Sunday, May 24, 2009

promptings top ten hymns countdown - 6, 5

(This is my third post of favorite hymns for Semicolon's top 100 hymns project. Here is #1 & #2.)

6. "O the Deep Deep Love of Jesus" - 1875
by Samuel Trevor Francis, tune by Thomas J. Williams

Though Samuel Francis was brought up in a Christian home, he experienced a crisis of faith as a young man. One dark night crossing a bridge on his way home, he had the temptation to end his life. In the shock of the moment he realized, I do believe, and put his whole trust in Jesus as Savior.

He went on to become a London merchant but what he really lived for was hymn writing and preaching in open air meetings. "O the Deep Deep Love of Jesus" is one of the hymns he wrote.

Here Praise in Motion does liturgical dance to Selah's rendition of the song.

5. "In Christ Alone" - 2001
Words and music by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend
Copyright © 2001 Kingsway’s Thankyou Music,
P.O. Box 75,
Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN23 6NW, UK.

This is one of the beautiful new hymns of the church. I gained a greater appreciation of what Christ's death and resurrection means through "In Christ Alone" when I memorized it as part of this year's Easter Sunday choir program.

(For more new hymns by Keith & Kristyn Getty check out their website. To hear more songs, visit their MySpace site - or buy "In Christ Alone" through itunes - I just did)


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