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St Augustine is remembered to have said that “he who sings, prays twice.” Singing has been an essential part of the Christian identity from the beginning, and because of this we take music seriously at Eastside. We believe that the creative Spirit of God invites us to author our own music for the church in this time and place. Sometimes this means looking back to the Christian tradition, other times this means looking around and seeing what God is doing in the here and now. We believe that what we sing should reflect both of these perspectives – what God has done and what God is doing.

Scroll down to get a sense for the original/refashioned music at Eastside. If you’re interested in some of our music influences, then click here


Music from one of our services


Original/Reused Text & Music

Our worship leaders frequently write original songs or take ancient texts without music (or known music) and put music to them. Below are some examples. We don’t have recordings of all of them, but have listed the lyrics so you can get a sense of the song.


“Lord’s Prayer” by Timothy Lloyd

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This is a folk/acoustic arrangement of the Lord’s Prayer. Not only is the music original, but the language of the prayer was adapted in some places as well. Nearly every Sunday we sing the Lord’s Prayer instead of speaking it after our Prayers of the People.

O Our Father
Who art in heaven
Hallowed be thy name
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done
Here on the earth, as it is in heaven

Give all the world her daily bread
And forgive all us for our sin
Oh and help us forgive all those who have wronged us
While keeping our hearts far from temptation 

Oh but deliver us from evil, Oh please deliver us from our sins
For thine is the kingdom
The power and the glory,
Forever, and ever, Amen


“Abide” by Timothy Lloyd

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This is an original song meant for confession in worship. It acknowledges that the most basic reality of the human condition is that at our core all of creation is in need of God’s saving work. A large part of historic Christian worship is simply an acknowledgment of this reality – all we are and all we hope to become is in God’s hands and the more we understand this, the more freely we can live into the hope that is ours through Christ Jesus.

Oh Father and Son, Blessed Holy Ghost
You promise to come, And comfort all of those
Who on their knees, Are calling out your name
Oh creator please, Oh God who is the same forever

Save me, save me once again because I’m
A sinner by birth begging for grace I need a friend so Jesus
Save me, save me once again
Begging for peace, in need of your grace
Oh Lord descend upon me now

Oh Father and Son And precious Holy Spirit
Come now upon Your broken sinful child
I’ve come to this place Lord because I need you
In need of your grace Desperate and alone oh Lord please 

So take my heart away, and fill it Lord today
Take my life away, and give me Yours today
So take the old away, an fill me Lord today
Take the sin away, and give me grace I pray 


“The Feet of Jesus” by Timothy Lloyd

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This song acknowledges the reality that often times we need to hit rock-bottom before recognizing our desperate need for God and God’s grace. This song is about God’s presence becoming known in the darkest moments in our lives.

Sometimes it takes, a quiet place – A quiet place to hear you speak
Sometimes it takes, a painful fall – A painful fall to feel your grace
Sometimes we grow, in hard times – Sometimes we need to lose it all
But the bottom is hard, and that stones so cold
But somebody said that’s where I’d find, Yeah somebody said that’s where I’d find

The feet of Jesus, all rugged and soiled
The feet of Jesus, all covered in dust
The feet of Jesus all broken and bloody
The feet of Jesus, all dirt caked and muddy
The feet of Jesus, walking toward me
The feet of Jesus, coming to set me free today

Sometimes it takes an ugly place- To hit the floor and find I’m loved
There on the ground, cleaning up my sin – I see my Saviors leaning down
I feel Him touch me, with His nail scarred hands-
He’s scrubbing away at my stained flesh
Oh I try to concede, but my prides so big
that’s when I turn to walk away,
yeah that’s when I try to walk away
But that’s when I see


“Good News” by Timothy Lloyd

This is the day – The Lord has made
Let us rejoice in it and be glad
We are alive – Breathe in our lungs
Let us rejoice in this and be glad

Christ has won – Death is destroy
Let us rejoice in this and be glad
God is good – We are redeemed
Let us rejoice in this and be glad
Let us rejoice in this and be glad

God make us alive – Pour into our hearts
The joy that comes from loving you
Enliven us to life – Fill our hearts with hope
The hope that all will be made new

God is love – Creation is good
Let us rejoice in this and be glad
Good will reign – For all of time
Let us rejoice in this and be glad

Our broken hearts – They will be healed
Let us rejoice in this and be glad
Let us sing – With all our might
To Christ our King with this joy that makes us glad!


“Invocation” by Timothy Lloyd

Again we pray your Spirit falls
Gather in these hallowed walls;
While sacred hymns and sacred prayers
Rise mingling on the holy air.

May struggling hearts that seek release
Here find the rest of God’s own peace;
And, strengthened here by hymn and prayer,
Lay down thy burden and thy care.

We’re gonna lay our burdens down!
We’re gonna let you take them up!
Yeah, we’re gonna lay our burdens down, down, down!
We’re gonna let you pick them up.

O God, our Light! to Thee we bow;
Within all shadows standest Thou;
Give deeper calm than night can bring;
Give sweeter songs than lips can sing.

