Lift Hymn Up

It was a vision that the Principal, Mr. Paul Fua, and Mr. Vaughan Jones had, that TVAC (Tweed Valley Adventist College) would have a recording studio to spread the story of Jesus through music. With the generosity of Andrew Thompson, Yvan Vitry, and God’s gracious hand, a recording studio came to TVAC in 2019. We have used the studio by creating music, audio for plays, books, messages and sermons, and God has richly blessed through it. With our first big project being a hymn album, we have dedicated this album to the working of the gospel. Choosing students and staff whom God has gifted with amazing musical talent to feature as soloists on some of the greatest hymns that have ever been written, we hope that you not only enjoy the music, but that it can bring you closer to Jesus. “Lift Hymn Up”, that is what we are doing through this album, because He deserves all the glory.

By pre ordering a CD, not only will you be the first to get your hands (and ears) onto this great album, but you will be supporting the music program at Tweed Valley Adventist College so that more music can be produced in the future. 

Lift Hymn Up

“I was studying Matthew chapter 24 and I was particularly interested in verse 14. One thing that I couldn’t shake was the phrase, “as a witness”. Every sermon and Bible study that I have listened to, did not address the phrase “as a witness”, and I wanted to know what it meant. Through my study, I found that it wasn’t only about preaching, but witnessing. The gospel will be seen in the lives of His people, and Christ’s character will be fully manifested to the world, then the end will come. It was through this personal study that I was led to write a song using these words. It’s a prayer that I have for every Christian that they would allow God to use them as witnesses to the gospel, so that we can go home.”

Artist: David Williams
Soloist: Noah Herrington
Instrumental and Vocal Arrangement: David Williams
Mixing and Mastering: Rhys Zacher
Audio Production: Shanna Duke & David Williams

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Even though he had a poor education in both high school and college, Thomas became a high school teacher at the age of 16. Later, he became an ordained pastor, but due to his health, he had to leave the ministry. During this time, Thomas became a lover of poetry and wrote a vast number of poems. He then sent a collection of them to William Runyan, who was a good musician. William was so impressed by the depth and meaning of the words in the poem “Great is Thy Faithfulness”, that he prayed earnestly that his tune may carry its message in a worthy way. Lamentations 3:22-23 was Thomas’ favourite verse and is what the hymn is based on.

Artist: Thomas Chisholm
Soloist: Paul Fua
Instrumental and Vocal Arrangement: David Williams
Mixing and Mastering: Rhys Zacher
Audio Production: Shanna Duke & David Williams

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Reginald lived in England, and because of the vast practice of idolatry around him, too often he was impressed to pen the words “Only Thou Art Holy”. He then wrote the words to “Holy Holy Holy” while serving as a vicar of Hodnet in Shropshire. He desired to celebrate a triune God and he based the words of the hymn from Revelation 4:8, “The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying: Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!”. John Dykes then composed the tune “Nicea” to match the words, and it was at the council of Nicea, that the doctrine of the trinity was upheld.

Artist: Reginald Heber
Soloist:
Max Grolimund
Instrumental and Vocal Arrangement: David Williams
Mixing and Mastering: Rhys Zacher
Audio Production: Shanna Duke & David Williams

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Horatio was a lawyer and businessman in Chicago with a wife and five children. His family boarded on a boat to Europe, but he had to stay home in Chicago to solve an unexpected business problem, and to leave a few days later. Four days into the journey, the vessel collided with a Scottish ship and it went underwater, along with 226 passengers, including his children. A sailor spotted his wife floating on a piece of the wreckage still alive and pulled her into the boat. She landed in Wales and wrote Horatio a letter saying, “Saved alone”. Horatio booked the next available ship. The captain told him they were over the place where his children went down, and that was when he penned the words, “It is well with my soul”.

Artist: Horatio G. Spafford
Vocals:
 Tweed Valley Adventist College Choir
Instrumental and Vocal Arrangement: Paul Fua
Mixing and Mastering: Rhys Zacher
Audio Production: Paul Fua

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Frances was a thorough Bible student. She was able to recite the book of Psalms, Isaiah, and most of the New Testament. She also learned Hebrew, where she took note of the word shekinah. In this hymn, shekinah becomes an illustration of the abiding of Christ in us. Upon arranging this Hymn, Johanna writes “Each verse touches on a different aspect of total submission and in arranging this song, I wanted to add a chorus which summarised this idea of being a vessel in which God can live and breathe to use for His purpose, to show the world His good character of love. I pray that as this song is heard, people will be able to echo the desire to have Christ live and breathe in them for His glory.”

