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Exclusive Pre-release: Christ Our Hope In Life And Death (Getty Music)

Featuring Getty Music Posted on March 12, 2020

We are excited to partner with Getty Music to give you, our PraiseCharts customers, exclusive pre-release access to one of the most anticipated new modern hymns of the decade. For a limited time, you can download the chord chartchoir sheet, and MP3 audio of Christ Our Hope In Life And Death for free -- only from PraiseCharts! We hope this song will be a huge blessing to your church and worship ministry. Don't forget to Pre-save the song on Spotify!

Song Story

What is your only comfort in life and in death? For centuries, believers have learned the Christian faith beginning with that question. It’s the first article in the Heidelberg Catechism of 1563. Why start there? Because death is our common fate. Unless Jesus returns first, we will all die. To find comfort in life, we must know how we can face death. Hope comes only in trusting the one who died to take the curse of death and who crushed the power of death by His resurrection. “Christ has been raised from the dead” (1 Cor 15:20). That is the only statement that can transform how we live each day and how we prepare for our earthly life to end.

The hope of the resurrection spurs us to sing. That’s why a group of songwriters from Getty Music wrote the modern hymn “Christ Our Hope in Life and Death.” Like the Heidelberg Catechism that inspired it, this song is honest about death. There is no need to shrink back from mentioning death in our hymns because we know the Living One who has conquered death forever. The Christian can sing hallelujah because Christ assures us of our glorious future. Now and ever, we confess: “I am not my own, but belong—body and soul in life and in death—to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ.

Song Writers

Keith & Kristyn Getty are pre-eminent modern hymn writers in the world today, with hymns such as “In Christ Alone” among the 32 songs in the top 500 in CCLI between the USA and UK. Born in Northern Ireland the award-winning artists became the first musicians of the modern era to be given the OBE from Queen Elizabeth II, for service to music and hymn writing. They have truly become ambassadors for the genre, from their “Sing” book and Conference which welcomes over 15,000 people in Nashville every year to performing for Presidents and Prime Ministers, the hymn tour and Christmas tour which plays annually at Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center (as well as two TV specials on PBS and now TBN), as well as founding a publishing company, record label and online learning company for a new generation of writers and church musicians. Keith and Kristyn live between Northern Ireland and Nashville with their four daughters.

Matt Boswell is the founding pastor of The Trails Church in Prosper, TX. Matt has been involved in church planting and pastoral ministry since 1998, and is also an author and hymn writer, known for songs including "His Mercy Is More" and "Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery." Matt is a Ph.D. candidate at Southern Seminary with an emphasis in Christian Worship and Biblical Spirituality. Matt and his wife Jamie have four children.

Jordan Kauflin has been involved in leading worship and writing songs for corporate worship since he was a teenager. His songs include "I Will Wait for You (Psalm 130)" and "All I Have Is Christ." He has served as a pastor for over a decade and enjoys training the next generation of worship leaders. Jordan and his wife Tali have five children.

Matt Merker is Director of Creative Resources & Training for Getty Music. Matt has contributed to several modern hymns, including “He Will Hold Me Fast.” He is the author of the forthcoming book Corporate Worship: The Church Gathers as God's People. Matt and his wife Erica are members of Trinity Church and live in Nashville, TN with their two children. 

Matt Papa is a songwriter, worship leader, and author whose heart longs to see people from every corner of the world set ablaze by the love of God that is in Christ Jesus. He serves as the Worship & Arts Director at Christ Covenant Church in Atlanta, GA. His latest project, "His Mercy Is More," showcases over a dozen songs were co-written with frequent collaborator Matt Boswell. Matt and his wife Lauren have five children. 

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