Before All Things (Christ Hymn), New Song for Easter and Beyond

Here’s a new (corporate worship) song I wrote both for Easter and for regular corporate worship use fro Col. 1:15-20, the Christ Hymn. A rough ‘demo’; just me in our den worshipping with it – and a Flip HD camera. Imagine symphony and loop behind it if you would – season it with your own harmonies.

My scholarly brother-in-law, Ed Gentry, challenged me to write something out of this beautiful Christological hymn passage in Paul’s letter.

It’s laced with all the new creation, resurrection, Christocentric themes inherent to Colossians 1:15-20. The chord chart is below; feel free to use it. (Excuse the wallpaper, and mediocre keyboard playing!) Emerging churches will like it’s themes, I think.

Artist and pal Joel Auge (On The Blue) helped me shape the final chorus.

BEFORE ALL THINGS (CHRIST HYMN)
By Dan Wilt, M.Min.
Ref.: Col. 1:15-20

Vamp: G D Em7 C

Verse 1
G
You are the image of
D
God invisible,
Em7                                C
You’re the firstborn over all creation;
G
By You all things were made,
D
Seen and unseen worlds
Em7                                      C
From earth below, to heights of heaven

Pre-chorus
Am7                         G/B                       Dsus
Every throne, and power and ruler here,
Am7                  G/B          C
Owes a vow of loyalty to You…

Chorus
G
You are before all things,
D
You are beyond all things, and
Em7                                            C
Everything is held together in Your hands
G
You are the Head of those,
D
Who call upon Your name, and
Em7
Everything is changed because You
C
Rose again

Verse 2
You have supremacy,
Over all that is,
For God was pleased to fully dwell in You
Through the death you died
All is reconciled
Every part of this creation will be new

Tag:
G
We sing a song of new creation,
D/F#
We sing a song of resurrection,
Em7
We sing a song of new creation,
C
Let Your Kingdom come (repeat)

© 2009 Dan Wilt, M.Min.,
The Institute Of Contemporary And Emerging Worship Studies
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