In Christ Alone
By Jerry Rich
Although it is only 15 years old, this musical credo has quickly become a favorite of many. In 2005, the BBC’s Songs of Praise survey ranked it the ninth best-loved hymn of all time in Great Britain. The next year, it topped the UK charts of Christian Copyright Licensing International. After spreading to Canada, Australia and New Zealand, it rose to the top 25 on the USA’s 2008 CCLI report. IN 2010, Owl City’s Adam Young recorded a version of In Christ Alone. It is #3105 in the United Methodist Church’s hymnal Worship and Song. The hymn was written by composer Keith Getty (Northern Ireland) and lyricist Stuart Townend (England), who sought to tell “the whole gospel story in one song.” Conveying the life, death and resurrection of Christ, the hymn has been frequently recorded and translated into many languages. Trinity’s Chancel Choir is currently learning this song and will sing it for the congregation on April 17; if you’d like to learn it with us, please come to our 7:30 pm Thursday night rehearsals!
In Christ alone my hope is found; He is my light, my strength, my song;
This cornerstone, this solid ground, Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace, When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all— Here in the love of Christ I stand.
In Christ alone, who took on flesh, Fullness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness, Scorned by the ones He came to save.
Till on that cross as Jesus died, The love of God was magnified;
For ev’ry sin on Him was laid— Here in the death of Christ I live.
There in the ground His body lay, Light of the world by darkness slain;
Then bursting forth in glorious day, Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory, Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me;
For I am His and He is mine— Bought with the precious blood of Christ.
No guilt in life, no fear in death— This is the power of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath, Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man, Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home— Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.
Hallelujah, What a Savior!
by Ellen Fillette
This year the children’s choir has explored the United Methodist Church’s mission statement, “making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” We have spent a full year unpacking this statement and asking questions like: What is our mission as Christians? What is a disciple? How do we follow? What does it mean to transform? How do we change the world with God? As the year comes to a close we are finally looking at the big question. Who is this Jesus that we are following? At first, this is a seemingly simple question. Jesus is the son of God who died to return humanity to right relationship with God. But the more you think on it, the more difficult it becomes to explain. It can be tricky to understand that Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit are three persons but just one God. And how is it possible that Jesus was both fully Divine and fully human? The math just doesn’t seem to add up. The more I look at who Christ is and what Christ does I am convinced that it warrants a deeper look from all of us.
This year’s spring musical, “Hallelujah, What a Savior!” addresses the very heart of this question. This powerful musical incorporates beloved traditional hymns with contemporary praise music to tell the incredible story of who Christ is and what he does. You will not want to miss it! I invite you to join us in church on Sunday, April 24 at the 10:30 a.m. worship service for the children’s choir spring musical.