Songs for the Book of Luke

About the Project

For as long as God’s people have gathered, they have written poems and songs about the glory of God and the wonder of redemption. As the church, we sing to celebrate. We sing to remember. We sing to give voice to hope, even in the midst of life’s greatest trials.

Songs for the Book of Luke is an album by the church, for the church. The songwriters and musicians on this album all serve in congregations across the country, from New York to St. Louis to Seattle, to Dallas and many places in between. These songs have roots in the Scriptures (all of these songs are inspired by the Book of Luke) and seek, above all else, to glorify God and serve his people.

It’s been amazing to work on this project and see how much creativity is thriving in local congregations. More than 200 songs were submitted for consideration. We hope that this album might encourage churches to empower and release artists serving in their congregations to “sing a new song.” Most of all, we hope that as you listen, as you sing, and as churches consider singing these songs, you’ll be refreshed and reminded once again of the richness of the Book of Luke and the glory of our Savior.

 

Songs

  1. 01 Authority of Christ

    About the Song

    Songwriter Jeff Bourque said, “Throughout our study of the Gospel of Luke at Grace, a theme kept emerging — Christ’s authority over all things. The verses are reminders of who Jesus showed himself to be in his interactions with others throughout Luke's account of his life. The pre-chorus declares his authority over all things, and the chorus invites us all to glorify him as fellow witnesses of his glory with the people who were impacted by him face-to-face.”

    Songwriters

    Jeff Bourque

    Jeff is the Director of Worship and Communication at Grace Community Church in Brentwood, TN. He has been part of Grace for 19 years and on staff for 11. In January, Grace Community Church released a live album called Songs of the Redeemed. It’s a collection of hymns, original worship songs and congregational favorites that we produced in celebration of our 20-Year Anniversary. Jeff also write articles to encourage and equip worship leaders at congregationalsongs.com.

    Song Credits

    Words and Music by Jeff Bourque.
    ©2012 Manicotti Music (ASCAP).
    Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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    Megan Shaffer

     
  2. 02 Our Hearts Still Burn

    About the Song

    This is a meditation on some of the central themes in Luke 24. It was written by TGC co-founder D.A. Carson, who wanted to capture how some of the parallels between the joy and insight the two disciples on the Emmaus Road enjoyed as they came to understand Jesus' words, and the joy and insight we, too, gain as we come to understand Jesus words. This song works best for those who read Luke 24 first, or for those who have read it recently, so they can pick up the allusions to the biblical text embedded in the song. Songwriter Matt Boswell had been looking for an opportunity to partner with Dr. Carson in writing a modern hymn for the church. His hope for the melody was that it would be simple, memorable, and resonant with the key theme of Luke 24. Lyrically the song serves as an expositional framing of the text, and the end goal is that the word of God would resonate in the hearts of his people.

    Songwriters

    D.A. Carson & Matt Boswell

    D.A. Carson is a research professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He is co-founder and president of The Gospel Coalition and has a list of my books and articles is found on TGC website. He also has two CDs of New Songs for the People of God, vols. 1 and 2, circulated by EMU.

    Matt Boswell is the Pastor of Ministries and Worship at Providence Church in Frisco, Texas, a church plant of The Village. He is the lead author and editor of Doxology and Theology: How the Gospel Forms the Worship Leader (B&H 2013). A collection of his hymns, Messenger Hymns Vol. 2, was released last year.

    Song Credits

    Words and Music by Matt Boswell and D.A Carson.
    ©2013 McKinney Music, Inc. (BMI) / Unknown.
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    Matt Boswell

     
  3. 03 Luke 15

    About the Song

    This song is a retelling of Luke 15, which is divided up into 4 parables — the lost sheep, the lost coin, the lost younger brother, and the lost older brother.

    When Papa and Boswell set out to write an expositional hymn on Luke 15, they knew immediately it would take a lot of work. They had never written a hymn based on a parable before, so this was a new style of writing — attempting to take beautiful, narrative prose and package it in a poetic format. They found a melody that they thought would serve the subject, and started building the content. By the end both were happy with how it turned out, and thankful to have been challenged by both the text and the project.

