The Hymns Project

by Modern Worship



The resilience of hymns in the Church today is a testament to the richness of theological, lyrical, and musical depth contained in our hymnals. Each of these hymns holds a special place in our hearts and in the hearts of our congregation. Doxology, penned by Thomas Ken and Louis Bourgeois, has echoed through the halls of churches, inspiring faithful worshipers for nearly half a millennia. This song has been significant us and to our congregation.
One day, we crawled through a small passageway behind the organ and emerged in a light chamber behind the sanctuary cross, which was fashioned from the beams of the old chapel. We set up a microphone and recorded Doxology Part I and II. Our main purpose was to take advantage of the rich acoustics in this chamber, but we later realized the beauty of how this symbolizes the continuity between the modern and the traditional, the old and the new, the past and the present, and our desire to worship at the foot of the cross. It is a slice of who we are as a church, one body of Christ, with different languages of worship, but all coming to the cross.
This project was made by and for the Church to glorify the Lord, Jesus Christ. We are so thankful for the support of our church and for the opportunity to make this project. Praise God from whom all blessings flow, praise Him all creatures here below, praise Him above ye heavenly host, praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Thank you to Scott Dudley and Scott Dean for inspiring and encouraging us in our creativity. Thank you to our wives, Tara, Marsha, and Joanna, for all our late-night recording sessions. Thank you to the entire band for helping us bring these hymns to life in worship every week. Thank you to Andy Meyer: `nuff said. Thank you to Travis and the communications department for all your support and creativity. Thank you to our congregation for your desire to enter into His presence every week. We hope you enjoy. – Chris, John, and Kyle.


released September 8, 2013

Doxology Part I & II (words: Thomas Ken | music: Old 100th, Louis Bourgeois | public domain)
Fairest Lord Jesus (words: Joseph A. Seiss, Kyle Harmon | music: Richard S. Willis, Kyle Harmon | arr. Kyle Harmon | public domain)
Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing (words: Robert Robinson | Music: Nettleton, John Wyeth | arr. Kyle Harmon, John Leckenby, Chris Martenson | public domain)
Come, Said Jesus' Sacred Voice (words: Anonymous, alt. Kevin Twit, Chris Martenson (verse 2) | music: Kevin Twit | ©2007 Kevin Twit Music (ASCAP). Used by permission. All rights reserved.)
Nothing but the Blood of Jesus (words and music: William Doane and Robert Lowry | arr. Chris Martenson | public domain)

Produced by Kyle Harmon and Chris Martenson
Recorded by Kyle Harmon, Chris Martenson, and Andy Meyer at Bellevue Presbyterian Church, Bellevue, WA
Engineered and mixed by Andy Meyer at Seesaw Studios, Austin, TX
Featuring members of the Belpres Modern Worship Band: Gracie Aeschbacher, Josh Bean, Nicole DeCamp, Daniel Ellis, John Ellis, Natalie Evans, Kyle Harmon, John Leckenby, Chris Martenson, Alicea Novak, Nathan Novak, Megan Sanders, Jeff Stone
Video and set design by Joanna Harmon
Album design by Thomas Roberts
©2013 Belpres Studios™. All Rights Reserved.



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