Hymns of Faith: Songs for the Apostles Creed

Thanks to Bruce Benedict, the Hymns of Faith project was just finished and put up on his Cardiphonia Bandcamp page. I got to be involved in writing one of the hymns. The project was for 14 song writers to rewrite 12 hymns based on the Apostles Creed.  I’ll let you all read more about it there. Definitely worth checking out all of the music there. Pay what you want for downloads.

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Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness

Here is a recent hymn rewrite of Nikolaus L. Von Zinzendorf’s (1739) hymn. Because the lyrics were translated from German, some of the phrases are somewhat convoluted but I have been continually drawn in by the first two phrases of the hymn and the way that the hymn stays persistent in these verses with the analogy of being clothed in Christ. I also really love the verse that is punctuated with “the robe of Christ, it is ever new”. We record this live during worship last week. Enjoy!

On another note, I realized the other day that I have posted a few live recordings here and I unintentionally forgot to credit the players in the recordings. I will try to be more consistent with this in the future.

Rebekah Osborn (vocals) :: Kyle Ragsdale (vocals) :: Nathan Partain (vocals, acoustic guitar) :: Wolfy Johnson (piano, mixed recording) Jeremy Grimmer (harmonica) :: Brian Allee (percussion) :: Joe Manley (Upright bass)

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Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness (listen) (chords)

Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness,
My beauty are, my glorious dress;
’Midst flaming worlds, in these arrayed,
With joy shall I lift up my head.

Bold shall I stand in Thy great day;
For who aught to my charge shall lay?
Fully absolved through these I am,
From sin and fear, from guilt and shame.

This spotless robe the same appears,
When ruined nature sinks in years;
No age can change its glorious hue,
The robe of Christ is ever new.

O let the dead now hear Thy voice;
Now bid Thy banished ones rejoice;
Their beauty this, their glorious dress,
Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness.