Saturday, January 27, 2007

Bible Overview Hymn

So I was trying to think of a good Bible overview hymn / song, and couldn't! Suggestions welcome if I'm just being slow. Here is my attempt at one, to the rousing tune of 'Onward Christian Soldiers'.

Glorious God eternal: Father, Spirit, Son:
By his Word from nothing, everything is come.
Ruling in God’s image, man and wife are one:
People, place and blessing – kingdom is begun!
Christ is ruling history, ris’n to reign as Lord.
God’s eternal kingdom grows, in him secured.

Arrogant rebellion; humans trust the lie;
Sinful, mortal, banished, all in Adam die.
Righteous judge, but gracious, speaks to Abraham,
Covenants of blessing: hope for every man.
Christ is…

Nation saved from Egypt makes a golden calf,
King by his rebellion splits Israel in half.
Still they spurn God’s warnings – into exile sent;
Yet there’s mercy promised if they would repent.
Christ is…

Born in Bethlem’s stable, Christ the Lord of all,
Equal with the father, humble in a stall.
Grown, he shows the kingdom; spurned, he’s mocked and killed.
King and Lamb at Calvary – promises fulfilled!
Christ is…

Total vindication: Jesus lives again!
Death and Hell and Satan broken by his reign.
Life won for his people, glory guaranteed:
People place and blessing all in God received!
Christ is…

Tune: St. Gertrude
Words © Andrew Towner, 2007


Blogger Ros said...

O come, O come Emmanuel

With all the verses it covers quite a lot.

12:59 am, January 28, 2007  
Blogger Dawn said...

Great idea to have a 'Bible Overview' hymn. I've just been singing it in my office...good stuff...the words not my singing that is !!! :-)

10:16 am, January 29, 2007  
Anonymous Amanda Robbie said...

Hi Andrew
Do you know the Herefordshire Christmas carol?

Check it out on

(Though just the first five verses would do)

It has a fantastic tune too.


2:05 pm, January 30, 2007  

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