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Encouraging saints around the world since 1991 !!!

"When the choir has presented your songs to the church, 
we have always gotten good feedback.  I think the
Holy Spirit loves these songs, because the lyrics are 
Biblical and the melodies exalt Christ...  Personally, 
I prefer songs which have a quiet, praising melody.  
Your songs, even the upbeat ones, have this nature."

 

 

CHURCH CHOIR
CENTRAL
   

New Hope Music songs are being sung
by choirs around the world.
Here are links to some choruses
that could be useful to you.

Each page includes lyrics, chords and sound files.
Most also include MIDIs and PDF songsheets.


** Today's Featured Song **
The Lord's Prayer


"Very nice.  Good job..."
(John Michael Talbot)
( after listening to "The Lord's Prayer")


Has your choir used our songs?  Which ones?
If so, please send us a picture of your choir,
a recording of you singing it, 
and/or a bulletin mentioning the song.

**  We want to highlight YOUR choir on this web site!  **

 

The East Parade Church Choir
in Bangalore, India - Christmas 2011
Hear them sing "He Shall Be Called"

 


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I used Hiland Overgaard's arrangement of "Receive His Grace"
simplified it a little for our instrumentation and skill, 
wrote a second verse based on your main theme, and...

WOW - the congregation loved it.

I have NEVER had the congregation stirred by a piece of music 
like they were today. It is certain that your ministry opens 
many hearts and brings joy and comfort to many - I saw it first hand. 
Keep up the good work.
  (Mike, from Virginia)

 

St Francis Choir, Christ Episcopal Church, Valdosta GA


Exciting news !  Fred Bock Music has published a Tom Fettke SATB arrangement of "Splendor And Majesty", a song written by Ralph Merrifield and Lenny Smith !!


 I was just listening to your song “Mighty One” at 
songsofpraise.com  and then I went to your site…  Wow!

You’ve done so much work there; it is very impressive and 
your music is beautiful!   ...what a great resource!!!   
I’m the Director of Music at St. Andrews Episcopal Church and
am looking forward to doing some of your songs (with our choir)

(Peter, from New Jersey)

How excited I was when I found your website while "shopping" for choral music! 
I spent hours listening to your music.  I am eager to use
many of your pieces with a new youth choir that I am starting in the fall. 
I wish to place an order for:  "Public Praise & Worship Songbook"
(Mary Ellen, from New York
)

Public Praise & Worship Original Hymns Favorite Songwriters
Songs for Youth Ministry ! MP3 files Translations

Sing Along With Us !!

Introductions have now been added 
to all the song & hymn MIDI/MP3 files so you can 
sing along with our arrangements!

Ideal for choir practices, sing alongs, solos and congregational singing.

Great for small and large groups!

All our MIDIs have also been converted to MP3, 
for easy transfer to Audio CDs !!

Order CDs of our MP3s, MIDIs and PDF files


 

The Faith Chorister,
Faith Methodist Church, Singapore.
View the videos they created of New Hope Music songs

 

 

"I have shared some of your music with our choir, 
made up of mostly youth from our parish.  Thank you. 
Your music inspires and brings new hope to all of us..." 
(Bertha, from Gambia)

"I was really excited to hear all your songs and the service
render by you for the glory of Jesus Christ.

I am a member of Church of South India and I am
in charge of the Church Choir.

I just heard the song "In Every Single Situation" sung by the
Greater Grace Choir of Finland.  It was fantastic.

I am interested to play the same song in my church. 
So will you please send me the PDF sheet music for the
above song with midi?" 
(Ratheesh, from India)

 


Here is one picture of us.  It was taken for a week ago in the hall of
Jorvi Hospital.  It´s a big hospital in Espoo, a city close to Helsinki. By
the way we sang "By Your Abundant Love" twice there.

"The Baby of Bethlehem" is still at the "practicing stage"  We are planning
to record it in our Christmas meeting at 19th of December...  Thank you, Ralph, for this song,
we really love it.  I first fell in love with the lyrics, so I "had" to show
the song to Marja who loved it, too... 

"I send you here the handwritten notes of 5 songs of yours 
which we have translated to Finnish and arranged for our choir.  
We sang "He Shall Be Called" 5 times during the Christmas season. 
We now started to practice "To The Rock" and "Abba Father"
These songs are lovely... a real pleasure to sing and even practice!"  
 
(Lea,  from
Finland
)

Check out their Soundclick page!


Abba Father

Sung in Finland and South Africa !

In Jesus we come to You.
In our hearts Your Spirit moves.
We Your little children
Come in adoration.

Abba Father
Draw me nearer
Hold me closer
Abba Father (repeat)

Just sitting here at your feet,
Quite contented just to be
Resting in your presence,
Safe, secure, protected. 
     (repeat chorus)

 

Benediction (Numbers 6:25-26)

The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace, and give you peace

 

"I am the choir director of Millennium Methodist Church, Secunderabad, India. 
I used your song  'He Shall Be Called'  two years back in our Christmas program 
and I am planning to use some for this upcoming Palm Sunday/Good Friday/Easter Season. 
I have not recorded our choir.  If possible, I'll do this time and send you a copy. 
We all thank you and praise God for the wonderful talents that HE has given you 
and the desire to use those for HIS glory." 
(Sunil,  from India)

 

Bringing The Presence Of Jesus
a light calypso, sung as a two part round

Sung in South Africa !

Bringing the presence of Jesus to the world
Bringing the presence of Jesus in this place
Bringing the presence of Jesus to a lost and longing people
Bringing His love, bringing His truth and grace

Jesus, King of the Nations
Mighty Lord of Creation
Holy Light of Salvation
Precious Lamb of God

We are the presence of Jesus to the world
We are the presence of Jesus in this place
We are the presence of Jesus to a lost and longing people
We are His love, we are His truth and grace  (chorus)

 

 We (the church choir) have been practicing "By Your Abundant Love"...
this would be perfect for our Sunday morning service... 
we are overwhelmed by the presence of God in this song.

By Your Abundant Love
                (Psalm 5:7, 11-12)

Sung in Finland

By Your abundant love I will enter Your house
By Your abundant love I will enter Your house
At Your holy temple I will bow down
In reverence Lord to Thee

Let all who take refuge in Thee be glad
Let all who take refuge in Thee be glad
Let them ever sing for joy
And may you shelter them

That those who love Thy name may exult in Thee
That those who love Thy name may exult in Thee
For You do bless the righteous man
And surround him with favor as a shield

By Your abundant love I will enter Your house
By Your abundant love I will enter Your house
At Your holy temple I will bow down
In reverence Lord to Thee

At Your holy temple I will bow down
In reverence Lord to Thee


St. Ann's Choir -  Browns Mills, New Jersey
learn more about this choir!

"Our Concert went just perfectly on Sunday afternoon...
We began the second half with your song... Center of My Soul
It was well received, lots of applause, etc.  
It is proving to be our most popular selection."


Center Of My Soul
a spiritual intimacy song,
effective for entering into corporate or private worship

Sung by church choirs in 
Pennsylvania, New Jersey, India and South Africa!

Lord You’re the center of my soul
Both my beginning and my goal
All that I am and all that I’ll be
Draws from the life You give me

You are my wisdom and my strength
On You in all I can depend
Once I was broken, now I’m whole

Lord You’re the center of my soul
    (repeat to beginning)


You bring the meaning to my days
You are the purpose in my ways
Once I was empty, now I’m full
Lord You’re the center of my soul
Lord You’re the center of my soul

 

We are using the wonderful song by Rev. Steve Misarski - "Hallelujah! Jesus Is Lord!"
in our Easter Sunday evening concerts... I have done a track for it and our 
senior choir will be singing ... they love it ... and to know how and 
where it was composed is inspiring both to them and to me as a composer... 
 
Please pass on my sincere thanks to Rev. Misarski... Those who are set here 
to provide music for God's army - must continue to do so...and bravely so...no 
hedging the topics or making them 'candy sweet'...our songs need to tell it like it is...! 
 
So, Steve's song is just that...honest and sweet in it's content! 
(Brian, from Canada)

 

Hallelujah, Jesus Is Lord
a lively celebration of Christ's resurrection
written by Rev. Stephen M. Misarski

Sung in Australia and India!

