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Our Only Hope Is You

The bridges we had burned You have restored
You gave us hope when there was none before
You paid the debt that we could not afford
And cast away our guilt forevermore
 
What a great encouragement to hear and sing in light of the truth in Romans 3:9-26 stating our need and hopelessness without God.
 
None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands;
no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together
they have become worthless; 
no one does good,
not even one.”
 
Be encouraged and enjoy this song as we learn it and sing it in congregational worship.


Is He Worthy

While this song doesn’t fit well in a listing of new congregational worship songs, we did sing it as a special just last Sunday and it was a powerful moment of worship. Andrew Peterson does a beautiful job reminding us of God’s worthiness, the beauty of Christ, and the mercy that comes as a free gift. 

 
Let this song be part of your personal worship as you think and reflect on our great God.


The Prodigal

The parable of the prodigal son found in Luke 15 is a wonderful illustration of God’s mercy and grace freely given to us. This is not a newly released song, but is a new song to our congregation and is a great reminder of God’s grace as we continue our study in the book of Romans. 

 
Carefully pay attention to the lyrics. There are some powerful phrases.
 

VERSE 1
You held out Your arms, I walked away
Insolent, I spurned Your face
Squandering the gifts You gave to me
Holding close forbidden things
Destitute, a rebel still, a fool in all my pride
The world I once enjoyed is death to me
No joy, no hope, no life

VERSE 2
Where now are the friends that I had bought
Gone with every penny lost
What hope could there be for such as I
Sold out to a world of lies
Oh to see Your face again, it seems so distant now
Could it be that You would take me back
A servant in Your house

VERSE 3
You held out Your arms, I see them still
You never left, You never will
Running to embrace me, now I know
Your cords of love will always hold
Mercy’s robe, a ring of grace
Such favor undeserved
You sing over me and celebrate
The rebel now Your child



Great Is Thy Faithfulness (Beginning to End)

The hymn Great is Thy Faithfulness is always on the short list of all-time favorite Christian hymns. Generation after generation has loved this great lyric and melody. 

 
Mike Weaver from One Sonic Society takes this very familiar melody and lyric and adds something new. He adds a heartfelt chorus that partners so well with the truth proclaimed in the original lyric. It changes things up a little, but gets us to think–perhaps bumps us out of “rote worship”–that worship where the familiar becomes so familiar we almost forget why we sing and what we are singing about. I hope this new song jars us all out of the “repetitive” and this song becomes as new and alive as the very first time we sung it.