It has been a while since we have sung the following songs in worship. These songs - particularly the first one - may be a bit of a challenge for us to sing as a congregation. So, why were they chosen? 

Two primary reasons: 1) Sometimes modern or new tunes are a better fit for the text. Yes, Arise, My Soul, Arise is fast and yes, it is syncopated. These characteristics lend an urgency which reflects the urgency inherent to the text. 2) Sometimes we become too familiar and complacent when singing tunes that we know and the text no longer impacts us as it should. 

Our prayer is that you would read these words, listen to the recordings and come to worship Sunday morning eager to experience the excitement of what God has done for us through the life, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus. May He ever be praised!

Arise, My Soul Arise

1. Arise, my soul, arise, 
shake off your guilty fears; 
The bleeding sacrifice, 
in my behalf appears; 
Before the throne my Surety stands, 
Before the throne my Surety stands, 
My name is written on His hands.

Chorus: Arise (arise), arise (arise), arise
Arise, my soul, arise. 
Arise (arise), arise (arise), arise
Arise, my soul, arise. 
Shake off your guilty fears and rise

2. He ever lives above, 
for me to intercede; 
His all redeeming love, 
His precious blood, to plead; 
His blood atoned for every race, 
His blood atoned for every race, 
And sprinkles now the throne of grace.

3. Five bleeding wounds He bears; 
received on Calvary; 
They pour effectual prayers; 
they strongly plead for me: 
"Forgive him, O forgive," they cry, 
"Forgive him, O forgive," they cry, 
"Nor let that ransomed sinner die!"

4. The Father hears Him pray, 
His dear anointed One; 
He cannot turn away
the presence of His Son; 
The Spirit answers to the blood, 
The Spirit answers to the blood
And tells me I am born of God.

5. My God is reconciled; 
His pardoning voice I hear; 
He owns me for His child; 
I can no longer fear
With confidence I now draw nigh, 
With confidence I now draw nigh, 
And "Father, Abba, Father," cry.

CCLI Song # 2570138 | TEXT: Charles Wesley MUSIC: Kevin Twit | ©1996 Kevin Twit Music (ASCAP).Used by permission. All rights reserved. CCLI License # 831209

O Wondrous Love

Verse 1

O wondrous love
That will not let me go
I cling to You
With all my strength and soul
Yet if my hold should ever fail
This wondrous love will never let me go

Verse 2

O wondrous love
That's come to dwell in me
Lord who am I
That I should come to know
Your tender voice assuring me
Your wondrous love will never let me go

Bridge

I'm resting in the everlasting arms
In the ever faithful heart
The Shepherd of my life
You'll carry me
On Your mighty wings of grace
Keeping me until the day
I look into Your eyes

Verse 3

O wondrous love
That sings of Calvary
The sweetest sound
This sinner's ever known
The song of Your redeeming Son
Whose wondrous love
Will never let me go

Verse 4

O wondrous love
That rushes over me
I can't escape
This river's glorious flow
You overwhelm my days with good
Your wondrous love
That will not let me go


CCLI Song # 3337411
Steve Cook | Vikki Cook
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