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Surrender: This song tells the story of the miraculous catch of fish in Luke 5, and Simon Peter's call by the Christ. In the story, Simon surrenders first the use of his boat and his time. But when he clearly sees the Christ and hears His call, he surrenders his life and and all to Him. The song reminds each of us that our response to Christ's call ought to be the same as Simon's.

The lyrics are set to an arrangement of the folk tune also used in the song Spanish is a Loving Tongue. 

Six verses.

Lyrics set to piano accompaniment with guitar chords.

Partial fifth and six verses:
And so Simon did surrender
And to our Lord he did render,
Goods, his time, his life, his all,
In response to our Lord's call.
 
We too must give Christ our all,
In respose to our Lord's call.
For His highest, our utmost.
In all He must be foremost.
 
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The Time Is Now Fulfilled: Mark 1:14 teaches us that after the imprisonment of John the Baptist preceded the beginning of Christís public ministry. John had identified himself as the one foretold by Isaiah as preparing the way for the Lord (Isaiah 40:3 and John 1:23). So when Johnís preparatory work was completed, it is fitting that Christ began His public ministry by proclaiming the gospel of God: ďThe time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.Ē (Mark 1:15, ESV) The second verse and refrain of the hymn The Time Is Now Fulfilled tell the story of Mark 1:14-15.

Christís gospel proclamation is as relevant to us today as it was to His contemporaries in Galilee. For it reminds all of us that the prophesy of Daniel 9:25 (referenced in first verse of the hymn) is fulfilled in Christ. It also reminds us that Christís complete and total rule of all things is now imminent and that the appropriate response for us is repentance and belief in gospel (declared in the third verse).

The tune is an arrangement of the Wondrous Love tune by William Walker.

Three verses and refrain

Lyrics set to piano accompaniment and guitar chords

Second verse and refrain:
When John to prison went, Christ first preached, Christ first preached. 
When John to prison went, Christ first preached.
To Galilee He came,
God's gospel to proclaim,
This gospel Jesus Christ did proclaim:
 
The time is now fulfilled,
God's kingdom is at hand,
Repent of all your sin,
And believe, and believe.
Repent of sin, believe God's good news!  

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The Son of Timaeus: This hymn tells the story of the son of Timaeus, the nameless, blind beggar whom Christ healed while on the road to Jerusalem and His crucifixion (Mark 10:46-52). In response to the son of Timaeusí pleas to the Messiah (the Son of David) for mercy and his request for restored sight, Christ does exceedingly more than He was asked: Not only does He restore sight, but He saves the son of Timaeus. The hymn draws a parallel between the experience of the son of Timaeus, and that of every believer. We are each blind beggars saved at the call of the Christ. The hymn closes with a doxology based on Ephesians 3:20-21.

The lyrics are set to the Davis tune, attributed to Freeman Lewis.

Six verses

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First and fifth verses:
To death in Jerusalem, Christ did once start.
He passed by one who could not see.
This blind beggar cried to the Christ from his heart,
"Son of David, have mercy on me."
 
Blind beggars who saw not the Christ were we all,
Til mercy and grace we received.
Not asking we saw, for it was at His call.
Praise Christ in whom we have believed!  

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The Gerasene: This hymn tells the story of the Gerasene demoniac, a man possessed by Satan and a slave to sin (Mark 5:1-20). His encounter with Christ resulted in Christ casting out his legion of demons. The final stanza compares the helpless, hopeless state of the believer before he or she knew Christ to that of the Gerasene; and it urges the believer to proclaim the grace of Christ in your life, as the Gerasene did.

The lyrics are set to the Robert Copeland arrangement of the Clonmel tune. This arrangement is used with Dr. Copelandís permission, and we thank him for his generosity in allowing HolyScriptureMusic.com to publish new lyrics to his beautiful arrangement.

Five verses

Lyrics set to piano accompaniment

First and last verses:
When Jesus landed on the shore,
One came who dwelt by graves.
This one who man could bind no more
Ran to our Lord who saves.
His strength was great. He broke all chain,
Though Satan had him bound.
But Satan's hold so soon did wane
When Jesus Christ he found.
 
