Song of the Month: God Moves

February 25th, 2014

How do you react when life throws you a curve ball? Where can you turn for stability and hope when an unexpected trial brings anguish into your life? I often turn to the song “God Moves,” written by a Christian to encourage himself because he struggled with dark, troubling thoughts.

William Cowper guides us to think about God’s sovereign control of history…and our story. In the hymn’s most memorable line, Cowper urges us to take heart, because “behind a frowning providence, He hides a smiling face.” At Grace Church of Alexandria, we’re learning this song during worship services in February and March, to anchor us when winds blow fiercely.

Download The Song and Sheet Music

Download the sheet music here for free! Better yet, purchase the song here and add this to your music collection. Join us Sundays at 10:30 am for worship as we sing God Moves.

God Moves

Verse 1–
God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform
He plants His footsteps in the sea
And rides upon the storm
Deep in His dark and hidden mines
With never-failing skill
He fashions all His bright designs
And works His sovereign will

Chorus 1–
So God we trust in You
O God we trust in You

Verse 2–
O fearful saints new courage take
The clouds that you now dread
Are big with mercy and will break
In blessings on your head
Judge not the Lord by feeble sense
But trust Him for His grace
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face

Chorus 2–
So God we trust in You
O God we trust in You
When tears are great
And comforts few
We hope in mercies ever new
We trust in You

Verse 3–
God’s purposes will ripen fast
Unfolding every hour
The bud may have a bitter taste
But sweet will be the flower
Blind unbelief is sure to err
And scan His work in vain
God is His own interpreter
And He will make it plain

Original words and music by William Cowper; additional words and music by Bob Kaufflin; © 2005 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI); CCLI #2928610.

No moment in a church’s life brings the cross of Christ more in focus than the Lord’s Supper. This Sunday October 13 as we celebrate Communion we’ll be singing Behold the Lamb (The Communion Hymn) for the first time. Take a moment to watch, listen, and learn the song.

Behold the Lamb (The Communion Hymn)

Behold the Lamb who bears our sins away,
Slain for us – and we remember
The promise made that all who come in faith
Find forgiveness at the cross.
So we share in this bread of life,
And we drink of His sacrifice
As a sign of our bonds of peace
Around the table of the King.

The body of our Saviour Jesus Christ,
Torn for you – eat and remember
The wounds that heal, the death that brings us life
Paid the price to make us one.
So we share in this bread of life,
And we drink of His sacrifice
As a sign of our bonds of love
Around the table of the King.

The blood that cleanses every stain of sin,
Shed for you – drink and remember
He drained death’s cup that all may enter in
To receive the life of God.
So we share in this bread of life,
And we drink of His sacrifice
As a sign of our bonds of grace
Around the table of the King.

And so with thankfulness and faith we rise
To respond, – and to remember
Our call to follow in the steps of Christ
As His body here on earth.
As we share in His suffering
We proclaim Christ will come again!
And we’ll join in the feast of heaven
Around the table of the King

Words and Music by Keith and Kristyn Getty
& Stuart Townend (2007); CCLI #2928610

One of the most important questions a friend has asked me is, “How are you preparing for suffering?” That is, how are you grounding yourself in Christ so that you can weather difficult trials that are bound to come your way?

Listening to Christ-centered music is one of the ways that helps me keep a right perspective when times are good, and when times are bad. “Mercies Anew” is a song we’re singing this month at our church in Alexandria, Virginia, to keep us focused on Christ’s mercies.

Here you’ll find video, audio, and lyrics to Grace Church of Alexandria‘s song of the month. Download “Mercies Anew” for $1 here.

Catch our other “Songs of the Month” here.

Mercies Anew

 

Lyrics

Verse 1–
Every morning that breaks
There are mercies anew
Every breath that I take
Is your faithfulness proved

And at the end of each day
When my labors are through
I will sing of Your mercies anew

Verse 2–
When I’ve fallen and strayed
There were mercies anew
For you sought me in love

And my heart you pursued
In the face of my sin
Lord, You never withdrew
So I sing of Your mercies anew

Bridge–
And Your mercies, they will never end
For ten thousand years they’ll remain
And when this world’s beauty has passed away
Your mercies will be unchanged

Verse 3–
And when the storms swirl and rage
There are mercies anew
In affliction and pain
You will carry me through

And at the end of my days
When Your throne fills my view
I will sing of Your mercies anew
I will sing of Your mercies anew

Words and music by Mark Altrogge and Bob Kauflin
© 2001 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI). CCLI #2928610

This spring our church family in Alexandria, Virginia has been learning an encouraging summary of the gospel called “Come Praise and Glorify” by Sovereign Grace Music. This song is a majestic summary of the gospel drawn from Ephesians 1, from the Father’s undeserved, electing love, and Christ’s atoning cross-work, to the Spirit’s indwelling, assuring presence.

