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There Is a Redeemer

Scripture References

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There Is a Redeemer

Words of Praise

We praise you, Holy Father,
for sending your Son to be our Savior.
We praise you, Holy Jesus,
for the promise of sending us a Comforter,
so that you would be with us always.
We praise you for the abundant life we have in you,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forevermore. Amen.
— Worship Sourcebook Edition Two

Assurance

You did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear,
but you have received a spirit of adoption.
When you cry, “Abba! Father!”
it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit
that we are children of God,
and if children, then heirs,
heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ.
In Christ, by the power of the Spirit, we are forgiven.
Thanks be to the triune God.
—based on Romans 8:15-17, NRSV
— Worship Sourcebook Edition Two

Additional Prayers

A Prayer of Thanks
Gracious God, Jesus called you Father and we will not correct him. We know of bad fathers, absent fathers, abusive fathers, but when we call you Father we are seeing you as Jesus did—as a compassionate father who forgives sinners and sends rain on the fields of the just and unjust alike. Thank you, our Father, for giving us your Son and leaving your Spirit till the work on earth is done. Amen.
— Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.
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There Is a Redeemer

Tune Information

Name
THERE IS A REDEEMER
Key
D Major
Meter
6.5.8.3 refrain 6.6.7.6

Recordings

Musical Suggestion

“There Is a Redeemer” is a short, simple song of adoration and hope that is also a powerful confession of faith about Christ, the Lamb of God, and our relationship to him. One of the strengths of the text is its trinitarian refrain. Sing the verses with quiet strength, rising in volume on the beginning of each statement of the refrain, and then ending more quietly.
(from Reformed Worship, Issue 58)
— Emily Brink
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There Is a Redeemer

Hymn Story/Background

This song is a gentle but forthright confession of faith that develops into a broad Trinitarian doxology. The first two stanzas speak of the redemptive work of Jesus; the final verse gives a glimpse of heaven. The refrain overflows with thanksgiving the way Paul does in his Epistles.
 
The power of this song is cloaked in vulnerability and simplicity. Its gentle folk quality is particularly well suited to acoustic guitar and flute; a light keyboard will work, too. As each refrain shifts from speaking of God to speaking to God, lend support through increased volume and thicker texture in the accompaniment.

Author and Composer Information

Melody Green (b. 1946), daughter of a faithful Jewish mother and a non-practicing Methodist father, grew up searching for spiritual meaning. After college, she met aspiring musician Keith Green, and a year late they were married. Ater attending a Bible study, both Melody and Keith gave their lives to Jesus, and their lives were radically changed. They opened up their house to people with drug addictions or unplanned pregnancies, and before long had rented six more homes to house everyone in their growing community. In 1979 they moved their ministry to a ranch in East Texas, and Last Days Ministries was born. In July, 1982, at the age of twenty-eight, Keith and two of their small children were tragically killed in a plane crash. Melody, a single mom, continued to lead Last Days Ministries and became an active leader and participant in non-violent, pro-Life demonstrations. Melody has travelled around the world, met with Mother Theresa and numerous American presidents, and continues to oversee LDM from her home in Kansas City, Missouri. 
— Last Days Ministries (http://www.lastdaysministries.org/Groups/1000008704/Last_Days_Ministries/Melody_Green/Bio/Bio.aspx)
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