Here is a downloadable score for ‘Come holy fire’, a song I wrote fairly recently.  It was used for the first time at a Christian youth camp I was at last week (more on that later), and seemed to go down well, so I’m making it available for people to use at their home churches.  At the moment I hold the copyright and everything, and it’s likely to stay that way until a music publisher comes my way!

It’s a gathering song, speaking of our unity in Christ, so would go well at the beginning of a service.  I particularly like the end of the second verse, which says “trusting not in our own strength but in your power, saved by grace and not by what we’ve done”.  It helps us recognise how awesome God’s grace is, how he allows us into his presence despite our many failings, and the chorus invites God to “set our hearts ablaze with passion” to do his work.

Come Holy Fire

1. Every walk, every past,
gathered in your name;
fallen hearts, weary souls,
we whom you forgave.
Humbly now we bow before your mighty throne,
and recognise the power of your name.

Come holy fire,
set our hearts ablaze with passion.
Come breath of God,
fan the flames of our desire.
One heart, one mind,
we have gathered here to worship.
Closest friend, humble king,
you are worthy Lord.

2. So we turn from our sin,
drawing close to you;
set aside hopes and dreams,
we will follow you.
Trusting not in our own strength but in your power,
saved by grace and not by what we’ve done.


3. Now to you we will sing
of your matchless grace.
Now our souls are set free
to worship in this place.
Earth and heaven open wide to praise your name,
reconciled, united in your blood.


Copyright © Matthew Dawkins 2009.

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“Come holy fire” by Matthew Dawkins is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 2.0 UK: England & Wales License.

It’s my prayer that this song is useful.  If you like the song, please let me know and spread the word – it’s not currently associated with a publisher, so you can use it completely free of charge (for now at least).

Download the score for “Come Holy Fire” (PDF)


Phill · 2 August 2009 at 9:09 pm

Hi Matthew, it’s very nice. I particularly like the tune to ‘humbly now we bow before your mighty throne’

Although I’m guessing you didn’t compose it on the guitar… F#m9?!

Anyway, well done!

Phill · 2 August 2009 at 9:10 pm

P.S. – forgot to say, will forward this on to the guys at Fordham. Will try and get this sung at [email protected] 🙂

Matthew · 2 August 2009 at 10:02 pm

Actually Phill I did write it mainly on guitar, I just embellished that chord slightly when I came to write the score (originally it was just a boring old F#m7, but I felt it needed the crunchiness of the added 9th). Anyway, glad you like it!

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