Here you can download the song to your iPod, print free sheet music, watch a video of the song, and read the lyrics:

Download “Come Praise and Glorify”
Purchase and download the .mp3 here.

Free Copy of the Sheet Music
Print the sheet music here.

Watch “Come Praise and Glorify”

VERSE 1
Come praise and glorify our God
The Father of our Lord
In Christ He has in heav’nly realms
His blessings on us poured
For pure and blameless in His sight
He destined us to be
And now we’ve been adopted through
His Son eternally

CHORUS
To the praise of Your glory
To the praise of Your mercy and grace
To the praise of Your glory
You are the God who saves

VERSE 2
Come praise and glorify our God
Who gives His grace in Christ
In Him our sins are washed away
Redeemed through sacrifice
In Him God has made known to us
The myst’ry of His will
That Christ should be the head of all
His purpose to fulfill

VERSE 3
Come praise and glorify our God
For we’ve believed the Word
And through our faith we have a seal
The Spirit of the Lord
The Spirit guarantees our hope
Until redemption’s done
Until we join in endless praise
To God, the Three in One

© 2011 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)

New Song at Grace Church
During the next few Sunday services at Grace Church of Alexandria, we’ll be singing and learning a new old hymn called Complete in Thee. This gospel-laden hymn was written over 150 years ago, and the melody was recently re-written by Ben Nyce to be more singable and memorable. Here you’ll find all the resources you’ll need (audio, sheet music) to become familiar with the song.

Audio and Video

Sheet Music
Download the sheet music here. The .pdf provided here is intended for us by Grace Church attenders and members only. Others can purchase your copy of the music here at the publisher’s site.

Lyrics
Verse 1 begins by contemplating how believers are declared righteous in Christ because of his cross work. Verse 2 remembers that our Savior is the source of our every good. Verse 3 celebrates that Christ’s grace is more powerful than the draw of sin in our lives. And the final verse looks forward to the day when we will appear in God’s presence at the judgment, and Christ will be our reason for confidence and standing in that great day. The chorus rehearses the glorious benefits of salvation, from justification, and sanctification, to glorification.

Complete In Thee

Verse 1–
Complete in Thee, no work of mine
Could take, dear Lord, the place of Thine;
Thy blood hath pardon bought for me,
And I shall stand complete in Thee.

Verse 2–
Complete in Thee, each want supplied,
And no good thing to me denied,
Since Thou my portion, Lord will be,
I ask no more, complete in Thee.

Verse 3–
Complete in Thee, no more shall sin
Thy grace has conquered reign within;
Thy blood shall bid the tempter flee,
And I shall stand, complete in Thee.

Verse 4–
Dear Savior, when, before Thy bar,
All tribes and tongues assembled are,
Among the chosen I shall be,
At Thy right hand, complete in Thee.

Chorus–
Yea, justified, oh blessed thought!
And sanctified salvation wrought!
Thy blood hath pardon bought for me,
And glorified, I too, shall be.

Words by Aaron R. Wolfe (1821–1902) and James M. Gray (1851-1935); Music by Ben Nyce (2003); Copyright Bible Revival Ministries. CCLI #2928610.

Sermon Title: God at the Table, A Communion Series, Part 1
Speaker: Garrett Lee, Pastor

God at the Table by

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Song of the Month: By Faith

March 20th, 2012

On Sundays in March at Grace Church of Alexandria, we’re learning the song “By Faith” and singing it each Sunday. This modern day hymn by Keith & Kristyn Getty and Stuart Townend rehearses God’s plan of grace which he has been advancing through ancient Israel and through the church.

A Summary of Salvation History
The verses of “By Faith” take us from creation and the faith of patriarch, through the prophets’ hope of Messiah, to the church’s call to bring good news to every nation. The chorus is a clarion call for us to trust the promises of God which have been at work since the beginning of time, confident that the Lord will bring work of grace in the world to completion!