    Songwriters

    Matt Boswell & Matt Papa

    Matt Boswell is the Pastor of Ministries and Worship at Providence Church in Frisco, TX — a church plant of The Village. He is the lead author and editor of Doxology and Theology: How the Gospel Forms the Worship Leader.

    Matt Papa is a worship leader and artist-in-residence at The Summit in Durham, NC. He is working on his fourth full-length studio album entitled Look & Live, expected to release September of 2013.

    Song Credits

    Words and Music by Matt Boswell and Matt Papa.
    ©2013 McKinney Music, Inc. (BMI) / ©2012 Love Your Enemies Publishing (ASCAP).
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    Matt Papa

     
  4. 04 Raise Up Your Head

    About the Song

    “Raise Up Your Head” comes from Luke 21:25-28. At Mars Hill Church we were studying the book of Luke, and I was preparing to lead worship the week we were focusing on the end of Luke 21. As I was reading the text, it just jumped out at me as a very profound, lyrical encouragement from Jesus: there will be distress in the nations and people fainting with fear, and he says “when these things take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near”. It reminded me of Romans 8:18-24, Paul’s beautiful discourse on the contrast of present suffering and corruption of creation with the sweet hope of redemption and healing that Jesus offers.

    Songwriters

    Brian Eichelberger

    Brian is at Mars Hill Church in Seattle, on staff as the music producer for Mars Hill Music, and also volunteers leading worship at Mars Hill's Ballard Church. His band The Sing Team released an EP of mostly original songs last year. Mars Hill Music recently released a full-length record by the band Citizens, that Brian produced. He is also currently recording a full-length worship album by Dustin Kensrue.

    Song Credits

    Words and Music by Brian Eichelberger.
    ©2013 E on the Eye Chart (BMI), It’s All About Jesus Music (ASCAP).
    Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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  5. 05 The Lord’s Prayer

    About the Song

    In Luke 11, Jesus has just finished his own time of prayer, when his disciples come to him and ask him to teach them to pray. He answers them with a tender, nuanced, 12 verse explanation about the character of God and his heart toward his children. Jesus begins these 12 verses by teaching them a model prayer, commonly known as The Lord’s Prayer. As songwriter Jonathan Gilley said, “I structured the text so that more than once we are reminded that we are singing to a heavenly FATHER, and that he is OUR father. There are certainly a myriad of truths contained in this focused dynamo of scripture, but none that seem more central than Jesus’ message about his Father’s heart toward his brothers and sisters, God’s adopted sons & daughters.”

    Songwriters

    Jonathan Gilley

    Jonathan is Director of Music & Worship Arts at Holy Trinity Church in Chicago, IL. Chord charts, sheet music, and audio clips of Jonathan’s songs for worship can be found at MetaCityMusic.com as well as at Redeemer.com, SongSelect.com (CCLI's music service), and ChicagoLiturgy.com.

    Song Credits

    Words and Music by Jonathan Gilley.
    ©2012 Jonathan Gilley Music (ASCAP).
    Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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    Melanie Penn

     
  6. 06 Song of Zechariah

    About the Song

    The song is based on the first part of Zechariah’s song in Luke 1, also known as the Benedictus. Zechariah’s song is one of three songs found in the opening chapters of Luke. The first part of Zechariah’s song is thanksgiving for the realized fruition of the Israelite’s Messianic hopes.

    From songwriter David LaChance:
    “I only used the first portion of Zechariah’s song, using his structure but paraphrasing in my verses. For the Chorus, I make a thematic leap over to Christ’s Triumphal Entry in Luke 19 and use “Hosanna”, which is a simultaneous praise for salvation and plea to be saved (Psalm 118:22-27), as a summation of Zechariah’s theme… I had in mind the ʻalready/not yetʼ tension of the Christian life. We are able to praise without any doubt that God has saved His people once and for all, and yet we are aware that we are a people who are being saved through suffering and defeat in this world, still groaning for the consummation of Christ’s Kingdom. So, even after Christ’s declaration that “It is finished” our song remains “Hosanna in the highest!” ʻGod has saved His people and will save His peopleʼ.”

