Two CWM Hymns on new Grand View CD

Two hymns from ChurchWorksMedia.com have been included on a new recording from Grand View Ministries, a camp ministry in Alpine, AZ and Alberta, CAN. The CD, their third, includes orchestrations recorded by The Prague Symphony. It’s huge! The CD has SATB vocals and a few solos, but the CWM hymns were both recorded with men’s quartets. For the Sake of His Name was arranged and orchestrated just for this recording by David Rasbach. His Robes for Mine was arranged and orchestrated by Dan Forrest. (Octavos of both his SATB version and TTBB version are available.) You can order the CD here, or here, or here (where you can hear a few other tracks).

Here are 1-minute demos of the two CWM songs on the CD:

His Robes for Mine at Stonebriar: MP3 and Swindoll Comments

His Robes for Mine has been used a number of times at Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, TX. My friend Paul Thompson arranged the piece for their orchestra, choir, and congregation. He has kindly provided several files for download:

  • Here is an MP3 of His Robes for Mine from a recent service. (I posted a previous recording, but they were missing some key musicians during that service.) The whole thing is beautifully done, but the organ and brass transition into the last stanza is amazing. It just about moves me to tears every time I hear it. (Horns!)
  • Here is an MP3 of Chuck Swindoll making extemporaneous comments on the hymn, its doctrine, and the gospel.

As always, the PDF of the hymn version can be downloaded here and an explanation of the text found here. Other hymns can be found at ChurchWorksMedia.com. May the Lord use His Word in song to point both sinners and saints to the Savior.

(Note: While posting this I received word that the hymn has been translated into Chinese. Grace!)

SoundForth CD “Promises” Available

The new SoundForth recording, Promises, is now available. The CD includes several of my personal favorites, including O God, My Joy; Power of the Cross; and a gorgeous arrangement of Jesus Paid It All. It also includes Dan Forrest’s beautiful arrangement of ChurchWorksMedia.com‘s His Robes for Mine. The orchestrations are beautiful, and the choral singing is exceptional. It was extremely well received at its debut, selling out at BJU. It will stir your soul with gospel truth and point you Christ-ward.

  • You can order the CD here and see a video introduction here.
  • You can download the CD (for $10), hear demos, and even buy individual tracks (for $.99) here.
  • You can purchase the His Robes for Mine octavo here and see a video introduction here.

Praise the Lord for the hard work and giftedness of everyone at SoundForth—and for a Savior worthy of wholehearted, glorious praise. SDG.

His Robes for Mine: SoundForth Concert and CD

Dan Forrest’s arrangement of His Robes for Mine (a hymn which I wrote with Greg Habegger) is one of the tracks on the new SoundForth CD, Promises. It is also part of the SoundForth CD Premier Concert this Wednesday evening, March 24. The concert begins at Bob Jones University sometime between 8:30 and 8:45pm, depending on the time the service preceding it concludes. Though I can’t be there, there will be a Live Webcast of the concert at www.bju.edu which I’m hoping to take in. Dr. Warren Cook, a dear friend and mentor from my time at BJU, will be conducting.

The CD will be available starting Wednesday at 5:00pm here. It can be purchased at a discounted price ($12) between Wednesday at 5:00pm and Friday morning at 8:00am.

In addition to His Robes for Mine, the CD has several other songs that we’ve used as “hymns of the month” at Tri-County Bible Church—O God, My Joy; Power of the Cross; and Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal. It also has a stirring version of Come, Christians, Join to Sing, which we use as our call to worship most Lord’s Days. These songs are precious to me, and I’m eager to hear them.

By the way, the His Robes for Mine octavo is the first of several in a new “ChurchWorks Choral Series,” a joint effort of SoundForth and ChurchWorksMedia.com. The next installment is I Run to Christ (hymn version), arranged by Molly Ijames. It should be available for purchase in June.

I pray that these resources will be used to point many Christ-ward!

Dan Forrest’s Octavo of His Robes for Mine Is Out

Dan Forrest’s arrangement of His Robes for Mine is available for purchase from SoundForth. By God’s grace, the piece has been recognized as an “Editor’s Choice” by JW Pepper, which should mean that it will get a pretty wide hearing. I pray so, and that it will magnify Christ’s atoning work.

A demo of the arrangement can be heard here (or at the SoundFort link), and of course, the hymn version can be downloaded from ChurchWorksMedia.com.

SDG—Psalm 115:1.

BJU Thanksgiving Service

What a memorable, humbling day. Greg Habegger and I were both able to take early-morning flights to arrive in Greenville in time for BJU’s 2009 Thanksgiving Service, Portraits of Praise. Portions of the service can be heard or viewed here.

The entire service was beautifully planned and executed, and our Lord was magnified. By God’s grace, two ChurchWorksMedia hymns were included in the service—Greg’s choral arrangement of My Jesus, Fair and Dan Forrest’s arrangement of His Robes for Mine. Paul Keew and Brian Pinner’s exquisite new hymn, O God, My Joy, was also included. I love that!

Thanks to those who worked hard to point people Christ-ward this morning, and thanks for allowing us to have a small part. It was overwhelming to hear the orchestra, chorus, and congregation of some 6000 people lift there voices in praise to our Savior. Grace!

Beautiful Recording of His Robes for Mine

I stumbled upon this beautiful recording of His Robes for Mine Monday night, I’ve been enjoying it ever since, and I’ve received permission to post it here. The quintet is comprised of 5 sisters, pictured below:

Huronsisters

  • Top-left (Alexis Huron, 20)
  • Top-right (Olivia Huron, 18)
  • Center (Heather Huron, 22, daughter-in-law)
  • Bottom-left (Cilicia Huron, 20, twin to Alexis)
  • Bottom-right (Anita Huron, 25)

Their father is Santiago Huron, Pastor of Heritage Bible Church in Lutz, Florida. Pastor Santiago and his wife Anita have 14 children and are very intentional about their ministry in their home. You can find out more about them here.

I love the recording, in part because the sweet blend and harmonies remind me of the group my mother was in when she was in college (blog post here, recording of Fairest Lord Jesus here)…and probably in part because I have 4 daughters. :)

Thank you, ladies! Beautiful job. Our Savior deserves whole-hearted, thoughtful praise! May the Lord bless you as you point people Christ-ward with your lives, words, and songs!

_____

(Sheet music for His Robes for Mine can be obtained for free here, and other resources for worship found at www.ChurchWorksMedia.com.)

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