October is one of my favorite months, because it contains some of the most meaningful holidays for me. First, In October, my wonderful, godly parents celebrate their wedding anniversary. Their tremendous example of faith, and love have been a testimony to me, and many others; and their love of music clearly had an impact upon my life. Through joys and struggles, their love has grown, not just for each other, but more importantly, for their Saviour. I’m honoured that the Lord chose to place me under their care as I grew up, and I’m honoured that they’ve taught me to serve Him as I’m older with the gifts He’s given.
Secondly, October 31 marks the anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, when Martin Luther nailed the 95 theses on the Wittenberg Door in 1517. As a person who loves Church History, and Church Music, Reformation Day is a great day that allows me to celebrate both. It’s been a while since I’ve made a music playlist, so I thought I’d tune you into what I’m listening to these days. The songs that encourage my faith and cause me to belt at the top of my lungs in the car. Some of these are also songs that I like to include in my planning for corporate worship. So without further ado, here we go.
I Will Sing of My Redeemer – Fernando Ortega’s arrangement is my favorite of this hymn.
All to Bring You Glory – This song by Ashmont Hill has become a front-runner favorite. Unfortunately, there is a small cut-out of the audio part way in. You can listen to it on here on Spotify Ashmont Hill – All To Bring You Glory
I Will Lift My Eyes – Bebo Norman. The name “Bebo” still makes me smile, but so does this song. So much Psalm imagery, climaxes into a beautiful exaltation of Christ, and finding our hope in Him alone.
I Am Not Ashamed – Damaris Carbaugh and the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. I remember listening to this song as a kid, and I listened to it again this past weekend while spending time with my family. Romans 1:16-17 so beautiful sung. I’ve never been able to listen to this song without getting a little emotional, and it always has to be repeated at least once. This song just seems to be very appropriate reminder for our day and age, especially in light of current events.
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God – Chris Rice puts a nice acoustic spin on this classic Reformation Hymn. As 2017 gets increasingly closer, to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the nailing of the 95 theses on the Wittenberg Door, no October 31 would be complete without this poetic exposition of Psalm 46.
The Green Grass Sessions – Keith & Kristyn Getty
My Worth Is Not in What I Own – the new hymn written by Keith and Kristyn and Graham Kendrick
Good Shepherd of My Soul – a warm and moving a’capella rendition of one of Keith and Kristyn’s newer songs
Come Ye Sinners – a musical journey from Ireland to Appalachia envelopes the traditional hymn
Plus 3 more brand new recordings! Including a BONUS! Lobby Jam – a toe-tappin’, foot-stompin’, hand-clappin’ instrumental featuring the Getty’s band of Irish and bluegrass virtuosos
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Built On the Rock – a strong, bold hymn for the church.
And Can it Be – I’ve always loved this 1988 oldie, but goodie from the acappella group Glad
Rock Of Ages
One comment I read on YouTube sums this up… Awesome hymn, awesome rendition, awesome beard.
Sovereign Grace Music took this same text, and reset it with a new tune which I think you will enjoy.
O Church, Arise – If you’re familiar with this modern hymn by Keith & Kristyn Getty, I dare you to listen to this creative take on it, by the hymn’s other cowriter, Stuart Townend.
My Eternal King – This video is taken from a funeral, and I can’t think of a better choral anthem to have sung at one’s final memorial.
Here is Love – A beautiful song from the Welsh Revival of 1904-1906, based upon Romans 5:8. Often called the Love Song of the Welsh Revival.
And just in case you have no idea what Martin Luther and Reformation is all about…