Get to know “By Faith” by watching the Getty’s sing through their hymn in the YouTube video below. Here’s a list of previous Songs of the Month at our church in Alexandria, Virginia.

By Faith

Verse 1–
By faith we see the hand of God
In the light of creation’s grand design,
In the lives of those who prove His faithfulness,
Who walk by faith and not by sight.

Verse 2–
By faith our fathers roamed the earth
With the power of His promise in their hearts
Of a holy city built by God’s own hand,
A place where peace and justice reign.

Chorus:
We will stand as children of the promise;
We will fix our eyes on Him our soul’s reward
Till the race is finished and the work is done;
We’ll walk by faith and not by sight.

Verse 3–
By faith the prophets saw a day
When the longed-for Messiah would appear
With the power to break the chains of sin and death
And rise triumphant from the grave.

Verse 4–
By faith the church was called to go
In the power of the Spirit to the lost
To deliver captives and to preach good news
In every corner of the earth.

Chorus–
We will stand. . .
Verse 5–

By faith this mountain shall be moved
And the power of the gospel shall prevail;
For we know in Christ all things are possible
For all who call upon His name.

Chorus–
We will stand. . .

Words and Music by Keith & Kristyn Getty & Stuart Townend (2009); CCLI #2928610

Since this Sunday’s focus at Grace Church was on reaching the next generation, I’ve reposted this article about kids’ music by one of our pastors, Garrett Lee.

“It is a truth universally acknowledged…” that adults don’t really like music that’s produced for kids. That’s why we have all these albums of mainstream pop music recorded with kid’s singing instead of will.i.am or Taio Cruz. Let’s be honest, when I’m in the shower and a song pops into my head, I’d like it to be “No Line on the Horizon” or “Penny Lane,” rather than “Oh, Where Has My Puppydog Gone?” or “I’m Bringing Home a Baby BumbleBee.” But as they say, Trix are for kids, and so is kids music. It really is ok if I find it mildly annoying as long as the kids are enjoying it, right? My bigger concern is when kids music that’s supposed to be “Christian” turns out to be full of moralistic therpeutic deism or just plain silliness (I can only take so much “Where is My Hairbrush?”).

Nothing wrong with kids being silly, obviously, but the bigger problem is finding music that doesn’t just teach kids “obey because I said so,” “don’t pout,” and “clean your plate.” We need music that will saturate our kids with God’s Word and help them apply it to their lives. Here are a few resources that my family has found helpful (and I even don’t mind these songs popping into my head during shower time).

Sovereign Grace Music
Sovereign Grace Music is a division of Sovereign Grace Ministries, a family of churches whose offices are located just around the corner from us in Gaithersberg, MD. For the past 20 years, alongside their efforts to plant gospel-preaching churches around the world, they have been striving to produce music for the Church that is both theologically rich and musically compelling. In recent years they have produced two children’s albums which I highlight here.

To Be Like Jesus is SGM’s first kid’s album, and it is phenomenal. If you’re familiar at all with SGM’s other musical offerings, you will know to expect great music, and this album does not disappoint. But even more importantly, this album is full of biblical truth, specifically aimed at kids. Each song focuses on a different fruit of the Spirit as found in Galatians 5:16-26. But the fruit of the Spirit is not denigrated into helpful suggestions for a happy life. As the title track indicates, these are all about the desire “To Be Like Jesus.” Two immediate benefits from this album:

1) Your kids will be hearing the fruit of the Spirit applied directly to their lives. As opposed to hearing about patience when someone cuts you off on I-95, they’ll hear about patience when someone cuts in line.

2) You will be convicted by the clarity of these songs as you hear that there’s “Nothing Better than Jesus” and apply it yourself to your heart idolatry, which probably goes deeper than “presents and birthdays.”

Walking With the Wise is SGM’s second foray into the arena of kid’s music, and they have only gotten better with experience. The album is all based on the wisdom found in the book of Proverbs. Again the music is enjoyable and great for kids. A couple things I appreciate about this album specifically are…

1) Crucial truths about the fear of the Lord, listening, generosity, and telling the truth are put on a kids level and illustrated with situations kids face in their lives.

