“There was no other good enough”

9 03 2014

I’ve been known to do series of blogs for Advent before, so why not Lent? I did a Friday five favourites of Easter songs a year or two ago, but I thought I’d share some of them again and some new ones too, one each week. I’ve just put together an Easter compilation CD for my car so I’m pretty just they’ll all come from there 🙂

Since I found this particular YouTube video a few days ago I haven’t been able to get enough of it, I’ve been playing it loads and it keeps getting stuck in my head! I hope you enjoy it and get something from it/find it helpful/whatever the right phrase is there!


(the song itself starts around 40 seconds in)

There is a green hill in a faraway country,
It stands near a city, outside a wall,
Where Jesus our Saviour, the King of all glory
Suffered and died to save us all.

I may not know of the pain of His passion,
But I believe that in my place he stood:
That I may know freedom and live in forgiveness,
For I am redeemed by His great love.

There was no other good enough
Willing to pay the price of sin
For he was the only one who could reach out
And unlock the gates of heav’n to let us in.

So very dearly Jesus has loved us,
And all he would ask is that we love him too,
And trust him for all that this life lays before us,
That we would try His work to do.

There was no other good enough
Willing to pay the price of sin
For he was the only one who could reach out
And unlock the gates of heav’n to let us in.





The Angels Knew

26 12 2013

This year at Romsey Baptist they learnt a new song over the Christmas period which we then all sang Christmas morning at the ecumenical service.

I really like it, good words and good tune, but a couple of bits I thought were particularly interesting about it.

  • It’s a bit odd how between the verses and the chorus, sometimes there’s a break of a couple of bars or so, and sometimes it goes straight in, and you can never really tell.
  • What I really like about it though is how in the chorus, I never really worked out the tune – everyone was singing different notes together and it sounded really beautiful. We were encouraged on Christmas morning to sing any harmony that fitted over it and sing like the angels!

Enjoy 🙂





Friday Five Favourite: Romsey Baptist Classics

23 08 2013

Growing up at Romsey Baptist Church we sung a range of songs, old hymns, 80s classics, modern stuff, and several things in between!

Years and years ago I remember a song being introduced that the worship leader said it’s one of those he’d never heard sung anywhere else but here, and I’ve noticed as I’ve now moved on from there, there’s a few songs that go on that list! So I thought I’d share them, maybe some you’ve heard before, some you haven’t, but I think that the reason they’ve stuck with me is I think they’re great, and therefore worth sharing the joy!

Maybe you’ll find something new to try out on Sunday! 🙂

Oh Lord, you are my Rock and my Redeemer
I have searched high and low for a video of this and have failed. The words are great, but the tune is so good too, I’m sad not to be able to share it!
The closest I have is just the words.

O Lord, You are my Rock and my Redeemer;
My song, You are the Strength of my life.
O Lord, You are the Shepherd of Your people;
You keep us always walking in Your light.

You brought me out of darkness,
You took away my shame;
You broke the chains that bound me,
I praise Your name!

You carry all my sorrows,
You carry all my pain;
You fill me with Your Spirit,
I praise Your name!

We recognise Your splendour,
Your greatness we proclaim;
The Alpha and Omega,
We praise Your name!

I’m gonna trust in God (How great is the love of God) – Steve Earl

The people who walk in darkness (He will be called wonderful) – David Lyle Morris

A little seasonal!

Say the Word (I simply live for You) – Hillsong

Without Jesus where were we – Romsey Baptist Young People (pretty sure no one else knows this one!)

Without Jesus where were we
Lost, rejected and all alone
He sought us out in order to save us
So we can know the Holy One

You died for me
You set me free
Now Jesus You are changing me

With my Saviour friend forever
Master, Healer, Father, King
He shows the way and gives me a purpose
In living for the Holy One





Friday five favourite: Traditional hymns

9 08 2013

There’s a reason these hymns have lasted a long time, we live in a time when there’s new worship music out all the time, but move on even 5 years, let alone decades, and which ones are you still singing? There’s a whole tonne of modern hymns coming out which are also great, but these below truly have stood the test of time.

