Christmas In July!

Indeed, it’s Christmas in July whenever there’s an important update from Pastor Dustin!

In the past week, Dustin has announced that he’s working on a new 5-song Christmas EP, to be released in November. ICYMI, back in 2008, Dustin released his first and, thus far, only Christmas record on Vagrant Records, wherein he recorded the following traditional Christmas “worship” songs:

He also recorded these rare bonus tracks for Please Come Home:

If you follow his Twitter feed, you now know three things about the forthcoming Christmas record on Mars Hill Music:

  1. New recording of his original “This Is War” (my guess is it includes the added “Hallelujah, a Child is born” chorus)
  2. An “instant party” arrangement of “Angels We Have Heard On High” (sounds epic already!)
  3. Which now leaves us with three “others I’ve not recorded…” – meaning, there will be some pleasant surprises!

I am hopeful these previously-unrecorded tracks include even just one of my personal favorites below:

  • “Angels From The Realms Of Glory”
  • “I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day”
  • “Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming”
  • “O Little Town Of Bethlehem”
  • “What Child Is This?”
  • And one that many may not know… Dustin already collaborated with modern hymn-writer Stuart Townend on “Rejoice”, so it would be appropriate if he covered Townend’s Immanuel (From The Squalor Of A Borrowed Stable)”.

 

Regardless of whatever songs round out the EP, this is now my most highly-anticipated release of the second half of the year!

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What other songs do you want to hear on Dustin’s new Christmas record?

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“Psalm 145” (Unofficial Lyrics)

The Water And The Blood is finally out!  See my review here, and make sure to purchase your copy via Mars Hill Music, Amazon, or iTunes.

Here are the unofficial lyrics to the iTunes-exclusive track “Psalm 145”.  Please let me know if you have corrections.

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The Water And The Blood ~ Track 12 (iTunes-Exclusive): “Psalm 145”

Words & Music by Dustin Kensrue

I will bless You all of my days, Lord
I will praise You always, my God and King
I will bless and honor Your name, Lord
Always and forever, my soul will sing

Such a vast, unsearchable greatness
Great is Yahweh, worthy of all our praise
Let Your people sound through the ages
All Your awesome works ’til the end of days

We have seen Your splendor and glory
We have seen Your wonders and stand amazed
Every tongue will echo Your story
Everyone will sing of Your righteous ways

O let all that lives ever bless His name!

All that You have made, Lord, will praise You
All Your saints will worship in joyful strain
Praise the Lord, who ransoms and rescues
Praise the God of glory, who ever reigns

He is holy, judging the wicked
Guarding those that love Him and fear His name
All that call out, Yahweh is with them
He will hear their cries, He is strong to save

He upholds the one who is stumbling,
Lifting up those burdened with heavy loads;
Opening His hand to the hungry,
Blessing all that look to their Lord and hope!

He is tender toward His creation;
He is faithful, gracious in all He does!
Great is Yahweh, full of compassion,
Slow to anger, filled with unfailing love!

O let all that lives ever bless His name!
O let all that lives ever bless His name!