Hallelujah, Jesus is Lord
Hallelujah, death is no more
Hallelujah, hope is restored
Hallelujah, Jesus is Lord

1. He was dead in the grave
And all hope had vanished away
He arose; He’s alive
And I’m ready to shout it on high

2. I was dead in my sins
Bound for hell and darkness within
By His love, I’m alive
Heaven’s gates are opened wide

3. We’re alive in the Son
Longing for the day He will come
In a flash, trumpet blast
Christ the Victor will raise us at last !

 

"We sang "He Shall Be Called" in our Christmas meeting last Sunday 
and it was great!  Our pastor spoke in our morning meeting about 
Immanuel, God with us, how God wants to communicate with us from 
face to face.  And in the Christmas meeting he spoke about the Blood and 
about the cross, how Jesus was born to die for us.   So your song and the words 
were in the same anointing as the Christmas messages..."
 
(Lea, from Finland)

 

Thank you for the "He Shall Be Called"  music.  
Our choir at St Luke United Methodist Church sang it
the first Sunday in Advent for our anthem.  
The congregation liked it so well, I decided for us to sing it (1st verse)
as a Call to Worship, which we are doing every Sunday
for the Advent season.  We have a young man who plays the guitar
along with the piano. The congregation loves to sing it!
Attached is a picture of our choir singing the song on November 27, 2005.  
(Patty, Choir Director from South Carolina
)

 

He Shall Be Called
a carol focusing on the names and nature of Jesus

Sung by many church choirs around the world

He shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Almighty God
He shall be called Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace
His name is Jesus, for He will save His people from sin
His name Immanuel, God with man

Jesus is called Wonderful Counselor, Almighty God
Jesus is called Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace
His name is Jesus, for He saves His people from sin
His name Immanuel, God with man
His name Immanuel, God with man

We praise Your name Wonderful Counselor, Almighty God
We praise Your name Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace
We love You Jesus, for You save Your people from sin
We love You Immanuel, God with man
We love You Immanuel, God with man

 

I got to know about your website through the Internet when searching for Christmas songs... 
My choir really likes "He Shall Be Called".  I want to use more (of your) songs with my choir. 
(Sola Adetutu, from Nigeria)

 

No words can express how happy and excited I am listening
and choosing hymns I would be using in church for our little ones. The tunes indeed are very good, easy,
and catchy that the children of our parish would pick up very easily...

I have already picked a few from your "Songbook 2"
i.e., "Holy Holy Holy", "Peace I Give To You", "Doxology Round" (I really like this one), "Children of Light"
(I like this one too). Each one of your songs are simply beautiful and deserves publishing...
(Email from Eunice)

Heavens and Earth
a joyful song of thanksgiving from Psalm 136

Sung in Finland and South Africa !

Give thanks to the Lord for He is good
God of all gods and Lord of all lords
He does great wonders and made the creation
His lovingkindness is everlasting
His lovingkindness is everlasting

        Heavens and earth (xx),
        Oceans and stars (xx)
        Sun, moon, the day and night,
        He’s over all! (xx xx xx xx)

We thank You Lord for You are good
God of all gods and Lord of all lords

You do great wonders and made the creation
Your lovingkindness is everlasting
Your lovingkindness is everlasting

        Heavens and earth (xx),

        Oceans and stars (xx)
        Sun, moon, the day and night,
        You're over all ! (xx xx xx xx)
               (repeat second verse)

 

I just came across this site this morning and yes, it's simply stupendous...
Since I conduct a small choir at the Holy Redeemer Chapel in KUWAIT,
I will definitely find this site very, very useful, especially as it has 4-voice stuff.
(Rosario, from Kuwait)

 

Holy, Holy, Holy
pure and simple worship of  our God and King

Sung in South Africa !

