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Let Us All Press On (2019)

Hymns have become powerful vehicles, first for carrying the gospel of Jesus Christ to the soul of the listener, and then for reinforcing messages of faith, belief, solace, hope, and encouragement when sung. They are both sermons and testimonies, communal manifestations of faith when performed as a congregation and private comforts when recalled and pondered within the heart. The hymns represented here cover a range of gospel themes and modes of expression. The musical settings are joyful, contemplative, optimistic, thoughtful, and stirring, and the discerning arrangements serve to support and confirm the messages of each hymn.

  • Language English
  • Media Types CD, MP3

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  1. TracksTrack TitleTrack Time
  2. 1 Press Forward, Saints 3:26
    Music By
    Vanja Y. Watkins
    Lyrics By
    Marvin K. Gardner
    Arrangement By
    Mack Wilberg
    Publisher
    Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
  3. 2 More Holiness Give Me 4:35
    Music By
    Philip Paul Bliss
    Lyrics By
    Philip Paul Bliss
    Arrangement By
    Ronald Staheli
    Publisher
    Jackman Music Corporation (©1998)
  4. 3 On This Day of Joy and Gladness 2:55
    Music By
    Leroy J. Robertson
    Lyrics By
    Leroy J. Robertson
    Arrangement By
    Mack Wilberg
    Publisher
    Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
  5. 4 Lord, I Would Follow Thee 5:04
    Music By
    K. Newell Dayley
    Lyrics By
    Susan Evans McCloud
    Arrangement By
    Ryan Murphy
    Publisher
    Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
  6. 5 Have I Done Any Good? 3:26
    Music By
    Will L. Thompson
    Lyrics By
    Will L. Thompson
    Arrangement By
    David A. Zabriskie
    Publisher
    Arrangement © 2002, 2018 by David A. Zabriskie.
  7. 6 Rejoice, the Lord Is King! 3:53
    Music By
    Horatio Parker
    Lyrics By
    Charles Wesley
    Arrangement By
    Ryan Murphy
    Publisher
    CandelaWorks Music, a division of Jubilate Music Group, LLC (© 2019)
  8. 7 Our Prayer to Thee 5:15
    Music By
    Joseph Parry
    Lyrics By
    Russell M. Nelson
    Arrangement By
    Mack Wilberg
    Publisher
    Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
  9. 8 Let Us All Press On 4:31
    Music By
    Evan Stephens
    Lyrics By
    Evan Stephens
    Arrangement By
    Richard Elliott
    Publisher
    Jackman Music Corporation (© 1998)
  10. 9 Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah 3:56
    Music By
    John Hughes
    Lyrics By
    William Williams; first verse trans. by Peter Williams
    Arrangement By
    Mack Wilberg
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press (© 2014)
  11. 10 Hark, All Ye Nations! 3:18
    Music By
    George F. Root
    Lyrics By
    Louis R. Mönch
    Arrangement By
    Mack Wilberg
    Publisher
    Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
  12. 11 Brightly Beams Our Father’s Mercy 5:10
    Music By
    Philip Paul Bliss
    Lyrics By
    Philip Paul Bliss
    Arrangement By
    Ryan Murphy
    Publisher
    Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
  13. 12 Standing on the Promises 5:10
    Music By
    Russell Kelso Carter
    Lyrics By
    Russell Kelso Carter
    Arrangement By
    Ryan Murphy
    Publisher
    Jackman Music Corporation (© 2018)
  14. 13 Love Divine, All Loves Excelling 6:38
    Music By
    Hyfrydol by Rowland H. Prichard
    Lyrics By
    Charles Wesley
    Arrangement By
    Mack Wilberg
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press (© 2002; assigned to Oxford University Press 2010.)
  15. 14 All Creatures of Our God and King 4:04
    Music By
    Geistliche Kirchengesäng, 1623, alt.; harm. by Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1906
    Lyrics By
    St. Francis of Assisi; trans. by William H. Draper
    Arrangement By
    Mack Wilberg
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press (© 2002; assigned to Oxford University Press 2010.)

Description

Martin Luther declared that beautiful music is “one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.” Believing wholeheartedly in the power of music to edify the soul, Luther instituted congregational singing in the Christian worship service, hoping that through it, churchgoers could express their praise to God more actively and feel a greater connection with their faith community. Of necessity, then, these hymns needed to be simple and singable. Hymns are music of the people—they avoid complexity, artifice, and pretension as they speak simply to the pure faith of the believer.

Since Luther’s time, hymns have become powerful vehicles, first for carrying the gospel of Jesus Christ to the soul of the listener, and then for reinforcing messages of faith, belief, solace, hope, and encouragement when sung. They are both sermons and testimonies, communal manifestations of faith when performed as a congregation and private comforts when recalled and pondered within the heart.

The hymns represented here cover a range of gospel themes and modes of expression, from a simple 13th-century poem of gratitude to profound spiritual insights from the 18th and 19th centuries and personal prayers from our own day. The musical settings are joyful, contemplative, optimistic, thoughtful, and stirring, and the discerning arrangements serve to support and confirm the messages of each hymn.

Significantly, nearly half of the hymns included here were originally written for children and youth, only later finding their way into the musical usage for congregational worship. It is, after all, the simplicity of the hymns—their accessibility to all, both young and old—that makes them such potent, memorable declarations of faith.