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Glory, Glory, Hallelujah

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1 Glory, glory, hallelujah!
since I laid my burdens down.
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
since I laid my burdens down.

2 I feel better, so much better,
since I laid my burdens down!
I feel better, so much better.
since I laid my burdens down!

3 Feel like shoutin' hallelujah!
since I laid my burdens down!
Feel like shoutin' hallelujah!
since I laid my burdens down!

4 Friends don't treat me like they used to,
since I laid my burdens down!
Friends don't treat me like they used to,
since I laid my burdens down!

5 I'm goin' home to live with Jesus
since I laid my burdens down!
I'm goin' home to live with Jesus
since I laid my burdens down!

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Scripture References

Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References

When we receive God’s pardon, we find ourselves at peace with him and at rest again. When the benefits of Christ are made ours, “They are more than enough to absolve us of our sins” and we need no longer look “for anything apart from him” (Belgic Confession, Article 22). We have “freedom from sin’s dominion” (Our World Belongs to God, paragraph 25) and we understand that we are “set free from all [our] sins and misery…” (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 1, Question and Answer 2). We are “righteous before God and heir to everlasting life” (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 23, Question and Answer 59).

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Glory, Glory, Hallelujah

Additional Prayers

A Prayer of Renunciation and Affirmation
(May be said by one alone or inviting all to join on the refrain line.)
Mighty and loving God, I renounce sin and the devil.
I have laid my burdens down.
I renounce my sinful pride.
I have laid my burdens down.
I denounce poisonous envy and greed.
I have laid my burdens down.
I denounce gluttony and lust.
I have laid my burdens down.
O God, you who liberate us from sin and the devil so we may renounce them,
I have laid my burdens down.
Glory, glory, hallelujah, since
I have laid my burdens down. Amen.
— Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.
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Tune Information

Name
GLORY
Key
F Major
Meter
15.15
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Glory, Glory, Hallelujah

Composer Information

Nolan Williams (b. 1969) is a musicologist, theologian, American songwriter, and producer whose professional career defies conventional boundaries.
 
Best known for his work as Chief Music Editor of the bestselling African American Heritage Hymnal—a critically acclaimed compendium of music, with sales now surpassing 300,000 books worldwide, Williams is a noted scholar who has lectured extensively, including keynote addresses for the National Academy of Religion, Yale University’s Parks-King Lecture Series, Festival Musica y Filosofia (Naples, Italy), and Georgetown University Law School. He has also been featured on PBS, BET, the Word network, and internationally in the UK, France, Italy, and Slovenia.
 
Williams has written and produced music for television, film, and live events of national and international prominence. His eclectic compositional library includes: songwriting collaborations on numerous Grammy-nominated projects; commissioned compositions by Georgetown University and the National Symphony Orchestra; musical works performed by some of the country’s leading orchestras, including the Charleston Symphony, Memphis Symphony, and Kennedy Center Opera House orchestras; and, original gospel songs featured on his debut CD, inSpiration, released nationwide in 2010. He has collaborated with a range of industry artists—from Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight and India.Arie to Denyce Graves, Yolanda Adams, and Michael McDonald.
 
Through NEWorks Productions, Williams has produced inspirational arts programming with the Smithsonian Institute, the U.S. Army, Georgetown University, the Arts and Humanities Council of Washington, DC, and the Dallas-based Black Academy of Arts and Letters. Williams and NEWorks have been especially privileged to collaborate with the Kennedy Center on a number of landmark projects, including musical direction of the finale for the 77th Birthday Tribute for Senator Edward M. Kennedy and production of the 105 Voices of History HBCU National Choir concert. Most recently, Williams has worked alongside Garth Ross, Director of the Kennedy Center’s Performing Arts for Everyone program, to plan an unprecedented nine-day celebration, as the Artistic Consultant for Joyful Sounds: Gospel Across America. Williams is also the Artistic Director for the National Symphony Orchestra’s first-ever full concert of African American sacred music on Saturday, April 24, 2010.
 
Williams serves as Minister of Music at the Metropolitan Baptist Church in Washington, DC. He also consults with numerous churches across the country on matters of music ministry and worship. In October 2010, Williams will return to his alma mater, Oberlin College (Oberlin, Ohio), to conduct master classes and serve as Music Director for the Northern Ohio Hymn Festival.
— Kennedy Center
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