Holy, holy, holy
Is the Lord God Almighty
Who was, and is and is to come
Holy, holy, holy
Is the Lord God Almighty
Who was, and is and is to come

Worthy, worthy, worthy
is the Lord God Almighty
Who was, and is and is to come
Worthy, worthy, worthy
is the Lord God Almighty
Who was, and is and is to come

Glory, glory, glory
To the Lord God Almighty
Who was, and is and is to come
Glory, glory, glory
To the Lord God Almighty
Who was, and is and is to come

 

I have found several compositions of yours on the New Hope
website that I would like to perform
with my adult choir or/or my praise choir. Some examples are:   

The God of Jerusalem, Center of My Soul, 
Before the Coming Lord, He Shall Be Called, 
Holy, Holy, Holy

(Richard McLeod, from South Carolina)


Trinity Evangelical Church (UMC) Choir.
Sycamore, Ohio.  Esther Noggle, Director

See bulletin of when they sang "How Awesome Is This Place"

 

"I love this song (How Awesome Is This Place)
and would like for my choir to sing along 
with the midi arrangement by Richard Garber..."
(Mary,  from Florida)
 

How Awesome Is This Place
being overwhelmed in God's presence
(based on Genesis 28:12-17)

Sung by church choirs in Ohio, Florida, India and South Africa


I see angels ascending, descending
on a stairway from heaven to earth.
At the top stands the Lord, God of Abr’ham.
He is mighty.

How awesome is this place, dear Father.
How beautiful the house of God.
You're present at the gate of heaven,
it is good to be near. It is good to be here.
How awesome is this place, oh Lord

I feel blessings ascending, descending
on the hearts and the prayers of the saints.
Through this fellowship, sweet, comes His pleasure.
He is lovely !  (chorus)

To the Ancient of Days be the honor.
He is worthy alone to be praised.
We will sing through the ages in Glory
" You are holy !! "  (chorus)

 

Your kind of music is wonderful and very useful...
My choir will, by God's grace, perform them in the church. 

(Rotimi, from Nigeria)


Junior Choir.  Cape Town, South Africa
They sing several of our songs !!

Two choirs from Bishop Lavis, Cape Town (South Africa) recently sent me
a recording of them singing seven New Hope Music songs!  Thank you !!!

Click below to listen to their recordings (MP3 format)

1. "He Shall Be Called"  Junior Choir
2. "Bless The Lord"  
Junior Choir
3. "How Precious Is Your Love" 
Junior Choir
4. "Center Of My Soul" 
Junior Choir
5. "I Will Go"  Junior Choir
6. "Mighty One"  Junior Choir
7. "Splendor And Majesty" 
Adult Choir


We (our choir members) are planning to sing "Hosanna (It’s Jesus!)" 
for Palm Sunday and
"Hallelujah, Jesus Is Lord" for Easter.
We sang "He Shall Be Called" for Christmas and everyone loved it.   

Thanks so much for your wonderful songs.
 
(Pam, from
Michigan)

 

How Precious Is Your Love
relaxing in God's compassion and favor
(written with Gerrit Gustafson)

Sung by a church choir in South Africa

How precious is Your love, oh God
We take refuge in the shelter of Your wings
We drink our fill from Your river of delight
You are the Fountain of Life (repeat)
How precious is Your love

Your love extends to the heavens
Your faithfulness reaches to the skies
Your righteousness, like majestic mountains
Your judgments, so deep, so wise (chorus) 
How precious is Your love
How precious is Your love

 

Just wanted you to know how much your website means to me and our church...  
there is such a need for inspirational songs for congregations 
to help connect us to God, beyond traditional hymn singing. 

The fact that the music is free and available is a miracle 
for this choir and our church. All the songs are wonderful 
and easy to understand.  Thank you  
(email from Barbara)

 

I Will Walk
a song of personal and corporate
commitment to obedience

I will walk in the ways of the Lord
I will walk in the ways of the Lord
In the ways of the Lord, our God
Forever and forever

I will walk in the truth of the Lord
I will walk in the truth of the Lord
In the truth of the Lord, our God
Forever and forever

Let us walk in the love of the Lord
Let us walk in the love of the Lord
In the love of the Lord, our God
Forever and forever

We will walk in the ways of the Lord
We will walk in the ways of the Lord
In the ways of the Lord, our God
Forever and forever
Forever and forever

 

"I would like to request permission to use the following songs
for a Music in Religion Day to be held at the Anglican
Church of St. Stephen in Toronto, Canada.  
These special Days are held every year, 
where choir directors introduce new music to congregations. 

I am the organist/choir director at the church, 
and I had heard the music when I attended a Christian concert last year.  
The pieces are:    "In The Splendor of Your Courts"
"Bless the Lord (Calypso)" and "Oh The Wondrous Cross"."

