Having grown up in a church that still uses the blue hymnal, it’s no surprise that the hymns and psalms hold a special place in my heart. Last night, I went to Mars Hill Church’s Lake City campus, and what a treat the worship was! They kept it simple, with a few guitars and a violinist as well as a very talented singer. And we sang hymns! I’ve noticed that hymns are making a resurgence in the church and that just gives me the warm and fuzzies. Knowing that I’m singing songs that have been sung for generations is so comforting.

The songs we sang were Amazing Grace, All Creatures of our God and King, and Nothing but the Blood. Beautiful songs sung beautifully. In addition to those songs, we also sang “Beautiful, Scandalous Night.” This modern hymn is a very appropriate beginning to Holy Week:

Go on up to the mountain of mercy
To the crimson perpetual tide
Kneel down on the shore
Be thirsty no more
Go under and be purified

Follow Christ to the holy mountain
Sinner sorry and wrecked by the fall
Cleanse your heart and your soul
In the fountain that flowed
For you and for me and for all

CHORUS:
At the wonderful, tragic, mysterious tree
On that beautiful, scandalous night you and me
Were atoned by His blood and forever washed white
On that beautiful, scandalous night

On the hillside, you will be delivered
At the foot of the cross justified
And your spirit restored
By the river that poured
From our blessed Savior’s side

CHORUS

Go on up to the mountain of mercy
To the crimson perpetual tide
Kneel down on the shore
Be thirsty no more
Go under and be purified

CHORUS

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