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Zechariah’s song – He will show mercy Capo 5 Intro[EM] [D/F#] [G]X2 [EM] [D/F#] [G] [C] Praise to the lord god of Israel [EM] [D/F#] [G] He has paid ransom for us [EM] [D/F#] [G] [C] (In the) house of David he has raised up [EM] [D/F#] [G] Salvation for us all [EM] [D/F#] [G] [C] He will remember his covenant [EM] [D/F#] [G] The oath he has given to us [EM] [D/F#] [G] [C] He will protect us from enemies [EM] [D/F#] [G] From the hand of those who hate [C] [G] [D] He will show his mercy to us [C] [G] [D] Mercy that shines bright as the sun [C] [G] [D] And in the shadow of death [EM] [D/F#] [G] We will serve him without fear You my child will be called a prophet Of the most high God You will go before the Lord To prepare the way for him He will show his mercy to us Mercy that shines bright as the sun And in the shadow of death We will serve him without fear (Accapella with strings) He will show his mercy to us Mercy that shines bright as the sun And in the shadow of death He will guide us on to peace Inst X2
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O come, O come, Emmanuel Capo2 Words: 12th CenturyMusic: Veni Emmanuel, from a 15th Century Am Dm Am O come, O come, Emmanu-el, C G D And ransom captive Isra-el, Dm Am G That mourns in lonely exile here C Dm Em Am Until the Son of God appear. Refrain C Em Rejoice! Rejoice! Dm Am C (Am) Em Am Emmanu-el shall come to thee, O Isra-el. Am Dm Am O come, Thou Rod of Jesse Free C G D Thine own from Satan’s tyranny Dm Am G From deptsh of Hell Thy people save C Dm Em Am And give them victory o’er the grave Refrain Am Dm Am O come, Thou Day-spring, come and cheer
 C G D Our spirits by Thine advent here;
 Dm Am G Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
 C Dm Em Am And death’s dark shadows put to flight. Refrain Am Dm Am O come, Desire of nations, bind
 C G D In one the hearts of all mankind;
 Dm Am G Bid Thou our sad divisions cease,
 C Dm Em Am And be Thyself our King of Peace. Refrain
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Greetings to you favored one! You will be with child and bear a son The lord is with you— but do not fear! The holy spirit will fall on you His pow’r will overshadow you your child Will be-ee — the son of God And he will be called the son of the most high The Lord will give him the throne of david And he will reign over jacob’s house his kingdom will never end Mary God has chosen to Show his favor and love to you The hope of the earth – to you is born Nothing is impossible For the Lord God of Israel The light of the world — he lives in you
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[C] [G] The Angels squeezed in---to our sky [Am] [B] [C] [Gsus] [G] Now filled and bright to scorch the eye [C] [G] Like lightening gathered, standing still [Am] [B] [C] [Gsus] [G] [C] Ligh-----ting valleys, fields and hills [Am] [B] [C] [F] [Am] What me----ssage to the world could raise [Am] [B] [C] [F] [Am] Choirs to burst the earth with praise? [Am] [B] [C] [F] [Am] News too big for hi----sto-----ry, [F] [C] or crea-------tion to contain? Refrain: [G] [F] He has come! He has come! [F] [C] Greet him and be greeted, soul. [F] [Am] The proud, they never thought to fear [F] [C] And the humble hardly dared to hope [Em] [G] [C] For his coming, but the Lord is here! The herald and the heralded They never were so strangely paired The hosts of glory point the way To a child unnoticed in the hay. This dim lit room with earthen floor Was praised with light that filled the sky Choruses that split the air Yield now tooo--- the lullaby We who lived to see him die Lived to see him rise again We wait amidst the joy and fear For the day he promised when, He will his own announcer be. Then the sky will split again proud and humble, rich and poor; All will seeeeeee---- his coming then.
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O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie! CAPO 5 C C/E F G C O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie! C C/E F G C Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by. C G C F G Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting Light; G C F G C The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight. … F G … For Christ is born of Mary, and gathered all above, While mortals sleep, the angels keep their watch of wondering love. O morning stars together, proclaim the holy birth, And praises sing to God the King, and peace to men on earth! INST How silently, how silently, the wondrous Gift is giv’n; So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of His Heav’n. No ear may hear His coming, but in this world of sin, Where meek souls will receive Him still, the dear Christ enters in.
