When we sing together, we are corporately singing the praises of our God. It’s a participatory activity. This “Songs We Sing” post is a weekly effort to help us better learn the songs we are singing — as well as to gather some small insight into what we are singing. See the Spotify playlist below — updated weekly — to hear songs for this week.
For the services of December 3, 2017, Redemption bands We Come Alive (in Jasper) and Day 41 (in Loogootee) will lead music and we will sing:
COME THOU LONG EXPECTED JESUS
Written by Charles Wesley, 1745 and Rowland Prichard, 1830. A song of longing and expectation for God to free us from sin and bondage.
ABSENT FROM FLESH
Written by Jamie Barnes, 2011. This song is based around the hope we have that, one day, all shackles of sin will be cast off and we will live with God in eternity. This is a modern adaptation of an old Isaac Watts text.
GOD WITH US
Written by Jason Ingram and Leslie Jordan, 2012. Jesus. Emmanuel. He is “God with us.” God doesn’t make us come to Him via works, but He came to us, to deliver us from ourselves, death, and hell.
COME BEHOLD THE WONDROUS MYSTERY
Written by Matt Boswell, Matt Papa,Michael Bleeker; 2012. This awesome lyrical song walks us through the Gospel, from Jesus’ birth to second coming. “Praise the Lord, He is alive!”
HARK THE HERALD ANGELS SING
Written by Charles Wesley, 1739; Music by Felix Mendelssohn, 1840. The first verse is often the only one sung, but this song is rich in some of the other verses. “Second Adam from above/Reinstate us in Thy love.” Jesus breaks the curse of the fall so we should sing “GLORY to the newborn king” when we celebrate Christ’s birth.