WHAT A MORNING
Gloriously bright
With the dawning of hope in Jerusalem;
Folded the grave-clothes,
Tomb filled with light,
As the angels announce Christ is risen!
See God’s salvation plan, wrought in love,
Borne in pain, paid in sacrifice,
Fulfilled in Christ, the Man, for He lives:
Christ is risen from the dead!

See Mary weeping, ‘Where is He laid?’
As in sorrow she turns from the empty tomb;
Hears a voice speaking, calling her name;
It’s the Master, the Lord raised to life again!
The voice that spans the years,
Speaking life, stirring hope,
Bringing peace to us,
Will sound till He appears,
For He lives, Christ is risen from the dead!

One with the Father, Ancient of Days,
Through the Spirit
Who clothes faith with certainty,
Honour and blessing, glory and praise
To the King crowned
With power and authority!
And we are raised with Him,
Death is dead, love has won,
Christ has conquered;
And we shall reign with Him,
For He lives, Christ is risen from the dead!

You can download the lyrics for free at Worship Together.
Here’s the links to buy this song at iTunes (Townend version), or here (Getty Version)


Easter around the Blogosphere 2015

April 5, 2015

I ended up with a bit of unexpected free time between Easter gatherings today, so I took a few moments to glance at some favorite blogs and websites and their Easter offerings.  Here are a few links & excerpts.  (In most cases I’ve just posted a snippet of various entries, so click on the link to view the full post.)

Scotty Smith’s Easter Sunday prayer:

Because of your resurrection, we’re less to be pitied than anybody, and more to be grateful than everybody (1 Cor. 15:14-19). You are the firstfruits and guarantee of a whole new order—the “new creation” dominion of redemption and restoration. Everything sad will come untrue, and all things broken will be made new. How we long for that Day!

     Because of your resurrection, you are already reigning as King of kings and Lord of lords. All evil dominions, wicked authorities, and malevolent powers now stand defeated, and one Day they will be fully eradicated. Hallelujah, many times over!

     Jesus, your death is the death of death, and your resurrection is the resurrection of all things. You died for our sins and have been raised for our justification. Oh, the wonder, marvel and gratitude that fills our hearts today. We are forgiven, we are beloved, and we are yours!

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Trevin Wax:  My Jesus – Alive!

(I was deeply moved by Trevin’s “My Jesus – Dead!” entry, which I posted here in full on Good Friday.  This is the follow up.  It’s FANTASTIC.  Here’s an excerpt, but go read the whole thing!)

He is alive! This man from Nazareth, the Messiah of Israel, the Lord of the world.

With the breath of creation, He speaks of peace, faith, and mission.

With lungs full of air, He breathes on His disciples and grants His Spirit. My Jesus – alive!

The eyes that saw the darkness of death now drink in the sunlight of Easter. My Jesus – alive!

The arms that hung from a cross of wood now embrace a a world of grief. My Jesus – alive!

The hands that bear the scars of love now lift the head of doubters. My Jesus – alive!

The ears that were deafened by death are now filled with the joy of God’s people. My Jesus – alive!

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Emily Polis Gibson at Barnstorming:  In the Midst of Joy – Everything Sad Becoming Untrue

And so we awake, rush to tend the dead and find death emptied out.  He is standing, walking, eating, calling us by name.  What He came to us to accomplish is done: nothing is the same and everything is changed.  We need no longer hide in darkness, fear death,  dwell in loneliness,  starve and thirst, despair in impossible situations because only He can do the impossible.

Because everything sad has become untrue by His bravery, His endurance, His sacrifice for our salvation.

All is fresh and made new.
Christ, yes God become man, Christ is risen indeed!

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Biola’s Lent Project Site:  – includes an amazing live rendition of Matt Maher’s Christ is Risen

The music selection for today is Christ is Risen by Matt Maher and Mia Fieldes from Maher’s Alive Again album (2011). This song is not only a musical celebration of Jesus’ resurrection, it is also an invitation for us to let the resurrected Christ change our lives. The chorus in particular, after noting that Christ has trampled over death, continues with the summons for us to “come awake,” to be changed by the risen Christ, to “come and rise up from the grave” with Him. So also the musical bridge invites us to remember the life-changing power of the resurrection: “O church, come stand in the light. Our God is not dead; He’s alive! He’s alive!” And this changes everything.

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Malcolm GuiteA Sonnet for Easter Dawn

XV Easter Dawn

He blesses every love which weeps and grieves

And now he blesses hers who stood and wept

And would not be consoled, or leave her love’s

Last touching place, but watched as low light crept

Up from the east. A sound behind her stirs

A scatter of bright birdsong through the air.