Life’s tumult we must meet again,
We cannot in this place remain;
But in the spirit’s secret cell
May hymn and prayer forever dwell.


“Oh Trinity of Blessed Light” by Timothy Lloyd

O Trinity of blessed light – O Unity of princely might,
The fiery sun now goes his way – shed now within our hearts thy ray.
O Trinity of blessed light – O Unity of princely might,
The fiery sun now goes his way – shed now within our hearts thy ray.
Shed now within our hearts thy ray. 

Oh hallelujah to the King – For you oh God our voices ring
Oh hallelujah to the Lamb – the Triune God, the Great I Am
The Triune God, the Great I Am

To thee our morning song of praise – to thee our evening prayer we raise;
O grant us with thy saints on above – a perfect holy gracious love!
A perfect holy gracious love! 

All laud to God the Father be – all praise, eternal Son, to thee;
All glory, as is ever meet – to God the holy Paraclete.
To God the Father, heavenly Light – to Christ revealed in earthly night,
To God the Holy Ghost we raise – our equal and unceasing praise.
Our equal and unceasing praise. 


Now Rest Beneath Night’s Shadow by Timothy Lloyd

Now rest beneath night’s shadow – The woodland, field, and meadow,
The world in most solemn slumber lies;
But Thou, my heart, awake thee, – To prayer and song betake thee
Let praise to thy almighty Jesus rise.

Let praise to thy creator rise – As all God’s children close their eyes
Let our dreams and thoughts be filled with you
Let praise to thy creator rise – Another day we have survived
Living in your gracious love so true

The radiant sun hath vanished, – His golden rays are banished
By darkened night, the foe of brightened day –
But Christ, the Sun of gladness, – Dispelling all my sadness,
Within my heart holds constant sway.

The rule of day is over – And shining jewels cover
The skies above in heaven’s boundless blue.
Thus I shall shine in heaven, – Where crowns of gold are given
To all the faithful with His grace so true.

Lord Jesus, Who dost love me, – Oh, spread Thy wings above me
And shield my life from all the world’s alarm!
Though evil would assail me, – Thy mercy will not fail me:
I rest in Thy perfect saving arm.


“Oh Christ, Our Hope” by Timothy Lloyd

O Christ, our Hope, our heart’s Desire, Redemption’s only Spring!
Creator of the world you are, Its Savior and its King.
Its Savior and its King.
How vast the mercy and the love which laid our sins on Thee,
And led you to a cruel death, to set your people free. To set your people free.

You are our hope you are our life you are our everything
You are our all, you are our love, your resurrection brings
Into this world, newness of life, and now all of creation sings!
Lord have mercy on us – Christ have mercy on us 

But now the bands of death are burst, the creation’s debt is paid
And Christ is on His Father’s throne, in glorious robes arrayed.
O may your mighty love prevail our sinful lives to spare;
O may we come before your throne, and find acceptance there! 

O Christ, will you be our lasting Joy, our ever great Reward!
Our only glory may be it be to glory in the Lord.
All praise to you, ascended Lord; All glory ever be
To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, Through all eternity.
To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, Through all eternity.


Everybody’s Singing (Hosanna) by Timothy Lloyd

Hosanna, everybody’s singing
Hosanna

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord


“Come Holy Ghost” by Andy Scheer

Come, Holy Ghost, who ever One
Art with the Father and the Son;
Come, Holy Ghost, our souls possess
With Thy full flood of holiness.

In will and deed, by heart and tongue,
With all our powers, Thy praise be sung;
And love light up our mortal frame,
Till others catch the living flame.

Almighty Father, hear our cry
Through Jesus Christ our Lord most high,
Who with the Holy Ghost and Thee
Doth live and reign eternally.

O Come on in, and wash our tears away
O come on in, and hear us when we pray
O come on in, turn the darkness into life
O come on in and breathe the dead back to life


“Into Forever” by Zach Eyster

How good to give thanks to our God most high
For your love, morning and night, without end

Though on High, you draw nigh, I cannot comprehend
Though I try, Finally, in gratitude I stand

And I thank you, you’re my Creator
And I thank you, you’re my Redeemer
And I thank you, you’re my Sustainer
And I thank you, Into forever


Refashioned Hymns

These are all songs that remain fairly familiar to their original form, but have been changed stylistically to better fit in our community.


“Bestow” by Timothy Lloyd

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The text to this hymn was written by Martin Luther. I wrote the refrain to compliment it and to create something of a call and response between the verses and the refrain. Luther’s lyrics have a very benedictory feel to them making this song seem like a good one for closing worship.




A few other hymns we’ve refashioned

The Steadfast love
Holy Holy Holy Lord God Almighty
Love Divine All Love’s Excelling.
Christ The Lord is Risen Today
Lead Me to Calvary
Alas and Did my Savior Bleed
All Glory Laud and Honor
Come Sinners to the Gospel Feast
Go Tell It on the Mountain
Joy to the World
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Oh Holy Night
Silent Night
What Child Is This
Come Though Long Expected Jesus


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