Listen to our new Hymn Friday selection and be strengthened!Read More
When peace like a river attendeth my way,
when sorrows like sea billows roll;
whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,
“It is well, it is well with my soul.”
Have you ever wondered what the story was behind these deeply powerful words? Listen to find out.Read More
Come behold the wondrous mystery
In the dawning of the King
He the theme of heaven’s praises
Robed in frail humanity
In our longing, in our darkness
Now the light of life has come
Look to Christ, who condescended
Took on flesh to ransom us
Why do I love hymns? The best hymns whether they are ancient or modern are a coming together of theological truth and artistic beauty. They also are meant for congregational singing. I want to leave church with the truths that I just proclaimed in song to still be ringing in my heart and spilling over my lips throughout the week. That is sometimes hard to do with some modern praise songs that are more performance driven. The hymns also connect me to our rich Christian heritage and help to fight what C. S. Lewis called "chronological snobbery" (believing that whatever is newest is best). "A Mighty Fortress" was written in 1527 by Martin Luther. The Church has been singing this hymn for almost 500 years and unless Christ returns will sing it for 500 more at least!
One of the most exciting developments in recent years is the movement of not only reviving these classic hymns but of Christian artist writing new ones.Read More
As we move toward Good Friday take a moment, pause and reflect on the theological depth and artistic beauty of this old hymn by Puritan, Issac Watts.
When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.