My church is releasing its very first live worship CD this Sunday, “A Thousand Amens: Live Worship with The Falls Church Anglican“.
I wanted to share one of the songs I wrote that’s on the album called “Come You Sinners”. I posted a rough version of it on here about a year ago but this is the album version which is a bit (!) better quality.
I wrote this song one week when I was choosing songs for a communion service and wishing there was something I could sing over people as they walked forward to the Lord’s table. Having just taken a seminary class on grace taught by Steve Brown, I was freshly amazed at how scandalous God’s grace is, and how amazingly freeing it is, and I wanted to be able sing this good news over them.
The verses came fairly quickly. I used a couple of lines from an old hymn (“Come Ye Sinners Poor and Needy”) to start off a couple of verses and went from there. The chorus took a while to nail down, until late one night while sitting at the piano, I remembered the line from Augustine’s Confessions that “…our hearts are restless until we find our rest in You…”. The melody fit the lyric and then the song was complete.
Here are the lyrics:
Come, you sinners, poor and needy
Come behold your Savior’s face
Full of love and rich in mercy
Hands outstretched with endless grace
Nothing you have done has earned it
Full atonement, vast and free
Nothing you can do can change it
Rest on Jesus’ victory
Our hearts are restless till we find our rest in You
Our lives are hopeless till we find our hope in You
Jesus, You are my life
Jesus, I give my life to You
Come you weary, heavy laden
Burdened under shame and sin
There is never condemnation
When your life in Christ is hid
There is no one else to turn to
He will guide you all your days
His perfect love is perfect for you
Trust in Jesus’ saving grace
Jamie Brown © 2011 Worthily Magnify Music. All rights reserved. Used by permission. CCLI song # 6026956.
You can download the album version mp3 here: Come You Sinners recording
And here’s a free chord chart: Come You Sinners chord chart
UPDATE: Here’s the sheet music: Come You Sinners sheet music
And here’s a lyrics video: