New Songs: A Live Tradition Playlist

Hymnal: I Need Thee Every Hour – Anthem Lights
I’m normally not very good at sticking to rhythms but each night as I go to sleep I’ve been listening to Evening Prayer with Cradle of Prayer on podcast. It is read directly from the 1928 Book of Common Prayer (USA) by a Priest and soprano Cantor. It begins with small section of a hymn and a few days ago it was ‘I Need Thee Every Hour’, written by Annie Sherwood Hawks (1835-1918). You can read the story behind the hymn here.

Golden Oldie: Glorify Thy Name – Shane & Shane
This is the one of the songs I grew up with and was a regular at my previous church. Some change the ‘thy’ to ‘your’ but I like the traditional version!

Millennium and Beyond: O Come to the Altar – Elevation Worship
When people make sweeping statements about contemporary worship music and label it as shallow, I find myself getting defensive. This song is an example of one that is both theologically rich and beautifully written. I especially love the ending: Bear your cross as you wait for the crown // Tell the world of the treasure you found.

Ancient Future Fusion: Tis So Sweet – Shane & Shane
What I like about new versions of hymns is the way I encounter the lyrics in a fresh way. I’ve heard this hymn over the years, and it never really stood out to me until I heard this version by Shane & Shane. It is such an encouraging hymn, about the sweetness of simply trusting in Jesus.

Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to take Him at His Word
Just to rest upon His promise,
Just to know, “Thus saith the Lord!

Behold Something New: God You’re So Good: Passion, Kristian Stanfill
Although I’ve had this song on repeat a lot recently, I hesitated in adding it because of its intensity. I thought, maybe with the new songs I’ll tone it down a little, find an acoustic version! However, the full spectrum of worship music includes songs like these. What’s great about this song is that it covers the tension between victory and suffering, you may have heard of this as living in the ‘now-and-the-not-yet’. People tend to not want to live in this space but gear towards suffering now as we wait for heaven (under-realised eschatology) or victorious living right now (over-realised eschatology). It’s always harder to live in the tension.

I am blessed, I am called
I am healed, I am whole
I am saved in Jesus’ name  
Highly favored, anointed  
Filled with Your power  
For the glory of Jesus’ name

Verse 3:
And should this life  
Bring suffering  
Lord, I will remember  
What Calvary has bought for me  
Both now and forever

Through it all we can declare in the chorus: God, You’re so good.

What’s your favourite song from this week’s playlist?

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