 

In The Splendor Of Your Courts
 coming before the throne

Sung in South Africa and Canada !

I come, I long to behold Your beauty, O God
To seek Your face in the splendor of Your courts
Day and night at Your feet
All my life content to be
Just singing praise to the glory of my King

 

I am highly satisfied with this site... your songs has become
source of hope and encouragement to my choir
and the church in general... words cannot express our appreciation.
 
(Ezra, from
Nigeria
)

 

Jesus Was Born In Bethlehem

Way down in the land of Judea, oh yeah!
God sent to the earth a Savior, for all men

1. (2-5) One star for the Holy Light
Jesus was born in Bethlehem

2. Two proud parents, Joseph and Mary

3. Three wisemen from the east

4. Four shepherds with their sheep

5. Thousands of angels singing "Glory to God"

 

I performed your version of "The Lord’s Prayer" 
with my choir recently at our church service. 
This song is an instant classic and perfect in every way! 

It is the second best musical setting to that prayer I’ve ever heard,
and as for a sing-able version; it is NUMBER ONE.

(Peter, from New Jersey)

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven

Give us this day our daily bread
and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors
and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever, Amen
For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever, Amen
Amen, Amen

 

May God Be Gracious
(a benediction based on Psalm 67:1-2)

May God be gracious to us and bless us
and make His face shine upon  us
that Your ways may be know on the earth
Your salvation among all nations

 

New Every Morning
easy chorus based on Lamentations 3:22-23

New every morning, fresh every day
Your sweet compassions will never fail
Your lovingkindness will never cease
Great is your faithfulness,
    oh Lord to me
Great is your faithfulness,
    oh Lord to me



The Greater Grace Choir of Finland
sang "In Every Single Situation" 
at their 2003 summer conference !!

"Greetings from Helsinki.  
Marja and I have translated two more of your songs to Finnish.

We added a couple of more verses to the... "In Every Single Situation"...  
words like wisdom, whispering His advice, mercy and sufficient grace.   
But I think this song is lovely and full of comfort...

We also added a second verse to "You Are My Shepherd" saying...  
"He is your Shepherd"...   We go to hospitals and old people's homes to sing there  
and we think it is good to direct the song also to the listeners so 
the words come more personal to them."    
(Lea, from Finland
)


Now Our God
a simple song of gratefulness and thankfulness

Sung in South Africa !

Now our God we give thanks to You
For all the things You have done
You've shown Your grace 
in so many ways
Your mercy and kindness and power

We thank You, thank You, 
thank You Lord
We thank You, thank You, 
thank You Lord

2. Love
3. Praise

 

We recently received more MP3s, translations and arrangements
of my songs from Germany,  including three very nice vocal recordings
of "Now Our God".  Thanks to Hans-M. Herbrand (translator & arranger)
and Ute Hoffmann (soloist). Beautiful!!

 
 "Now Our God"
- German



I am a choir/orchestra leader in our church and stumbled on your website 
a few months ago.  I
used Hiland Overgaard's arrangement of "Receive His Grace"
simplified it a little for our instrumentation and skill, wrote a second verse 
based on your main theme, and WOW - the congregation loved it.

I have NEVER had the congregation stirred by a piece of music 
like they were today. It is certain that your ministry opens 
many hearts and brings joy and comfort to many - I saw it first hand. 
Keep up the good work.
  (Mike, from Virginia)

 

Receive His Grace
an invitation to enter His presence
(grace, faith, focus)

Receive His grace, believe in faith,
Focus your eyes on the Savior.
Set your desires on Jesus, the prize
Delight yourself in His favor,
Delight yourself in His favor.

From Him and through Him and to Him
All things draw life from His river
From Him and through Him and to Him
In Jesus all things hold together
In Jesus all things hold together

 

"I am overwhelmed by your music and would like
to share them with my family and choir.
The Hymn
"Search Me, O God" has really touched my heart...

I am planning to have a Lental retreat... and intend to sing the hymn 

"Search Me, O God"
over and over again until everyone is moved by it.  
It would be wonderful if all are touched and healed..."
(Pamela -  from Chennai, India
)

 

Search Me, O God
a song of transparency and openness 
(
from Psalm 139)

Sung by church choirs in South Africa and India

Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there be harmful ways in me.
Then cleanse me, change me,
and lead me in Your ways.

