Song of the Month: "Christ Our Hope in Life and Death"
With our church's one year anniversary, Good Friday, Resurrection Sunday, and regular Sunday online gatherings as our only way to be together for the foreseeable future due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we have decided to choose a song for this month that sings to all of these occasions. The song that we chose is "Christ Our Hope In Life and Death" by Keith and Kristyn Getty, Matt Papa, Matt Boswell, Jordan Kauflin, and Matt Merker.
Below is the link to the YouTube song with lyrics for your enjoyment, followed by the story behind the song (from the Gettys' website). I'm looking forward to singing this with our church family on Sunday, and looking even more forward to singing this song with them in person once we get back to Frank Wills.
For centuries, believers have learned the Christian faith beginning with that question. It’s the first article in the Heidelberg Catechism of 1563. Why start there? Because death is our common fate. Unless Jesus returns first, we will all die. To find comfort in life, we must know how we can face death. Hope comes only in trusting the one who died to take the curse of death and who crushed the power of death by his resurrection. “Christ has been raised from the dead” (1 Cor 15:20). That is the only statement that can transform how we live each day and how we prepare for our earthly life to end.
The hope of the resurrection spurs us to sing. That’s why a group of songwriters from Getty Music wrote the modern hymn “Christ Our Hope in Life and Death.” Like the Heidelberg Catechism that inspired it, this song is honest about death. There is no need to shrink back from mentioning death in our hymns, because we know the Living One who has conquered death forever. The Christian can sing hallelujah, because Christ assures us of our glorious future. Now and ever, we confess: “I am not my own, but belong—body and soul in life and in death—to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ.”