Songs


Some of you asked about a recording of this song.  So here it is.  Enjoy.

The Name Above all Names

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For my final project, I decided to arrange a hymn.  I am not familiar with many hymns as I became part of the church during a time when hymns were not very popular – dare I say it was what the “old people” used in the early service at church.

During this course, I became so much more aware of the richness, beauty, and wisdom that is found in our history, and hymns became a prevalent way that I could connect with it.

I hope to continue to go deeper on this adventure and arrange more hymns for use in our church,and perhaps yours.

Chord Chart (pdf)

Audio (mp3)

1. It is Well With my Soul, Words: Horatio G. Spafford, 1873; Music: Philip P. Bliss, 1876

2. Scripture reading from Psalm 116:5-9, Holy Bible – NIV, (c) 1973, 1978, 1984

For: The Institute Of Contemporary And Emerging Worship Studies, St. Stephen’s University, Essentials Red Online Worship Theology Course with Dan Wilt

For my creative project, I recorded a song I actually wrote some time ago that kept coming to mind.  This course was very much for me about connecting with God and learning again how to respond to God’s love instead of acting as though I am initiating it.

Without further ado, here’s the mp3 and chord chart:

Chord Chart (pdf)

Audio (mp3)

For: The Institute Of Contemporary And Emerging Worship StudiesSt. Stephen’s UniversityEssentials Green Online Worship Theology Course with Dan Wilt

Hi All –

I decided to write a song for my creative project. For those of you not familiar with the Essentials Blue course, it is a five-week online course in worship theology and biblical worldview. The final assignment is a creative project that is based on the theological ideas presented and digested during the five-week course.

I got the chorus somewhere between weeks 1 and 2. At that time I was grappling with the idea that we, as temples of the Holy Spirit, are points of intersection between heaven and earth. When heaven breaks in to earth, creation is made new. God actually allows us to be ones through whom it begins to happen here and now [1].

I set out to specifically attempt to tell the story – of our creation, relationship with God, separation from God by sin, forgiveness through the cross, and resurrection. While I was tempted to end the song there for the sake of finishing it, I didn’t feel it was quite finished.

Another idea that I have been filled with as a result of this course is that there is an echo in this world of God’s longing for justice. Often the ways that I think of justice being served, I am not capable of seeing through. But when I begin to realize that God’s longing for justice on this earth is satisfied with creation being made new, I feel empowered to be an instrument of his justice.

I have gone through a few drafts of this song, here’s the latest (and below a link to the first draft with a different feel):

New mp3:
All Things New V2 – mp3

New chord chart:
All Things New V2 Chord Chart

Here’s the mp3:
All Things New – mp3

And the pdf chord chart:
All Things New – Chord Chart

[1] N.T. Wright, Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense (San Francisco: HarperCollins Publishers, 2006), 126

For: The Institute Of Contemporary And Emerging Worship StudiesSt. Stephen’s UniversityEssentials Blue Online Worship Theology Course with Dan Wilt

Hi All –

I decided to write a song for my creative project. For those of you not familiar with the Essentials Blue course, it is a five-week online course in worship theology and biblical worldview. The final assignment is a creative project that is based on the theological ideas presented and digested during the five-week course.

I got the chorus somewhere between weeks 1 and 2. At that time I was grappling with the idea that we, as temples of the Holy Spirit, are points of intersection between heaven and earth. When heaven breaks in to earth, creation is made new. God actually allows us to be ones through whom it begins to happen here and now [1].

I set out to specifically attempt to tell the story – of our creation, relationship with God, separation from God by sin, forgiveness through the cross, and resurrection. While I was tempted to end the song there for the sake of finishing it, I didn’t feel it was quite finished.

Another idea that I have been filled with as a result of this course is that there is an echo in this world of God’s longing for justice. Often the ways that I think of justice being served, I am not capable of seeing through. But when I begin to realize that God’s longing for justice on this earth is satisfied with creation being made new, I feel empowered to be an instrument of his justice.

With love to my wife who was patient with me and did the vocal harmonies in one take!

Without further ado, the first draft of All Things New…

Here’s the mp3:
All Things New – mp3

And the pdf chord chart:
All Things New – Chord Chart

[1] N.T. Wright, Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense (San Francisco: HarperCollins Publishers, 2006), 126

For: The Institute Of Contemporary And Emerging Worship Studies, St. Stephen’s University, Essentials Blue Online Worship Theology Course with Dan Wilt