So helpless, hopeless once were we.
Each was to sin a slave,
Til mercy from Christ did we see.
Eternal life he gave!
So like the Gerasene proclaim
The grace you did receive.
Tell your friends to confess Christ's name,
And ever Him believe! 

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The Praise of One: This hymn recounts Jesusí healing of the ten lepers while on his way to Jerusalem (Luke 17:11-19). In the final verse, believers sing praise to God for the mercy and grace extended to us.  

The lyrics are set to an arrangement of O Waly Waly, a traditional English melody in the public domain.  

Five verses

Unison, with piano accompaniment and guitar chords

 

First and last verses:
Once on His way near Galilee,
Ten lepers met Him on the road.
With voices loud they made their plea:
Please pity us, O Master Lord.
 
Mercy and grace I have received
Before the day I first believed.
O may my heart pour forth Your praise
And give You thanks for all my days.
 
 

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The Turning Point: This hymn recounts the turning point in Markís gospel: the request of James and John to be seated at Christís right and left when He comes into His glory. (recorded in Mark 10:35-45). Before this episode, Christís ministry is primarily serving by healing and preaching the good news. After it, He is primarily on the road to the cross to give Himself as a ransom for many.  

The lyrics are set to the Slane tune. This tune is also used in the hymn Be Thou My Vision.  

Five verses

Unison, with piano accompaniment

Suitable for alto solo; arrangements for other solo parts are available upon request.

First verse:
Two Sons of Thunder to Jesus Christ came,
Seeking from Him a much greater reward.
When in your glory, honor our name.
Right and left, beside You, seat us, O Lord.

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The Wedding Feast: The hymn focuses on two wedding feasts that mark the beginning and the end of the New Covenant. The hymn starts with Christís first miracle at the wedding feast at Cana in Galilee (John 2:1-11), announcing the end of the Old Covenant, and the start of the New. At this feast, Christ uses the stone jars for ceremonial purification (a sign of the old) for making wine (a sign of the new). Christ is publicly showing the New Covenant to be superior to the Old. 

In the final verse, the congregation sings of the wedding feast of the Lamb (Revelation 19:6-8). For those in Christ living between these events, He has provided a feast for us: the Lordís Supper. The institution of the Lordís Supper (Mark 14:12-26), and its significance are recounted in the second verse.

The lyrics are set to the St. Georges Windsor tune. George J. Elevey wrote this public domain tune. The tune is also used for At the Lambís High Feast We Sing and Come, Ye Thankful People, Come.  

Three verses

Lyrics set to piano accompaniment

First verse:
First at Cana change was shown,
Lifeless rites would soon be ceased.
Water poured in jars of stone
Was wine for the wedding feast.
God's Son made plain in this way
Glory first for all to see.
Men put faith in Christ that day
With this sign in Galilee.

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Bless the Lord God: This hymn is based on the Psalm 103:1-5. The hymn recounts the rich blessings God showers upon believers, and has the congregation singing their blessing of God for his generosity toward us.  

The lyrics are set to the Toplady tune written by Thomas Hastings. This tune is also used for the traditional version of the hymn Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me.  

Two verses

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First verse:
 
Bless the Lord God, O my soul.
All that's in me bless His name.
Bless the Lord God, O my soul.
Age to age, He is the same.
Ne'er forget all He bestows.
Steadfast love He ever shows.
 
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Prayer for the Church: This choral work is based on a chorus from G. F. Handelís oratorio, Joseph and His Brethren. The music has been arranged to make it accessible to a non-professional choir, with particular attention to keeping each part within the range of singers in a typical church choir.  

The work is a prayer to God for His church in light of the evil displayed on September 11, 2001. It is suitable for use in the worship of God on any Lordís Day, but is intended for its initial use on Sunday, September 11, 2005 (the first Lordís Day occurring on September 11 since 2001).  

The work alludes to several portions of Holy Scripture, including Proverbs 21:1, Psalm 91:4, Psalm 139:2-4, Matthew 6:13 and Psalm 62:8.  

SATB with piano or organ accompaniment

Partial lyrics:
O God, who in Thy mighty hands
Dost hold the hearts of earthly kings,
Oh, guard Thy dear church in all lands
Beneath the shadow of Thy wings! 

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