Lord, I Need You

The new song for worship in November in the 11:15 service at Central Presbyterian Church is “Lord, I Need You.”  The refrain in this song is a modern adaptation of the refrain from the classic hymn “I Need Thee Every Hour.”  As pastors Eric Stiller and Daryl Madi continue preaching through the book of Philippians this month, this song will help us respond to the word of God with a prayer that we will find Jesus to be our true defense and righteousness (Philippians 3:8-10) and our sure hope and strength who supplies our every need (Philippians 4:11-19).

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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.

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Forever Reign

The new song for June in the 11:15 service at Central Presbyterian Church is “Forever Reign.”  This worship song is familiar to many of our children who sang it enthusiastically at the 2013 Spring Storm retreat.

This song is a strong affirmation of God’s strong love and healing presence that reign over our sin, doubt, and fear.  As our church goes through many transitions that can make us feel unstable, anxious, and afraid, one powerful way that we can find strength to stand firm and to follow the Lord together as a united church family is to sing the word of God to one another in spiritual songs.  The Lord promises us that our singing is a means by which the word of Christ will dwell in us richly (Colossians 3:16).  So let us sing of the Lord’s reign with faith and thankfulness so that we can experience more deeply the peace and wisdom of Christ ruling in our hearts.

Forever Reign (Audio)
Text and tune: Reuben Morgan and Jason Ingram 2009
© 2009 Hillsong Music Publishing

You are good, you are good when there’s nothing good in me.
You are love, you are love on display for all to see.
You are light, you are light when the darkness closes in.
You are hope, you are hope; you have covered all my sin.

You are peace, you are peace when my fear is crippling.
You are true, you are true even in my wandering.
You are joy, you are joy; you’re the reason that I sing.
You are life, you are life; in you death has lost its sting.

REFRAIN
Oh, I’m running to your arms; I’m running to your arms.
The riches of your love will always be enough.
Nothing compares to your embrace.
Light of the world, forever reign.

You are more, you are more than my words will ever say.
You are Lord, you are Lord, all creation will proclaim.
You are here, you are here; in your presence I’m made whole.
You are God, you are God; of all else I’m letting go.

REFRAIN

My heart will sing no other name,
Jesus, Jesus.

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He Has Come to Reign

The new song for June in the 8:30 and 9:45 services at Central Presbyterian Church is “He Has Come to Reign.”  Both the words and the music were composed by Sherdonna Denholm, who is a member and musician at Central Presbyterian Church and wife of pastor Todd Denholm.

This song is a strong affirmation of God’s reign in our broken hearts and our broken world.  As our church goes through many transitions that can make us feel unstable, anxious, and afraid, one powerful way that we can find strength to stand firm and to follow the Lord together as a united church family is to sing the word of God to one another in spiritual songs.  The Lord promises us that our singing is a means by which the word of Christ will dwell in us richly (Colossians 3:16).  So let us sing of the Lord’s reign with faith and thankfulness so that we can experience more deeply the peace and wisdom of Christ ruling in our hearts.

He Has Come to Reign (Audio)
Text and tune: Sherdonna Denholm 2010
© 2010 Sherdonna Denholm

For the Lord our God, he is strong to save,
from the depths of sin, from the deepest grave.
Ever faithful is his abounding word:
“Fear not, my child, I’ve overcome the world.”

In the darkest night, on the lowest hill,
though I feel him not, he is faithful still.
He is coming in all his righteousness.
I will wait for him in this loneliness.

REFRAIN
He has come to reign in our broken hearts;
we will doubt and fear no more.
He has come to reign in our broken hearts;
all we lost he will restore.

When trials come and weigh you down,
you can catch a glimpse; you can hear the sound
of the angels singing heaven’s song,
saying, “Child, hold on; it won’t be long.”

REFRAIN

The true and living God we serve;
his truth will stand, the only word.
He has come to reign, God’s only Son;
Jesus Christ, our King, he has overcome.

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See, the Conqueror Mounts in Triumph

During the season of Easter, we will learn this classic hymn about Jesus’ resurrection from the dead and his consequent enthronement as king who reigns from heaven over all:

See the Conqueror Mounts in Triumph
Music (melody) | Music (SATB) | Audio (tune only)
Text: Christopher Wordsworth 1862
Tune: Henry Smart 1868
REX GLORIAE

1.  See, the Conqu’ror mounts in triumph.
See the King in royal state,
riding on the clouds, his chariot,
to his heav’nly palace gate.
Hark! the choirs of angel voices
joyful alleluias sing,
and the gates on high are opened
to receive their heav’nly King.

2.  Who is this that comes in glory,
with the trump of jubilee?
Lord of battles, God of armies,
he has gained the victory.
He who on the cross did suffer,
he who from the grave arose,
he has vanquished sin and Satan.
He by death has spoiled his foes.

3.  Now our heav’nly Aaron enters
with his blood within the veil.
Joshua now has come to Canaan,
though the kings against him rail.
Now he plants the tribes of Israel
in their promised resting place.
Now our great Elijah offers
double portion of his grace.

4.  You have raised our human nature
in the clouds to God’s right hand.
There we sit in heav’nly places;
there with you in glory stand.
Jesus reigns, adored by angels,
man with God is on the throne.
Mighty Lord, in your ascension,
we by faith behold our own.

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Come, O Redeemer, Come

During the remaining services in the season of Lent, we will learn a new song to confess our sin and need for the Lord’s mercy:

Come, O Redeemer, Come  (Audio)
Text and tune: Fernando Ortega, 1996; © 1996, Metro One, Inc.

1.  Father, enthroned on high—“Holy, holy!”
Ancient eternal Light—hear our prayer.

REFRAIN
Come, O Redeemer, come; grant us mercy.
Come, O Redeemer, come; grant us peace.

2.  Lord, save us from the dark of our striving,
faithless, troubled hearts weighed down.   REFRAIN

3.  Look now upon our need; Lord, be with us.
Heal us and make us free from our sin.   REFRAIN

The austerity of this song by contemporary Christian songwriter Fernando Ortega forms in us a posture of heart appropriate to the suffering of Jesus that we emphasize during the Lenten season.  As we ponder and pray in light of the cross of Christ, may the Lord make this song our humble and yet hopeful lament and plea for the Lord’s mercy that not only forgives but also heals and liberates us and the whole broken world longing for its Redeemer.