Encouraging saints around the world since 1991 !!

 

Our background MIDI is "I'm Grateful For The Cross",
written by Ralph Merrifield,
arranged by Michael L. Jester  (from Florida)

 

In this song, I've tried to apply 
two key lessons I learned from my conversations 
with Graham Kendrick and John W. Peterson:

1. Focus on the major themes of the faith 
(in this case, "the cross")
2. Be poetic and creative in your choice of words
(Graham is a master with his lyrics!)

 

Started while camping at Fransted Campground (Franconia NH).
(I also wrote "Children Of Light" and "It Is Good" that afternoon)

Completed while waiting for my son at the dentist in Milford MA!

Translated into PortuguÍs (Brasil) by 
Daniel Borges, from Sao Paulo, Brazil
PortuguÍs (Brasil) Translation

NEW!!!  Translated into Polish by 
Jay Droz, from Florida
Polish Translation

 

"I was asked to lead worship on my guitar and sing (a communion song)...
our pastor and pianist were away... I had a days notice! ... 
So I downloaded "I'm Grateful For The Cross".  I sang it through and everyone 
gradually  joined in. They like it so much, I was asked to play it again... 
People were particularly struck by the wonderful words."
 
(email from Alison)


I'M GRATEFUL FOR THE CROSS
(a song of communion)

 

Lord, I'm grateful for the cross
Cruel cross that has set me free
Liberated through Your sacrifice
Death secured for me eternal life
Undeserving and unclean, 
but Lord I do receive

Lord, I'm thankful for the blood
Precious blood that You shed for me
Cleansing fountain, wash my sins away
Full atonement for my deepest stains!
Sweet forgiveness, can it be?
Yes, humbly I receive

Lord, I praise You for Your love
Perfect love brings me home at last
Torn, the veil, now I may enter in
I will never be alone again,
Now and for eternity
I joyfully receive

Lord, I'm grateful for the cross
Cruel cross that has set me free
Liberated through Your sacrifice
Death secured for me eternal life
Undeserving and unclean, 
but Lord I do receive

Liberated through Your sacrifice
Death secured for me eternal life
Undeserving and unclean, 
but Lord I do receive

 

 

Right click title below and "Save Target As"
 to download Michael L. Jester's
MIDI arrangement of
I'm Grateful For The Cross

NEW !!  KARAOKE VERSION !!!  NEW !!
of Michael's's MIDI

 

Right click title below and "Save Target As"
 to download Adrian V. Miller's
MIDI arrangement of
I'm Grateful For The Cross

 

Right click title below and "Save Target As"
 to download Adrian V. Miller's
PDF Sheet Music of
I'm Grateful For The Cross
(Acrobat Reader 5.0 version)

 

Right click title below and "Save Target As"
 to download Jay Droz's
MP3 recording of
I'm Grateful For The Cross (English)

I'm Grateful For The Cross (Polish)

 

Copyright 2003, Ralph Merrifield  (written 8/3/03 & 10/9/03)
New Hope Music, PO Box 1612, Westboro MA 01581

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

 

We are missionaries in Romania and Ukraine and use these songs in our
daily family devotion time as well as  in the church here.  We sing them in English and
put the translation of Romania up on the wall so the congregation knows what we are singing. 

We have used quite a few of the songs from the website over the last few years.  When we were
pastoring in South Dakota we used
"I'm Grateful For The Cross" at each Communion service.
We continue to use this song in our devotions and in the Romanian Church where I preach. 

I really appreciate the Scriptural basis of the music, the spirit of worship they contain,
and the simplicity that makes them great for congregational singing,  (as well as keeping
it simple enough for "simple" guitar players like myself!).
   (Rev. Michael, from Romania)

 

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