Jul

12

2013

Bobby Gilles|12:15 am CT

Why You Should Lead “Our Hearts Still Burn” In Gathered Worship

Worship leaders around the U.S. collaborated on Songs for the Book of Luke, hoping to resource thousands of churches with songs for their corporate worship services.

At my church, Sojourn Church in Louisville, we’ve already led “Our Hearts Still Burn” several times. Listen to the track below (sung by Matt Boswell), and then let’s consider ways to use this song in our worship services:

D.A. Carson, President of The Gospel Coalition wrote “Our Hearts Still Burn” with Matt Boswell, Pastor of Ministries and Worship at Providence Church in Frisco, Texas. They based their text on the “Emmaus Walk” story in Luke 24. The melody is easy to sing, with a melodic range that is well in reach of the average, untrained vocalist.

At Sojourn we led “Our Hearts Still Burn” in this year’s Good Friday service, prior to the release of Songs For The Book of Luke. We’ve led it since then as a Communion hymn. “Our Hearts Still Burn” works for Good Friday and for any Communion service because, like the Emmaus passage itself, the song recounts Jesus’ sacrifice and then reminds us that it was prophesied in “the Prophets, the Law, the Psalms.”

“Our Hearts Still Burn” also works as a song for the Easter season, since the Emmaus story took place following Christ’s resurrection. And of course, it’s an ideal companion to sermons on Luke 24.

Finally, “Our Hearts Still Burn” works during any season of the year alongside a “Prayer of Illumination” – a prayer that immediately precedes the sermon, asking God to open our hearts and minds to the Word as it is preached. These lyrics naturally lead into such a prayer:

“Did our hearts not burn within us, as he spoke with us on the way
And our hearts still burn with fire as his Word speaks to us today”

You’ll find free sheet music and a chord chart for this song on the Songs for the Book of Luke album page. There, you can also watch a video that will show you how to lead “Our Hearts Still Burn” with just one vocalist and rhythm guitar.

 

Bobby Gilles has written several of Sojourn Music’s popular worship songs for albums like The Water and the Blood, and Before the Throne. He serves as director of communications for Sojourn Church in Louisville, Kentucky.

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