Sunday Singables: "Come, People of the Risen King"

"Come, People of the Risen King" by Keith and Kristyn Getty and Stuart Townend (2009), released by the Getty's on Awaken the Dawn




Why I recommend this song for worship-

We typically use this song as a call to worship. After all, the words themselves are a call to come and worship the Lord. The Getty's do a wonderful job with this one, making the melody very singable and having verses with deep content and a chorus that is simple and calls us to rejoice. Sometimes, a song may have just the good content in the lyrics or just an emotionally charged, yet very simple chorus. I love how this song has both. Our minds are charged up with the truths of our salvation, the unity we have in Christ, and the rest all find as we worship God, then we are able to rejoice because of those truths in the chorus. Sometimes I do this with two separate songs, like singing Thy Mercy, then going right into something like I Love You, Lord to respond to what was just sung. This particular song, like many others, allows for both of these elements in the same song.

Changes I've Made-

I haven't really changed any of the lyrics or the feel of the song. When we sing this in our church, we usually add a measure in between the verses and chorus, just to catch our breath a bit before we sing again. On the lead-sheet below, I've also marked a key-change that you could do for the final verse, but that takes the melody up to an E which might be high for some congregations. Lately, we've been skipping the key-change and just singing the whole song in C. I've also simplified the chords a bit and copied it into an easier key. The recording is a full-step lower than the song below, which is a little low for the congregation and harder to play for the amateur guitarist.


(just click on the picture and copy it to a Word doc to use)

This song is available for download from Amazon or iTunes.

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