I need You Lord, please set me free;
Remove the chains, bring liberty.
Fill me with fire, where I burned with shame;
Please grant me mercy, bring honor Your Name.


Take my whole life and make it Yours;
Fill this weak heart with Holy pow'r.
Take all my will, passion, self and pride.
I come now, yielded... Lord be glorified.
 

O Holy Ghost, You've made me new;
Transformed my life, my heart renewed
One simple prayer, this I humbly plead
For more of Jesus, and so much less of me.

One simple prayer, this I humbly plead
For more of Jesus, and so much less of me.

 

I'm a member of a small choir or song group in the Netherlands.  
We sing in church services and occasionally perform in nursing homes
(not for profit).  When searching for songs on the internet that
are free to use we found the beautiful song "Search Me, O God"
with the words from Psalm 139.  
(Maria, from the Netherlands)

(See Maria's Dutch translation)

 

Send Forth Your Light
New Scripture-song!

Sung in South Africa !

Send forth Your light and Your truth,
let them guide me;
let them bring me to Your holy mountain,
to the place where You dwell.
Then I  will go to the altar of God, to God,
my joy and my delight.

I will praise You   (I will praise You)
Mighty Savior. (Mighty Savior)
You're my Stronghold,  (Stronghold)
my Refuge,  (Refuge)
Hope and Rock   (Hope and Rock)

Send forth Your light and Your truth,
let them guide me;
let them bring me to Your holy ground.

 

In our small town every year the first Sun. of
December all the church choirs
get together and have a choir fest. Each year a different church hosts this event. 
 
I am so pleased to have discovered this site and am planning
on using
"He Shall Be Called"  for our choir this year.
Our congregation is small so therefore
do not have a lot of voices, but I am really excited
to use this music with them this year. 
 
Thanks again and keep up the good work. 

 (Gerri, from Canada)


Senior Choir.  Cape Town, South Africa
sings "Splendor And Majesty"

 

So what's next from the South African choirs ???

They are working on the following New Hope Music songs
(some in the Afrikaans language!):

How Awesome Is This Place
The Baby Of Bethlehem
In The Splendor Of Your Courts
Yours Is The Greatness
Heavens And Earth
Holy, Holy Holy
Hallelujah, Jesus Is Lord
Now Our God
Song To My Shepherd
Send Forth Your Light

Bringing The Presence Of Jesus


Splendor and Majesty
declaring God's awesome power and grace
(written with Lenny Smith)
(includes  sheet music and SATB choir arrangement!)

Sung by several  church choirs,
including one in South Africa

Splendor and majesty are before You!
Strength and joy are in Your dwelling place!
Mercy and kindness, full of forgiveness!
Great are You, Lord,
Honored and worthy of praise!

Splendor and majesty!     Honor and glory!
Holy are You, O   Lord, Lamb of God!
Your love exceeds our fondest dreams.
Your power conquers everything.
Grace and truth flow from Your throne
Awesome God !       Awesome God !!

 

Our choir is going to visit hospitals and old people's homes 
twice a month, and once a month we sing in the church service...
We have two new songs of yours in our program: 
"You Are Awesome God !!" and "The Baby of Bethlehem".  

We are planning to sing "Baby of Bethlehem" in the Christmas meeting 
of our church and perhaps in our New Year's  conference...  
This song is so majestic! 
 (Lea, from Finland)

 

After listening to SATB arrangement from your site, I selected 
two of your beautiful Carols
"He Shall Be Called" & "The Baby Of Bethlehem" 
and presented by my Choir during the Christmas programmes in 
December 2003 and 2004.  These were the best enjoyed among the 
seventeen carols we presented.  The tune and arrangement were indeed 
exceptional and  the effort is really commendable.   May God bless you 
and let you create more such carols to enable attracting many souls to His Kingdom.

