A new piano score of a song that was written for churches to use in 2018’s Remembrance services has been published in time for this year’s commemorations.
Last year, with the help of North Yorkshire pastor and author Tim Chester, we wrote a new song and produced a lyric video for churches to use at their Remembrance services. We wanted to mark the centenary of the end of World War One, which claimed the lives of around 17 million military personnel and civilians.
Tim’s beautifully crafted lyrics captured not only the solemnity of the moment, but also the Christian’s future hope. The final verse is saturated with biblical truth that lifts our eyes beyond our present horizon to Christ’s return, when this fallen world is finally healed and God’s glory floods the earth.
Following the release of that song, we received many encouraging comments from church leaders around the country who used it in a variety of ways.
Many churches showed the lyric video as a reflective piece during their Remembrance service. Others taught the song to their congregation the week before, prior to using it on Remembrance Day itself. Even BBC Radio Cumbria played the song, twice!
We were encouraged to hear that some churches have used the hymn beyond Remembrance Day itself, having found it useful following sermons on subjects such as suffering, the persecuted church, and the return of Christ.
Due to the song’s popularity, we have now produced a full piano score which is available free of charge. The lyric video has also been remade, with a correction on the lyrics (our thanks to the person who pointed out the word ‘for’ was missing in verse two!).
Although the centenary of World War One has passed, the song remains as relevant as ever, and so we hope that churches across the country will continue to use it.
However you use the song, we trust that it will be a ministering tool for blessing. It’s our prayer that it will help your congregations to remember those who gave their lives for peace and, ultimately, to point those singing or hearing it to the one who shall end all wars – the Lord Jesus Christ.
Free sheet music for the Remembrance Hymn is available on the Cornerstone Worship website at www.cornerstoneworship.co.uk and the new lyric video can be found below.