Only In the Cross – from Regional service

Happy Monday, and happy birthday to me!  (Thanks for all the well wishes, fam!)  I am sharing a video of a new song we introduced a regional service a few weeks ago.  Some of you may have seen an earlier video I posted for our members so they could be familiar with the song before we got there to sing.  And here is the video from our live stream of the service itself.  Seemed to work well to send it out ahead of time — people really sang out on it.  More about the song below.  (Note: the live stream cuts off just as our guest speakers from the Middle East came up to speak, due to security concerns with their lesson content.)

 

I had been feeling for a while like I wanted some new songs we could sing during Communion (or immediately following a time of meditation).  There are some great ones that are somewhat newer (“Jesus Messiah,” “My Chains Are Gone,” “What a Beautiful Name”).  I like ones that specifically mention the body and blood of Jesus, and had been thinking about it for a while when this song just popped into my head during a quiet time.  I didn’t have an instrument handy so I just jotted down the lyrics and sang the melody onto my phone.  It was only later that I realized the chorus changes are pretty identical to “10,000 Reasons,” so I’m sure you music nerds will notice that — sorry my dudes, but nothing is new under the sun.

Anyway, here is the demo recording I made for our team — I’ll work on it a bit more and add it to several other new songs I hope to release soon.  And here is some sheet music for the harmony parts on the chorus.  We had a choir and you can hear, they sound great on the video above.

Only In the Cross – demo

Only in the Cross – sheet music

Feel free to use the song — I’m curious if you mess with the key and try it lower or higher, let me know; I’m overthinking that all the time these days.  God bless!

ONLY IN THE CROSS

Only in the cross
Can I be set free
Only by your body
Given up for me
Only in the blood
Falling from your hands
Only in the cross
We begin again

We take this bread
As we gather here
We remember you
We take this cup
And commit our souls
The covenant made new

We the church
Worship you alone
You our God and King
We serve and witness
All you’ve done
Praises we will sing

“It is finished!”
Was your cry
You’re coming back
Some day
Now in heaven
Exalted high
Forever you will reign

Glory – Glory!

 

Chorus

G  D  /  A  Bm7

G  D  /  A  A  D/F#

G  D  /  A  Bm7

G  D  /  A   D…

Verse

Bm  A/C#   D  /  Em7  Bm

Bm  A/C#   D  /  A   Asus

G   A  Bm   /  A   D

Bm  A/C#   D  /  A   Asus

Bridge  “Glory”

Bm   D/F#  /    G    / 

G   A   /  Bm    /   Bm 

(repeating)

Last time go to  D instead of Bm

voices only soft chorus to end

 

 


A Faithful Witness – capo chords

Hey guys, I had a nice comment from a brother from Cambodia looking for chord charts for this song, and it reminded me of an old video I had not seen in a long time.  This video is from over 10 years ago now from the conference the retreat was written for.  It was a nice memory, and made me realize this is a song that has stood the test of time well.  Our congregation still loves to sing this one; it’s one that always gets everyone moving and inspired to do something for God.  I like that you can see that in this video when the song was first introduced (at least from most people –you also see a few people a bit distracted when the cameraman pans the crowd).

Here are the chords of the song, as well as capo chords.  (I play it with G “shapes” using a capo).  For some people they like taking it down a little and doing it in G anyway…

A FAITHFUL WITNESS

Verse:

F#m   /   F#m    /   A   /   A

Bm   /   Bm    /    D    /  D

F#m   /   F#m    /   A   /   A

Bm   /   Bm    /   D    / E (break)

Chorus:

A   /   A    /   Esus   /   Esus

D(add2)  /   D(add2)  / F#m   /  E

A   /   A    /   Esus   /   Esus

D(add2)  /   D(add2)  /  A  /    A

Bridge:

E   /   E   /   D  /  D  (repeating)

A FAITHFUL WITNESS – in G (or capo 2)

Verse:

Em   /   Em   /   G   /   G

Am   /    Am   /    C   /   C

Em   /   Em   /   G   /   G

Am   /    Am   /    C   /   D (break)

Chorus:

G   /   G    /   Dsus   /   Dsus

C2  /   C2  /   Em  /   D

G   /   G    /   Dsus   /   Dsus

C2  /   C2  /  G  /    G

Bridge:

D   /   D   /   C  /  C  (repeating)

Also here is the studio version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4e_zYa0EY0Q

Happy Monday!  I’m excited about a bunch of new songs I want to share.  Also a new direction my career is taking.  Will look forward to sharing more on future posts.  Love you all!

