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A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

Public Domain. Words and music: Martin Luther.

1. A mighty fortress is our God,

A bulwark never failing;

Our helper He, amid the flood

Of mortal ills prevailing;

For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;

His craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate,

On earth is not his equal.

2. Did we in our own strength confide,

Our striving would be losing

Were not the right Man on our side,

The Man of God’s own choosing:

Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He;

Lord Sabbaoth, His name, from age to age the same,

And He must win the battle.

3. And though this world, with devils filled,

Should threaten to undo us,

We will not fear, for God hath willed

His truth to triumph through us:

The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him;

His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure,

One little word shall fell him.

4. That word above all earthly powers,

No thanks to them, abideth;

The Spirit and the gifts are ours

Through Him Who with us sideth;

Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also;

The body they may kill: God’s truth abideth still,His kingdom is forever.

A Sinner’s Cry

©2002 Velveteen Songs. Words: Samuel Medley. Music: Katy Bowser.

1. Hear, gracious God, a sinner’s cry

For I have nowhere else to fly

My hope, my only hope’s in Thee

O God, be merciful to me

To Thee I come, a sinner poor

And wait for mercy at Thy door

Indeed, I’ve nowhere else to flee

O God, be merciful to me

 

2. To Thee I come, a sinner weak



And scarce know how to pray or speak

From fear and weakness set me free

O God, be merciful to me!

To Thee I come, a sinner vile

Upon me, Lord, vouchsafe to smile;

Mercy, through blood, I make my plea

O God, be merciful to me

 

3. To Thee I come, a sinner great



And well Thou knowest all my state

Yet full forgiveness is with Thee

O God, be merciful to me

To Thee I come, a sinner lost

Nor have I aught wherein to trust

But where Thou art, Lord, I would be

O God be merciful to me

 

4. To glory bring me, Lord, at last



And there, when all my fears are past

With all Thy saints, then, I’ll agree

God has been merciful to me

TAG: God has been merciful to me



Alas and Did My Savior Bleed

© Bobby Guy Music (ASCAP). Words: Isaac Watts. Music: Bobby Guy and Mac Purdy.

1. Alas and did my savior bleed

And did my Sovereign die?

Would He devote that sacred head

For sinners such as I?

2. Was it for sins that I have done

He suffered on the tree?

Amazing pity! Grace unknown!

And love beyond degree!

Well might the sun in darkness hide

(Well might the sun in darkness hide)

And shut His glories in (And shut His glories in)

When Christ, the great Redeemer died

For man the creature’s sin.

3. Thus might I hide my blushing face

While His dear cross appears,

Dissolve my heart in thankfulness,

And melt mine eyes to tears.

But drops of grief can ne’er repay

(But drops of grief can ne’er repay)

The debt of love I owe: (The debt of love I owe:)

Here, Lord, I give my self away

’Tis all that I can do.



Alas and Did My Savior Bleed

© Greg Thompson. Words: Isaac Watts. Music: Greg Thompson.

1. Alas and did my savior bleed

Did my Sovereign die?

Would He devote that sacred head

For such a fool as I?

CH: The strangeness of love, my life in Your death

In Your brokenness my wholeness revealed

Your bonds are my freedom, Your sorrow my song

And by Your wounds I am healed

2. Was it for crimes that I have done

He groaned upon the tree?

Amazing pity! Grace unknown!

And love beyond degree!

(Repeat chorus)

3. But drops of grief can ne’er repay

The debt of love I owe:

Here, Lord, I give my self away

’Tis all that I can do.

(Repeat chorus)

TAG: And by Your wounds I am healed.

All for Jesus

©2001 Wade Jewett Music. Words: Mary D. James and Louisa Stead (chorus). Music: Wade Jewett and William Kirkpatrick (chorus).

1. All for Jesus, all for Jesus!

All my being’s ransomed pow’rs:

All my thoughts and words and doings,

All my days and all my hours.

