Come and Worship Christ the King
Come and worship Christ the King, come and bow before
Christ the author of all things; every heart adore
Christ the everlasting God
Reigning at the Father's side from eternity
Wrapped in everlasting light, clothed in majesty
The beginning and the end
Christ our Saviour
King of glory and of grace
You are worthy of our hearts’ unending praise
When our hearts were far away, still he came for us
Left his glory, took our place, suffered on the cross
Through his death he won our peace
Now no condemnation stands, we are truly free
We were crucified with Christ, we will surely be
Raised in everlasting life
He will come again in power, with authority
Sin and death will be destroyed in his victory
We will see him face to face
Every tongue will cry in awe, every bended knee
Will acknowledge he is Lord; then our hearts will be
Lost in everlasting praise
Recommended keys: Bb, A
Bb Come and worship Christ the King / Come and bow before Bb/G Christ the author of all things / Every heart adore Eb Christ the everlasting God Bb Reigning at the Father's side / From eternity Bb/G Wrapped in everlasting light / Clothed in majesty Eb The beginning and the end Bb Christ our Saviour F Gm Eb King of glory and of grace Bb Reign forever F Gm Eb Bb F Gm Eb You are worthy of our hearts’ unending praise Bb When our hearts were far away / Still he came for us Bb/G Left his glory, took our place / Suffered on the cross Eb Through his death he won our peace Bb Now no condemnation stands / We are truly free Bb/G We were crucified with Christ / We will surely be Eb Raised in everlasting life Bb He will come again in power / With authority Bb/G Sin and death will be destroyed / In his victory Eb We will see him face to face Bb Every tongue will cry in awe / Every bended knee Bb/G Will acknowledge he is Lord / Then our hearts will be Eb Lost in everlasting praise
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I wanted to write an up-tempo opener that focuses strongly on Christ (rather than more general statements about God).
The three verses present Christ (1) in his pre-existent glory, (2) as he lays his glory aside in the incarnation, and then (3) in his eschatological glory. I weave the story of our salvation throughout the song. The chorus brings the theme together, worshipping Christ as the king of glory and grace.
I taught the song to my congregation in late 2014. RESOUNDworship.org picked it up for full release in October 2016.
Notes for Worship Leaders
Bb is really the right key for a congregation. A is fine, but the verses are a little low.
The only tricky bit is repeating the chorus. You can either sing the whole of the last line "You are worthy of our hearts' unending praise" then go through the turnaround chords and back into the chorus, or you abbreviate that last line to "You are worthy" and then straight back in (as per the Resound recording). Both work fine.
I wrote a "oh-oh woah-oh-oh" hook for the Resound recording, but I wouldn't do that live. Your mileage for woahs may of course vary!
After the Resound release we made a small lyric tweak at the end of verse 3. Someone pointed out that the line "Every heart will be lost in everlasting praise" could be misinterpreted as universalism. I think the original is defensible, but I take the nuances of theological grammar seriously and "Then our hearts will be" is certainly clearer.