Artist: Frances R. Havergal/Johanna McKay
Soloist: Johanna McKay
Instrumental Arrangement: Johanna McKay & Paul Fua
Vocal Arrangement: David Williams
Mixing and Mastering: Rhys Zacher
Audio Production: Shanna Duke & David Williams

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Samuel was born in Chestnut, London, in 1834. It was here that he developed a deep love for poetry and music. He had been a cultural Christian for most of his teenage years, until he experienced the love of Jesus for himself. Through the feeling of misery and loneliness, he contemplated ending his life by jumping off a bridge. Whilst on the bridge a voice said, “Jump and end the misery”. Another voice said, “Do you believe in Jesus?”, Samuel replied, “Yes!”. This event greatly impressed him, and it was here, where his journey began, to make Jesus his personal friend. He then penned the beautiful and well-known words, “O the deep deep love of Jesus”.

Artist: Samuel Trevor Francis
Soloists: Nela Breski, Sarah Tucker & Lili Grace
Instrumental and Vocal Arrangement: David Williams
Mixing and Mastering: Rhys Zacher
Audio Production: Shanna Duke & David Williams

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It was on Memorial Day, that Andrae made a promise to God, that if God gave him a song, he would serve Him forever. Andrae went over to the piano and started playing and sung along to it. He started singing “O, the blood that Jesus shed for me”. People came inside to hear the music, only to cry to the beauty of the song. Andrae was 14 years old.
Lowry desired to be known more as a preacher than as a hymn writer, stating “I would rather preach a gospel sermon to an appreciative, receptive congregation than write a hymn”. “Nothing but the blood of Jesus” was first publicly presented at a camp meeting in Ocean Grove, and is based on Hebrews 9:22.
“There is power in the blood” was produced while Jones was attending a camp meeting at Mountain Lake Park, MD. He was passionate about the YMCA work which he did, serving first as physical director, and then as general secretary.

Artist: Andrae Crouch/Robert Lowery/Lewis Edgar Jones
Soloists:
Tizita Katsoufros & Aisha Chacon
Instrumental and Vocal Arrangement: David Williams
Mixing and Mastering: Rhys Zacher
Audio Production: Shanna Duke & David Williams

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Holy Holy Holy

Reginald Heber


Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy! Angels adore Thee,
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
Thousands and ten thousands worship low before Thee,
Which wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

Holy, holy, holy! though the darkness hide Thee,
Though the eye of  man Thy great glory may not see;
Only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee,
Perfect in power, in love, and purity.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All Thy works shall praise Thy name, in earth, and sky, and sea;
Holy, holy, holy; merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

‘The Blood’ Medley

Andrae Crouch

 
The blood that Jesus shed for me
Way back on Calvary
The blood that gives me strength
From day to day
It will never lose its power
 
What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus
What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus

Oh! precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow
No other fount I know
Nothing but the blood of Jesus

This is all my Hope and peace,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus
This is all my righteousness,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus
 
Oh! precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow
No other fount I know
Nothing but the blood of Jesus

O, there is power, power, wonder working power
In the blood of the Lamb
There is power, power, wonder working power
In the precious blood of the Lamb
 
O, There is power, power, wonder working power
In the blood of the Lamb
There is power, power, wonder working power
In the precious blood of the Lamb
In the precious blood of the Lamb
In the precious blood of the Lamb

Great is Thy Faithfulness

Thomas Chisholm

 
Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father
There is no shadow of turning with Thee
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be

Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love

Great is Thy faithfulness, great is Thy faithfulness
Morning by morning new mercies I see
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside

Great is Thy faithfulness, great is Thy faithfulness
Morning by morning new mercies I see
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided
Great is Thy faithfulness x3, Lord, unto me

As a Witness

David Williams

 
This mystery You spoke, in the end will be done.
It is Christ in you the hope of glory.
But how could this be, with the sinful heart of man,
and iniquity has stained my story.
 
But He said, not by might of man, but through My Holy Spirit.
I’m the true Vine, through you, I’ll reveal who I am.
 
Oh so many dying souls, a desperate world in need,
they are fallen, and blinded of His love.
Let the truth of heaven shine, that the captives may be freed,
looking not to self, but Christ above.
 
