Sunday Singables: "Behold the Lamb"
"Behold the Lamb (Communion Hymn)" by Keith and Kristyn Getty, released on Awaken the Dawn (2009)
Our church observes communion each Sunday morning. Honestly, I love it. It hasn't grown stale and it is a wonderful reminder each week of the forgiveness found at the cross and that the Lord is coming again. This brings a unique challenge to me as a worship leader though because I need to have a song for communion each Sunday. While there are a lot of hymns out there about the cross and the death of Christ there aren't that many about communion itself. This song is a wonderful exception.
Why I recommend this song for worship-
Each verse of this song brings forward a different element of communion. It takes the singer on a journey from forgiveness of sins through the bread and cup and to our response as partakers together. It makes me think a lot about what I'm doing as I get ready to take the elements and really keeps it fresh and new. As I said earlier, there are few songs that focus solely on the Lord's Supper. This song is a great example of taking a familiar element in the service and focusing it as a worship element. Through this song the congregation will not only be prepared to take communion, but they will learn and worship throughout the process as well.
Changes I've Made-
The lead sheet I've attached is in a higher key than the recording. Getty songs are typically recorded low to fit Kristyn's alto range. The song below is in C and has the melody line as well to help learn the song. The rest is pretty much the same as on the recording. I hope you find it useful corporately and personally in your worship time.
(just click on the picture and copy/paste it into a document to save, print, and use)
You can also find other versions of the music on the Getty's website, including a full piano score.