BC


All to Jesus I Surrender – Celebrating 10 Years of Monday Morning Music

Wow, it’s been exactly 10 years now since I started this blog post, “Monday Morning Music” and shared my vision for this spot on the web in this video.  I didn’t accomplish posting something every Monday by any means, like I mentioned in the video.  But I have posted over 170 articles here — new songs, new arrangements, songs by other disciples, and worship ministry ruminations and ideas.  (You can find things by searching for a song or topic in the search window, or look through the archives for different titles.)

To celebrate 10 years I’m posting a video of the same song I posted 10 years ago (wow, I’ve really aged a lot–church leadership and teen kids I guess).  I plan to keep posting ideas, thoughts, and new songs.  Thank you for the encouragement many of you have given me through the years.  It definitely keeps me going.  There are many times I think “why am I doing this” and then God encourages me with something and nudges me by his Spirit towards his purposes for me.

Lord bless you and keep you!  – JBC


The Secret to Starting Worship Services on Time

It seems to be a universal challenge.  The first song is starting and there are only two rows of people there to sing it.  Or it’s the fourth song and people are still streaming in and greeting each other rather than singing.  Haven’t figured it out yet, but in this video I share a few ideas such as…

  • Some things that don’t help long term (in my opinion)
  • Opportunities to teach your congregation
  • Ideas to switch up your service order

Feel free to add any comments below of other ideas you might have to share!


How to Play Swing 16ths

Hey everyone – Today I’m continuing to share thoughts via video on different topics that have to do with worship ministry. This video has a topic that might seem to serve a pretty narrow audience but this is definitely something that makes a big difference to your groove, something I have noticed a lot of younger worship leaders could benefit from —how to play swing 16ths!

  • I talk through a quick explanation of what “swing” is
  • What swing 8ths are and the the feel created from them
  • What swing 16ths are, several examples, and how to practice them

[Sorry – I streamed live and seems like my internet connection wasn’t great but the sound is ok after a min or two so you definitely get the idea!]

Direct link to video


Island Versions of a Few Congregational Songs

Hey guys, quick post today.  My congregation did an outdoor worship service a few weeks ago at a cool place called “Seaside Lagoon” to close out the summer.  We made it a Luau with Hawaiian food and did “island style” versions of all the congregational songs.  Here is a sound recording I sent out for rehearsal that goes through the feel of all the songs we did.  We did a reggae version of “I Need Your Love” (also see earlier post with a full demo of that).  We did an acoustic version of “Surely Goodness” which also has a reggae groove.  There is a version of “I Have Decided” in the style of Hawaiian singer Jack Johnson.  We did a reggae version of “Victory Chant” (aka “Hail, Hail Lion of Judah”), and finally “Jesus Will Fix” it with reggae groove.  I’m sharing this 7 and 1/2 min demo recording in case it sparks ideas for you or your team to do any of these.  They were all fairly easy and lots of fun and the church really enjoyed the time!

Seaside Lagoon songs

 

 


Holy, Perfect, Always, Forever – CLA Singers

Hey guys, I’ve gotten to mix and edit a few more of the recordings of the singing session we did with my local group and a few other singers from my region.  Here is one of the absolute favorites of our congregation, written by my East Coast friend and fellow worship leader, Ross Lippencott.  (It’s funny, our group actually sings it a lot more than his group does!)

We love the minor key, the energy, the worshipful lyrics.  (Here is an earlier post with a video of us learning the song and going through each vocal part.)  If you don’t sing this one you should.  Sheet music here.

HOLY PERFECT ALWAYS FOREVER

Lord, we love You
Lord we pray to
Be with You forever
Lord we praise You
We adore You
For everything You are

You are holy, perfect
Always and forever
Almighty Lord
You are holy, perfect
Always and forever
Almighty Lord

Lord we thank You
For the mercy
You have given freely
Lord we praise You
We adore You
For everything You are

You are holy, perfect
Always and forever
Almighty Lord
You are holy, perfect
Always and forever
Almighty Lord

Verse
Cm Eb / Fm Gm
Cm Eb / Fm G
Cm Eb / Fm Gm
Cm Eb / Fm G

Chorus
Cm Cm/B / Cm/Bb Am7
Cm/Ab / Cm/G
Cm Cm/B / Cm/Bb Am7
Cm/Ab / Cm/G