This past week our worship service included a hymn written by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend, two of my favorite contemporary hymnists. It’s also very appropriate for Lutheran worship as the title, In Christ Alone, echos one of the Solas of the Reformation. These are five Latin phrases that state the foundational principles underlying the doctrine of salvation still taught by Lutheran and Reformed Christian. They are: Scripture alone, Faith alone, Grace alone, Christ alone, for the Glory of God alone. Listen and enjoy!
I first heard this beautiful, contemporary hymn when my husband was the supply pastor at a small Lutheran congregation. It was composed by David Haas (b. 1957), and the themes include God’s care, strength during difficult times, baptism and confirmation. It has also been used at funerals and healing services.
This hymn was used recently in a worship service I attended. It was written by David Haas (b. 1958), one of the most prominent Catholic composers since the mid-1980s. I found this song to be musically engaging, biblical (it is based on the Beatitudes in Matthew, Chapter 5) and easy to sing. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did!
The sermon I heard this past week was based on some of my favorite passages of Scripture– the 11th and 12th chapters of Hebrews. These verses speak of some of the great heroes of the faith, those who have gone before us (and by the way they were also just regular folks with plenty of flaws). Even those who came before the birth of Christ were counted among the faithful because they were looking forward to the One to come, they believed in the promises of God.
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1
One of the hymns went right along with the message. It’s by the Gettys (wonderful contemporary hymnists) and I know our readers will love it as I do.
I was checking out the internet for hymns about the word of God, and came across this one by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend, well-known contemporary hymn writers. It is one of the most popular songs on the getty music website(Getty Music) and was composed to introduce the sermon or the worship service. The prayer of the songwriters is that this hymn will inspire people to hear and respond to the preaching of God’s word. It reminds us that we our God speaks to us directly through His word. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.