She turns, but cannot focus through her tears,

Or recognise the Gardener standing there.

She hardly hears his gentle question ‘Why,

Why are you weeping?’, or sees the play of light

That brightens as she chokes out her reply

‘They took my love away, my day is night’

And then she hears her name, she hears Love say

The Word that turns her night, and ours, to Day.

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Kendall Harmon, of course, has a great wealth of entries (poems, music, meditations) for Easter at TitusOneNine.  Here’s his Easter Category link.

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Pat Dague at Incline Your Heart (and Transfigurations):  Morning Breaks Upon the Tomb, a poem by William Collyer

Positive Infinity blog has a nice version of Hail Thee Festival Day

Anglicans Ablaze: A Medley of Easter Hymns and Carols [Videos]

Patrick Comerford:  ‘Rise, Heart, Thy Lord is Risen’

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ok, that’s it for now…  I might be able to add some more entries in a few hours.   A blessed Easter to all.

Christ is Risen, Hallelujah!


Easter music – Worship Songs: Ben Cantelon, The Same Power

April 24, 2014

One of the reasons I have such a large music collection is that I’ve found ways to get lots of great free music, (legally!)

Three sites in particular have helped me expand my music collection:

  • WeAreWorship.Com (there are US & UK versions of the site, you can subscribe to both), and
  • WorshipTogether.Com – both of which offer regular free downloads.
  • and Freegal (a legal free music download service which my local public library subscribes too, and which allows me, using my library card, to download 3 songs per week.)  The songs available include the entire online catalog of Sony records and their affiliated labels, so it includes albums from major artists such as Casting Crowns, Steven Curtis Chapman, Third Day, brandon Heath, MercyMe, Rich Mullins, Paul Baloche, Kari Jobe, Integrity Worship.

Through free songs I’ve downloaded from the WeAreWorship (UK) site in the past year, I’ve discovered a bunch of artists who I doubt I ever would have been exposed to otherwise.   One of those songwriters & artists is Ben Cantelon.

Tonight I thought I’d feature his song “The Same Power” which I’ve been listening to often during these first few days of Eastertide.  I love it because it so centrally focuses on the truth of Scripture, notably Ephesians 1:18-20

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead…

 

Here’s a video featuring the song.

The song is available for download on the album Let it be Known, released in 2013, by Worship Central (Integrity Music).

You can get the lyrics, chords, & lead sheet at WeAreWorship.

Here are the words:

There is power in His name
For the stone was rolled away
Mountains bow down before
Jesus Christ our risen Lord
Jesus Christ our risen Lord

Mighty Saviour lifted high
King forever Jesus Christ
Crowned in glory raised to life
The same power lives in us

We will rise, stand and sing
Of our great and matchless King
Seated high on the throne
You shall reign forevermore
You shall reign forevermore

The grave could not contain
The power of His name
Death, You overcame
Once and for all

Ben Cantelon & Nick Herbert
Copyright © 2013 Thankyou Music
CCLI Number: 6531173


Easter Music – A wonderful African Lutheran hymn: Christ Has Arisen, Alleluia (Mfurahini, Haleluya)

April 24, 2014

Another Easter hymn this morning…. I’ll return to posting some CCM and contemporary worship this evening, I hope.  Somehow this feels like a hymn morning again!

Yesterday I posted a hymn classic.  Today I’m posting a modern, but wonderful, hymn that I’ve just discovered this year.  It is a Tanzanian Lutheran hymn, originally in Swahili, Christ has Arisen, Alleluia!  You can find the background the the hymn and the Swahili lyrics here.

First, here’s a YouTube  with a Tanzanian choir singing the Swahili version.  The choir is the Azania Front Lutheran Cathedral Choir – Kwaya Kuu – from Dar Es Salaam, the capital of Tanzania in East Africa.  You can find out more about the choir and their music here.

Then below, I’ve uploaded the English version I bought on iTunes last week.  Guaranteed to help you keep the Easter joy!

Now for the English version:  it’s from the album Hymns for All Saints:  Lent, Easter and Pentecost, by Concordia Publishing, 2006.

(Should the embedded audio not display, or play, use this link, but please respect copyright and purchase the song if you intend to keep it.)

Christ has arisen, alleluia.
Rejoice and praise Him, alleluia.
For our Redeemer burst from the tomb,
Even from death, dispelling its gloom.

