The Beatitudes EP (Fall '15)

by Hope College Worship

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Songs written by members of the Hope College Worship Team for our Fall 2015 series through the Beatitudes (Matthew 5).

It is surprisingly difficult to find musical adaptations of the Beatitudes - even though we often imagined this thick description of the Kingdom of God being chanted off of the lips of Jesus. Scholars tell us that the beatitudes are likely built from the prayerbook of the bible itself - so we knew we needed to sing them as we studied and prayed them.

As we've moved through the news-cycle of this Fall we've often returned to the Beatitudes for that daily gospel reorientation - that rejoicing comes not from a life easily experienced but a life that pursues peace, piercing right and inevitable suffering and injustice...but still we rejoice and are blessed.

My deepest gratitude to these students for pouring themselves into this project alongside all of the other busyness in their lives. It was a delight to see them surprised by what they wrote and how God blessed them through the process.

The Beatitudes are an iconic and centering reminder of true life in God's kingdom. May these songs encourage you as we worship through this Advent season 2015.

Grace and Peace,
Bruce Benedict

Maddie Scott ‘16, Vocals
Kathryn Krieger ‘17, Vocals
Mitchell Conrad ‘17, Acoustic/Elec Guitar
Steven Holm ‘16, Electric Guitar
Aaron Goodyke ‘16, Keys & Organ
Izaac Arendsen ‘16, Drums
Tomas Brvenik ‘16, Bass
Lane Ellens, '17, Acoustic & Vocals
Christian Roberts, '17, Acoustic & Vocals
Jake Helder, '17, Bass
Kelsey King, '17, Vox
Sarah Carpenter, '17, Vox
Lauren Sweers, '18, Vox and keys
Seth McCall, '18, Drums

Nate Roberts - Mandolin and Banjo
Josiah Panning - Bass


released December 11, 2015

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Produced by Bruce Benedict for Hope College Worship
Mixed and Mastered by Paul Chamness and Drew Elliot @ Dimnent Studios and J. Miller Studios
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Track Name: Bruce Benedict - You Are Blessed
If you are poor and weak,
You are blessed;
God will give to you his kingdom.

If you lament and mourn,
You are blessed;
God will comfort all your grieving

If you are meek and mild,
You are blessed;
God will pour out all his riches.

If you are starved for right
You are blessed;
God will fill you with his goodness

Rejoice, Rejoice, Rejoice in your God

If you are merciful,
You are blessed;
God will show you His great mercy.

If you are pure in heart,
You are blessed;
You will see the face of Yahweh.


If you are filled with peace,
You are blessed;
God will make you his own children.

If you are pierced for good,
You are blessed;
God will give to you his kingdom.

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia
to the King of Kings And Lord of Lords
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia
for the strangers here, the refugees
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia
To those who died for Jesus Christ!

Alt Chorus:
Rejoice you persecuted
Rejoice you martyrs in his name