New Worship Songs
This page puts all of our latest songs in one place. Two songs were written in California; the other six were written here in Florida. We have shared them all with our community at Covenant Church. Several are part of our regular repertoire. We have provided lead sheets, liner notes, demos, and videos from our worship services. We hope to record these professionally at some point.
1. We Crown You
The additional chorus to the hymn “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name” was the first piece of music I wrote in Florida. I started at Covenant Church in January of 2015. We were singing this hymn with the additional chorus by March.
2. All That Is Within Me
I began writing this song in January of 2017. Our lead pastor was preaching a sermon entitled “Core Worship” and his text was Psalm 103. While taking notes during our Saturday night Beachside service I remember being captivated by the first verse, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me.” I remember circling the phrase “all that is within me.” I knew it would turn into a song at some point.
3. Your Word Still Speaks to Me
This was the last song I wrote and shared with our church in California during 2013. Initially I wrote it as a modern hymn. Soon after we sang it in church for the first time, a musician friend emailed me asking if I might consider adding a chorus. I had already been thinking about this and asked him if he wanted to collaborate. He sent me a melody a few weeks later which evolved into the present chorus, “Wonderful God on high… “
4. Gain What I Can’t Lose
I wrote this song in July of 2016. I think I had recently finished a book by John Ortberg entitled Soul Keeping: Caring for the Most Important Part of You. I was definitely reflecting a lot on the soul and the idea of “soul care.” This song was inspired by Matthew 16:26 and a quote by Jim Elliot.
“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?” (Matthew 16:26)
“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” (Jim Elliot)
5. God Is Love
I began writing prayers and other liturgical elements based on the Revised Common Lectionary in the Spring of 2018. I am also trying to write worship songs based on the Lectionary readings for each Sunday in the Christian year. I began writing “God is Love” in September of 2018. It is the first song for this project and was inspired by 1 John 4:7-21 and John 15:1-8 - two of the Lectionary readings for the Fifth Sunday of Easter (Year B).
I began writing this song in California in 2013. Since being in Florida I have revised the verse lyrics slightly and have added a second chorus and a bridge. This will always be a special song for me. We actually sang it once in California with choreography by Ballet Rejoice. Click here to watch that video.
8. My Everything
In the Spring of 2019, just before our service started one Sunday, a friend handed me the lyrics to a song she had been crafting. She asked if I might have time to write some music for it. In May I sat down at the piano in my church office and began to craft a melody for the verse and chorus. The next day I wrote a bridge section, made a few revisions lyrically, and recorded a demo for her. It all came together pretty quickly.