Go to Dark Gethsemane – versions

Holy Week Hymn by James Montgomery that walks us through the last days of Christ's life into the Resurrection.  There have been a number of good retunes of this old text in recent years even one including rap (HighStreet Hymns) Trinity Anglican Mission (Atlanta, GA) mp3 | chart Indelible Grace (Nashville, TN) mp3 | charts... Continue Reading →

Hallel Psalms Compilation

"Hallel Psalms" is our sixth "flash mob" compilation. This collection of songs meditates on Psalms 113-118 often called the "Egyptian Hallel." They were traditionally sung during passover, were sung by the disciples at the last supper, and make a fantastic set of texts to guide worship and devotion during Holy Week (March 25-30 this year).... Continue Reading →

Palm Sunday Weekend with Reggie Kidd

For Palm Sunday we invited Reggie Kidd to visit our church to speak on the future-looking aspects of the Lord's Supper (as part of our Calvin Worship Grant).  He spoke with our leadership team on Saturday night, and twice on Sunday morning (Sunday School and Sermon). During our leadership team dinner we talked about how... Continue Reading →

“It is Finished” songs for Good Friday

Last night I traveled from Raleigh over to Greensboro to participate in Hope Chapel's Maundy Thursday service.  They were recreating the New York Hymns album "Songs for Lent" that walks through the Stations of the Cross via texts from the Sacred Harp hymnal. It was a gorgeous evening of music and meditation on the life... Continue Reading →

Resources and Songs for Holy Week

Explanations of Holy Week The events framed by Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and his resurrection are some of the most dramatic and theologically important of the entire scriptural narrative. These days feature not only the drama of the triumphal entry, trial, last supper, and crucifixion but also poignant prayers and prophetic teachings of our Lord.... Continue Reading →

Resources for Lent

Last year Elliot and I have were asked by a couple of churches if we would put together a short guide on the season of Lent.  There is a brief background on the history, some pastoral reflections and some liturgical and practical suggestions for how to observe the season meaningfully.  There is a lot more... Continue Reading →

HW Songs #6 Ah Holy Jesus

The last song in our series of  music for Holy Week is "Ah, Holy Jesus..." written by Johann Heermann, a 16th cent. German Pastor.  For ancient hymn texts it is a startling personalization of sin and Christ's work on our behalf. Read more about this hymn at hymnary.org. Ah, Holy Jesus How Hast Thou Offended... Continue Reading →

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