“Therefore they are before the throne of God,
and serve him day and night in his temple;
and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.
They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore;
the sun shall not strike them,
nor any scorching heat.
For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd,
and he will guide them to springs of living water,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
Keith & Kristyn Getty are contemporary hymn writers from Ireland who now live in Nashville. Their combination of timeless, singable melodies with deep theological truth have produced some very powerful hymns for the Church! Continue reading
And… we’re back! About a month ago, some major changes took place at Stevens Street Baptist Church, which necessitated taking an unexpected break from the blog. I hope to be back to posting new hymnology articles by the end of this week, but in the meantime, this seems as good a time as any to begin a new series that I’ve been planning to do here for a while.
Each week, I’ll be posting the set list from our Sunday worship services. This will serve both as a resource for members of my own church who would like to learn more about the hymns we are singing, as well as a resource for worship leaders looking for service planning ideas and/or new music. I hope you’ll enjoy it! Continue reading
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
In the Fall of 2012, Keith and Kristyn Getty released their album Hymns for the Christian Life. As they shared in this interview, their goal in this season of their ministry has been to write hymns which will serve churches by addressing topics often neglected in modern Christian worship music. This has remained their objective with hymns written since the release of that album, including the prayerful “Good Shepherd of My Soul.” Continue reading
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing hymns and songs and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
When prolific hymn writers Keith & Kristyn Getty moved to Nashville a few years ago, they decided to pursue a new concept for their next project. They wanted to explore themes not typically covered by modern worship music, such as work, community, and money. The result is their most recent album, “Hymns for the Christian Life.”
While most of the songs on this album were newly composed, the couple chose to include one of their older hymns, co-written by Stuart Townend. “My Heart Is Filled With Thankfulness” is a prayer of thanksgiving for the spiritual blessings we have received in Christ. Continue reading
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice,
and let them say among the nations, “The LORD reigns!”
Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
let the field exult, and everything in it!
Then shall the trees of the forest sing for joy
before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth.
Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever!
~ 2 Chronicles 16:31-34
This hymn is the result of another collaboration between Keith & Kristyn Getty and Stuart Townend, the combination which has produced so many great hymns in the last decade. The most distinctive thing about this particular hymn musically is its meter (time signature). We don’t often sing mixed meter songs corporately, as they can be very difficult to pick up in one hearing. In Creation Sings, however, the mixed meter just “works”. Though the time signature in the verses shifts every measure between 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4 (the choruses stay in 3/4), congregations seem to catch on quickly. This is the mark of an extraordinarily well-written hymn for the church!