I’ve tried wherever possible to find congregational versions rather than performances, because worship is not about a performance, it’s every person individually, coming together to make the most beautiful and powerful sound! (And that doesn’t even have to be tuneful!)

How great Thou art

Favourite bit:

And when I think that God his son not sparing,
Sent him to die – I scarce can take it in,
That on the cross my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin:

When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation
And take me home- what joy shall fill my heart!
Then I shall bow in humble adoration
And there proclaim, my God, how great thou art!

Thine be the glory

Favourite bit:

For our Lord now liveth
Death has lost it’s sting!

Thine is the glory, risen conqu’ring Son,
Endless is the vict’ry, Thou o’er death hast won.

And can it be

Favourite bit:

My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.

Amazing Grace

I couldn’t find a traditional version of this on YouTube that I liked, and I know my Dad really hates it when people take old hymns and “think they can do better by adding a bit in”, but I do like this, so excuse the modernisation for this post!
Favourite bit:

When we’ve been here ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun.
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’ve first begun.

To God be the glory

Same with this one, although actually I’ve always prefered the modernised version here. The words are still there, the same meaning and depth to them, but a slightly less “twee” tune!
Favourite bit:

The vilest offender who truly believes,
that moment from Jesus a pardon receives.

A couple of others that just missed the cut:

What are your favourite traditional hymns?





Wisdom from the Jones ladies on Worship

16 07 2013

Just before I went to uni I had drinks with my friend Kim and her mum Shona. All of the ladies in this family have the most beautiful voices, and we had the immense privilege of having Shona leading worship in church on Sunday’s with that beautiful Scottish lilt we miss so much.

The beauty of their voices came up in conversation, and I joked how obviously I’d never match up to them, and they shared this wonderful concept with me, which I now share with you if you’ve never had much confidence in your own ‘worship’ voice.

They told me how God has this worship filter. Where we hear the quality of the voice, that’s all sifted out. What He hears is the pureness of heart, the meaning and sincerity behind what is being sung. That which is sung in all honesty and passion is what sounds most beautiful to Him. You could have the most beautiful voice in the world, but if you didn’t mean a word you sang, it’d sound tone deaf to Him.

What a lovely thought!





Wisdom from Angie on Worship

13 07 2013

I was chatting with a wonderful friend of mine this week when I realised what wise things I’ve been told over the years. Time to share them wider! There’ll be at least one more of these anecdotes coming soon…

I grew up in a lovely Baptist church which while not a traditional or formal church, is not overly charismatic. On a Sunday you’d see a handful of hands up in the air, always the same few. It wasn’t un-normal, but not something I ever did.

When I was 17 I went to Spring Harvest, and in the youth venue, arms were up everywhere, I wasn’t quite used to it! I found myself wanting to too, but I was worried. As a 17 year old I was still really quite concerned about what the people around me, my friends, people I’d known my whole life, thought of me.

I freaked out a bit.

The wonderful thing about going to Spring Harvest with a big church group though, is there’s all sorts of people you can sit down and talk with, and fortunately, Angie, my Sunday School teacher from when I was 10, who was also my Saturday job boss at Oasis Christian Centre was hanging around the Skyline watching a stall during the session, and I went to find her.

She was fantastic. Here’s what she shared with me: Worship isn’t about other people, it’s about you and God. Who care’s what’s going on around you. When she sings, she shuts her eyes, because then she doesn’t see what others are doing, doesn’t worry about what others are seeing her doing, and it’s just about her and God, whether her arms are up, down, other, or whatever she does!

And so that’s what I do so often now. I’m so easily distracted, not just by other people’s worship styles (we all worship differently, that’s a great thing!), but by toddlers running around, all sorts! If I shut my eyes, then it’s just me worshipping my Creator, Saviour and Sustainer, it’s personal 🙂