Blessed Assurance (This Is My Story)



ACOUSTIC (cello)

Words: Fanny Crosby
Music: Phoebe Knapp
Key: D or C major
Time Sig: 9/8
Tempo: 94 | up tempo
Meter: with refrain
CCLI #: 7123346
Verse: Hebrews 10:22
Multitracks info: Because "Blessed Assurance" is in the highly unusual meter of 9/8 I tried to make the vocal guide as concise as possible:
"1, 2, 3, intro /, /, 7, 8, 9" - make sure you have plenty of time to rehearse with this one!

This multitrack comes in 3 versions in the original key of D major:
modern, blended (ORC) and acoustic.

As I was working out the SATB, SAB and 3 part vocal parts I felt that Blessed Assurance worked better in C major, whereas a pop version with a male worship leader sounds better in D, so I'm making this arrangement available in both C and D major.

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synth pad

A new sheet music file for this arrangement is for synth pad - this replaces the synth strings part if you want to get that modern worship sound (use the regular synth strings with other orchestral instruments.) You of course can never get these modern arrangements to sound exactly like the recordings unless you use multitracks, but you can approximate the sound with this synth pad part - it's exactly what I'm playing for the core synth you hear. For those who are high-tec and using laptops and soft synths, I'm using Peter James' ZION patch for Omnisphere. This is the exact sound he has used on Hillsong recordings and you can download it at

guitar spotlight

This recording uses several layers of electric guitars. Like synths, you'll never be able to reproduce the track exactly without multitracks, but the guitar spotlight MP3 will help your guitarists get close by hearing clearly exactly what's going on.

recreate styles

Modern: Use multitracks or the synth pad sheet music instead of the synth strings.
Blended: Synth strings and instrumental parts sheet music.
Acoustic: Cello sheet music, use brushes with drums.

Read more about the arrangement on the blog.

Read more about the acoustic mix and the fantastic cellist.

Learn how to blend Blessed Assurance with popular worship songs like Bethel's Ever Be.
   Free Key Change
This arrangement can be transposed using the free Finale Notepad (Windows only.)
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The modern worship lyrics trend for projection is to leave out most punctuation for a clean look. The original hymncharts lyrics text file contains punctuation. Our website was created to help churches build hymn lyric slides without punctuation.
Instruments mp3s are the arrangements played one time through with just piano and instrumental parts to give you an idea of the orchestration. In the early days of hymncharts before I made vocal recordings I had created these instruments mp3s as a quick demo. Since I now create both a POP and an ORC (orchestrated) mix I no longer make instrumental mp3s for newer arrangements.
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