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We Declare – Sunday Songs

EMU Music have released some acoustic lyric videos of their songs for free download from their website.
It has been encouraging to see how various media groups have sought to support churches who are streaming services.
We haven’t used We Declare.
I’ve wanted our videos to be a reflection of what we do in our normal worship services, and I’m not introducing new material at this time.
I think familiarity is helpful for folks in this situation.
There’s enough change we’ve got no control over, so I’m trying to set aside new things where we’ve got a choice.


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Hymn Of The Saviour – Sunday Songs

Hymn Of The Saviour is an upcoming song from EMU Music’s 2020 album.
They’ve moved to a ‘song of the month’ type release schedule in anticipation of collecting them on an album, which is different.

The lyrics:
1
From the chaos of darkness, your word shaped the earth
In your image a people made
But we traded perfection, the truth for a lie
And your glory was veiled in shame
But a promise made, a blessing you gave,
To a people of your name
For this broken world, a Saviour foretold
To bear all our grief and pain
2
When the heavenly Saviour, descended his throne
All my sin on his shoulders laid
And to win our redemption, he suffered and died
For the sake of my guilt and shame
Oh the price he paid in taking my place
So that death was overcome
When the King of love, burst forth from the grave
Proclaiming the victory won
3
At the end of the ages, the world passed away
I will gaze on my Saviour’s face
When my heart is perfected, and free from my sin
I will rest in your glorious grace
For the song we raise, the works of our hands
Are in service of the King
When a thousand tongues cry, ’Glory to God’
Forever his praise we’ll sing

Words and Music: Alanna Glover and Philip Percival
© 2019 Alanna Glover and Philip Percival


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Be Still My Soul – Sunday Songs repeat

Be Still My Soul is one of the tracks on EMU Music’s new album of traditional hymns Praise Without Ceasing.
I’ve previously featured this hymn on a Sunday Songs post, but want to include it again in recognition of EMU’s representation of the song.


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All People That On Earth Do Dwell – Sunday Songs repeat

All People That On Earth Do Dwell is one of the tracks on EMU Music’s new album of traditional hymns Praise Without Ceasing.
Since it’s Reformation Day this song, based on Psalm 100, seems as appropriate to feature as any.
I featured a setting of this song in Sunday Songs back in 2012.
EMU’s version features a refrain. Oh well.
It also features what many will recognise as ‘The Doxology’ (which traditionally is sung to the same tune as All People) as a final verse.


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I Will Sing The Wondrous Story – Sunday Songs repeat

I Will Sing The Wondrous Story features on EMU Music’s new album of traditional hymns Praise Without Ceasing.
I’m featuring these, even though I’ve had most of the hymns that are part of the album on Sunday Songs before.
In the case of I Will Sing The Wondrous Story it was back in November 2011.
EMU’s version is not too slow. Let’s call it ‘thoughtful’ or ‘reflective’. The tune HYFRYDOL has been simplified a bit, but is still quite recognisable and if you know it you’ll be able to adjust quickly enough. (And there’s no added chorus. yay)
I think it’s meant to be celebratory and joyful, but there you go.


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Praise Without Ceasing, New Album From EMU Music

My CD subscription copy of EMU Music’s new album Praise Without Ceasing arrived today.

It’s a selection of hymns, with their classic tunes receiving arrangements from the EMU musicians.

Newly composed choruses are pretty much absent.

It’s nice to see these historic and substantial articulations of Christian faith being affirmed for contemporary use.


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Father – Sunday Songs

Father is one of the songs on EMU Music’s EP No Love Is Higher.

The lyrics:
1
When I call you my Father
I’m reminded I’m your child
When I put a wall between us
You’re waiting on the other side
Calling out that you love me
And you want to hear my cries
You’re the patient Father listening
To His child all the time
2
When I call you my Father
I’m reminded I’m your child
When I question if you love me
I recall how your Son died
Jesus died for your children
To bring dry bones to life
I’m adopted to your family
My Father God and brother Christ
Refrain.
(‘Cause) You’re my Father and you care
You love me dearly, you’re always with me
In the darkness of a storm
I will trust in you alone
Cause you’re my Father, my perfect Father
3
When I call you my Father
I’m reminded I’m your child
When I’m losing earthly treasures
I hold dear the promised life
Resurrected and made new
No more darkness, just light
You will welcome all your children
Home forever by your side
Refrain.
(‘Cause) You’re my Father and you care
You love me dearly, you’re always with me
In the darkness of a storm
I will trust in you alone
Cause you’re my Father, my perfect Father
(Repeat)
Cause you’re my Father, my perfect Father
Cause you’re my Father, my perfect Father

Words and Music: Curtis Smith
© 2017 Curtis Smith