Monday, 10/19/09

Advent Song

Lighting Candles

Sheet Music
MP3
Lyrics & Guitar Chords

Throughout the years, people have written me during the Advent season asking permission to perform my advent song, Lighting Candles. A few years ago, someone wrote and asked for the lyrics and guitar chords. This year I made sheet music with Sibelius for it as well. All of these are available for free. If you are interested in permission to perform this music, I hereby explicitly grant it to you.

I reserve some rights to this music, because I do not want someone to commercially record and sell this song without my permission. For non-profit use, and particularly for church worship, I want people to be free to use it if it would benefit them.

[updated October 19, 2009, originally published 2005]

Comments

Kathy wrote:

I just happened upon this website while searching for advent music. This is such a beautiful piece (peace). Thank you so much for sharing. May God's blessings be always with you and your family.

Bill wrote:

Thanks, Kathy. I hope it is a blessing to you.

SAMI wrote:

IT'S VERY AMAZING, BUT... I WANT DOWNLOAD MIDI MUSIC FOR AN ADVENTIST SCHOOL... OUR CHRISTIAN BROTHERS...!!!

GOD BLESS YOU...!!!

Nasser wrote:

this is a very wonderfull site thank you

Bill wrote:

Nasser, thank you for the praise, and your welcome.

Bryan wrote:

What a wonderful advent song. May God's blessings be with you always.

Jo-ann wrote:



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i like the songs

Jo-ann wrote:

HI
Im Jo-ann from Philippines
I want to know more about this site!!!!
Help me

Bill wrote:

Hi Jo-ann. Welcome. I very much enjoyed the Philippines in my time there. If you have particular questions about the site feel free to ask. Otherwise, the best way to know more is simply to look around. Blessings.

wrote:

Looking forward to hearing more

jacobs wrote:

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Lilly wrote:

It was awesome! But I would like to know more.

Bill wrote:

What would you like to know, Lilly? I'd be glad to answer your questions.

kate wrote:

it nice getting to this wonderful site, i believe u will help me a lot in sourting out 3-4 hymns. cos i'm choir mistress trying to get more hymns for my fellow choirster's

tan wrote:

this is a vewry warm song i love it so much!!
will share to my friends.
GOD BLESSED U

Jennifer wrote:

I am looking for a children's Advent song/hymn. May I use your song in my Sunday School children's music group?

Thank you,
Jennifer N.

Bill wrote:

Please do, Jennifer. Blessings on your music time.

Joseph wrote:

Keep it up!

Dereje wrote:

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It is a very wonderfull site. And Good bless you thank you

Christin wrote:

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bhuwan wrote:

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maria wrote:

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ini wrote:

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douglas wrote:

give us more time to listen to your stff please.

Spurgeon wrote:

Praise the Lord,
I Love the songs which comes from this website.

wrote:

My special song is the title "Jehovah Jereh"

may I know who is the composer and writer also the story of this song ...

thanks

STm

Appiah wrote:

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Ezekiel wrote:

I need songs and teaching of SDA

Ron B. wrote:

Bill,
I realize that "Lighting Candles" has been around for some time now. Alas, I just found it doing a search for "advent song." Thank you for sharing it--and for giving us preachers permission to use it in worship. I am most probably using it as my Candle-lighting "theme song" for Advent 2008.

Many, many thanks and blessings in your ministry.

Bill Ekhardt wrote:

Blessings Ron, and thanks for leaving a note. You, by the way, are doing your advent planning much farther in advance than I ever have. May it serve God's worship.

Terri wrote:

Your music is beautiful and I thank you for that, but please please could you please explain to me why you and other Christians can support such a man as Obama? From day one he plans to legalize partial birth abortion. He was the only senator to vote against protecting a baby if he/she survives an abortion. He is for gay marriage and many other issues that our beloved Jesus has not intended for his people to embrace. I just don't understand and I will pray for the Holy Spirit to guide you in the right direction. You are a shepherd leading sheep, please feed them well. Thank you - God Bless

Bill wrote:

Terri, I appreciate your confusion and concern. I do not know your perspective specifically, but I understand that from your shoes Jesus would not wish you to support someone who does not want to fight to make abortion illegal. As to the other issues you cite, I think your sources have exaggerated his positions to be more appalling from a conservative perspective than they actually are. Abortion is not an issue that sways my vote. I do not have ready a rationale that would explain my positions to a Christian from a conservative political perspective.

Though it may be perplexing and foreign to you, it it exactly out of my earnest faith in Jesus Christ, my study and trust in the authority of scripture that I support Barrack Obama for president. I believe he reflects Jesus' heart for those whose treatment will separate the sheep from the goats, the naked, the hungry and imprisoned. Though he is not a conservative, I believe he will be able to foster an atmosphere of constructive dialogue that 70% of the country will be happy to participate in. I believe he could be the most significant president of my generation.

KOLIL TITUS wrote:

MAY GOG BLESS YO ABUNDANTLY ANDF MAY YOU WORK TIRELESSLY TO PROCLAIM THE MESSAGE OF HOPE TO THE WORLD

Vanessa wrote:

This was the perfect song for an upcoming advent candle lighting event. Bless you for sharing your gift and your song. You have a really nice voice, I pray I hear you sing this song on the radio one day. God bless you and yours.

Jeff wrote:

Thank you for your music. It is very generous of you to share it for free.

Eva G wrote:

I love it. It such a beautiful song. May I sing it on Sunday mass? This is perfect for this advent season.

Bill wrote:

Yes, Eva, please do.

Jeff, and Vanessa, I am happy that you enjoy it, and I am content having it distributed and used.

Princess B ea wrote:

we want to know more about this site... and also we want to know bout the worshiping hymnals!!!!!!!!

Bill wrote:

B, as to the site, just look around and you'll find what you want to know. As to hymnals, there is nothing here about hymnals.

paul wrote:

i love you all may God bless for serving him

alice wrote:

the one who sees you from above will always be there no matter the situation. God love u all

DANISH OTIENO wrote:

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Bill wrote:

Danish, I do not have any cd's to send to you or anyone else. You can download music here, though, for free. Blessings.

Rona Redeem wrote:

hello! I want to listen to a religious songs

bill wrote:

please do Rona: Ekhardt.com/mymusic

Tema wrote:

Bula and greetings from Fiji!
I would like to teach my Sabbath School class the chorus "Far Beyond the Sun". I only know the first verse, if anyone knows rest of the verses, please email me.
Thanks alot.

Charles wrote:

I wanna knw hw cn i get my own copy of this MP3 & i would love to knw MORE about this site.THANK YOU

Bill wrote:

It is right there, Charles. Just click "MP3".

royfrede wrote:

happy sabbth to all my member....

Barbara wrote:

Thank-you for your song, "Lighting Candles". I used it in our Advent service at our school here in Ooty, India! It added just the right touch. It was more meaningful since you are from DesMoines! I am originally from Newton! God bless

Bill wrote:

You're welcome Barbara,

I am glad it was helpful for you. Blessings to you and your work in India.

julius wrote:

Thank bill for wonderful songs, i'm not adventist but i prefer singing adventist songs over other denominations,where can i get tape for all adventist song to help us play on sabbath day? jnlolelenkume2008@gmailcom,i'm from kenya.

Bill wrote:

I am glad you liked the songs, Julius, but I am sorry I don't have an answer for that. Blessings on your worship.

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