At the Name of Jesus

The new song for worship in November in the 8:30 and 9:45 services at Central Presbyterian Church is “At the Name of Jesus.”  As pastors Eric Stiller and Daryl Madi continue preaching through the book of Philippians this month, this hymn will help that word dwell in us richly, for the hymn text is a setting of Paul’s summary of the gospel story that lies at the heart of the letter (Philippians 2:5-11).  The tune (KING’S WESTON) is a strong melody by the famous 20th-century English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams.  This tune embodies the sweeping and regal majesty of this story of Jesus exalted from the depths of the grave to the throne of God and rule over all things.  May the Lord through this song encourage us to enthrone him in our hearts and subdue all that is not holy in us so that we may confess and experience him as the King of glory.

At the Name of Jesus
Text:  Caroline M. Noel, 1870
Tune: Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1925

Audio 1 (tune only)
Audio 2 (melody sung)
Audio 3 (the choral setting that the Chancel Choir sang on November 3)

1. At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow,
every tongue confess him King of glory now.
‘Tis the Father’s pleasure we should call him Lord,
who from the beginning was the mighty Word.

2.  At his voice creation sprang at once to sight:
all the angel faces, all the hosts of light,
thrones and dominations, stars upon their way,
all the heavenly orders in their great array.

3.  Humbled for a season, to receive a name
from the lips of sinners, unto whom he came.
Faithfully he bore it spotless to the last,
brought it back victorious when from death he passed.

4.  Bore it up triumphant with its human light,
through all ranks of creatures, to the central height,
to the throne of Godhead, to the Father’s breast;
filled it with the glory of that perfect rest.

5.  In your hearts enthrone him; there let him subdue
all that is not holy, all that is not true.
Crown him as your captain in temptation’s hour;
let his will enfold you in its light and power.

6.  Christians, this Lord Jesus shall return again
with his Father’s glory, with his angel train,
for all wreaths of empire meet upon his brow,
and our hearts confess him King of glory now.

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