Hymns of Faith – Songs for the Apostles Creed

(c) Kyle Ragsdale, Oct 2010

This Sunday and next many churches celebrate as “Reformation” Sunday and “All Saints” Sunday.  These are Sunday’s where congregations will give thanks for the work of the saints in building and leading God’s church and to celebrate Christian unity with the “great cloud of witnesses” (Heb. 12:1).  To honor the work of the saints in leading and directing God’s church a collection of musicians engaged in a ‘flash-mob’ song project.  Musicians had 2 weeks to write and record an original tune to a collection of fairly arcane hymns written by Samuel Stone for each article of the Apostles Creed.

We give these songs to you as gift!

The collection of hymns ‘Lyra Fidelium; Twelve Hymns on the Twelve Articles of the Apostles’ Creed‘ (1866) were originally written to support the working poor in Samuel Stone’s English congregation. He hoped that by penning some devotional verse to each line of the apostles creed that he could encourage his congregation who knew the Creed by heart to broaden their own faith and understanding. You can read more here.

Even though the lyrics come from a certain time and space (The 19th century Anglican (english) Church) we hope that they may be an encouragement to you and your church as you seek to grow and be established in your faith.  We have all been super encouraged!

Thanks to Tim Challies and New Old Hymns for the mentions!
Interview on our project by Buddy Eades at the Atlanta Arts Network

Download Music & Art Here


Songbook – pdf

Apostles Creed Sketches – Bradley Lewis

Hymns of Faith Cover – Kyle Ragsdale

Here is the collection of musicians who donated their time, gifts, and energy to this project:

Rick Jensen – St. Louis, MO – www.liturgyfellowship.org
Covenant Seminary Student and former music+arts director at GreenLake Presbyterian in Seattle, WA

Zac Hicks – Denver, CO – www.zachicks.com
Associate Pastor of Worship & Liturgy at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church

Bruce Benedict, Raleigh, NC – http://www.cardiphonia.org
Worship and Community Life Director – Christ the King Pres. Church.

Matt Stevens & Josh Bain – Raleigh, NC – www.worship.vintage21.com
Worship Pastor at Vintage21 Church.

Brian T. Murphy – NYC, NY – www.redmountainchurch.org/rmm/
Red Mountain Music and Quarterrest studio.

Greg Scheer – Grand Rapids, MI – www.gregscheer.com
Minister of Worship at Church of the Servant in Grand Rapids and Music Associate at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship

Michael Van Patter – Greensboro, NC – www.hymnsoftheweak.com
Director of worship-arts at Hope Chapel

Luke Morton – Issaquah, WA – No More Fear
Assistant Pastor at Cov. Pres. Church.

Matt Boswell – Fort Worth, TX – www.livingworship.com
Worship Pastor at Fellowship of the Parks

Brian Moss – Seattle, WA – www.prayerbookproject.com
Divinity Student at Regent in Vancouver

Nathan Partain – Indianapolis, IN – www.partainwordsandmusic.wordpress.com
Spiritual Community Coordinator at Redeemer Presbyterian in Indianapolis, IN

Jered McKenna – Greenville, SC – www.jmckenna.webs.com
Worship Leader for Mitchell Road Presbyterian Church.

Cameron Gray – San Diego, CA – www.soundandshape.com
Chad Gray works as a designer and musics at Harbor Pres.

Luke Brodine & Ed Moy – Palo Alto, CA – www.raresunshine.blogspot.com
Pastor and musician at Grace Pres.

Mindy Deckard – Richmond, IN

Art & Design

Kyle Ragsdale

Brad Lewis

Ladye Jane Vickers

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