(K.M.Thomas, Choir Director, CNI Immanuel Church, Mayur Vihar, New Delhi, India)

 

The Baby Of Bethlehem
(from Luke 2, Matt 1-2, John 1, Isaiah, Revelations)
a brand new Christmas carol,
focusing on the overwhelming gift
God gave to us through Jesus


Anointed One, Messiah, Lord
Savior, Christ, Good News, Great Joy
Eternal God, now dwelling with man
The Baby of Bethlehem, the Baby of Bethlehem

Immanuel, the Father's Son
Shepherd, Ruler, Mighty One
Descended to Earth, according to plan
The Baby of Bethlehem, the Baby of Bethlehem

BRIDGE:
With angels we sing Your glory
With shepherds we give God praise
With wisemen we come before You
To worship You all our days

The Word, now flesh, in Him is life
One and Only, shining Light
Full grace and truth, we now understand
The Baby of Bethlehem, the Baby of Bethlehem

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace
Wonderful Couns'lor, King of Kings
No end there will be to Your increase
The Baby of Bethlehem, the Baby of Bethlehem (bridge)

Alpha and Omega, Master and Friend
God's all in all, Forgiver of sin
Creator, Designer, Beginning and End
The Baby of Bethlehem, the Baby of Bethlehem

All glory, honor, blessing and strength
Wisdom and power, mercy and grace
Past, present and future contained in his hands
The Baby of Bethlehem, the Baby of Bethlehem
         The Baby of Bethlehem

I'm trying to ignite our worship with a passionate flame. 
The Lord has impressed my spirit with your music!...  Right now 
I'm being extremely BLESSED by
"Thine, O Lord", but 
I've printed out the majority of them to teach at church 
for our "Spring Fest Worship." 
(Pastor Sky, from Canada
)

Thine, O Lord
pure exaltation of  our God and King

Thine, o Lord, is the greatness;
Thine, o Lord, is the power
Thine, o Lord, is the glory
And the majesty and the splendor

For all that is in the heavens
      and the earth is Yours

Yours is the kingdom and You are
exalted as head over all,

Exalted as head over all


We have been singing "To The Rock" many times, once in the church meeting 
and many times in the hospitals.  This song is one of our favorites... 
it has a sweet anointing as we sing it.  We made a live recording 
with three microphones in the meeting... 
the quality is not very good, but if you like, we'll send you a CD... 
 
(Lea, from Finland)
 

To The Rock
(from Psalm 61: 2-4) *

Sung in Finland !

To the Rock, lead me to the Rock that’s higher than I
to the Rock, lead me to the Rock that’s higher than I
for You have been my refuge in times of need
to the Rock, lead me to the Rock that’s higher than I

In Your tent, let me dwell in Your tent forever
In Your tent, let me dwell in Your tent forever
for You have been my refuge in times of need
In Your tent, let me dwell in your tent forever

Under Your wings, let me hide under Your wings for shelter
Under Your wings, let me hide under Your wings for shelter
for You have been my refuge in times of need
Under Your wings, let me hide under Your wings for shelter

To the Rock, lead me to the Rock that’s higher than I
to the Rock, lead me to the Rock that’s higher than I
for You have been my refuge in times of need
to the Rock, lead me to the Rock that’s higher than I

to the Rock, lead me to the Rock that’s higher than I 
to the Rock, lead me to the Rock that’s higher than I

 

We are conducting a convention in District Sahiwal (I am the secretary
of this convention).  Our children and youth choirs are practicing your songs.   
My Sunday school students will sing them during this convention, 
so that the people may get blessings...  

Your songs are a great support to my ministries in Pakistan.  You can not know my 
inner feelings when I  suddenly received so many songs from your web site.

Our choir is practicing two songs, "You Are My Shepherd" and "I Was Glad"
in English.  We are also doing those two songs in Urdu..   I would like to... 
send you a recording and photo of our group.  

... it is my vision that I may translate many of your songs in my own language, Urdu
(two emails from Evangelist Samson, from Pakistan)

 

Who May Ascend
rising up to the presence of the Lord

Who may ascend to the hill of the Lord
And who may stand in His holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart
All who are covered by grace (repeat)

Here in God's presence we shall receive
Mercy and kindness, faith to believe
blessing and power, healing of pain
Hope towards the future,
      strength for today

 

Yours Is The Greatness

Sung in South Africa !

