Singing the New Testament in Worship

There are a number of really fantastic songs on our new compilation “Songs for Liturgy” that work from doxological texts in the New Testament. Wanted to highlight them and provide the texts and charts. Sadly singing these in worship is a real challenge for us. We are so used to the structure and style of hymns and cwm that singing songs from scripture is almost non-existent.  We don’t know how to use them.  Here are a few suggestions we received on how you might include these songs as part of your singing-worshipping life. Also check out the list from Zac Hicks post on our album.

1. Sing one as a doxology after a corporate or pastoral prayer.
2. Sing your Benediction instead of saying it.
3. Use them in family or small group worship. Commit to memorizing it.
4. Sing one along with your prayer before meals.
5. Memorize a few of these to sing after your private devotions.

You can also check out our post on “short songs” with other resources for liturgical song.
Here is a list of other NT texts that are considered ‘canticles.’  Let us know if you are aware of any songs from texts we didn’t cover!

Jered McKenna – The Brightness of God’s Glory (Heb. 1:3-4)
mp3 | chart

1.The brightness of God’s glory,
Christ, the mirror of God’s face;
He upholds the world by the power of His hand.

Refrain: 
His name is greater than the angels,
greater than the angels,
He is greater than the angels above.

2. He has cleansed us from our sinning
and He sits upon the throne.
with the majesty and the glory of our God.

Liz Janes – Peace! (John 14:27)
mp3 | chart

Peace, peace, peace,
My peace I leave with you.
Not as the world gives at all.
Not as the world gives,
Not as the world gives,
Not as the world gives at all.

Wen Reagan – Now to the King Eternal (1Tim 1​:​17)
mp3 | chart

Now to the King eternal
Immortal, invisible, God only wise
All glory and honor forever and ever
Amen, Amen

JG Hymns – Now May the God of Peace (Heb 13​:​20​-​21)
mp3 | chart

jonathan green is working with the Free Church of Scotland to compose music for a collection of ‘scripture songs‘ from the NT. We are very excited to have this one included.

Now may the God of peace
who raised up from the dead
The one great Shepherd of the sheep,
Jesus our sovereign head,
Who shed his precious blood to save a sinful race
By th’eternal covenant
of God’s unfailing grace –

May he equip our souls
and work in us his will,
That his good pleasure in our lives
he may indeed fulfil
Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, to whom be glory given
Throughout the ages still to come
for evermore. Amen.

Brian Moss – To Him Who is Able (Jude 24​-​25)
mp3 | chart

To him who is able to keep you from falling
and to present you before his glorious presence
without fault, and with great joy

To the only God, our Savior
be glory, majesty, power and authority
through Jesus Christ, our Lord
before all ages, now and forevermore

Hiram Ring – Make of Our Hearts (John 15​:​5​-​8)
mp3 | chart

Make of our hearts a unity,
the world, in us, your love to see.
You are our head, the truest vine,
make us your body, wholly thine.

Make us, Lord, your hands and feet,
to show your love to all we meet.
You are the source, your blood is life,
make us in yourself abide.

Brian & Melanie – Now He Who From the Dead (Heb. 13:20)
mp3 | chart (newton text)

Now he who from the dead
The Shepherd of the sheep,
O Christ our king and head
Our souls in safety keep.

And teach us to fulfill
what’s pleasing in his sight
perfect us in his will
Preserve us day and night

Let our hearts and voices raise
a song of thanks to our God
Now may he who from the dead
Our souls in safety keep.

Jess and Annie Alldredge – Benediction (2 Cor 13​:​14)
mp3 | chart

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ
and the love of God
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with you all. Amen.

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