Singing Our Way Through Eastertide

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I am on a slow journey to make more of Eastertide in my own worship life.  Versus Lent I am thinking about what I can add to my life.  Feasting more. Fellowshipping with friends more. Reading and praying more.  Singing more songs that fill me with the wonder of the Resurrection.  Below I’m including a few resources to guide you through Eastertide.  I hope it lends light and glory to this side of the cross!!

Stations of the Resurrection – PDF

Eastertide Devotional from Christ Church Austin – PDF

Easter – Week One – Exsultet – City Church SF

Week Two – The Lamb has Overcome – Red River Hymnal

Week Three – Christ is Risen – Ghost Ship

Week Four – He is Risen (Caroline Cobb)

Week Five – The Strife is Over – Citizens & Saints

Week Six – When He Comes (Coram Deo)

Ascension – Week Seven – Christ the Lord (Wen Reagan)

Pentecost – Week Eight – Breathe (O Breath of Life)

From the Easter sermon of John Chrysostom

Let no one grieve at his poverty, for the universal kingdom has been revealed. Let no one mourn that he has fallen again and again; for forgiveness has risen from the grave. Let no one fear death, for the Death of our Savior has set us free. He has destroyed it by enduring it. He destroyed Hell when He descended into it. He put it into an uproar even as it tasted of His flesh. Isaiah foretold this when he said, “You, O Hell, have been troubled by encountering Him below.” Hell was in an uproar because it was done away with. It was in an uproar because it is mocked. It was in an uproar, for it is destroyed. It is in an uproar, for it is annihilated. It is in an uproar, for it is now made captive. Hell took a body, and discovered God. It took earth, and encountered Heaven. It took what it saw, and was overcome by what it did not see. O death, where is thy sting? O Hell, where is thy victory? Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated! Christ is Risen, and the evil ones are cast down! 7 Christ is Risen, and the angels rejoice! Christ is Risen, and life is liberated! Christ is Risen, and the tomb is emptied of its dead; for Christ having risen from the dead, is become the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep. To Him be Glory and Power forever and ever. Amen!

Sandra McCracken – Psalms


Welcome to your worship resource primer on many things Sandra McCracken (If you’ve not had the privilege of following her work). She is a stellar Singer-Songwriter, author, and lover of hymns old and new. We first heard of her songwriting through the retuned hymn group Indelible Grace. Catch her on tour right now with All Sons and Daughters supporting her new album on the Psalms which drops this week (April 14). The album is currently streaming on Relevant Magazine

Conversation with Sandra McCracken at HopefulRealism blog (by Chris Breslin)

Youtube channel 

Essays for Art House Nashville – Doxology and Desire: Making Small Things New
Interview with Sandra McCracken and Mike Cosper, Isaac Wardell (Songs for Luke Album

-Retuned Hymns with Indelible Grace-

Thy Mercy, My God
mp3 | chords | leadsheet

Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
mp3 | chords | leadsheet

-Original Work-

A couple years back she produced a record of original and retuned hymns that was one of the best “worship” albums we’d ever heard. Two of our favorite tracks are…

In Feast or Fallow
mp3 | chords | leadsheet | youtube

Justice Will Roll Down
mp3 | chords | leadsheet | youtube | youtube – acoustic

-Rain for Roots-

Sandra also participates in Rain for Roots – a supergroup of female songwriters lending music to the poems of Sally Lloyd-Jones, the author of the Jesus storybook bible. You can see our post with links and charts HERE.


Last year Sandra gathered with a group of her friends and musical collaborators in a small apartment in Williamsburg, NY and recorded the bulk of her new album live. It is a collection of intimate musings on the psalms. Listen now at Relevant Magazine’s The Drop.

Lyrics and Liner Notes (PDF)

Purchase here

We Will Feast in the House of Zion
mp3 | chords | leadsheet | youtube

Almighty God
mp3leadsheet | youtube

Cover by All Sons and Daughters

Bits and Bobs – April 2015


Cardiphonia featured in April ’15 Christianity Today “The Best Worship Music You Won’t Find on the Radio

Indelible Grace Kickstarter
Help support indelible grace as they work on their 7th album of retuned hymns.

Jeremy Wingfield – “The Long Walk Home
Traditional Hymns, Retro Vibe.

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Park Church DenverRevelation Songs kickstarter
Joel Limpic and crew take on an audacious project. Can’t wait to hear it!

Easter Compilation – “Christ is Risen
Rockin’ compilation of tunes from Seattle area bands and Mars Hill cast offs.

Pacific Gold
Sing My Welcome Home
Dan Koch and friends from the Seattle area have written and produced a stellar collection of retuned hymns.  Check out their series of podcasts on the project HERE.

