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Songs for Congregational Singing
Posted September 21, 2021
By BPence,


This is the second album of hymns from Matt Boswell and Matt Papa. Their first album, His Mercy is More: The Hymns of Matt Boswell and Matt Papa, was my favorite album of 2019. This new album may well be my favorite for 2021.
I was introduced to “the Matts” at the Getty Worship Sing! conferences in 2018.  Some of the songs on this album, all of which were written for congregational singing, were introduced at prior Sing! conferences. The album was produced by Ben Shive.
Here are a few comments about each song:
Psalm 150 (Praise the Lord) – This song was introduced at the 2020 Sing! conference and highlighted at the 2021 Sing! conference. It was written by Matt Boswell and Matt Papa. The song features piano, guitar, strings, drums, bass and backing vocals.
Key lyric:
Praise the Lord
Praise the Lord
Sing His greatness
All creation
Praise the Lord
Raise your voice
You heights and all you depths
From furthest east to west
Let everything that has breath
Praise the Lord

All Hail the King of Heaven – This song was written by Matt Boswell and Matt Papa. The song features piano, drums, bass, strings, and choir.   
Key lyric:
All hail the king of heaven,
Now join with all creation,
Let endless praises crown his name
All hail the king of heaven.

Almost Home – This song was written by Matt Boswell, Matt Papa and Lauren Papa and highlighted at the 2021 Sing! conference. This song features piano, bass, strings, choir and some excellent drums.
Key lyric:
We’re almost home
So press on toward that blessed shore
O praise the Lord
We’re almost home

Lovingkindness – This song was written by Matt Boswell, Matt Papa and Matt Redman, and was introduced at the 2020 Sing! conference. This song features bass, guitar, drums and choir. 
Key lyric:
A life laid down to rescue us
With arms outstretched upon the cross
The greatest Gift there ever was
Of lovingkindness
Your lovingkindness

Christ Our Hope in Life and Death - This song was written by Keith Getty, Matt Boswell, Jordan Kauflin, Matt Merker and Matt Papa, and was first released in 2020. The song features drums, bass, piano, organ, strings and choir. 
Key lyric:
O sing hallelujah!
Our hope springs eternal;
O sing hallelujah!
Now and ever we confess
Christ our hope in life and death.

The Everlasting Love of God – This song was written by Matt Boswell, Matt Papa and Matt Redman, and was introduced at the 2020 Sing! conference. The song features piano, strings, drums, bass, and choir.  
Key lyric:  
O, the everlasting love of God,
It shall ever be my song
So immense and free; more than life to me!
The everlasting love of God

Unto the Almighty – This song was written by Matt Boswell and Matt Papa. The song features guitar, drums, bass, piano, strings and choir.   
Key lyric:
All blessing, all honor, and glory
To him who is worthy
All praises unto the almighty

Christ the True and Better – This song was written by Matt Boswell, Keith Getty, and Matt Papa, and was introduced at the 2020 Sing! conference. The song features piano, bass, strings, organ, drum and choir. 
Key lyric:
Amen, amen
From beginning to end
Christ the story
His the glory
Alleluia, amen

With Simple Faith – This song was written by Matt Boswell and Matt Papa. The song features piano, choir, bass and percussion.    
Key lyric:
Only trust him
Only trust him
Turn to Jesus now
He will save you
He will save you
With simple faith and childlike trust

Promises – This song was written by Matt Boswell, Matt Papa, Jonny Robinson, and Rich Thompson. The song features drums, bass, guitar, piano, organ and choir. 
Key lyric:
You are faithful to your promises
We will trust in what the cross has said
Through the ages, hallelujah you are
Faithful to your promises

O Give Thanks – This song was written by Matt Boswell and Matt Papa. The song features drums, organ, bass, piano and choir. 
Key lyric:
O give thanks to God forever
for all he’s done for all he’s given
for every grace, bring every praise
to the giver of all, give thanks 

O Worship the Risen Christ – This song was written by Matt Boswell and Matt Papa. The song features piano, bass, drums and choir.
Key lyric:
O praise the One, the Risen Christ
The name of names, the Lord of Life
Let songs of joy now fill the skies
He lives, he lives
O Worship the Risen Christ

Forever Jesus – This song was written by Matt Papa and Stuart Townend and was introduced at the 2019 Sing! conference. The song features, piano, organ, drums, bass, strings and choir. 
Key lyric:
When I meet His gaze, I will sing my praise
To the King, “forever Jesus”
All my sorrows past, I am home at last
With my King, “forever Jesus!”

Almost Home (Acoustic) – This is an acoustic version of the title song, written by Matt Boswell, Matt Papa and Lauren Papa.
All of the songs are excellent. Here are my favorites:
Psalm 150 (Praise the Lord)
All Hail the King of Heaven
Almost Home
Lovingkindness
Christ Our Hope in Life and Death
The Everlasting Love of God
Christ the True and Better
Promises
Forever Jesus

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