It’s Friday: “The Squalor and The Saviour” by Josh Gauton

It’s Friday: “The Squalor and The Saviour” by Josh Gauton

We continue our Advent journey with a new song from Josh Gauton who is based in Birmingham where he is the Worship Central Creative Director as well as undertaking his solo projects.

In the still and calm
Through the hallowed night
Underneath a winter sky
Came the promised King
Not in palace courts
But a filthy stable floor

Holy night when worlds collided
Love eternal chose a form
Flesh and blood with heaven united
In a humble manger born
Oh the wonder of that moment
Human birth met the divine
The squalor and the saviour
The baby that was God

There’s an acoustic version of this song that Josh recorded in his garden in the recent snow which is also posted below. Josh has also written about the story behind the song:

This Christmas I’ve been particularly struck by thinking about the very wild fact that at this time of year we are remembering the historical event when the creator of the universe, all powerful and incomprehensibly vast, was literally birthed by an impoverished teenage girl in rural modern-day-Palestine. Just take a little second to let that sink in – this is not just an ordinary heart-warming ‘festive’ story! More…

It’s Friday: “Noel” featuring Lauren Diagle

It’s Friday: “Noel” featuring Lauren Diagle

As we enter Advent we thought we’d celebrate the season with some songs for the season that focus on the amazing gift that is the birth of Jesus.

This is a Chris Tomlin song sung by Lauren Diagle.

Love incarnate, love divine
Star and angels gave the sign
Bow to babe on bended knee
The Saviour of humanity
Unto us a Child is born
He shall reign forevermore

 

Noel, Noel
Come and see what God has done
Noel, Noel
The story of amazing love!
The light of the world, given for us
Noel

 

 

It’s Friday: “It is Finished” by Matt Redman

It’s Friday: “It is Finished” by Matt Redman

This was the new song last weekend, which we are likely to be singing again this weekend, it comes to us via Matt Redman.

I normally like to post a video with the lyrics, or the artist singing it, but neither are officially available, so we’ll go with the official audio video (below), the lyrics are:

[Verse 1]
Amplify Your anthem of grace within my soul
Let me hear the wonders of Your redeeming love
And let me hear those saving words
You spoke upon the cross

[Chorus 1]
It is finished, it is finished
Oh what else is there to say?
Shame is silenced, death defeated
Hallelujah, God be praised

[Verse 2]
No more condemnation, You had the final word
There’s nothing that can hold me, there’s nothing now to dread
Oh, I can hear those healing words
You cried upon the cross

[Chorus 1]
It is finished, it is finished
Oh what else is there to say?
Shame is silenced, death defeated
Hallelujah, God be praised
O it is finished, it is finished
Oh what else is there to say?
Shame is silenced, death defeated
Hallelujah, God be praised

[Bridge]
I hear a symphony of grace
Your song of mercy called my name
I stand in awe, I stand amazed
Hallelujah, God be praised
I hear a symphony of grace
Your song of mercy called my name
I stand in awe, I stand amazed
Hallelujah, God be praised
O God be praised

[Verse 3]
There’s no more condemnation
You had the final word
Yes, You had the final word

[Chorus 2]
It is finished, it is finished
Oh what else is there to say?
Shame is silenced, death defeated
Hallelujah, God be praised
O, it is finished, it is finished
Oh what else is there to say?
Shame is silenced, death is defeated
Hallelujah, God be praised
Shame is silenced, death is defeated
Hallelujah, God be praised
God be praised