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Let’s Sing! “Jesus, Strong and Kind”

Let’s Sing! “Jesus, Strong and Kind”

Let’s just go crazy and sing another new song this week.

City Alight is a group of song writers out of Australia who keep writing beautiful songs for us. They write for their local church first, but serve us with songs rich in Bible and simple, singable melodies for the church to sing.

These are the folks who wrote, “Only a Holy God,” “Christ is Mine Forevermore,” and “Yet Not I.” This newer song, “Jesus, Strong and Kind,” is an invitation to find our strength in Jesus, and to come to him through the cross. It’s simple, personal, beautiful, and biblical. Let’s sing it.

Lyrics

1. Jesus said that if I thirst,
I should come to him.
No one else can satisfy,
I should come to him.

2. Jesus said if I am weak,
I should come to him.
No one else can be my strength,
I should come to him.

Chorus
For the Lord is good and faithful.
He will keep us day and night.
We can always run to Jesus.
Jesus, strong and kind.

3. Jesus said that if I fear,
I should come to him.
No one else can be my shield,
I should come to him.

4. Jesus said if I am lost,
He will come to me.
And he showed me on that cross,
He will come to me.

Rich Thompson, Jonny Robinson, Michael Farren, Colin Buchanan ©2019 City Alight Music

 

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Let’s Sing! “Christ Our Hope in Life and Death”

Let’s Sing! “Christ Our Hope in Life and Death”

The first question of the Heidelberg Catechism is the first question we should ask ourselves, and our children: What is your only comfort in life and in death? Here’s the answer:

That I am not my own, but belong—body and soul, in life and in death—to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ. He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood, and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil. He also watches over me in such a way that not a hair can fall from my head without the will of my Father in heaven; in fact, all things must work together for my salvation. Because I belong to him, Christ, by his Holy Spirit, assures me of eternal life and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him.

Several modern song and hymn writers recently penned a new song for the church, “Christ Our Hope in Life and Death.” The story behind the song will help us all appreciate the Christ and church-loving care that goes into any of the better songs we sing. 

Lyrics

1. What is our hope in life and death?
Christ alone, Christ alone.
What is our only confidence?
That our souls to him belong.
Who holds our days within his hand?
What comes, apart from his command?
And what will keep us to the end?
The love of Christ, in which we stand.

Chorus
O sing hallelujah!
Our hope springs eternal;
O sing hallelujah!
Now and ever we confess
Christ our hope in life and death.

2. What truth can calm the troubled soul?
God is good, God is good.
Where is his grace and goodness known?
In our great Redeemer’s blood.
Who holds our faith when fears arise?
Who stands above the stormy trial?
Who sends the waves that bring us nigh
Unto the shore, the rock of Christ?

3. Unto the grave, what shall we sing?
“Christ, he lives; Christ, he lives!”
And what reward will heaven bring?
Everlasting life with him.
There we will rise to meet the Lord,
Then sin and death will be destroyed,
And we will feast in endless joy,
When Christ is ours forevermore.

Words and Music by Keith Getty, Matt Boswell, Jordan Kauflin, Matt Merker, Matt Papa, ©2020 Getty Music Publishing (BMI) / Messenger Hymns (BMI) / Jordan Kauflin Music (BMI) / Matthew Merker Music (BMI) / Getty Music Hymns and Songs (ASCAP) / Love Your Enemies Publishing (ASCAP)

 

Song

Join us for Good Friday and Easter

Join us for Good Friday and Easter

It occurs to me that the first Good Friday and Easter were not marked by thoughtful gatherings and joyful celebration. That didn’t come until Pentecost when the Spirit came and the church was born. This year we’ll be apart, but it’s not because we’re ashamed of Christ or confused about his death.

Here are our plans for Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Well, actually, we’ll throw an extra day in there. We’re converting our now weekly Thursday Zoom prayer meeting to a focus on the cross.

Praying Together on Thursday

Each Thursday you receive an invitation to join us for an hour of prayer on Zoom from 7–8 p.m. This week we’ll continue with that rhythm, but we’ll focus our attention on the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. During this season we are prioritizing the Lord’s Day service and Shepherding Groups. If you’re able to join us for this time of prayer, that’s wonderful. If not, know that we are praying for our church, and that means we are praying for you!

Meditating at Home on Good Friday

Good Friday is a strange thing to call it. A man was crucified. But it was a good crucifixion: a man was justly punished for wrongs committed. But more than that, an innocent man laid down his life for the lives of many. That is, of course, what Jesus did for you and for me: “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (Jn. 10:11).

It is our normal plan to host a Good Friday service on site. This year we are providing you with a printable guide for meditation and prayer. Plan to set aside thirty minutes by yourself or with your family on Friday night, and download Friday’s meditation, prepared for us by Dan Cruver.

Live Streaming on Easter Sunday

On Sunday at 9:30 a.m. we will host our normal weekly Singing and Scripture livestream, available from our Heritage Live page. We’ll sing, read Scripture responsively, pray, and hear a sermon.

For this Sunday’s sermon we will hear a sermon from Psalm 46, titled, “A Very Present Help in the Pandemic.” In the course of this sermon, I will also offer some direction from our elders on this season for our church, a season we’ll title, Still. Together. This will be our way of remembering God’s command to the whole world, “Be still, and know that I am God” (Ps. 46:10). More on that later.

Two more things for you. On Sunday, we’ll sing a new song together, “Christ Our Hope in Life and Death.” Meditate on the lyrics and sing the tune ahead of Sunday! Then, here’s a playlist for Sunday’s songs. I’ll be providing this for you each week going forward in the Life in the Body email. The arrangements won’t always match ours exactly, but I hope these songs refresh you and sustain you in the Word. 

I miss you all.

Yours in Christ,

Trent