Refrain: Let us sing praise to Him with endless joy;
Death’s fearful sting He has come to destroy.
Our sin forgiving, alleluia!
Jesus is living, alleluia!

For three long days the grave did its worst
Until its strength by God was dispersed.
He who gives life did death undergo;
And in its conquest His might did show. Refrain

The angel said to them, “Do not fear!
You look for Jesus who is not here.
See for yourselves the tomb is all bare;
Only the grave cloths are lying there.” Refrain

“Go spread the news: He’s not in the grave;
He has arisen this world to save.
Jesus’ redeeming labors are done;
Even the battle with sin is won.” Refrain

Christ has arisen; He sets us free;
Alleluia, to Him praises be.
Jesus is living! Let us all sing;
He reigns triumphant, heavenly King. Refrain

Text: Bernard Kyamanywa,; tr. Howard S. Olson
Tune: Tanzanian

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Updates:

I’ve found another video at YouTube featuring a live version of this hymn being sung by a choir in an Anglican parish in Canada:  St Pauls Rothesay, New Brunswick Canada

Also, there’s a wonderful handbell arrangement for purchase, and you can hear the MP3 (look for the link “long sample”)

Ok, one more update, I found a fantastic choral arrangement of this hymn by John A, Behnke, available from Northwestern Publishing House  It’s TRULY excellent, and you can listen to a high quality 4 minute sample of the recording by clicking on the “Audio Sample” link.


Art for Easter: John and Peter Running to the Tomb / and Music: Graham Kendrick “I Know He Lives”

April 22, 2014

The following wondeful artwork was included in the April 21st devotional at the fantastic Biola Lent project site.

It’s John & Peter Running to the Tomb, by Eugene Burnand, from the Musee d’Orsay, Paris.

I’d never seen it before.  Look at the hope in their faces… they long to believe that Christ is no longer dead, but they don’t yet know…  Wow.  So powerful, the longing, the hope, the grief.

 

John & Peter running to the tomb

In reflecting on that picture, all I could think of is how THANKFUL I am that we who are in  Christ, have, in the words of the burial liturgy of the Book of Common Prayer “a sure and certain hope of resurrection to eternal life, through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  Hallelujah!

We no longer are in doubt, Christ IS risen!  He is seated at the Father’s right hand, His work finished.  He is interceding for us and one day will raise us to be with Him.

Here are just a few of the Scriptures that articulate our HOPE in Christ:

Heb 6:19-20
We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf…

John 11:25
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,

1 Cor 15:20-24
But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. … in Christ shall all be made alive. … Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power.

1 Cor 15:54-57
“Death is swallowed up in victory.”
“O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Here’s a wonderful song by UK songwriter and worship leader Graham Kendrick which rejoices in this hope we have in Christ:  I Know He Lives!

(Should the embedded audio file above not display or play properly, use this link, but please respect copyright and purchase the song if you intend to keep it.)

The version of the song I’ve uploaded was available as a free download from Graham Kendrick’s website a few years ago.  The song is available for purchase on Graham Kendrick’s album Banquet.

Here are the words:

We have a strong and certain hope
Fixed and unchanging not in vain
We have a friend in heaven’s court
Since Jesus rose to life again

We have an anchor for the soul
Since Jesus’ blood has made a way
Into the deepest heart of God
Before the Father’s throne of grace

I know he lives
Jesus is alive
And he reigns in glory now
I know he lives
And with him we’ll rise
Hallelujah
I know he lives

We have a King high over all
The new creation’s firstborn Son
New heav’n and earth await his call
We shall be like him when he comes

We see him now in majesty
Enthroned above the galaxies
Until his glory burst the skies
And all creation joins the cry

I know he lives
Jesus is alive
And he reigns in glory now
I know he lives
And with him we’ll rise
Hallelujah
I know he lives
Jesus is alive
And he reigns in glory now
I know he lives
And with him we’ll rise
Hallelujah
I know he lives
I know he lives
I know he lives

Graham Kendrick
Copyright © 2008 Make Way Music
http://www.grahamkendrick.co.uk


Another Free Easter Song – All Arise, brand new from Michael W. Smith

April 14, 2014

Worship Together. Com is offering a free download this week of a brand new song by Michael W. Smith, titled All Arise.

There are also lyrics, chords, and a free lead sheet.

Go check it out.

(You have to register on the site – it’s free – to get free downloads.  And no worries, they don’t send out spam email if you register.  It’s a great site and very worth registering if you like to stay current with new worship songs!)


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