2. Let my hands perform His bidding,

Let my feet run in His ways;

Let my eyes see Jesus only,

Let my lips speak forth His praise.

CH: Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!

How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er

Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!

O for grace to trust Him more!

3. Worldlings prize their gems of beauty,

Cling to gilded toys of dust,

Boast of wealth and fame and pleasure;

Only Jesus will I trust.

4. Since my eyes were fixed on Jesus,

I’ve lost sight of all beside;

So enchained my spirit’s vision,

Looking at the Crucified.

(Repeat chorus)

5. Oh, what wonder! How amazing!

Jesus, glorious King of kings,

Deigns to call me His beloved,

Lets me rest beneath His wings.

(Repeat chorus)

CH: Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!

How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er

Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!

O for grace to trust Him more!



All Creatures of Our God and King

Public Domain. Words: Saint Francis of Assisi. Music: German tune.

1. All creatures of our God and King,

Lift up your voice and with us sing,

Alleluia! Alleluia!

Thou burning sun with golden beam,

Thou silver moon with softer gleam,

REF: O praise Him! O praise Him!

Alleluia! Alleluia!

Alleluia!

2. Thou rushing wind that art so strong

Ye clouds that sail in Heaven along,

O praise Him! Alleluia!

Thou rushing morn in praise rejoice,

Ye lights of evening find a voice,

(Refrain)

3. Thou flowing water pure and clear

Make music for Thy Lord to hear

Alleluia! Alleluia!

Thou fire so masterful and bright

That givest man both warmth and light,

(Refrain)

4. All ye men of tender heart

Forgiving others take your part

O sing ye! Alleluia!

Ye who long pain and sorrow bear,

Praise God and on Him cast your care

(Refrain)

5. Let all things their Creator bless,

And worship Him in humbleness.

O praise Him! Alleluia!

Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son

And praise the Spirit, Three in One

(Refrain)

REF: O praise Him! O praise Him!

Alleluia! Alleluia!

Alleluia!

All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!

Public Domain. Words: Edward Perronet and John Rippon (verses 3 and 4). Music: Oliver Holden.

1. All hail the pow’r of Jesus’ name!

Let angels prostrate fall;

Bring forth the royal diadem,

And crown Him Lord of all.

Bring forth the royal diadem,

And crown Him Lord of all.

2. Ye chosen seed of Israel’s race,

Ye ransomed from the fall,

Hail Him Who saves you by His grace,

And crown Him Lord of all.

Hail Him Who saves you by His grace,

And crown Him Lord of all.

3. Let every kindred, every tribe

On this terrestrial ball

To Him all majesty ascribe,

And crown Him Lord of all.

To Him all majesty ascribe,

And crown Him Lord of all.

4. O that with yonder sacred throng

We at His feet may fall

We’ll join the everlasting song,

And crown Him Lord of all.

We’ll join the everlasting song,

And crown Him Lord of all.



All that I Am I Owe to Thee (Psalm 139)

©2000 Ian Fitchuck. Words: Scottish Psalter. Music: Ian Fitchuck.

1. All that I am I owe to Thee,

Thy wisdom Lord has fashioned me

I give my Maker thankful praise

Whose wondrous works my soul amaze

2. Ere into being I was brought

Thy eye did see and in Thy thought

My life in all its perfect plan

Was ordered ere my days began

3. Thy thoughts O God how manifold

More precious unto me than gold

I muse on their infinity

Awaking I am still with Thee

4. The wicked Thou wilt surely slay

From me let sinners turn away

They speak against Thy Name divine

I count God’s enemies as mine

5. Search me O God my heart discern

Try me my inmost thoughts to learn

And lead me if in sin I stray

To choose the everlasting way



Always Thou Lovedst Me

©1984 Darwin Jordan Music. Words: unknown. Music: Darwin Jordan.

1. I sought the Lord, and afterward I knew

He moved my soul to seek Him, seeking me.

It was not I that found O Savior true;

No, I was found of Thee.

