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Seven hundred years before the birth of Christ, Isaiah saw a vision beyond words and beyond description. In a word, it was holy. It was holy, holy, holy! The trisagion.
Eight hundred years later and while on the island of Patmos, John saw a vision beyond words and beyond description. It was also holy and it was holy, holy, holy.
Holy, holy holy was being said, and holy, holy, holy was being sung by saints, by angels, by elders and by incredibly mystical Heavenly creatures. In fact they still sing holy, holy, holy today.
I’m no scholar but it seems to me that singing a triple holy, holy, holy is important.
Holy may be the most important and descriptive word written about God in all of scripture. God is the only one in worship, no – in existence, who is holy. Holiness is at the very core of who God is. Leads me to wonder, how often do we sing holy, holy, holy?
Here are some songs for the church to sing that use this critically important trisagion:
“It is Well” – Jeremy Camp’s version of Horatio Spafford‘s hymn
“We Fall Down” – Steven Curtis Chapman‘s version of Chris Tomlin‘s song
“I See The Lord” – by Chris Falsom
“Isaiah 6” – by Todd Agnew
“Holy God” – by Brian Doerksen
“Holy, Holy, Holy is The Lord God Almighty” – words by Reginald Heber, music by John Dykes
“Holy, Holy, Holy is The Lord God Almighty” – Matt Maher version
“Holy, Holy, Holy is The Lord God Almighty” – Michael Schroeder version
“Holy” – by Matt Redman and Jason Ingram

When Peace Like a River … It is Well!

In February, we will be introducing a new hymn to our congregation from the ”Lutheran Worship” Hymnal Supplement.  The hymn is entitled “When Peace Like a River” although the rest of the Christian world knows this hymn as “It is Well.”  By way of introduction, we will be using a “Bluefishtv” video that describes the background of the hymn.  This is available as a download from bluefishtv for just $1.99.  You can view the video here before deciding to purchase, or just watch it for your own edification:




Following this video, our keyboard/guitar duet will sing a new arrangement of this hymn made popular by Jeremy Camp from the soundtrack to the recent movie entitled “Amazing Grace.”  Finally, after the video and the singing of the newer arrangement, the congregation will sing the hymnal version, which is song #760 in the supplement.  We plan to also accompany this version with keyboard and guitar but it works fine with the organ as well.