Oceans: lyrics for the persecuted church

As the church worldwide responds to the terrible crises in the Middle East, we were sent this set of re-worked lyrics for the bridge in the song Oceans which you may want to use in your own churches in the coming weeks.

Writer, Jeff Ling, encourages us to “Turn that personal statement of faith into intercession for the persecuted church.”

“Open wide the gates of glory for the dying
For the saints who have been faithful
in the dark days of their trial.

Show your mercy to the hungry and the frightened
Scatter all those who love violence
Show the nations you are mighty”

– Sung in place of the bridge in the song “Oceans.”

Backing track for Oceans

Worship Backing Band has a backing track for Oceans. Obviously you’d need to mute the vocals during the bridge so that you can sing these alternative words.

Jeff Ling is a worship leader and pastor of Clear River Community Church in Northern Virginia. Follow him on Twitter at @jeffling. His blog is here.