These are the 6 Beautiful Songs Billy Graham Chose for His Funeral Service

These are the 6 Beautiful Songs Billy Graham Chose for His Funeral Service
The Rev. Billy Graham’s funeral was held today, March 2nd in Charlotte, North Carolina. As ChristianHeadlines.com previously reported, about 2,000 people were in attendance, including President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

The funeral took place in front of the Billy Graham Library in a massive 28,000-square-foot white tent, which was a throwback to Graham’s famous crusade in Los Angeles in 1949, which many believe solidified his status as a renowned evangelist.

Graham had been clear that he wanted his funeral service to reflect the message of the gospel which he spent his life preaching. Even his headstone will have the simple yet fitting phrase: “Preacher of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.”

To that end, he specifically chose six hymns that beautifully communicate the gospel message which he wanted people to sing at his funeral. ChristianityToday.com listed the six songs Graham chose:

Photo: A casket carrying the body of Rev. Billy Graham is carried to his funeral service at the Billy Graham Library on March 2, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. A spiritual counselor for every president from Harry Truman to Barack Obama and other world leaders for more than 60 years, Graham died February 21 at the age of 99.

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  • 1. “Until Then” (Stuart Hamblen, 1958), performed by musical artist Linda McCrary-Fisher

    1. “Until Then” (Stuart Hamblen, 1958), performed by musical artist Linda McCrary-Fisher


    "My heart can sing when I pause to remember
    A heartache here is but a stepping stone
    Along a path that's winding always upward
    This troubled world is not my final home
    But until then my heart will go on singing
    Until then with joy I'll carry on
    Until the day my eyes behold my Saviour
    Until the day God calls me home"

     

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  • 2. “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name” (Edward Perronet, 1779), congregational singing led by Tom Bledsoe

    2. “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name” (Edward Perronet, 1779), congregational singing led by Tom Bledsoe


    "All hail the pow’r of Jesus’ Name!
    Let angels prostrate fall;
    Bring forth the royal diadem,
    And crown Him Lord of all!

    Ye chosen seed of Israel’s race,
    Ye ransomed from the fall,
    Hail Him Who saves you by His grace,
    And crown Him Lord of all!

    Let every kindred, every tribe,
    On this terrestrial ball,
    To Him all majesty ascribe,
    And crown Him Lord of all!

    Oh, that with yonder sacred throng
    We at His feet may fall!
    We’ll join the everlasting song,
    And crown Him Lord of all!"

     

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  • 3. “Above All” (Lenny LeBlanc and Paul Baloche, 1999), performed by musical artist Michael W. Smith

    3. “Above All” (Lenny LeBlanc and Paul Baloche, 1999), performed by musical artist Michael W. Smith


    "Above all powers
    Above all kings
    Above all nature and all created things
    Above all wisdom and all the ways of man
    You were here before the world began

    Above all kingdoms
    Above all thrones
    Above all wonders the world has ever known
    Above all wealth and treasures of the earth
    There's no way to measure what you're worth

    Crucified
    Laid behind the stone
    You lived to die
    Rejected and alone

    Like a rose trampled on the ground
    You took the fall
    And thought of me
    Above all"

     

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  • 4. “Because He Lives” (Bill and Gloria Gaither, 1970), performed by Gaither Vocal Band

    4. “Because He Lives” (Bill and Gloria Gaither, 1970), performed by Gaither Vocal Band


    "God sent His son, they called Him Jesus
    He came to love, heal and forgive
    He lived and died to buy my pardon
    An empty grave is there to prove my savior lives

    Because He lives, I can face tomorrow
    Because He lives, all fear is gone
    Because I know He holds the future
    And life is worth the living, just because He lives"

     

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  • 5. “To God Be the Glory” (Fanny Crosby/William Howard Doane, 1875), congregational singing led by Tom Bledsoe

    5. “To God Be the Glory” (Fanny Crosby/William Howard Doane, 1875), congregational singing led by Tom Bledsoe


    "To God be the glory, great things He hath done,
    So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
    Who yielded His life our redemption to win,
    And opened the life-gate that all may go in.
      Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
      Let the earth hear His voice;
    Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
      Let the people rejoice;
    Oh, come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
      And give Him the glory; great things He hath done."

     

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  • 6. Amazing Grace, bagpipe escort led by Pipe Major William Boetticher

    6. Amazing Grace, bagpipe escort led by Pipe Major William Boetticher


    "Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
    That saved a wretch like me!
    I once was lost, but now am found;
    Was blind, but now I see.

    ’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
    And grace my fears relieved;
    How precious did that grace appear
    The hour I first believed.

    Through many dangers, toils and snares,
    I have already come;
    ’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
    And grace will lead me home.

    The Lord has promised good to me,
    His Word my hope secures;
    He will my Shield and Portion be,
    As long as life endures.

    The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
    The sun forbear to shine;
    But God, who called me here below,
    Will be forever mine.

    When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
    Bright shining as the sun,
    We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
    Than when we’d first begun."

     

    Publication date: March 2, 2018