Song title: According to Thy Gracious Word
Music: Greg de Blieck & Jason McAuley
Lyrics: James Montgomery
CCLI no: 6467962




According to Thy gracious word
In meek humility
This will I do, my dying Lord
I will remember Thee


Thy body, broken for my sake
My bread from Heaven shall be
The testamental cup I take
And thus remember Thee


Gethsemane can I forget
Or there Thy conflict see
Thine agony, and bloody sweat,
And not remember Thee?


When to the cross I turn my eyes
And rest on Calvary
O Lamb of God, my sacrifice
I must remember Thee


Remember Thee, and all Thy pains
And all Thy love to me
Lord while a breath, a pulse remains
I will remember Thee


And when these failing lips grow dumb
And mind and memory flee
When Thou shalt in Thy kingdom come
Jesus, remember me



The poet and hymnwriter James Montgomery and our own Greg de Blieck share a birthplace – the Scottish coastal town of Irvine, and his work sets a great example for the hymnwriters who have come after him.

Leave space for people to reflect and pray.


The words of this hymn are useful in preparing our hearts to take communion. Greg collaborated with (New Scottish Arts director) Jason McAuley to come up with a new melody for this hymn. Wrestling with technology (and each other’s preferences!), they sang ideas back and forth over a rather fuzzy Skype connection from one side of the country to the other. The melody they settled on can easily be performed with a more folky arrangement, but the major 7th chords and the laid-back brushwork on the drums in the recording make our version much more jazz-tinged. However it is approached, the important thing is to give the rich words a chance to sink in.


Many churches shy away from using music during communion – we think it is fine, so long as the music leaves space for people to reflect and pray.



Bible Passages: Luke 22:19-20; Luke 23:42; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; 1 Corinthians 11:26


  • Communion
  • Gethsemane
  • The Lord’s Supper
  • Remembrance
  • Lent

Have you recorded your own version of this song? Send us a link and we’ll include it here.