New Song: “No Longer Strangers”

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Our new song for July is “No Longer Strangers” taken from the latest Vineyard UK record Waterfalls, and we’re introducing it on July 12.

I love this song. Not just because of Dana Masters’ unbelievable voice. The song is universally relatable and immediately singable… it applies directly to me and somehow manages to feels like an old familiar song I already knew. Especially the chorus:

We are no longer strangers to your arms
We are no longer strangers to your arms
By your grace you have saved us
We’re no longer strangers
We’re no longer strangers to your arms

As you learn this song, keep Ephesians 2 in mind:

5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus… 12 remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ… 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God. (Ephesians 2:5-6, 12-13,19 ESV)

If you dwell there long enough for it to sink in, it might just mess you up. 🙂 And if that’s not enough, the bridge brings in imagery of the prodigal son:

Father I’m coming home
Though I have wandered far
Your love is reaching out
I’m running to Your arms

I’m coming home

The arrangement on the record is so good we won’t need to deviate much, so pay close attention to your part as you listen. Guys will lead it in G, girls will use B or C and you can grab the charts on Planning Center.

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