CH: I find, I walk, I love, but oh, the whole

Of love is but my answer, Lord, to Thee!

For Thou wert long beforehand with my soul

Always Thou lovest me.

2. Thou didst reach forth Thy hand and mine enfold;

I walked and sank not on the storm vexed sea

’Twas not so much that I on Thee took hold,

As Thou, dear Lord, on me.

(Repeat chorus)

Amazing Grace

Public Domain. Words: John Newton and John Rees (verse 5). Music: American folk tune.

1. Amazing grace! How sweet the sound

That saved a wretch like me!

I once was lost, but now am found;

Was blind, but now I see.

2. ’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,

And grace my fears relieved;

How precious did that grace appear

The hour I first believed.

3. Through many dangers, toils, and snares

I have already come;

’Tis grace that brought me safe thus far,

And grace will lead me home.

4. And when this flesh and heart shall fail,

And mortal life shall cease,

I shall possess, within the veil,

A life of joy and peace.

5. When we’ve been there ten thousand years,

Bright shining as the sun,

We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise

Than when we first begun.



And Can It Be

©1994 Scott Roley Music. Words: Charles Wesley. Music: Scott Roley.

1. And can it be that I should gain

An interest in the Savior’s blood?

Died He for me who caused His pain!

For me who Him to death pursued?

Amazing love! How can it be

That Thou, my God, should die for me?

CH: Amazing love! How can it be

That Thou, my God, should die for me!

Amazing love! How can it be

That Thou, my God, should die for me!

2. He left His Father’s throne above,

So free, so infinite His grace!

Emptied Himself of all but love,

And bled for Adam’s helpless race.

’Tis mercy all, immense and free,

For O my God, it found out me!

(Repeat chorus)

3. Long my imprisoned spirit lay,

Fast bound in sin and nature’s night;

Thine eye diffused a quickening ray;

I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;

My chains fell off, my heart was free,

I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.

(Repeat chorus)

4. No condemnation now I dread;

Jesus, and all in Him, is mine;

Alive in Him, my living Head,

And clothed in righteousness divine,

Bold I approach the eternal throne,

And claim the crown, through Christ my own

(Repeat chorus)

CH: Amazing love! How can it be

That Thou, my God, should die for me!

Amazing love! How can it be

That Thou, my God, should die for me!

Approach, My Soul, the Mercy Seat

©1998 Kevin Twit Music. Words: John Newton. Music: Kevin Twit.

CH: Approach, my soul, the mercy seat,

Where Jesus answers prayer;

There humbly fall before His feet,

For none can perish there.

1. Thy promise is my only plea,

With this I venture nigh;

Thou callest burdened souls to Thee

And such, O Lord, am I.

2. Bowed down beneath a load of sin,

By Satan sorely pressed,

By wars without and fears within,

I come to Thee for rest.

3. Be Thou my shield and hiding place,

That, sheltered near Thy side,

I may my fierce accuser face,

And tell him Thou hast died!

4. O wondrous love! To bleed and die,

To bear the cross and shame,

That guilty sinners, such as I,

Might plead Thy gracious name!



Arise, My Soul, Arise

©1996 Kevin Twit Music. Words: Charles Wesley. Music: Kevin Twit.

1. Arise, my soul, arise, shake off your guilty fears;

The bleeding sacrifice, in my behalf appears;

Before the throne my Surety stands,

Before the throne my Surety stands,

My name is written on His hands.

CH: Arise (arise), arise (arise), arise

Arise, my soul, arise.

Arise (arise), arise (arise), arise

Arise, my soul, arise.

Shake off your guilty fears and rise

2. He ever lives above, for me to intercede;

His all redeeming love, His precious blood, to plead;

His blood atoned for every race,

His blood atoned for every race,

And sprinkles now the throne of grace.

(Repeat chorus)

3. Five bleeding wounds He bears; received on Calvary;

They pour effectual prayers; they strongly plead for me:

“Forgive him, O forgive,” they cry,

“Forgive him, O forgive,” they cry,

“Nor let that ransomed sinner die!”

