Below you will find the set list from August 17 as well as some other resources. As a special treat this week you will find some interesting information and history behind the text of the song Cornerstone. Cornerstone is a modern adaptation of the hymn "The Solid Rock" Enjoy!
Behind the Music
Edward Mote was the author of the Hymn "The Solid Rock." Edward was born in England to very ungodly parents. In fact, it has been reported that the idea of God had never crossed his mind. When Edward was 16 he was taken by his employer to hear the preacher, John Hyatt. He was subsequently converted to Christ. Edward went on to write over 100 hymns and was completely dedicated to the cause of Christ.
Edward first entitled "The Solid Rock" the "Gracious experience of a Christian." It is interesting to note that it differs from what many think as an experiential hymn because it advocates looking to Christ for assurance rather than looking inward. One of my personal favorite phrases that demonstrates this truth is "I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus name." Meaning, we should not trust even the best of circumstances that we are in but instead look to Christ for our salvation.
Below is a story about "The Solid Rock" that Edward sent to a local newspaper.
"One morning it came into my mind as I went to labor, to write an hymn on the "Gracious Experience of a Christian." As I went up Holborn I had the chorus, 'On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.'
"In the day, I had the first four verses complete, and wrote them off. On the Sabbath following, I met Brother King as I came out of the Lisle Street Meeting ... who informed me that his wife was very ill, and asked me to call and see her. I had an early tea and called afterwards. He said that it was his usual custom to sing a hymn, read a portion, and engage in prayer, before he went to the meeting. He looked for his hymnbook, but could find it nowhere. I said, 'I have some verses in my pocket; if you like, we could sing them.' We did, and his wife enjoyed them so much that after the service he asked me, as a favor, to leave a copy of them for his wife. I went home, and by the fireside composed the last two verses, wrote them off, and took them to Sister King. As these verses so met the dying woman's case, my attention to them was the more arrested, and I had a thousand of them printed for distribution. I sent one to the Spiritual Magazine, without my initials, which appeared some time after this. Brother Rees, of Crown Street, Soho, brought out an edition of hymns, in 1836, and this hymn was in it. David Denham introduced it, in 1837, with Rees' name given as the author."
Original Lyrics for "The Solid Rock"
Note: Edward wrote the text in 1834 and the traditional tune was note composed until 1863. So when reading the lyrics it is fascinating to wonder what tune Edward played out in his head as he sang it for worship.
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly trust in Jesus’ Name.
On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand.
When darkness seems to hide His face,
I rest on His unchanging grace.
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.
His oath, His covenant, His blood,
Support me in the whelming flood.
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my Hope and Stay.
When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh may I then in Him be found.
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.