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Evensong – Hymns and Lullabies at the Close of Day– Keith and Kristyn Getty
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Evensong is the first new studio album for Keith and Kristyn Getty since 2016’s Facing a Task Unfinished. It is not your usual album of new modern hymns from the Gettys, but rather more of a Kristyn Getty solo project born out of a family tradition. The Gettys close out their days with a time of reflection in thought, song, and prayer. These are lullabies and hymns that they have sung to and for their own children.
The project was recorded in Nashville during the COVID-19 shelter at home season. Ben Shive, who produced the album with Keith and Kristyn, was able to gather recordings from each musical collaborator and create a project fusing the Celtic, folk, bluegrass, classical, and Americana sound the Gettys have become known for. The musical backing is more restrained than a normal Getty album, but no less beautiful. The cover art was specially created by internationally renowned Irish artist Ross Wilson. The album features guest appearances from Vince Gill, Heather Headley, Ellie Holcomb, Sierra Hull, Deborah Kelmme and Sandra McCracken
Below are a few thoughts about each song:

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Hush-a-by (Come Unto Me and Rest) – This song was written by Keith and Kristyn Getty. The song begins with the first verse from Horatius Bonar’s 1846 hymn “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say”, and then moves into a “Hush-a-by Baby” lullaby. The beautiful song features piano, acoustic guitar, percussion, bass and strings.
Key lyric:
Hush-a-by baby
The Lord surely keeps
Mother and child in His arms
He keeps us both in His arms  

Sun of My Soul (Shine) – This song was written by Kristyn Getty and Sandra McCracken. The song features acoustic guitar, light percussion and the beautiful harmonies of Kristyn Getty, Sandra McCracken and Skye Peterson
Key lyric:
Sun of my soul, steady my gaze
As daylight runs its race
Your Word is a lamp unto my feet
On this journey

Consider the Stars – This song was written by Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty and Fionan De Barrs, and originally appeared on the Getty’s 2016 album Facing a Task Unfinished.  The song features piano, strings, and a tender vocal from Kristyn Getty. The song is a lullaby that was written for the Getty’s daughters to help them go to sleep at night
Key lyric:
Do not be afraid
He who made all of this, says “You’re worth more than this,”
And holds you in his hands

Softly and Tenderly/Ashokan Farewell (Medley) – “Softly and Tenderly” was written by Will L. Thompson in 1880. A new verse was written by Kristyn Getty. “Ashokan Farewell” was written by Jay Unger. The song features vocals by Vince Gill, Ellie Holcomb, Sierra Hull, and Deborah Klemme. The song features acoustic guitar, bass, violin and beautiful harmonies.
Key lyric:
Come home, come home
Ye who are weary come home
Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling
Calling O sinner come home

Is He Worthy? – This song was written by Andrew Peterson and Ben Shive. The song features piano and vocals from the Getty’s daughters
Key lyric:
Is He worthy? Is He worthy?
Of all blessing and honor and glory?
Is He worthy of this? He is

Lily in the Valley – This song was written by Kristyn Getty and Ben Shive. The beautiful song features acoustic guitar, strings, and Kristyn singing a part of the song in French.
Key lyric:
He is the pearl you seek
And worry adds no single hour
But He knows every need

His Eye is on the Sparrow – This song was written by Gene Bartlett, Charles Gabriel and Civilla D. Martin, and features the vocals of Heather Headley. The song features piano, light percussion, strings, and excellent vocals by Getty and Headley.
Key lyric:
I sing because I’m happy
I sing because I’m free

His eye is on the sparrow
And I know He watches me

Jesus, Friend of Little Children/Jesus Loves Me – “Jesus, Friend of Little Children” was written by Walter John Mathams. “Jesus Loves Me” was written by Anna B. Warner and William Bradbury. Additional lyrics were written by Keith and Kristyn Getty. The song features acoustic guitar, an accordion sounding instrument, and the vocals of the Getty’s daughters.
Key lyric:
Never leave me, nor forsake me
Ever be my friend
For I need Thee from life’s dawning
To its end  