2) The true source of wisdom and its embodiment is Jesus Christ; Walking With the Wise illustrates this with great skill. One example is “A Good Friend” which, as opposed to sinking into a pedantic, moralistic repetition of the Scriptural encouragements about choosing friends who don’t lead you down dangerous paths, instead points to the True Friend, Jesus Christ and how we can model his friendship in our lives.

Seeds Family Worship
There a two things to say about Seeds Family Worship. First, they take passages straight out of the Bible and set the to music that is singable and enjoyable. Score! Second, each hard copy of their albums comes with two identical CD’s – one to keep and one in a tear-off sleeve to give to a friend. And don’t worry, you will love this music enough to want to give it to a friend. The is nothing better than hearing your kids sing Scripture back to you.

The Rizers
The Rizers (short for memo-rizers) are a Seattle, WA, based band out of Mars Hill Church. Like Seeds, the Rizers have put Scripture to song. Their debut album “Meet the Rizers” has a “fun,” energetic sound that kids will love, and the band members all have their own cartoon characters – how cool is that? They are currently working on their second album. If you’re not sure about it, four of their original songs are available for free here.

Conclusion
Moses encouraged the people of God to always keep his Word close and talk about it constantly with their families. One way we can do this is through music. I hope these albums will be helpful in letting the Word of Christ have a rich dwelling in your lives. What are some resources you’ve found helpful? Post in the comments below.

March 19, 2012 update – The Rizer’s second album is out, and we love it! http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/rise-up/id468524362

Listening to The Psalms: Psalm 73

February 13th, 2012

The Psalms are a collection of hymns for God’s people to sing. The melody for the songs has been lost but the words inspired by the Holy Spirit for all ages. I’m grateful for the band Indelible Grace which has put my favorite psalm, Psalm 73, and others to new music. Listening to this psalm sung meditatively has helped me find hope and understanding in the confusing, broken world we live in.

Listen To Psalm 73
It’s worth your time to listen to Matthew Perryman Jones (my favorite singer/songwriter) sing Psalm 73 in the YouTube video below. You can also download the piano and guitar scores for free here. Last week I preached Psalm 73 at Grace Church of Alexandria; the sermon text had sunk deep into my heart because I’ve been meditating on it through the years in song.

Indelible Grace: Pilgrim Days

The album which includes Psalm 73 is called Indelible Grace 2: Pilgrim Days and has been a constant companion for me, pointing me to the LORD as my refuge and rock. You can learn more about Indelible Grace and buy the album here.

The song “Thy Mercy My God” is a favorite hymn often sung at our local church in Alexandria, Virginia. It’s an old hymn by John Stocker (1776) put to new music by Sandra McCracken (2001). It’s the hymn of the month at Grace Church.

Why do we love this hymn? Because it preaches the gospel to us every time we sing it! The first verse revels with wonder at the transforming grace God has given believers. Verse 2 reminds us that our sin nature and willful sin disqualify us from knowing God and tasting real joy, but God has reversed our sinful condition out of his generous kindness. Verse 3 celebrates that God’s “mercy is more than a match for my heart which wonders to feel its own hardness depart,” a recognition that though we are great sinners, we have a Savior greater than our sin. The final verse thanks the Holy Spirit for applying the work of redemption in the believer’s life.

Get to know this hymn by downloading the sheet music here for free or by watching it worshipfully played on this YouTube video:

Thy Mercy My God
1. Thy mercy, my God, is the theme of my song,
The joy of my heart. and the boast of my tongue;
Thy free grace alone, from the first to the last,
Hath won my affections, and bound my soul fast.

2. Without Thy sweet mercy I could not live here;
Sin would reduce me to utter despair;
But, through Thy free goodness, my spirits revive,
And He that first made me still keeps me alive.

3. Thy mercy is more than a match for my heart,
Which wonders to feel its own hardness depart;
Dissolved by Thy goodness, I fall to the ground,
And weep to the praise of the mercy I’ve found.

4. Great Father of mercies, Thy goodness I own,
And the covenant love of Thy crucified Son;
All praise to the Spirit, Whose whisper divine
Seals mercy, and pardon, and righteousness mine.
All praise to the Spirit, Whose whisper divine
Seals mercy, and pardon, and righteousness mine.

©2001 Same Old Dress Music (ASCAP).

Previous songs of the month at Grace Church of Alexandria are listed here.

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