Sunday Worship

It was the fourth week of Advent and the 9th service at the burgeoning new Contemporary Worship Service, Hendersonville First United Methodist Church, Hendersonville, TN.

Here’s a video clip of the chorus at the end of “Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne”. I’ll discuss it later in this post.

“Come To My Heart”

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Here’s the worship order:

  • Welcome
  • Advent Reading
  • Oh Come Oh Come Emmanuel – Em
  • Sing to the King – G
  • Angels From The Realm of Glory – A
  • Angels We Have Heard on High – E
    • Message: Christmas, The Inn Keeper – Don Hutchinson
    • Response:
  • Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne
    • Offering
  • Joy To The World (Unspeakable Joy) C/D
    • Benediction
  • Hold Us Together

Revamping the Christmas hymn Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne poses some unique challenges. Generally speaking, I try to update as much of the “old English” as possible, and simplify the chords/harmonization, losing many of the passing chords.

So I changed the first line:

“Thou didst leave Thy throne and Thy kingly crown /when Thou camest to earth for me”


“You  left Your throne and Your kingly crown / when You came to the earth for me”

However, the title of this hymn is the first line and now, Houston we have a problem, cause it doesn’t make any sense to still call it “Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne.”

Oh dear, what to do?

Let’s just call it “Come To My Heart”.

“Oh come to my heart Lord Jesus / there is room in my heart for Thee”

It’s a beautiful prayer and chorus.

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