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The Start of Advent

by admin on December 1, 2012

This Sunday begins the season of Advent which is the start of the liturgical year. Advent (which means “coming”) is the season of the church year comprised of the four Sunday’s before Christmas. The color associated with this period is purple because it is both reflective of kingship and mourning. Advent is set aside for reflection and repentance as an opportunity to prepare one’s heart for the coming of Christ—both His first and second coming. As we read and sing Scripture and hymns of expectation, longing, and prophecy, we have the assurance that all of these hopes were fulfilled in the incarnation of Christ even as we anticipate the second coming of the Savior.

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Listen to Tracks & Download

by admin on December 1, 2012

To listen to extended tracks from the new CD, check out the download page.

You can listen before you buy. If you have any questions, please let us know: greyfriarspress@gmail.com

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Lyrics to the CD Christ is Our Cornerstone

December 1, 2012

Cornerstone Lyrics
Above is a PDF file containing all of the lyrics to the 16 songs on “Christ is Our Cornerstone.” Please feel free to download.
For PDF files of the music, check here.

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Explanation of Song Order

November 12, 2012

When making a commercial album, it is quite typical to think about the song order in terms of starting out with an upbeat song, identifying the likely radio releases, and making sure the order doesn’t lag anywhere.
I decided to base my song choice and order on a different paradigm. I wanted the songs to flow [...]

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Intro to Christ is Our Cornerstone

November 7, 2012

As God calls us week by week before the Throne of Grace, one of my chief pleasures and blessings is serving the congregation at Cornerstone Presbyterian by planning and encouraging corporate worship. The writing of these songs filled specific musical and theological needs in our services. I present them here not as an absolute, but [...]

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Quote from John Newton

August 12, 2010

Whenever and wherever the doctrines of free grace and justification by faith have prevailed in the Christian Church, and according to the degree of clearness with which they have been enforced, the practical duties of Christianity have flourished in the same proportion. Wherever they have declined, or been tempered with the reasonings and expedients of [...]

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Alas! and Did My Savior Bleed

June 1, 2010

This wonderful text by Isaac Watts was in no danger of falling into obscurity, but I did want to set it to music that more closely linked the lyrics with the heart’s cry. As successful as I think the music is, Wes King’s rendition brings a heart and soul to the song that creates a [...]

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Lord, Hear My Prayer: Psalm 102

May 22, 2010

This is perhaps the most reflective and penitential of the texts on the album.  As such, the music is also the most plaintive and personal. Katy Snow does a wonderful job of making this song come alive as a solo that has a completely different feel from when we sang this as a congregation.  Both [...]

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Come Ye Disconsolate

May 18, 2010

This text by Irish poet Thomas Moore is powerfully affecting. When tossed by the woes and cares of this fallen world, the consolations of Christ are a soothing balm–not just for the eventuality of Heaven but for the here and now. As the third verse reminds us, the sacrament of communion not only restores us [...]

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O Bless the Lord My Soul: Psalm 103

May 18, 2010

This versification of Psalm 103 is from the Scottish hymn writer, James Montgomery (1771-1854). He captures the essence of this hymn of praise as does this modified melody from Southern Harmony. It’s a joyous remembering of God’s mercies, kindness, and His providential care. This was also a favorite song of my young daughter. I’m grateful [...]

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