City Hymns – Fragments of Grace

Years in the writing, and decades in the making - Karl Digerness, under the moniker "City Hymns," has recently released one of the most finely produced reHabbed hymn albums that I have heard.  Tuning his songwriting skills for years under the banner of Birmingham, AL unit Red Mountain Music it finally became time to explore... Continue Reading →

High Street Hymns – Hearts and Voices

High Street Hymns has just released a brand new CD "Hearts and Voices" perfect for the Easter Season coming up. It is a great mix of tunes and textures. I appreciate the care that Alex Mejias, the primary songwriter and founder of High Street Hymns, takes to craft songs for the church. Songs that match... Continue Reading →

The Lord is King – rehymn by Nathan Partain

Nathan Partain is the Chief Musician at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, IN.  Nathan has been a friend, colleague, encourager, fellow traveler, and excellent songwriter for many years now.  Nathan has also written one of my favorite hymn re-writes of all time which wraps up his excellent CD "The Parlor Sessions."  Nathan's version is very... Continue Reading →

Jesus, Lover of My Soul (igrace version)

This is a newish RUF version that we have been singing recently that is one of the more congregational indelible grace songs.  Greg Thompson, pastor of Trinity Presbyterian in Charlottesville, Va retuned this text when he was the RUF pastor at UVA.  The leadsheet below is our congregational version that simplifies the leadsheet at the... Continue Reading →

Horatius Bonar Hymn – O Love of God

According to The Hymnary this is one of Horatius Bonar's best loved texts.  I love how this hymn weaves Love from the grandeur of the omnipotent God into the daily realities of suffering. From the work of creation to the work of the Savior. This would make a great meditative Easter hymn.  You can read... Continue Reading →

There is a Fountain Filled with Blood

We're singing this beautiful hymn by William Cowper during the Lord's Supper this week.  As I was working on our arrangement I realized that there are quite a few different versions that have been *kicked around recently. Here they are in no particular order. The Welcome Wagon - mp3 | leadsheet | buy on both... Continue Reading →

Review – Zac Hicks and “The Glad Sound”

For anyone who ever thought that uplifting worship music in a pop/rock vein wasn't a perfect companion for rich hymnody well…you've just never stumbled across the debut CD from Zac Hicks and Cherry Creek Presbyterian "The Glad Sound". This was certainly proved true as I read through some of the recent reviews on Itunes. "Surprised... Continue Reading →

Come, Thou Everlasting Spirit

Mike Farley, a good friend and professor of Worship at Covenant Seminary suggested I look into Wesley's 'Hymns on the Lord's Supper' last year when I was trying to find some good texts.  Here is a great one I recently retuned.  Love that Wesley refers to the Holy Spirit as the 'Remembrancer Divine.'  This is... Continue Reading →

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