Two Songs to Get into Shape

St Alban's and St John’s have recently introduced a new song called 'Nailed to the Cross'. At St John’s we will be singing this song alongside 'Crown Him / Majesty ' in the “Getting into Shape” sermon series.

“Nailed to the Cross” is composed by Northern Irish Christian band Rend Collective and “Crown Him / Majesty”  is based on the tradition hymn “Crown Him with Many Crowns” by Matthew Bridges with additional material by Chris Tomlin. These songs both speak of Christ’s triumphant victory following his death and resurrection on the Cross this Eastertide and the forgiveness we have in Him. 

“Nailed to the Cross” reflects on our weaknesses and sinfulness and reminds us that when “our doubts and shame hang over me(us)” we should run to the Cross and in doing so should praise God for not only setting aside our sin but also cancelling the record of our debt. 

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My sin is nailed to the cross
My soul is healed by the scars
Now I'm alive forevermore
Praise the Lord
Praise the Lord

“Crown Him with Many Crowns”, the original hymn, presents several reasons for the crowns upon our Lord’s head. This particular arrangement includes only two of the original verses. The first verse represents Christ’s Kingship and his role as the Lamb of God now upon his throne who is worthy of our praise. The second crown belongs to Christ as both the divine Son of God and the Son of Man who became flesh. In the original hymn the final verses describe crowns of love, life, peace, and finally his crown as Lord of Heaven. Chris Tomlin’s additional material again reminds us to praise and adore God because he died for us.

Majesty, Lord of all
Let every throne before Him fall.
The King of Kings, oh come adore
Our God who reigns forevermore.

All hail, Redeemer, hail!
For He has died for me;
His praise and glory shall not fail
Throughout eternity.

Whether you're singing these songs at church or listening to them at home, I hope both are great reminders of God's love for you in Christ.

Here are the links to both of these songs: 

Nailed to the Cross -
Crown Him / Majesty -

Carolyn Watson
Music Director (St John’s Church Ashfield)