The Lord is in His Holy Temple – This song was written by Kristyn Getty and Ben Shive. This beautiful song features piano, bass, and an excellent choir. My favorite song on the album, and one that would be good for congregational singing.
Key lyric:
The Lord is in His holy temple
Let all the earth keep silence 

My Heart is Fill with Thankfulness – This song was written by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend and originally appeared on the Getty’s 2012 album Hymns for the Christian Life. The song features piano and beautiful strings.
Key lyric:
For ev’ry day I have on earth
Is given by the King;
So I will give my life, my all,
To love and follow Him.

Keep Letting the Light In – This song was written by Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty and Matt Papa. The song features piano and strings.
Key lyric:
He who said let there be light
Will surely overcome the night
As another day begins
Keep letting the light in

Abide With Me – This song was written by William Henry Monk. The song features strings, piano, light horns, and backing choir.
Key lyric:
Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me

Evensong – This song was written by Kristyn Getty and Matt Papa. The song features acoustic guitar, a backing choir, strings,
Key lyric:
Now, turn our hearts toward Thy way
Help those in doubt, in loss, in pain
Oh Lord, have mercy on this world
Thy song of hope be ever heard

Best songs:
Sun of My Soul (Shine)
Softly and Tenderly/Ashokan Farewell (Medley)
His Eye is on the Sparrow
The Lord is in His Holy Temple
Abide with Me


Heaven – Sing! The Life Of Christ Quintology
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Sing! The Life of Christ: Quintology is the fourth album to be released from Keith and Kristyn Getty’s wonderful Sing! worship music conferences, following 2018’s Sing! Live at The Getty Music Worship Conference and 2019’s Sing! Psalms: Ancient + Modern (Live At The Getty Music Worship Conference) and Sing! An Irish Christmas – Live At The Grand Ole Opry House.
The new album was released in five separate EPs over a period of several months. The project followed the five main themes of the 2019 Sing! conference – the Incarnation, Passion, Resurrection, Commission, and Ascension of Jesus Christ, and includes 29 songs. To find out more about my takeaways from the 2019 conference, held in Nashville, read my article “Reflections From the 2019 Sing! Getty Worship Conference” here.
The album was recorded at the Gaylord Hotel Convention Center, the Grand Ole Opry House and the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Everything that the Gettys and their musical friends do is with excellence. Throughout, the songwriting, singing and musical performances are of a very high quality, especially noteworthy for a live recording.
The fifth and final EP to be released is on Heaven. Below are a few comments about each song:
Forever Jesus – This song was written by Matt Papa and Stuart Townend. Townend and Kristyn Getty handle the lead vocals. The triumphant song, one of my favorite new songs of 2020, features piano, drums, bass, strings, and the singing of the conference choir.
Key lyric:
So for all my days I will sing my praise
To the King, “forever Jesus”
Though the storms may rage He is strong to save
He’s the King forever Jesus   

There is a Higher Throne – This song was written by Keith Getty and Kristyn Getty. Kristyn Getty handles the lead vocals. The uplifting song features guitar, flute, drums, piano, and conference choir.
Key lyric:
Hear heaven’s voices sing;
Their thund’rous anthem rings
Through em’rald courts and sapphire skies.
Their praises rise.
All glory, wisdom, pow’r,
Strength, thanks, and honor are
To God our King, who reigns on high
Forevermore

The Lord is My Salvation – This song was written by Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty, Nathan Nockels and Jonas Myrin. Kristyn Getty and Shane and Shane handle the vocals. This powerful hymn of praise features, guitar, drums, piano, flute, bass and conference choir.
Key lyric:
Who is like the Lord our God?
Strong to save, faithful in love
My debt is paid and the vict’ry won
The Lord is my salvation

