On Palm Sunday, April 14, and Easter Sunday, April 21, our choir will present a musical entitled “Jesus, Only King Forever.” We’ll sing the first three songs on Palm Sunday and the second three songs on Easter Sunday. During these services we will focus on the triumphal entry, the Lord’s Supper, the cross, and the resurrection. Bobby Kelly will preach God’s Word and challenge us. I hope you will invite others to join us in worship!
One of the songs from our musical is an updated arrangement of the old hymn Man of Sorrows, What a Name which is also known as Hallelujah, What a Savior! I’ve always been intrigued by the powerful lyrics and celebratory feel of this hymn, specifically as each stanza ends with the proclamation “Hallelujah, What a Savior!”
In doing a little research, I discovered the original hymn-writer, Philip Bliss, was a friend and colleague of the famous evangelist Dwight L. Moody. Bliss held singing schools, music conventions, and sang at church meetings in the Chicago area between 1865 and 1873 and eventually joined Moody’s associate, Daniel Whittle, in evangelistic campaigns. During a winter storm, Bliss tragically died in a train crash at the age of thirty-five on his way to sing at Moody’s Tabernacle. Describing Bliss, Moody wrote, “He is the most highly honored of God of any man of his time as a writer and singer of gospel songs, and with all his gifts he was the most humble man I ever knew. I loved him as a brother.”
In the last few years of his life, Philip Bliss wrote: The Light of the World is Jesus; Almost Persuaded; Wonderful Words of Life; Jesus Loves Even Me; I Will Sing of My Redeemer as well as the music to It Is Well with My Soul. Most of us have sung these songs in worship our whole lives. What a privilege it will be to lift up the name of Jesus this Easter singing once again – Hallelujah, What a Savior!
Jesus, Only King Forever
Palm Sunday, April 14
Easter Sunday, April 21