ICOC PH’s In Hymn album goes global

Written by Marianne Abalayan //  Published

In Hymn is the worship ministry of the International Churches of Christ (ICOC) Philippines.

This special ministry lives by its theme Acts 17:28 verse: “For in him we live, and move, and have our being...” as In Hymn ministry’s mission states, “We are a ministry who believes that worship is life and life is worship.”

The men and women behind In Hymn, after many years of leading the congregational worship, have put up its 16-track self-entitled album.

Most of the tracks have already become staples in praise and worship services of the 31 city churches and 11 Metro Manila sectors of ICOC Philippines since the album was first launched during the 2013 Philippine Discipleship Conference with a total of 1,200 copies sold.

However, the album then was only promoted within the church and never got the chance to reach a wider audience. Thus, its world premiere release on Mother’s Day, May 10, is a great opportunity to not just promote the church but also God’s message of love and salvation.

Tyrone Ty, Worship Minister of ICOC Philippines, who composed 12 songs in the album, said, “I believe it’s a great time to release our album now that people are mostly at home. In this global crisis, we have an audience receptive to positive and inspiring music.”

Paj Pajemolin wrote three songs in the album while J. Brian Craig’s “Praises Heard Around the World” was translated into Filipino, “Papuri Sa Buong Mundo” with his permission.

The In Hymn album can already be pre-saved or pre-ordered prior to the world premiere release through this link - https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/inhymn1/in-hymn and it is also available on online music stores like Amazon, Anghami, Apple Music, MediaNet, Deezer, Google Play, YouTube, iHeartRadio, ClaroMusica, iTunes, KKbox, Napster, Pandora, Saavn, Spotify, Tidal and TikTok/Ress0.

Tyrone said the album received great reviews from disciples and non-members of ICOC alike.

His sister shared that the song “Salamat” was sung by their Catholic church choir. This also was the same song pertained to by a disciple sister from London whom Tyrone does not personally know.

“She reached out to me a couple of weeks ago when she heard the song Salamat for the first time when it was used for the communion segment during that week’s online worship service. She expressed how it uplifted and moved her, especially in her current situation where a number of her family members are Covid-19 positive. She was so impacted by the song, considering she only heard half of it, and was so excited to find out where she can get a copy so she can listen to it over and over and share to her family and friends,” Tyrone, a professional musician for 30 years, said.

The album, according to him, felt like a gift from God, adding, “We sit back, listen to it, and always get that feeling that somebody else wrote the lyrics or did the music for us. Personally, I always go ‘ I wrote that?’ Nothing beats knowing God used you for His purposes. That's humbling and special!”