Songs for the Church Year (home demos)

by Steve Thorngate

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A song for each liturgical season, ongoing in 2012-13. I hope to follow these home demos with full-band recordings—and notation for congregational use.

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released 27 November 2012

All songs by Steve Thorngate, © 2012 Steve Thorngate Music. Image by Flickr user atomicjeep, licensed under Creative Commons.

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Track Name: Savior, Come
Savior, come and be with us.
Set us free. We wait for you.
Wisdom, come and make things right.
Come and stay. Teach us your way.
In power come, as Moses saw.
You showed your might and gave your law.
Savior, come.

Jesse’s branch, freedom bring.
Save us now. Bring power over death.
David’s key, open our home.
Protect our path, and end misery.
Dayspring, come. Bring us cheer.
Disperse the clouds and the shadow of death.
Savior, come.

Cornerstone, bind our hearts.
End our strife. Rule in your peace.
Emmanuel, God with us,
Set us free. We wait for you.
Savior, come.
Track Name: God Is a Body
God is a body made of flesh and bone,
Born to a woman with an earthly home.
God has a family, with neighbors they know.
God is a body, not spirit alone.

God is a peasant from a humble town.
God didn't show up with a royal crown.
Made a life with the outcast, the sick and alone.
God is a body made of flesh and bone.

God gets hungry, cold, weary and sore.
God knows rejection, and what it means to be poor.
God wanders homeless, with no place to go.
God is a body made of flesh and bone.

God loves our bodies, and everything that we are.
Loves as one who's been there, not watching from afar.
Loves us in our failure, when we're brought down low.
God is a body, not spirit alone.

God is a body in the world today.
Jesus promised to be with us, walking in the way.
In our worship and our mission, our savior is known.
God is a body made of flesh and bone.
God is a body, not spirit alone.
Track Name: Jesus Is Our Light
Once we waited in darkness,
In sadness and in fright.
Now we know who we waited for,
And Jesus is our light.

Our God was born as a baby—
In weakness, not in might.
In his life and death he reveals true glory,
For Jesus is our light.

When our path is uncertain,
When hope lies out of sight,
Christ, illumine the way ahead.
Lord Jesus, be our light.

The poor and weak are forgotten.
The world is ruled by night.
We reflect God's ray of eternal day,
For Jesus is our light.
Track Name: We Walk With Jesus
We walk with Jesus through endless desert.
We wander for days till we're weary and sore.
In weakness and emptiness we face our trial.
We walk with Jesus our Lord.

We walk with Jesus through places forgotten
By power that preys on the hungry and poor.
We stand in witness and share in struggle.
We walk with Jesus our Lord.

We walk with Jesus as things start to crumble,
As hope fades away and friends walk out the door.
With minds that are restless and hearts that are heavy,
We walk with Jesus our Lord.

We walk with Jesus from living to dying,
As seed that is buried in love outpoured
To take root and grow, bringing life to all people.
We walk with Jesus our Lord.
Track Name: Christ Is Risen Now
When Jesus Christ was walking on the earth,
Proclaiming the reign of God,
The powerful were threatened by his love.
They took him and killed him.
But after three days,

Christ is risen, who was dead.
Christ is risen now.
Christ is risen, like he said.
Christ is risen. Christ is risen now.

The church of Christ is living in the world,
Proclaiming the reign of God.
This whole good earth is reconciled to God
Through Jesus—who died,
But death couldn't keep him.

The risen Christ is living in the world,
Unfolding the reign of God.
This reign will bring true justice to the earth,
Through Jesus—who's living,
Now and forever.
Track Name: Come, Holy Spirit
Come, Holy Spirit, bring light to your people,
And shine forth through all of the earth
Working and resting, we yearn for your presence.
Come show…your…light.

Come, Holy Spirit, and comfort the weary.
You are the sweet guest of the soul.
Friend of the poor, you're the giver of good things.
Come light…our…hearts.

Wash what's unclean in us. Water what’s dry in us.
Heal every wound that we have.
Bend what is rigid and melt what is frozen.
Come right…our…path.

Come with deliverance and come with eternal joy.
Fill this whole place with your fire.
Come, Holy Spirit, bring light to your people
And send…us…out.