(Repeat chorus)

4. The Father hears Him pray, His dear anointed One;

He cannot turn away the presence of His Son;

The Spirit answers to the blood,

The Spirit answers to the blood

And tells me I am born of God.

(Repeat chorus)

CH: Arise (arise), arise (arise), arise

Arise, my soul, arise.

Arise (arise), arise (arise), arise

Arise, my soul, arise.

Shake off your guilty fears and rise

5. My God is reconciled; His pardoning voice I hear;

He owns me for His child; I can no longer fear

With confidence I now draw nigh,

With confidence I now draw nigh,

And “Father, Abba, Father,” cry.

(Repeat chorus)

Awake My Soul

©2002 Same Old Dress Music (ASCAP). Words and Music: Sandra McCracken.

1. The image of God invisible

The firstborn of all life

Before and within, He holds it all in

One name, one faith, one Christ

CH: No one is good enough

To save himself

Awake my soul tonight

To boast nothing else

2. I trust no other source or name

Nowhere else can I hide

This grace gives me fear, and this grace draws me near

And all that it asks it provides

(Repeat chorus)

BR: No seam in this garment

All my rags to hide

No less than Your love

For Jesus is mine

3. When I stand on the edges of Jordan

With the saints and the angels beside

When my body is healed and the glory revealed

Then still I can boast only Christ

(Repeat chorus twice)



Be Still, My Soul

Public Domain. Words: Katharina A. von Schlege (trans. Jane Borthwick). Music: Jean Sibelius.

1. Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side.

Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.

Leave to thy God to order and provide;

In every change, He faithful will remain.

Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly Friend

Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

2. Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake

To guide the future, as He has the past.

Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;

All now mysterious shall be bright at last.

Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know

His voice Who ruled them while He dwelt below.

3. Be still, my soul: when dearest friends depart,

And all is darkened in the vale of tears,

Then shalt thou better know His love, His heart,

Who comes to soothe thy sorrow and thy fears.

Be still, my soul: thy Jesus can repay

From His own fullness all He takes away.

4. Be still, my soul: the hour is hastening on

When we shall be forever with the Lord.

When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,

Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.

Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past,

All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.

5. Be still, my soul: begin the song of praise

On earth, believing, to thy Lord on high;

Acknowledge Him in all thy works and ways,

So shall He view thee with a well-pleased eye.

Be still, my soul: the Sun of life divine

Through passing clouds shall but more brightly shine.



Be Thou My Vision

Public Domain. Ancient Irish hymn.

1. Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;

Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art

Thou my best thought, by day or by night,

Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

2. Be Thou my wisdom, and Thou my true Word;

I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;

Thou my great Father, and I Thy true son;

Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

3. Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,

Thou mine inheritance, now and always:

Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,

High king of heaven, my treasure Thou art.

4. High king of heaven, my victory won,

May I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heaven’s sun!

Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,

Still be my vision, O ruler of all.



Beneath the Cross of Jesus

©1997 Christopher Miner Music. Words: Elizabeth C. Clephane. Music: Christopher Miner.

1. Beneath the cross of Jesus I fain would take my stand,

W: The shadow of a mighty rock within a weary land;

M: The sha————dow in a weary land

W: A home within the wilderness, a rest upon the way,

M: A home, a rest, upon the way

From the burning of the noontide heat, and the burden of the day.

2. Upon the cross of Jesus, mine eye at times can see

W: The very dying form of One Who suffered there for me;

M: The ver————y dying One for me;

W: And from my stricken heart with tears two wonders I confess

M: And from my heart, I con—fess

The wonders of redeeming love and my unworthiness.

3. I take, O cross, thy shadow for my abiding place:

W: I ask no other sunshine than the sunshine of His face;

M: I ask, no o–ther than His face;

W: Content to let the world go by to know no gain nor loss,

M: Content to know no gain nor loss.

My sinful self my only shame, my glory, all the cross.