God the Uncreated One (King Forever More) – This song was written by Pete Jams and Aaron Keyes. Lead vocals are handled by Tommy Bailey, Director of Worship at the Village Chapel in Nashville. This joyful hymn features piano, violin, bass, drums, guitar, and conference choir.
Key lyric:
What joy in everlasting life
All is love and faith is sight
Justice rolls and praises rise
At the name of Jesus Christ
King of Kings forever
King of Kings forever
King of Kings forevermore

Christ the Sure and Steady Anchor – This song was written by Matt Papa and Matt Boswell. Lead vocals are handled by Boswell and Papa. The song features piano, bass, drums, violin, and the conference choir.
Key lyric:
Christ the sure and steady anchor
As we face the wave of death
When these trials give way to glory
As we draw our final breath
We will cross that great horizon
Clouds behind and life secure
And the calm will be the better
For the storms that we endure

The King in All His Beauty – This song was written by Matt Boswell and Matt Papa. Lead vocals are handled by Papa. The song features piano, bass, drums, and conference choir.
Key lyric:
Now see the Savior lifted up
The Lamb who reigns in splendor
The hope of every tribe and tongue
His kingdom is forever

Best songs:
All


  • Who Am I? Check out the video for “Who Am I?” by NEEDTOBREATHE from their new album Out of Body.
  • The Coronavirus Cannot Keep Us from Singing. Keith Getty writes “God created us to sing. As his people, we must sing through seasons of joy and difficulty.”
  • Letter to You. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s new album Letter to You will be released October 23. Watch the video for the title song and first single.
  • I Am One. Enjoy the lyric video for “I Am One” by Sandra McCracken, featuring Citizens.

 The Lord is in His Holy Temple by Keith and Kristyn Getty

This week’s song of the week is “The Lord is in His Holy Temple” by Keith and Kristyn Getty from their new album Evensong: Hymns and Lullabies at the Close of Day. The song is written by Kristyn Getty and Ben Shive. You can listen to the song here.

The Lord is in His holy temple
Let all the earth keep silence

Verse 1
Where were you when the earth was made
And the morning stars sang out together
When the seas burst forth from the womb
And you wrapped the clouds in darkness
Have you ever showed the dawn it’s place
Or walked the recess of the deep
Oh, the mysteries He holds are His to keep

Verse 2
Who can tip the heavens’ water jars
Or set up on the earth the Lord’s dominion
Do you give the horse its flowing mane
Or does the hawk fly by your wisdom
Who gives breath to fill a babies cry
Who stirs the soul to look for light
Without His eternal word, there is no life

Bridge 1
Keep silence, silence, silence before Him

Bridge 2
The Lord is in His holy temple, let the earth keep silence

Verse 3
Who can say in their heart there is no God
Whose arm is strong enough against Him
He who dwells beyond all time and space
And will judge with perfect justice
For I speak too soon what I don’t know
These things too wonderful to grasp
It is He who is the first and is the last

The Lord is in His holy temple
Let all the earth keep silence

Author: Bill Pence

I’m Bill Pence ~ married to my best friend for more than 40 years and a St. Louis Cardinals fan. Before retiring I served as a manager at a Fortune 50 company; I'm a graduate of Covenant Theological Seminary and in leadership at my local church. I enjoy speaking about calling, vocation and work. I am a life-long learner and have a passion to help people develop to their fullest potential and to utilize their strengths more fully. I am an INTJ on Myers-Briggs, 3 on the Enneagram, my top five Strengthsfinders themes are: Belief, Responsibility, Learner, Harmony and Achiever, and my two StandOut strengths roles are Creator and Equalizer. My favorite book is the Bible, with Romans my favorite book and 2 Corinthians 5:21 my favorite verse. Some of my other favorite books are Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper, The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul, The Prodigal Son (originally titled A Tale of Two Sons) by John MacArthur and Crazy Love by Francis Chan. I enjoy Christian hip-hop/rap music, with Lecrae, Trip Lee and Andy Mineo being some of favorite artists.

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