Thursday, February 20, 2014

corporate repentance song

Today I attempted to write a corporate song of repentance. Lyrically it's still pretty rough and the meter is weird. The verse has two different sections which are quite different metrically. Then there's the chorus which is different again. Anyway... 

Repentance song

1. Jesus
You are holy
You are righteous
You are true.
Our heads
bow in sorrow
for we haven’t 
followed you

We have claimed your holy name 
But haven’t lived your word.
Cleanse and change us, let our lives bring 
honor to you, Lord.

Let us be the light that shines into the darkness
Let us cause our world to rise and sing your praise
Let us stand for love and holiness and mercy
Let us no more have to bow our heads in shame
Let us be the church that’s worthy of your name
2. Jesus
Ever patient
Your compassion
Never ends.
Our transgressions
Let your people
start again.

Fill our hearts with thankfulness
Let wisdom guide our way
Season all our words with grace

every hour and day

sar 2014


  1. I really like this, because it focusses on God's character and lots of prayer for change - don't change that! But I can't help but think you could add some more specific repentance about stuff we get wrong.

    1. How about this, "Sorry for putting up with it for decades and decades while people molested children in our care. Sorry that we cared more about the appearance of peace and harmony then for our children." etc.

    2. "sorry for dragging your name through the mud with all of this..."

  2. I agree with what you just wrote there. What I meant was, your first verse has great confessions in it and I think it would be great if there were more of these. Sorry - I didn't mean to be picky. I really like this.

    1. I didn't take it as picky at all! The second verse does need work.

  3. Simone, I think a reference to the way our sins (particularly corporate sins) bring dishonor to Jesus' name would actually be really appropriate.

  4. This is good. We need more repentance songs..
    Have you heard Glenn Packiam's? or the new one from Zac Hicks: