News (12/12/08)

I’ve been encouraged by the positive response to, the new church resource site I launched with a few friends earlier this week. There has been more activity and more positive feedback than I expected. Praise the Lord!

In the coming days, we’ll be posting some beautiful hymns composed by Paul S. Jones and written by Eric J. Alexander. I’m excited to pull them from relative obscurity, and I hope that they will be read and heard and sung. Stay tuned.

Speaking of Paul, he has given me permission to post a recording of Praise Our Savior, Jesus Christ, which he and the Tenth Presbyterian Church Choir of Philadelphia introduced to their body last month. Robert Joubert is the soloist. Paul would have me remind you that it’s a live performance, not a formal recording, and not what he’d consider “stellar” for their choir. :) You can hear the recording here. We’ve enjoyed the hymn a great deal at TCBC, first chorally then congregationally. What better to sing of than the Person and Work of Christ?!

Here’s the text of the first two verses, both of which highlight the wonder of Christ’s Incarnation:

Praise our Savior, Jesus Christ; adore the Father’s only Son.
Holy God and lowly flesh in virgin’s womb have joined as one!
Equal with eternal God, Christ stooped to dwell on earth with men—
Sent by God to save our souls and slain by God to end our sin.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Our Emmanuel has come!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Praise the Father’s glorious Son!

Praise our Savior, Jesus Christ; delight in God’s climactic Word.
God through prophets whispered once, but now He shouts through Christ the Lord.
Message, Messenger combined-the Son reveals the unseen God;
Showing Him to us by birth, then bringing us to Him by blood!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! God and sinners may be one!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Praise the Father’s glorious Son!


5 Responses

  1. It’s a good hymn- and majestically accompanied by the pipe organ in the recording.

  2. There our distinguishing marks here in this text where I don’t think the MTC in SLC would prefer to sing this.

    Can this be sung with a guitar?

  3. Todd,

    What Tenth Pres has done is beautiful. However, the song certainly doesn’t require that level of formality, nor an operatic style. We’ve sung it with joyful exuberance, and we’re not at all “high church.” It sings like “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today.”

    I think it could be sung with a guitar, but it’s not yet chorded like the others are.

    BTW, I just had a conversation yesterday about having lyrics so explicitly Christian that liberals or cultists would be offended by them. So your comment about the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (the other MTC) makes me smile!

  4. Glad you are getting some hits. I know upwards of 20 folks have trotted over to the new site from my blog. Blessings on this great endeavor!

  5. Todd,

    Actually, I think Holly Stratton and friends even took it a step further

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