The Worship Quote of the Week for (09/20/2005):

"The Power of the Cross"
How wonderful it is to come across a new hymn or song that is masterfully crafted—text and music. I trust that many of you have had the blessing of singing “In Christ Alone” by Stuart Townend and Keith Getty. Well, today’s WORSHIP QUOTE is a new hymn by the same pair. The song is “The Power of the Cross.” There is currently a free promotional copy available for you at

I am so please to tell you that Stuart Townend and Keith Getty (along with Keith’s wife, Kristyn) will be with us here in Louisville on October 5 & 6. A color flyer with pictures and bios is available by going to (click on “Upcoming Institute for Christian Worship Lectures” at the bottom of the page). Please feel free to send the flyer to anyone you know in the Louisville area.


Oh, to see the dawn
Of the darkest day:
Christ on the road to Calvary.
Tried by sinful men,
Torn and beaten, then
Nailed to a cross of wood.

This, the power of the cross:
Christ became sin for us.
Took the blame, bore the wrath—
We stand forgiven at the cross.

Oh, to see the pain
Written on Your face,
Bearing the awesome weight of sin.
Every bitter thought,
Every evil deed
Crowning Your bloodstained brow.

Now the daylight flees,
Now the ground beneath
Quakes as its Maker bows His head.
Curtain torn in two,
Dead are raised to life;
'Finished!' the victory cry.

Oh, to see my name
Written in the wounds,
For through Your suffering I am free.
Death is crushed to death,
Life is mine to live,
Won through Your selfless love.

This, the power of the cross:
Son of God—slain for us.
What a love! What a cost!
We stand forgiven at the cross.

—Stuart Townend & Keith Getty © 2005 Thankyou Music .
Your CCLI license is sufficient for you to use this in your church. In addition to the free song site listed above, you can also find this song at Stuart has also written “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us” and “Beautiful Savior,” two of my favorites. You may also want to visit for more information about the ministry of Irish musicians Keith and Kristyn Getty.

[We have used this new hymn at my church during a recent communion service. What a blessing! I commend it to you. Notice that the chorus after verse four is different from the others.]

Have a great week,

Chip Stam
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Louisville, Kentucky

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