    Songwriters

    David LaChance

    David is a worship leader and chief musician at Christ Memorial Church in Williston, VT. He is also the Music and Media Coordinator for The NETS Institute for Church Planting, which is CMC’s church planting organization. He just launched musaicworship.com of his worship music and worship resources.

    Song Credits

    Words and Music by David LaChance
    ©2012 Musaic Worship (BMI).
    Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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    Brooks Ritter

     
  7. 07 Not in Me

    About the Song

    What would it sound like for the Pharisee in Luke 18 9-14 to repent? His prayer begins proclaiming what he has not done, with a list of people he is “not like”. So, repentence must be renouncing such boasts before God. In the end, the repenting Pharisee’s prayer is the same as the tax collector’s. Ultimately, whether for a Pharisee or a tax-collector, there is only one Gospel, one hope of salvation. God shows mercy to sinners, self-righteous or self-loathing, on the basis of Christ crucified and risen. In the end, neither can earn his forgiveness or merit a standing. We’re both the tax collector and the Pharisee. One moment, we are wallowing in our sin, relenting of any hope due to the greatness of our evil. The next moment, we are boasting of our own righteousness and finding comfort in our external goodness and self-control. We need songs that preach the Gospel to us in and lift us out of the ditches on both sides of the road.

    Songwriters

    Eric Schumacher & David L. Ward

    Eric Schumacher is a staff Pastor at Northbrook Baptist Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. David Ward currently serves as the Director of Worship Ministries at Redeemer Bible Church in Minnetonka, MN. Their songs can be found at reformedpraise.org and newly launched thousandtongues.org.

    Song Credits

    Words and Music by Eric Schumacher and David L. Ward.
    ©2012 ThousandTongues.org
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    Aaron Ivey

     
  8. 08 Be Merciful to Me

    About the Song

    This song is a new setting for a Samuel Medley hymn, found in Gadsby’s hymnal. Songwriter Treva Blomquist, says:

    When I ran across the text (as a whole) in the Gadsby Hymnal, it just struck a chord in my heart. To me, it felt like the exact words to a prayer I had been trying to pray for years, but I didn't have the right words or the proper eloquence to communicate. And to me, that’s amazing — because these old hymn texts are bathed biblical truth, they still apply to me, today, in the 21st century.

    Songwriters

    Treva Blomquist (words by Samuel Medley)

    Treva is a volunteer musician at Christ Church Conway in Conway, AR. She is currently working on her first hymns album, to be released later this year. She also has three albums available on iTunes and Amazon.

    Song Credits

    Words by Samuel Medley (Gadsby Hymn #385), Music by Treva Blomquist.
    ©2012, Plain Vanilla Publishing, (ASCAP).
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    Treva Blomquist

     
  9. 09 Come to the Feast

    About the Song

    This is a song about the lavish banquet of God’s grace that abounds for any and all who would have it. Yet, it is also a call for the church to serve as heralds of this feast to those who know their need (the poor) and those who don’t (the rich). It comes from the parable of the great banquet found in Luke 14:16-24 where Jesus gives us a picture of the gracious kingdom of God that woos and welcomes the most broken, sinful, and lost of people.

    Songwriters

    Jeff Lawson

    Jeff serves as the Worship Arts Director at Vintage Ten, a church plant in downtown Saint Louis. Jeff says, “It’s been my joy to plan and lead liturgies there that are both historically rooted and yet culturally fresh for an urban context.” He is currently in the midst of writing songs for a full-length recording to be released next year. Some rough drafts of those songs can be found on SoundCloud.

    Song Credits

    Words and Music by Jeff Lawson.
    ©2012 Jeff Lawson Music.
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    Sandra McCracken

     
  10. 10 For Your Sake

    About the Song

    “For Your Sake” is about the reward and cost of following Jesus, from Luke 9:23-27. It is both an encouragement to hope in the eternal life Christ afforded for us by his life, death, and resurrection and a challenge to die to ourselves for the sake of Christ’s kingdom. Giving our whole selves is enabled and fueled by Jesus continuously giving us all of himself. This song attempts to highlight and celebrate that truth.