But He said, not by might of man, but through My Holy Spirit.
I’m the true Vine, through you I’ll reveal who I am.
 
We are His witnesses, we’ll claim, His promises.
Let us show the world what God has done.
We are His witnesses, believe what scripture says,
that on that rugged cross He gave His Son.
 
To every nation tribe and tongue,
for His judgement now has come,
let us be His witnesses,
then the end of earth shall come.
 
To love Him and man is the greatest case for Christ,
what more is there to prove the great I Am.
When this gospel has gone, we’ll behold our Lord so bright,
then we’ll see the Promised Land.
 
And He said, not by might of man,
but through My Holy Spirit.
I’m the true Vine,
through you I’ll reveal who I am.
 
We are His witnesses, we’ll claim, His promises.
Let us show the world what God has done.
We are His witnesses, believe what scripture says,
that on that rugged cross He gave His Son.
 
To every nation tribe and tongue,
for His judgement now has come,
let us be His witnesses.
 
We are His witnesses, we’ll claim, His promises.
Let us show the world what God has done.
We are His witnesses, believe what scripture says,
that on that rugged cross He gave His Son.
 
To every nation tribe and tongue,
for His judgement now has come,
let us be His witnesses,
then the end of earth shall come.

Life out Thy Life Within Me

Frances R. Havergal/Johanna McKay

 
Live out Thy life within me, O Jesus, King of kings
Be Thou Thyself the answer to all my questionings;
Live out Thy life within me, in all things have Thy way
I, thy transparent medium, Thy glory to display.

The temple has been yielded, and purified of sin,
Let Thy Shekinah glory now shine forth from within,
And all the earth keep silence, the body henceforth be
Thy silent, gentle servant, moved only as by Thee.

Live in me, breathe in me, use me for Your will
So the world can see, that You are good and holy

Its members every moment held subject to Thy call,
Ready to have Thee use them, or not be used at all,
Held without restless longing, or strain, or stress, or fret,
Or chafings at Thy dealings, or thoughts of vain regret.

Live in me, breathe in me, use me for Your will
So the world can see, that You are good and holy
Live in me, breathe in me, use me for Your will
So the world can see, that You are good and holy

But restful, calm and pliant, from bend and bias free,
Awaiting Thy decision, when Thou hast need of me;
Live out Thy life within me, O Jesus, King of kings!
Be Thou the glorious answer to all my questionings.

Live in me, breathe in me, use me for Your will
So the world can see, that You are good and holy
Live in me, breathe in me, use me for Your will
So the world can see, that You are good and holy

It Is Well

Horatio G. Spafford

 
When peace like a river attendeth my way
When sorrows like sea billows roll
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say
It is well, it is well with my soul
 
It is well (it is well)
With my soul (with my soul)
It is well, it is well with my soul
 
Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come
Let this blest assurance control
That Christ (yes, He has) has regarded my helpless estate
And has shed His own blood for my soul
 
It is well (it is well)
With my soul (with my soul)
It is well, it is well with my soul
 
My sin, oh the bliss of this glorious thought (a thought)
My sin, not in part, but the whole (every bit, every bit, all of it)
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more (yes)
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul
 
It is well (it is well)
With my soul (with my soul)
It is well, it is well with my soul
Sing it as well
It is well (it is well)
With my soul (with my soul)
It is well, it is well with my soul
 
And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend
Even so, it is well with my soul
 
It is well (it is well)
With my soul (with my soul)
It is well, it is well with my soul
‘Cause of You, Jesus, it is well
It is well (it is well)
With my soul (with my soul)
It is well, it is well with my soul

O the Deep Deep Love of Jesus

Samuel Trevor Francis

 
O the deep, deep love of Jesus
Vast, unmeasured, boundless, free,
rolling as a mighty ocean
in its fullness over me.

Underneath me, all around me,
is the current of thy love;
leading onward, leading homeward,
to thy glorious rest above.

O the deep, deep love of Jesus
Spread his praise from shore to shore;
how He loveth, ever loveth,
changeth never, nevermore;

How He watches o’er His loved ones,
died to call them all His own;
how for them He intercedeth,
watcheth o’er them from the throne.

O the deep, deep love of Jesus
Love of ev’ry love the best:
’tis an ocean vast of blessing,
’tis a haven sweet of rest.

O the deep, deep love of Jesus!
‘Tis a heav’n of heav’ns to me;
and it lifts me up to glory,
for it lifts me up to thee.