We have three great worship leaders at Redeemer Fellowship. Recently Chris Walke (one of the three) has been digging up the less familiar hymns and sharing them with the church either for corporate singing, or as a meditative song to accompany the sermon. Below is a hymn he sang a few weeks ago during worship called For All The Saints. It was written in the 19th century by Ralph Vaughn Williams William How. The melody here is not the one most commonly used. Chris played acoustic and sang, and one of our musicians, Aaron, accompanied him on the electric guitar. Unfortunately, you can't really hear Aaron's subtle work. Anyway, give it a listen below. I love hymns, but had never heard this one.
For All The Saints
For all the saints who from their labours rest, Who thee by faith before the world confessed, Thy name, O Jesus, be for ever blessed Alleluia! Alleluia!
Thou wast their rock, their fortress, and their might; Thou, Lord, their captain in the well-fought fight; Thou in the darkness drear their one true light: Alleluia! Alleluia!
O may thy soldiers, faithful, true, and bold, Fight as the saints who nobly fought of old, And win, with them, the victor's crown of gold: Alleluia! Alleluia!
Oh, blest communion, fellowship divine, We feebly struggle, they in glory shine; Yet all are one within your great design. Alleluia! Alleluia!
And when the strife is fierce, the warfare long, Steals on the ear the distant triumph-song, And hearts are brave again, and arms are strong: Alleluia! Alleluia!
The golden evening brightens in the west; Soon, soon to faithful warriors cometh rest; Sweet is the calm of paradise the blessed: Alleluia! Alleluia!
But lo there breaks a yet more glorious day; The saints triumphant rise in bright array: The King of Glory passes on his way: Alleluia! Alleluia!
From earth's wide bounds, from ocean's farthest coast, Through gates of pearl streams in the countless host, Singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Alleluia! Alleluia!