Songs for the 2009 Redeemer Pastor's Conference

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On Monday I'll be attending and leading singing at the 2009 Redeemer Conference for Pastors. The theme of the conference is The Minister's Fainting Fits: Depression and Discouragement in Pastoral Ministry and we are honored to have Ed Welch along with our pastor, R. W. Glenn share with us from God's Word.

So far it looks like we will have a fairly diverse group of pastors or other leaders (like small group leaders), a large percentage who have never attended one of our conferences before. Choosing music for a conference can be tricky. Since the men attending will be from disparate churches I wanted to ensure that they would know a large portion of songs. To do that I chose 40% traditional hymns (texts and tunes). Another 40% are songs that will probably be new to many and have a more classical (less syncopated) tune, either old or new hymn texts. The remaining 20% are more contemporary songs or arrangements of hymns.

My friend and fellow songwriter Eric Schumacher will be joining us. We finished a song titled When Sorrow Comes especially for this conference. The abundance of songs by myself is not by my own doing! (R. W. Glenn insisted that we sing all of those songs)

Song List

Session 1:
  Come, Thou Fount Of Every Blessing - Robert Robinson (1758)
  Praise to the Lord, the Almighty - Joachim Neander
  And Can It Be That I Should Gain? - Charles Wesley
  By Grace Alone - Martin Luther (1483-1546) / David L. Ward
  Grace that Is Greater - Julia H. Johnston (1849-1919)
  When Sorrow Comes - Eric Schumacher & David L. Ward
  --Before the Throne of God Above - Vikki Cook / Charitie L. Bancroft (1841-1892)
Session 2:
  Blessed Be Your Name - Matt & Beth Redman
  Not What My Hands Have Done - Horatius Bonar (1808-80) & Brian Moss
  --O Weary Saint - Eric Schumacher & David L. Ward
Session 3 (morning):
  A Mighty Fortress Is Our God - Martin Luther
  You Are God Alone - Billy & Cindy Foote (v.3 David L. Ward)
  Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder - John Newton & Laura Taylor
  Awake, My Dear Brethren - Unknown / David L. Ward
  --There is No Greater Portrait - Eric Schumacher & David L. Ward
Session 4:
  O God the Holy Spirit - David L. Ward
Session 5:
  Abide with Me: Fast Falls the Eventide - Henry Lyte
  There Is a Hope - Mark Edwards & Stuart Townend
  --When Sorrow Comes - Eric Schumacher & David L. Ward


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