Yours is the greatness
Yours is the power
Yours is the glory alone.
The majesty and splendor
The wealth and the honor
The strength and the wisdom, O Lord

You are exalted as head over all
Praise to Your glorious name
Everything in heaven and earth is Yours
Forever Your kingdom will reign,
You reign. You reign ! You reign !!
(repeat to beginning)


All Songs (except those listed below),  copyright 1991-2009   by Ralph Merrifield
New Hope Music, PO Box 1612, Westboro MA 01581

"Splendor and Majesty",
Copyright 1996, New Jerusalem Music
P.O. Box 225, Clarksboro NJ 08020 USA

"Hallelujah, Jesus Is Lord"
Copyright 2001, Stephen M. Misarski
Administered by:  New Hope Music,
PO Box 1612, Westboro MA 01581

 

We've used a number of New Hope Music songs in the past: 
"He Shall Be Called"... 'The Baby Of Bethlehem' is a personal favourite... 
 
My choir sang your wonderful song,
"You Gave Us Hope" 
in our Christmas Morning service last year.
 
 
(Brian James Wallace, from Canada)

Learn more about their arrangement


Recordings of New Hope Music songs and
others written by our choir friends in Finland!

01 Armossaan saan mä levähtaa.mp3   HF

02 Beetlehemin lapsonen (The Baby of Bethlehem).mp3   NHM

03 Hiljaa jouluyössä (Silently in the Christmas night).mp3   HF

04 Ihmeelline Jumala (You Are Awesome God!).mp3   NHM

05 Jeesus oot aina kanssain (Jesus, You are always with me).mp3   HF

06 Jeesus Sä olet mun paimeneni (You Are My Shepherd).mp3   NHM

07 Johda minut kalliolle (To The Rock).mp3   NHM

08 Jokaikisessä tilanteessa (In Every Single Situation).mp3   NHM

09 Lepää sä vaan (Rest in me).mp3  NHM

10 Luottaa saan aina (I can always trust).mp3   HF

11 Rakkaus kun kuvaksesi (Love, to your image).mp3   HF

12 Sun valtavan armosi vuoksi (By Your Abundant Love).mp3   NHM

13 Taivaat ja maan (Heavens and Earth).mp3   NHM

14 Vanhurskauden viitta (The Robe of Righteousness).mp3   NHM

Copyrights held by...
NHM = New Hope Music
HF = Songwriters in Helsinki, Finland


More recordings of New Hope Music songs 
by "Willing Hands", a beautiful choir in South Africa.

The Mission.mp3

Pleasing in Your Sight.mp3

Face to Face.mp3  v1

Face to Face.mp3  v2

When I am Afraid.mp3

You Gave Us Hope.mp3

Your Grace.mp3

Splendor and Majesty.mp3

You're Always There.mp3 
(from songsofpraise.org web site)


Looking for more ideas?
You might want to visit

John W. Peterson's Web Site

John W. Peterson (the dean of modern hymnwriters)  
wrote over 1000 songs and 30+ cantatas, including
 "Heaven Came Down", "So Send I You",  "It Took A Miracle", " Shepherd Of Love", 
"Surely Goodness And Mercy", "Jesus Is The Friend Of Sinners" and "Jesus Is Coming Again"

"I enjoyed listening to the CD.   You have written some fine songs...

Ralph, the Lord has given you great talent and the opportunity to use that talent for Him.  
I pray He will guide and bless in all aspects of your ministry as you proceed.

I appreciate your friendship.   Sincerely,  John W. Peterson"

Visit John's Web Site

John was gracious enough to talk with me for over an hour in November 2002, 
sharing stories about hymn writers he has known over the years
and offering his advice on songwriting &  publishing.
It was an experience I will always remember...


You can also check out the many wonderful hymns 
written by my good friend, Adrian V. Miller !
Adrian's Hymn Web Site 

 

You have our encouragement and permission
to duplicate and share these songs for all "not-for-profit" purposes
(ie. corporate worship, overheads, songbooks, web sites, give-away copies).
Please contact New Hope for other uses. Thanks !!!

 

Our 30th anniversary summer conference is approaching.... over 400 people
have registered so far to the conference.  I´m sure that it will be
wonderful time in the Word of God and the fellowship of saints.

Next week on Saturday we'll have a missions night during the conference
and we are planning to sing two songs in the Saturday evening meeting:
"You Are Awesome, God !!" and "Rest In Me"(Lea, from Finland)

 

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