    Songwriters

    Josh Poore

    Josh is the Worship Director at Christ Fellowship Church in Birmingham, AL.

    He is in the process of tracking for an EP, hoping to release later in the year. Visit his website for news and updates as the record progresses as well as a full discography with links to buy/download worship albums that feature his songs.

    Song Credits

    Words and Music by Josh Poore.
    ©2009 Josh Poore (BMI).
    Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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    Jeremy Casella

     
  11. 11 The Prodigal

    About the Song

    This song is a poetic rendering of the Prodigal parable from Luke 15:11-32. Verse one describes our wickedness and rebellion, and our eventual desertion from God. In verse two, we realize the state our sin has left us in, and we desire to return to the Lord, even if it’s just as a slave. Finally, in verse three we are welcomed back with open arms by our Father, not as slaves but as precious and beloved children.

    Songwriters

    Ryan & Meghan Baird

    Ryan (Worship Leader) and Meghan (vocalist) serve at Sovereign Grace Church of Pasadena. Ryan is a contributing songwriter and band member of West Coast Revival, which has two albums, the most recent is the EP All That Thrills My Soul from Sovereign Grace Music released January 2013.

    Song Credits

    Words and Music by Meghan Baird and Ryan Baird.
    ©2009 Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)
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    Michael Bleecker

     
  12. 12 Lord God, Now Let Your Servant Depart

    About the Song

    From Songwriter Greg Scheer:
    “One of my favorite things about the early chapters of Luke is that everyone is breaking into song — Mary, Zechariah, Simeon, and the angels all sang in response to the good news of Christ’s birth. Simeon’s song, traditionally called the Nunc Dimmittis, is one of my favorites. In Luke 2, Simeon is described as righteous, filled with the Holy Spirit, and looking ready to greet forward to the consolation of Israel. Perhaps this is why he immediately recognized the infant Jesus as the Messiah. Further, he was him with a song of praise. May we all be so prepared to meet the Savior! I’ve always wanted to set Simeon’s song to music, simply because I love this passage of Scripture. But I also think it's useful to use some of these key biblical songs and Psalms within the context of worship. In the same way that Simeon, having seen Jesus, could depart in peace, we worshipers experience Jesus in the Word and sacraments, and can leave church praising God.”

    Songwriters

    Greg Scheer

    Greg is the Minister of Worship at Church of the Servant in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is the author of The Art of Worship: A Musician’s Guide to Leading Modern Worship. For more information visit www.gregscheer.com.

    Song Credits

    Words and Music by Greg Scheer.
    ©2011 Greg Scheer (BMI).
    Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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    David LaChance

     
  13. 13 The Spirit of the Lord

    About the Song

    “The Spirit of the Lord” is an exploration of the work of the Holy Spirit traced throughout redemptive history. The song focuses on the scene in Luke 4:16-30 where Jesus, preaching in his local synagogue, is driven out after reading the sabbath’s passage from Isaiah 61 and recognizing himself as the fulfillment of the text. The Isaiah passage is so full of the work that the Holy Spirit will carry out through Jesus in his earthly ministry. "The Spirit of the Lord" is a hymn that grounds Luke's high pneumotology in both Genesis 1 and in Christian baptism. The hymn also foregrounds two other ideas. First, Luke insists that the Holy Spirit is God’s favor poured out on his people. Second, the hymn implies that the same Spirit that God poured out on the earth at creation, on Mary and Jesus and the Pentecost church is the self-same Spirit that God pours out on us when we are baptized.

    Songwriters

    Bruce Benedict & Naaman Wood

    Both Bruce and Naaman attend Christ the King Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, NC. Bruce helps direct the music and community like and Naaman serves as a resident composer and keyboardist. Naaman is a theology student at Duke Divinity School. You can explore a whole world of songs and hymns we have written and produced at Cardiphona’s bandcamp site: www.cardiphonia.bandcamp.com and their blog: www.cardiphonia.org

    Song Credits

    Words and Music by Bruce Benedict and Naaman Wood.
    ©2012 Cardiphonia Music (ASCAP).
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    Performed By

    Melanie Penn