Sacred City Hymnal Volume 1

by Sacred City Music

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released June 14, 2015

All song written and recorded by Sacred City Music.
Lyrics written by Joel Bickford with the exception of hymn lyrics written by
Charitie Lees Smith (Before The Throne), Elvina M. Hall (Jesus Paid It All), and Laurie Kline (1st verse of I Love You Lord)

Vocal performance by Joel Bickford, Benjamin Mosbach, and Amanda Dean. Group vocals done by various members of Sacred City Church.

Guitars recorded by Joel Bickford & Jarek Bakken
Bass guitar recorded by Trent Randle & Joel Bickford
Keyboard & Piano recorded by Sam Schmidt
Drums recorded by Kris Keuning

The album was mixed by Omar Sierra of Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia and Mastered by Phil Blackbourne of Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia.

Album design & artwork was done by Jarek Bakken, Kurt Schoenhoft, and Jasmine Jones.



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Track Name: He Saved Our Souls
We must sing with the voices of a thousand angels,
We must lift our hands like the trees,
Sing to the one who's mercies never die out,
If we are silent the rocks would surely cry out,
"How great is He"

We can't stay silent, oh no no,
We can't keep quiet, oh no no,
We can't stay silent, oh no no,
He saved our souls

We must join with creation and the song that it's singing,
Sing along as deep cries out to deep,
Song to the One who's hand of grace is stretched out,
and to the Son who's paid for all our debts now,
How great is He

He saved our souls
Track Name: Before The Throne
Before the throne of God above,
I have a strong and perfect plea,
a Great High Priest who's name is Love,
Who ever lives and pleads for me,
My name is graven on His hands,
My name is written on His heart,
I know that while in heaven he stands,
No tongue can bid me thence depart,
No tongue can bid me thence depart

When Satan tempts me to dispare,
and tells me of the guilt within,
upward I look and see Him there,
Who made an end to all my sin,
One with Himself I cannot die,
my soul is purchased by His blood,
my life is hid with Christ on high,
with Christ my Savior and my God,
with Christ my Savior and my God

Behold Him there the risen Lamb,
My perfect spotless righteousness,
The great unchangeable I AM,
the King of glory and of grace,
Because the sinless Savior died,
my sinful soul is counted free,
for God the Just is satisfied,
To look on Him and pardon me
To look on Him and pardon me
Track Name: More Like You
Lord, we thank You for Your grace,
that we're enriched in ever way,
that You have given us Your Son,
Your only one, Your only one

And there is nothing more we need,
only to be conformed to Thee,
into the image of Your Son,
Your only one, Your only one

And as You sanctify, be glorified,
make us more like you,
we've been justified, given new life,
and the good work You began You'll see through

Holy Spirit come and break,
every power of sin and shame,
the things that He has overcome,
the battles won, the work is done

We long to look like, more like Jesus,
We long to live for His honor and fame,
We need Your Spirit to transform us,
to mirror images of glory and grace
Track Name: If It Wasn't For You
Stiff necked and wicked are our ways,
from the freedoms in Your laws we have strayed,
in our flesh we are totally depraved,
heavy is the weight of guilt and shame

We turn to Thee for grace through faith alone,
repentant, Lord, we lift our heavy souls
sins bitter taste leaves us craving so much more,
let Christ be sweet, let Him fill our every void

Draw near to us as we draw near to You,
our souls they thirst and even faint for You,
be to us our Rock and our Refuge
our Fortress, our God, our trust will be in You

If it wasn't for You, we would be lost,
If it wasn't for You, death would swallow us up
Track Name: Dead To Sin, Alive In Him
Oh my flesh has failed me once again,
on my knees to You, Lord, I bend,
only You can satisfy my soul,
in my heart would You make Your home

All the times I've tried before and failed,
I can see it now that those were the nails,
that held You there upon Your cross,
Lord You died to pay my cost,
Dead to sin, alive in Him,
Dead to sin, alive in Him

Have mercy on me, Oh my God,
blot out my sin, and make me clean again,
Against You I've committed all these things,
a contrite heart Your grace ever brings

You gave Your life to purchase mine,
now in You this love I find,
grace amazing take me home,
to the arms of the One I love
Track Name: Jesus Paid It All
I hear the Savior say,
"Thy strength indeed is small,
child of weakness, watch and pray,
find in me thine all in all."

Lord now indeed I find
Thy power and thine alone,
can change the lepers spots,
and melt this heart of stone

Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow

And when before the throne,
I'll stand in Him complete,
I'll lay my trophies down,
all down at Jesus feet

Oh praise the One who paid my debt
and raise this life up from the dead
Track Name: I Love You Lord
I love You Lord, and I lift my voice
to worship You, oh my soul, rejoice,
take joy my King in what You hear
and let it be a sweet, sweet sound
In Your ear

I love you Lord, though I loose my way,
forgive my sin, oh my Lord, I pray,
I return to You, to Your arms of grace,
Son of God I'll praise Your name
All of my days

I have nothing to offer Thee,
let Your Son's own blood cover me, it's my plea,
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
Praise be to Your glorious name,