The Alone Instrument
– (self title)
A collection of hymns, retunes, and originals with an ambient, indie folk vibe. Very worshipful from the music ministry of Columbia Presbyterian Church, Columbia SC

Matt ScottPraise the Lord, All Praise and Blessing (soundcloud)

Sandra McCrackenPsalms

Ascension and Pentecost Songs Compilations

Luke Morton – The Lamb has Overcome

One of the more popular songs from our continuing compilation series has been an original piece written by Luke Morton for our Songs for the Supper compilation. The Lamb has Overcome is a meditation on the risen victorious Lamb, a festal triumph for the future wedding feast – an ode for the Easter season.

leadsheet | chords

The Lamb has overcome
The Lamb has overcome
The battleʼs done and the victory is won
For the Lamb has overcome

No grave could hold him down
No grave could hold him down
Up from the ground, “He is risen!” was the sound
No grave could hold him down

At Godʼs right hand is he
At Godʼs right hand is he
Our Perfect Plea as he lives to intercede
At Godʼs right hand is he

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
Glory be unto his name (2x)

The table now is spread
The table now is spread
This wine and bread
Broken body and blood shed
The table now is spread

The day is drawing near
The day is drawing near
He shall appear and will wipe away each tear
The day is drawing near

The Lamb has overcome
The Lamb has overcome
The battleʼs done and the victory is won
For the Lamb has overcome

(c) Luke Morton, 2011

Hope College Worship – All Hail Christ

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I’m getting ready to finish my first school year as the Worship Chaplain at Hope College – a beautiful small college located in Western Michigan that loves to worship Jesus Christ. Every year (for the past 20) Campus ministries has released a record of the services at Hope.  50+ chapels a semester and a Sunday evening service – The Gathering – almost every week.

This year our record is titled All Hail Christ – a brilliant song written by Josh Banner and Susanna Childress.  The Record is a crazy mix of styles and genres within the vein of modern worship. From the music teams, to the tech crew, to the 1000+ students gathering with us most days it’s a big love affair.  We hope you enjoy it!

A few places to start:

All Hail Christ – think Phil 2 meets Arcade Fire

Hallelujah – midwestern punk rock worship

Rising Sun – great song from All Sons and Daughters and a new classic for us featuring a killer string arrangement by City Church’s Minna Choi.

Come Thou Fount – our modern take with the traditional tune.

O God of Our Salvation – Modern worship with a needed injection of Trinitarian theology! written by by Matt Boswell and Michael Bleeker.

The Canticle of Jonah for Holy Saturday


The canticle, or song of Jonah is a traditional text in daily prayer for Holy Saturday as we meditate on the death of Christ before his glorious resurrection on Easter Sunday.

Here are a number of versions of this song from our Canticles Compilation

Charts for these songs are available at Cardiphonia’s bandcamp site.

42 A Song of Jonah


AllMy prayer came to you in your holy temple,
and you brought up my life from the depths.

1I called to you, O God, out of my distress
and you answered me;
out of the belly of Sheol I cried,
and you heard my voice.

2You cast me into the deep,
into the heart of the seas,
and the flood surrounded me,
all your waves and billows passed over me.

Then I said, I am driven away from your sight;
how shall I ever look again upon your holy temple?

The waters closed in over me,
the deep was round about me;
weeds were wrapped around my head
at the roots of the mountains.

I went down to the land whose bars closed
upon me for ever,
yet you brought up my life from the depths, O God.

As my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, O God,
and my prayer came to you, into your holy temple.

With the voice of thanksgiving, I will sacrifice to you;
what I have vowed I will pay;
deliverance belongs to the Lord!

Jonah 2.2-7, 9

Hope College Worship – Thy Love Unfailing – Songs for Lent

Every semester one of my worship teams at Hope College will record a few songs for the current church season. Last month in the midst of crazy work on our yearly worship CD we recorded a few retuned hymns for Lent/Holy Week. Most of my students have no idea about the retuned hymn movement so it was fun to see them working to meld our chapel style of ambient modern rock to tunes I had written. Hope you enjoy.

1. BE GRACIOUS TO ME, LORD (PSALM 57) – for Maundy Thursday
Words: Michael Parry, 1973, © 1983 by Hope Publishing, Co
Music: Bruce Benedict, 2010 © Cardiphonia Music
2. BREATHE (O BREATH OF LIFE) – for Holy Saturday
Words: Bessie Head, 1914, add. Nathan Partain.
Music: Nathan Partain, 2000, Arr. Bruce Benedict, 2015
Words: Greek Hymn (Trans. by John Brownlie, 1907)
Music: Bruce Benedict, 2014 © Cardiphonia Music
A pdf of the songbook is included with the full album download.
Thanks to Michael Van Patter for the lovely design.