Blessed Be the Tie that Binds

©2001 Wendell Kimbrough Music. Words: John Fawcett. Music: Wendell Kimbrough.

1. Blessed be the tie that binds

Our hearts in Christian love;

The fellowship of kindred minds

Is like that to that above.

2. Before our Father's throne

We pour our ardent prayers;

Our fears, our hopes, our aims are one

Our comforts and our cares.

3. We share each other's woes,

Our mutual burdens bear;

And often for each other flows

The sympathizing tear.

4. When we asunder part,

It gives us inward pain;

But we shall still be joined in heart,

And hope to meet again.

5. This glorious hope revives

Our courage by the way;

While each in expectation lives,

And longs to see the day.

6. From sorrow, toil and pain,

And sin, we shall be free,

The fellowship of kindred minds

Is like to that above,

Is like to that above.

Christ the Lord Is Risen Today

Public Domain. Words: Latin carol (trans. Charles Wesley). Music: the Lyra Davidica.

1. Christ, the Lord, is risen today, Alleluia!

Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!

Raise your voice and triumphs high, Alleluia!

Sing, ye heavens, and earth, reply, Alleluia!

2. Vain the stone, the watch, the seal, Alleluia!

Christ has burst the gates of hell, Alleluia!

Death in vain forbids His rise, Alleluia!

Christ has opened Paradise, Alleluia!

3. Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!

Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!

Once He died, our souls to save, Alleluia!

Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!

4. Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia!

Following our exalted Head, Alleluia!

Made like Him, like Him we rise, Alleluia!

Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!

5. Hail, the Lord of earth and heaven! Alleluia!

Praise to Thee by both be given, Alleluia!

Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia!

Hail, the Resurrection, thou! Alleluia!



The Church’s One Foundation

©1996 Parson John Publishing (ASCAP). Words: Samuel Stone. Music: Brian Moss.

1. The church’s one foundation

Is Jesus Christ her Lord,

She is His new creation

By water and the Word.

From heaven He came and sought her

To be His holy bride;

With His own blood He bought her,

And for her life He died.

2. Elect from every nation,

Yet one over all the earth;

Her charter of salvation,

One Lord, one faith, one birth;

One holy Name she blesses,

Partakes one holy food,

And to one hope she presses,

With every grace endued.

3. Though with a scornful wonder

Men see her sore oppressed,

By schisms rent asunder,

By heresies distressed,

Yet saints their watch are keeping;

Their cry goes up, “How long?”

And soon the night of weeping

Shall be the morn of song.

4. The church shall never perish,

Her dear Lord to defend

To guide, sustain and cherish,

Is with her to the end

Though there be those that hate her,

And false sons in her pale

Against a foe or traitor,

She ever shall prevail

5. Mid toil and tribulation,

And tumult of her war,

She waits the consummation

Of peace forevermore;

’Til, with the vision glorious,

Her longing eyes are blessed,

And the great church victorious

Shall be the church at rest.

6. Yet she on earth hath union

With God the Three in One,

And mystic sweet communion

With those whose rest is won.

O happy ones and holy!

Lord, give us grace that we

Like them, the meek and lowly,

On high may dwell with Thee.



Come, Christians, Join to Sing

Public Domain. Words: Christian Bateman. Music: Traditional Spanish folk melody.

1. Come, Christians, join to sing alleluia! Amen!

Loud praise to Christ our King; alleluia! Amen!

Let all, with heart and voice, before His throne rejoice;

Praise is His gracious choice. Alleluia! Amen!

2. Come, lift your hearts on high, alleluia! Amen!

Let praises fill the sky; alleluia! Amen!

He is our Guide and Friend; to us He’ll condescend;

His love shall never end. Alleluia! Amen!

3. Praise yet our Christ again, alleluia! Amen!

Life shall not end the strain; alleluia! Amen!

On heaven’s blissful shore, His goodness we’ll adore,

Singing forevermore, “Alleluia! Amen!”


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