Songs for Worship

Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him.  Praise the LORD with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.

Psalm 33:1-3 (NIV)





The church is called to mission, to share the story of Jesus with the lost.  But we need the Holy Spirit's power if we are to make even a beginning of fulfilling this mission.  We pray that the Spirit set His church ablaze with a love for Christ and sharing His name.

This song was inspired from a number of sources.  The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) Mission movement, Ablaze, was part of it, as is St. John's Lutheran Church's Hispanic Ministry in Napa.  But it was the occasion of preaching on 2 Timothy 1:6 that brought it all into focus as a prayer that God set his church on fire for His mission.

I had the privilege of performing this song at the 2004 Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) Leadership Conference.  The theme of the conference was the Ablaze movement of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS).  Although written for the LCMS, my prayer is for the whole church of Christ in all the world to be set Ablaze!  You can read more about the LCMS Ablaze movement here.

Ablaze was recorded by "TBD" for the LCMS Ablaze DVD "Crossing the Jordan." 


Verse 1
Cold is the wind that blows in the night
The darkness is deepest where there’s no light
Who will You send to carry the flame?
Who will proclaim your name?
People are lost and don’t even know it

If we know the way, then why don’t we show it?

Ignite the flame, O Lord fan the spark

That we may shine in the dark 

Set us ablaze, O Lord
Set us ablaze to tell Your story
Shout aloud the hope of glory
So that the lost will find the way
Set us ablaze, O Lord
And fill your church with holy fire
To share your love our one desire
All our days
Set us ablaze

Verse 2
For you, Lord alone are the one who can save
Your cross alone, and Your empty grave
Hearts to renew, and sins to forgive
That all of the world might live
Ignite the flame, O Lord, send Your Spirit
That we proclaim, and that they may hear it
Send us to show them the way that is true
Send us to lead them to You.

I’ve got a calling
I’ve got a mission
Out of the boat
And on with the fishing
Hearts that are burning
Minds that are learning
Filled with a yearning
To see lives turning