So, at the end of 2011 I set the challenge of writing congregational songs.

Here’s a new tune to an old song… hope you like it!

The Old Rugged Cross

On a hill far away
Stood an old rugged cross
The emblem of suffering and shame
And I love that old cross
Where the dearest and best
For a world of lost sinners was slain

So I’ll cherish the cross
The old rugged cross
Till my trophies at last I lay down
I will cling to the cross
The old rugged cross
And exchange it some day for a crown
For a crown

Oh that old rugged cross
So despised by the world
Has a wondrous attraction for me
For the dear Lamb of God
Left his glory above
To bear it to dark Calvary


In the old rugged cross
Stained with love so divine
A wondrous beauty I see
For twas on that old cross
Jesus suffered and died
To pardon and sanctify me


To the old rugged cross
I will ever be true
It’s shame and reproach gladly bear
Then he’ll call me some day
To my home far away
Where his glory forever I’ll share