Trinity Music

God Is Our Refuge

Video of Trinity Choir performing God Is Our Refuge

This is the Trinity Presbyterian Church Choir’s performance of Allen Pote’s God Is Our Refuge at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Cleveland, TN, in the Sunday morning service on October, 29, 2017, a service led by Pastor Philip Caines to commemorate Luther’s posting of his 95 theses 500 years ago, thus launching the Reformation and its celebration the good news presented in the scriptures of salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, though Christ alone, to the glory of God alone.

In the video, Emma Motok plays piano, Rachel Arms plays the trumpet, and Lewis Patty plays the violin. I conduct.  This was our first time performing together after deciding to form a choir about a month beforehand. The choir includes children and adults who want to grow as musicians and as disciples of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and to honor him through our music and our lives.

Our thanks go to Ethan Wright for making this video.

I reworked Pote’s text, written by Jay Johnson, to bring it closer to the psalm that inspired it, Psalm 46. Here is the text we sing in the video:

God is our refuge and strength;
a present help in time of trouble.
Though the mountains crash
in the heart of the sea,
though the waters roar and foam,
we will not fear.

Come and behold
the work of the Lord,
the awesome acts of God.
He is in the midst of his people.
We’ll not be moved.

The nations rage against the Lord.
Kingdoms totter.
When his voice sounds, elements melt.
Lord of hosts, you are our fortress
all the day long.

God is our refuge and strength;
a present help in time of trouble.
Though the mountains crash
in the heart of the sea,
though the waters roar and foam,
we will not fear.

Come and behold
the work of the Lord,
the awesome acts of God. (He is our God.)
He is in the midst of his people. (He is our God.)
We’ll not be moved.

Desolations come to the earth.
All war ceases.
He breaks the bow, shatters the spear.
He’s exulted in the nations
through the whole earth.

God is our refuge and strength;
a present help in time of trouble.
Though the mountains crash
in the heart of the sea,
though the waters roar and foam,
we will not fear.
We will not fear.
We will not fear.
We will not fear.

 

Speak through Me

Here is a new song I wrote:

 

One Pure and Holy Passion

Here is a new verse I wrote for One Pure and Holy Passion:

All is just a loss compare to Jesus.

I’ve lost it all because I want to know you.

For the surpassing worth of knowing you my precious Lord,

I’ll suffer, die, and live for only you.

 

And here is a recording:

 

 

Alas! and Did My Savior Bleed

Here is a recording of a new, simplified harmonization of Alas! and Did My Savior Bleed: