‘Majesty’ songwriter dies at 88

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(CP) Jack W. Hayford, a distinguished pastor, creator, seminary chancellor and the person who wrote the favored modern Christian worship track “Majesty,” has died on the age of 88.

Jack Hayford Ministries posted an announcement on its Facebook web page confirming that he died on Sunday night at his dwelling in Los Angeles, California.

“His household stated he died peacefully in his sleep within the early hours of the morning, having eaten dinner together with his spouse, Valarie, and having spoken to one among his grandkids the night earlier than,” said the ministry.

“Today, we mourn his loss however have fun the homecoming of an incredible chief in God’s kingdom. We know that this nice servant and worshipper is now experiencing the best worship service of all.”

Responding to Hayford’s passing, the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, pastor and president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, shared the late pastor’s affect on his life.

“I had the privilege of calling him a pal. He spoke into my life, all the time encouraging me to make room for the Holy Spirit,” Rodriguez wrote on Facebook. “Pastor Jack did change the world. He demonstrated that the Spirit Empowered/Charismatic motion will be each prophetic and sensible, progressive, and clever, anointed and inventive.”

Born in 1934 in Los Angeles, California, Hayford survived a bout with polio when he was a baby and seen his therapeutic as an indication that he was meant to grow to be a pastor.

Hayford helped discovered The King’s University and Seminary in 1997, serving as its chancellor. He additionally served because the founding pastor of The Church On The Way in Van Nuys, California, for many years, and was the president of The Foursquare Church from 2004 to 2009.

Hayford wrote a number of books and tons of of songs, essentially the most notable of which was the track “Majesty,” which was launched in 1978 and has been recorded and carried out quite a few instances.

In an entry on his ministry web site, Hayford defined that the inspiration for “Majesty” got here when he and his first spouse, Anna, had been visiting the United Kingdom in 1977.

“While visiting lots of the castles of the land, I started to sense the affect one would possibly really feel if raised as a baby in such regal settings,” Hayford recounted, including that “the sense of regal future pervades a lot of these websites and influences a lot of these folks.”

“So powerfully did the sense of Christ Jesus’ royalty, dignity, and majesty fill my coronary heart; I appeared to really feel one thing new of what it meant to be His! The achieved triumph of His Cross has not solely unlocked us from the chains of our personal bondage and restored us to fellowship with the Father, however He has additionally unfolded to us a lifetime of authority over sin and hell and raised us to partnership with Him in His Throne — now!”

At the National Religious Broadcasters’ 2014 Convention, Hayford was inducted into the Evangelical media group’s Hall of Fame for his televangelism profession.

“I feel the problem that we face is remembering that we’re referred to as to like each other, but additionally to serve the world with the Gospel,” stated Hayford in his acceptance speech.

In 2017, Hayford’s spouse of greater than 60 years, Anna, who had helped to steer The Church of the Way, died of stage 4 pancreatic most cancers on the age of 83. Hayford later remarried.

Hayford leaves behind his second spouse, Valerie, 4 kids, 11 grandchildren and several other great-grandchildren.

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