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An Extended Interview With Kevin Twit Of Indelible Grace

Kevin Twit has facilitated the work of Indelible Grace which sets old sets of hymn lyrics to contemporary tunes.
A number of albums of their material have been released over the years.
This full-length interview provides background to that work.

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100 Hymns Worth Singing (via Ponder Anew)

Jonathan Aigner blogs at Ponder Anew.
The theme of the blog is worship, so music is often touched upon.
In this post he lists 100 hymns that should remain part of the church’s repertoire.
Some inclusions and omissions reflect Aigner’s theological background, but it is a very good list.
I’d use most of these at some point or another, but there are more than a few I hadn’t heard of.

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Revive Us Again – Sunday Songs

Worshipped with some folk in Swan Hill this morning.
Our final song is our wish for these faithful folk, looking to a new season of God’s opportunity and blessing.
Revive Us Again.
W. P. Mackay’s lyrics are always linked with the tune REVIVE US AGAIN.

The version we sang omits the fourth verse.
The lyrics:
We praise Thee, O God!
For the Son of Thy love,
For Jesus Who died,
And is now gone above.
Hallelujah! Thine the glory.
Hallelujah! Amen.
Hallelujah! Thine the glory.
Revive us again.
We praise Thee, O God!
For Thy Spirit of light,
Who hath shown us our Savior,
And scattered our night.
All glory and praise
To the Lamb that was slain,
Who hath borne all our sins,
And hath cleansed every stain.
All glory and praise
To the God of all grace,
Who hast brought us, and sought us,
And guided our ways.
5 Revive us again;
Fill each heart with Thy love;
May each soul be rekindled
With fire from above.

Here’s a Gaither singalong version that uses a selection of verses, but sounds okay.

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Name Of All Majesty – Sunday Songs

We decided to attend Hawthorn Presbyterian Church this morning only to find out upon arrival that the service marked the 150th anniversary of the congregation’s beginning.
A time of worship, thanksgiving and affirming timeless truths, a Saviour who is the same yesterday, today and forever.

Among the songs of praise was Name Of All Majesty.
The lyrics:
Name of all majesty,
fathomless mystery,
King of the ages
by angels adored;
power and authority,
splendour and dignity,
bow to his mastery,
Jesus is Lord!
Child of our destiny,
God from eternity,
love of the Father
on sinners outpoured;
see now what God has done
sending his only Son,
Christ the beloved One,
Jesus is Lord!
Saviour of Calvary,
costliest victory,
darkness defeated
and Eden restored;
born as a man to die,
nailed to a cross on high,
cold in the grave to lie,
Jesus is Lord!

Source of all sovereignty,
light, immortality,
life everlasting
and heaven assured;
so with the ransomed, we
praise him eternally,
Christ in his majesty,
Jesus is Lord!

Timothy Dudley-Smith
Words © 1984 Hope Publishing Company

Couldn’t really find an online version, so here’s a rendition of the tune.

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God Of Grace – Sunday Songs

Worshipped in a place where nobody knew me this morning.
God Of Grace was one of the songs.
This is an earlier composition from Getty Music; Keith Getty in collaboration with Jonathan Rea.
It featured on New Irish Hymns 2.

The lyrics:
God of grace, amazing wonder,
Irresistible and free;
Oh, the miracle of mercy
Jesus reaches down to me.
God of grace, I stand in wonder,
As my God restores my soul.
His own blood has paid my ransom;
Awesome cost to make me whole.
God of grace, who loved and knew me
Long before the world began;
Sent my Saviour down from heaven;
Perfect God and perfect man.
God of grace, I trust in Jesus;
I’m accepted as His own.
Every day His grace sustains me,
As I lean on Him alone.
God of grace, I stand astounded,
Cleansed, forgiven and secure.
All my fears are now confounded
And my hope is ever sure.
God of grace, now crowned in glory,
Where one day I’ll see Your face;
And forever I’ll adore You
In Your everlasting grace.

Words and Music by Keith Getty & Jonathan Rea
Copyright © 2003 Thankyou Music

This is the more orchestrated album recording, it works well enough in congregational song as well.

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Death Shall Not Destroy My Comfort – Chad Robison’s New Album

_robison_deathWith Death Shall Not Destroy My Comfort, Chad Robison produces a melodic album of hymns sung in contemporary style.
As the album title suggests, this collection showcases a set of songs that demonstrate how deeper themes can be introduced to corporate worship while using band instrumentation.
A great introduction to some classic lyrics (including the title track, which was unknown to me) and a few more recent compositions (O God Beyond All Praising and Come Away From Rush And Hurry) as well.
It also stands as an album for personal listening as well.
It’s available on iTunes and other download formats.
You can listen on Spotify to get an idea of the sound.

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Hymns For The Weary – Instrumental Album from Thousand Tongues

a2876888026_2David Ward has recorded Hymns For The Weary, an album of hymns on piano.
You can see the track list below.
The tracks are limited in length, so they can’t be used for singing, but are ideal for personal listening or for situations where a reflective soundtrack is required.
It’s available for purchase at bandcamp on a name your price basis and can be downloaded in a variety of formats.

You can have a listen here.