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History of Hymns: New Zealand composer bases best-known song on call to servanthood

“The Servant Song” Richard Gillard The Faith We Sing, No. 2222 Brother, sister, let me serve you, let me be as Christ to you; pray that I may have the grace to let you be my servant , too.*   Richard Gillard (b. 1953) was born in England and brought at age 3 to New […]

History of Hymns: Spirit of Reformation marks ‘Lift Our Song’

“In Unity We Lift Our Song” Ken Medema The Faith We Sing, No. 2221 In unity we lift our song of grateful adoration, for brothers brave and sisters strong. What cause for celebration! * Ken Medema (b. 1943), one of the most versatile, creative and enduring Christian artists today, is now in his 40th year […]

“Mrs. Gospel Music” bridged racial barriers

“Lead Me, Guide Me” Doris Akers The Faith We Sing, No. 2214  I am weak and I need thy strength and power To help me over my weakest hour Lead me through the darkness thy face to see Lead me, O Lord, lead me. Lead me, guide me along the way, For if you lead […]

‘Living for Jesus’ pledges full commitment to Christ

“Living for Jesus” Thomas O. Chisholm The Faith We Sing, No. 2149 Living for Jesus a life that is true, striving to please him in all that I do, yielding allegiance, glad-hearted and free, this is the pathway of blessing for me.  O Jesus, Lord and Savior, I give myself to thee, for thou, in […]