This is my first stab at a blog post for our website. My name is Jason Hubbard and I have been the music leader here at Grace, off and on (but mostly on), since 2000.
I would like to use this space to do a monthly post on the music we sing at Grace. Here is my aim…
I want to help translate and make sense of what we sing at Grace so that we do more than just sing songs! Our aim is to worship God Almighty in Spirit and Truth, to give Him ALL our praise, and to magnify Him.
Let’s face it, though. Sometimes, words can be tricky…
“Here I raise my Ebeneezer…” from Come Thou Fount
“Pavilioned in splendor and girded with praise…” from O Worship The King
Or even “Open the eyes of my heart..” from (yep, you guessed it) Open The Eyes Of My Heart
I mean, why does Scrooge need elevated…that guy is so full of himself anyway. And the last time I did something in a pavilion, it involved some form of grilled meat. The word girded is not in my everyday vocab and I had no idea eyes were an anatomical structure my circulatory system possessed.
In a fun way, I hope to make sense of some of what we sing so that we might grow as believers and worship Him more completely. I’m sure I will do this in an imperfect way, and I’m fine with that. I hope you are too.
The format will be simple.
Once a month I will do one or more of the following:
-Define a word or phrase we encounter in worship music at Grace.
-Explore a hymn or song we sing.
-Tell the background story behind a song or hymn to help us as believers know where the songwriter was coming from…so we can identify and apply to our lives in Him.
-Attempt to draw attention to good theology we find in worship music.
Please feel free to comment on these posts or talk with me after service so we might grow together in this!