Psalms, Canticles, Songs (home demos)

by Steve Thorngate

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Songs for worship, some directly from the Bible and some less directly. I hope to follow these home demos with full-band recordings—and notation for congregational use.

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released December 19, 2012

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

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Track Name: God Is Love
God is love, God is love.
Knowing God is knowing love.
God is love, God is love.
Knowing God is knowing love.
God who always loved us
Shows us how to love.

God creates life from dust,
Forms the earth with hands of love.
God is love, God is love.
Knowing God is knowing love.
The love of our creator
Makes everything brand new.

Jesus Christ walked in love,
Lived and died and lives again.
God is love, God is love.
Knowing God is knowing love.
Our savior and our brother,
Whose love has healed the world.

Spirit of life and love
Forms us as a family.
God is love, God is love.
Knowing God is knowing love.
Comfort and companion,
Who sends us out in love.

When we love, when we love,
Then we get a taste of God.
God is love, God is love.
Knowing God is knowing love.
Three in one among us,
A family of love.
Track Name: Holy Ground
Holy ground, holy ground.
Here we are on holy ground.

When we walk where Jesus walked,
Follow where the saints have gone.
In those places we are blessed,
Standing there on holy ground.

When we gather in this room,
Pray the words and break the bread.
In this place we are made whole,
Standing here on holy ground.

In the water of our life,
In the land that gives us food.
In the church and in our homes,
Every day is holy ground.

All the people Jesus loves,
All creation near and far.
Forest, farm and city street,
This whole earth is holy ground.
Track Name: Love Will Drive Fear Away
At the end of his life, Jesus gathered his friends.
They were discouraged, and they were afraid.
He told them, "Love one another, as I have loved you."
Love will drive fear away; it'll drive fear away.

He could not keep death at bay.
But love, it'll drive fear away.
Our savior, he taught us to love as he loves.
Love will drive fear away; it'll drive fear away.

When the people of Jesus felt scared and alone,
Someone wrote them a letter just to say
That our God is pure love: to know God is to love.
Love will drive fear away; it'll drive fear away.

Troubles keep coming our way.
But love, it'll drive fear away.
Our savior, he taught us to love as he loves.
Love will drive fear away; it'll drive fear away.
Track Name: My Soul Magnifies the Lord
My soul magnifies the Lord,
And my spirit rejoices in my savior
Who has looked on my lowliness with favor--
And all people will call me blessed.

God has been good, oh my Lord has been good to me.
And holy is the Lord's name.

Mercy is for those who fear the Lord
From generation to generation.
The Lord has shown strength, has scattered the proud
In the thoughts of their hearts.

The Lord brings down the powerful.
The Lord lifts up the lowly.
My Lord fills the hungry with good things
And sends the rich away with nothing.
The Lord has helped Israel,
Remembering all of God's mercy,
Remembering the promise made to Abraham,
To him and to all who follow.
Track Name: You Send Your Servant Forth in Peace
You send your servant forth in peace,
According to your word.
For my eyes—my eyes have seen
The salvation of the Lord.

My eyes have seen your salvation,
Which you have prepared
In the presence of all people.

My eyes have seen your salvation,
A light for revelation
To all people, for Israel's glory.