Last Sunday saw the launch of the new album from the music ministry (“CityAlight”) of St Paul’s Castle Hill, “Yours Alone” (available here).
This album features 10 brand new songs written by the team at St Pauls, and 1 energetic rearrangement of a classic hymn, ‘Nothing But the Blood’. The songs have been sung and loved by the folk at St Pauls over the last 18 months, and it is a delight to record them and make them available to the wider world. A huge thank you to all of the music and production team that worked so hard to turn a dream into a reality that will serve the wider church!
I really like all of the songs that were recorded live at St Paul’s, but I do have a favourite.
My favourite is ‘Praise the Saviour’, and if you look at the lyrics below, you might see why.
PRAISE THE SAVIOUR Jonny Robinson VERSE 1 All my sin was so contagious All my failing so outrageous Says the Saviour, “I will pay this!” Praise the Saviour, Jesus VERSE 2 I was lost once, full of hate then If He left us who could blame him? Says the Saviour, “I will claim them!” Praise the Saviour, Jesus VERSE 3 Such a freedom! Who could earn this? Who could pay for this forgiveness? Says the Saviour, “It is finished!” Praise the Saviour, Jesus REFRAIN Praise the Saviour, praise the King This our song, our song shall be! (x3) Praise the Saviour, praise the King VERSE 4 Now, the Treasure of my whole life I will stand soon by Your own side, Says the Saviour, “Welcome home child!” Praise the Saviour, Jesus © 2014 CityAlight Music CCLI # 6429010
This song combines 3 things that make the classic old timeless hymns so great, and hopefully makes this a classic being sung in 50 years time across the world as well:
1. Great theology.
2. Wonderful poetic expression of that great theology.
3. A powerful, easily singable melody.
The last verse in particular is incredibly moving, and a timely reminder of the hope that Christians have in the face of a world that forgets the eternal in favour of the here and now.
Do yourself a favour and check out this song, and all the songs (here), and may they bless you and your church.
[All the lyrics and charts are available for free on the website as well]