An original hymn: For Your Glory

Every song I’ve posted on this blog has been an old hymn text set to new music. Occasionally, though, I’m hoping to post a song with original text and music. This is a text that I first wrote almost 10 years ago, then rewrote about 2 years back. It’s an attempt to capture the majesty and worth of God and the humble worship that results. At the same time, it’s a reminder that we are daughters and sons, loved and known– and so we can worship boldly and with confidence. This recording is from last Sunday’s worship service at Hope Chapel.

For Your Glory (words/music: Michael Van Patter)

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It’s for Your glory, Lord, we come—not for our own gain
For Your glory, Lord, we come—to praise Your holy name
Not on a merit of our own, alone we’d bring you shame
But by the power of His blood, we stand and bless Your name

We hope in nothing we have done, we boast in Christ alone
We are daughters, we are sons; and we are loved and known
And in the quiet of this place, we’ll boldly seek Your throne
And plead the merit of His blood and worship You alone

You are worthy our Messiah! You are worthy Abba Father!
You are worthy King of Glory! You are worthy of all praise!

When the last sun fades away and all is said and done
You will be forever praised, from every tribe and every tongue
And every knee will someday bow in reverence ‘fore Your throne
Until that day we’ll join and sing, “the glory’s Yours alone”!

You are worthy Great Redeemer!You are worthy Mighty God!
You are worthy Everlasting! You are worthy of all praise!

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Issac Watts hymn for the Ascension

Here’s a hymn rewrite I contributed to a Cardiphonia project called Hymns for the Ascension. It’s a bit different than my normal folkish style– I enjoyed actually using no guitars on this one. Check out the entire collection of songs here:

Lord, When Thou Didst Ascend (text: Issac Watts, 1719)

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Lord, when Thou didst ascend on high,
Ten thousand angels filled the sky;
Those heav’nly guards around thee wait,
Like chariots that attend thy state.

Not Sinai’s mountain could appear
More glorious when the Lord was there;
While he pronounced his dreadful law,
And struck the chosen tribes with awe.

How bright the triumph none can tell,
When the rebellious powers of hell,
That thousand souls had captive made,
Were all in chains like captives led.

Raised by his Father to the throne,
He sent the promised Spirit down
With gifts and grace for rebel men,
That God might dwell on earth again.

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a new song!

Hello friends. It has been far too long since I’ve posted something. My church, Hope Chapel moved into a new facility at the end of 2011 and it consumed most of my fall and winter. I have missed the creative outlet that hymnwriting provides and I’m looking forward to jumping back in soon.

For now, I do have one new song for you (although it’s actually been out on the internets for a few months). I was glad to contribute something to a compilation project called ‘Songs for the Supper’, organized by Cardiphonia. The album consists of 30 songs from writers all over, all around the theme of the Lord’s Supper. It’s really quite fantastic. I contributed one called “Thee, King of Saints We Praise’. Hope you enjoy.

* to hear the rest of the songs, go here:

Thee, King of Saints, We Praise (Text: Charles Wesley, 1859; Music & Add. lyrics: Michael Van Patter, 2012)

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THEE, King of Saints, we praise,
For this our Living Bread;
Sustained by Thy grace,
Sustained by Thy grace,
Sustained by Thy grace
And at Thy Table fed ;

We we in lower parts
Of Thy great kingdom feast,
We feel in our hearts,
We feel in our hearts,
We feel in our hearts
The promise of Thy rest.

Yet still a higher seat
We in Thy kingdom claim,
And begin by faith to eat,
Begin by faith to eat,
Begin by faith to eat
The Supper of the Lamb.

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Hymns #18 and #19

Here are two more hymn rewrites that I did this summer. They are part of a project called ‘Pentecost Songs’, produced by Cardiphonia. The 23 songs on this compilation are really incredible, and you can download the whole thing for free here.




Breathe on Me

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1 Breathe on me, Breath of God,
fill me with life anew,
that I may love what thou dost love,
and do what thou wouldst do.

2 Breathe on me, Breath of God,
until my heart is pure,
until my will is one with thine,
to do and to endure.

3 Breathe on me, Breath of God,
till I am wholly thine,
until this earthly part of me
glows with thy fire divine.

4 Breathe on me, Breath of God,
so shall I never die,
but live with thee the perfect life
of thine eternity.

Great Comforter, Descend

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Why should the children of a King
Go mourning all their days?
Great Comforter! descend and bring
Some tokens of thy grace.

Great Comforter, descend! and bring
Some tokens of thy grace

Dost thou not dwell in all the saints,
And seal the heirs of heav’n?
When wilt thou banish my complaints,
And show my sins forgiv’n?

Assure my conscience of her part
In the Redeemer’s blood
And bear thy witness with my heart,
That I am born of God.

Thou art the earnest of his love,
The pledge of joys to come;
And thy soft wings, celestial Dove,
Will safe convey me home.

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Two new songs, coming soon…

First off, if you are checking out this blog on a regular basis, thanks for hanging in there for what has become quite a dry spell.  When I started this project, my intention was to do a hymn rewrite each week for a year.  It has ended up being every 2-3 weeks, at best.   Still, I have been more productive than I would otherwise have been, so I’m not too worried about it.  The good news is, I will be posting two new songs next week.  They’re part of another collaborative project by Bruce Benedict, in the same vein as Hymns of Faith and Songs for Lent.  Should be a really great collection of songs.  Stay tuned for a release early next week.

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Hymn #17: Crown Him with Many Crowns

We did this version of Crown Him with Many Crowns as a prelude on Easter at Hope Chapel.  We had a string ensemble live, which gave it a bit of a different feel, but I substituted some extra guitars, piano, and about 10 vocal tracks.  Hope you enjoy.


Crown Him with Many Crowns

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Crown Him with many crowns, the Lamb upon His throne.
Hark! how the heavenly anthem drowns all music but its own!
Awake, my soul, and sing of Him Who died for thee,
And hail Him as thy matchless King through all eternity.

Crown Him the Lord of love! Behold HIs hands and side–
Rich wounds, yet visible above, in beauty glorified.
All hail, Redeemer, hail! For Thou hast died for me:
Thy praise and glory shall not fail throughout eternity.

Crown Him the Lord of life! Who triumphed o’er the grave,
Who rose victorious in the strife For those He came to save.
His glories now we sing, who died and rose on high,
Who died eternal life to bring and lives that death may die.

Crown Him the Lord of heaven! One with the Father known,
One with the Spirit through Him given from yonder glorious throne.
To Thee be endless praise, for Thou for us hast died.
Be Thou, O Lord, through endless days adored and magnified!

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Hymn #16

Here’s a hymn from Hope Chapel’s first record, released last year, called What Spoils from Death He Won.  You can download the 6 song collection for free here:

Words were written by James Allen in 1831. Additional words and new music was written by Ryan Bowles, Charlie Swing, Todd Van Patter and me.  Musician credits are: Patrick Collins, drums; Charlie Swing, electric guitar; Hannah Van Patter, BGVs; Michael Van Patter, guitar, bass, keyboard, vocals.

Glory to God (worthy is the lamb)

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Glory to God on high! Let heav’n and earth reply, Praise his name!
His love and grace adore, Who all our sorrows bore, Praise his name!
Sing aloud evermore: Worthy the Lamb!
Sing aloud evermore: Worthy the Lamb!
Jesus, our Lord and God, bore sin’s tremendous load, Praise his name!
Tell what his arm has done, what spoils from death he won, Praise his name!
Let all the hosts above join in one song of love, Praise his name!
To him ascribed be Honor and majesty, Praise his name!

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