When we sing together, we are corporately singing the praises of our God. It’s a participatory activity. “Songs We Sing” is an 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. If you’d like a copy of the songs listed, a link is provided (where available). For the services of December 18, 2016, Redemption bands The Reprise (Jasper) and Caleb & The Louis-Villains (Loogootee) led music and we sang:
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.
Buy “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” by Sojourn here.
WE ARE CALLED
Written by Daniel Ross, 2008. This song was written for our study of I Peter (preached in early 2009). This is a reminder of who we, as Christians, are in God’s eyes and we have no need to fear, even in the face of trials or persecution, because we (Christians) are His people.
Buy “We Are Called” by Narrow Path.
O COME ALL YE FAITHFUL
Written by John F. Wade, circa 1743. Isn’t it cool that songs from 1743 are still relevant today? “Word of the Father/Now in flesh appearing/O come let us adore Him.”
Buy “O Come All Ye Faithful” by Narrow Path.
A DAY OF GLORY
Written by Chris Collins, Justin Coifed, Aaron Ivey, Matt Carter, 2012. Though this is a Christmas song, it shows us the Incarnation is only part of the Gospel story and that it will be fulfilled in full with Christ’s second coming.
Buy “A Day Of Glory” by Austin Stone Worship (feat. Aaron Ivey).
HOSANNA (Loogootee Only)
Written by Brooke Fraser; 2006. The word “hosanna” is a Hebrew word that means “O save!” It is a simple cry for our salvation. I love the line in this song that says “break my heart for what breaks Yours.”
Buy “Hosanna (Live)” by Christy Nockels.
O HOLY NIGHT (Jasper Only)
Words: Placide Cappeau, 1847; Translated from French to English by John S. Dwight; Music: Adolphe C. Adam. This is said to have been the first music ever broadcast over a radio. Narrow Path has pretty radically re-arranged this song and it has proved to be a CCJ favorite over the past few years. “In His name, all oppression shall cease.” What oppresses you and I? In the name of Jesus, the sin that oppresses us and so easily entangles us shall utimately cease.
Buy “O Holy Night” by Narrow Path.