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Preparing for Corporate Worship - Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery

Written By Ryan Egan on 03/11/2014 | Posted in Worship

A Rich Heritage of Hymnody

Lent is full of a rich heritage of music. Songs like "Near the Cross," "In the Cross of Christ I Glory," "What Wondrous Love is This," "There is a Fountain" and many more come to mind. These songs give us an opportunity to talk about the blood of Christ, the cross of Christ, and the sacrifice of Christ and let our minds dwell on these things during the journey to Easter. While many of them can be somber, it's good to remember that lament is an appropriate expression of worship, especially as we consider what drove Jesus to the cross: our sin. Spending time in lament makes the contrast of the splendid joy of Easter that much more powerful. We will enjoy singing many of these traditional Lent hymns over the next few weeks.

Solid New Hymns

As well, with a resurgence of hymnody from modern songwriters like Keith & Kristyn Getty and Stuart Townend, we are seeing some wonderful new hymns for Lent and Easter being written. "In Christ Alone," "The Power of the Cross," and "How Deep the Father's Love for Us" are a few favorites.

Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery

One hymn that was written within the last year and which has driven the theme of our Lent services for this year is "Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery" written by Matt Papa, Matt Boswell, and Michael Bleeker. Similar to many hymns, the text gives us a historical account of the life and work of Jesus, starting with his incarnation in verse one (the one who came into our darkness, took on flesh to ransom us), moving to His sinless earthly life in verse two (in his living, in his suffering, never trace, nor stain of sin), bringing us to the agony of the cross in verse three (in the stead of ruined sinners hangs the lamb in victory), and proclaiming the triumph of the resurrection in verse four (no grave could e'er restrain Him, praise the Lord, He is alive!).

In order to help you learn the hymn (and maybe even sing it in four parts by the end of Lent!) I've provided a four-part hymn sheet for you to download and learn. Also, you can hear the song in its entirety on Spotify below (you might need to download and install Spotify if you haven't already):

If you prefer not to use Spotify, you can also hear a preview of the song in the iTunes playlist below:

I look forward to continuing the journey through Lent with you as we worship in song through dear and familiar hymns as well as this new hymn we will learn together.

In awe of the mystery of the cross,

Ryan Egan
Director of Worship & Creative Arts

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Ryan serves as Director of Worship & Creative Arts at Living Word. He is a follower of Jesus, husband, father of three, worshiper and creative.

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