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Angels we have heard Music by Peter La Grand, words by Peter La Grand, Jill McFadden, and Ben Keyes I bring news, Good news of greatest joy It’s for you, for all the weary world Rest has come. Peace is here. Do not fear, O do not turn away He’s your King, the one for whom you wait God’s own son, Christ the Lord Angels we have heard on high Singing sweetly through the night Tonight, tonight Your savior is born For to us, to us a child is born For to us, to us a son is giv’n Counselor. Mighty king. And he will, will reign on David’s throne His Kingdom, it Shall have no end a light has come—our hope is born Awake, o you slumbering earth Deaf from sin and dumb with age The time has come for joy, O earth The end in view to all our weeping Greet him and be greeted, soul.
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Radiance 04:36
The radiance of the father’s splendor, In the body of a child In the night the angels cried out Oh Their praises filled the sky adams model adams breath father of the world to come for us he left his throne and became like a slave "Glooooooria in excelsis Deo" Jesus Christ our only ransom The father’s image in the flesh (Was) formed in mary like no other Without help of any man all creation reconciled through your life giving blood we celebrate your glorious birth, your father and your spirit "Glooooooria in excelsis Deo"
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Dm Bb C/E Dm Lay the Bread of Heaven down Gm F/A Bb Beside the cattle feed Dm F/A Bb C/E The Giver has become the gift Bb C/E Dm C F Lying here in desperate need. The manger stands an honored place, Though by Your world you are unknown. To stoop and kiss your common face Is to bow before the throne. Chorus Among the needy we find Him Who gave us everything Our God stands with the weak Our God stands with the weak Creator who will die for me May I live to make you known Without a home when you first came That in You we might find a home. When finally they take note of you The powerful will take offense But though You won’t find favor here, peace on whom Your favor rests. Chorus Therefore may we be content In search of God, to look on you. If this is how you choose to come This is how we come to you.
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It came upon a midnight clear D O ye beneath life’s crushing load, D D/C D/B Whose forms are bending low, D Who toil along the climbing way D C D With painful steps and slow; It came upon a midnight clear, That glorious song of old, From angels bending near the earth, To touch their harps of gold: Bm F#m “Peace on the earth, goodwill to men Bm Bm/A Gsus From heavens all gracious King!” D The world in solemn stillness lay D C D To hear the angels sing. For lo! the days are hastening on, By prophets seen of old, When with the ever-circlin’ years Shall come the time foretold, When peace shall over all the earth its ancient splendors fling And the whole world give back the song Which now the angels sing.
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For One who knows no rival You know all about being afraid. From the day of your dangerous arrival You started learning to be brave The mighty fortress was no longer safe. A story starts and there’s a grave for you. Heaven’s praise has never ceased, though our voices turned aside trailing off on aimless themes; melodies that fade and die. So you entered life with death in mind To seek the dead with your reviving song O world, you are so young But you’re tired and weary in your curse So listen to the Ancient One Who set his face and faced the worst…. whose child-like joy invades the earth. The only spring in this old thirsty world
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Old man waiting in the temple courts he said it from the start: The hope of nations, and of men But he’ll do things to pierce your heart and divide the world. The silent night is passed and gone And tyrants plan Your fate But all the while, their response to You Will determine their own way: The road to joy or sorrow A mighty flame flickers to a spark There are three on the lonely road; With the fear of kings back in the dark. the tidings of great joy postponed For the mothers back in Bethl’am. He’s come to comfort the weeping ones, and call their dead back to life, to life, and O the blood that you failed to shed tonight Will one day flow for such as you If only you were humbled. Our refugee will hurt more than this He will be weaker still But let your strength not make you blind Run him off or have him killed His peace will come with power.
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He called him into the night (said) Abram, count the stars so bright Through you true peace will come To every tribe and tongue Though no one knows my Name Blessing is coming all the same And all shall be well Now many years went by (of) Withered hopes, unanswered cries (till) One night a virgin heard A cry that broke the silence of God That star above them bright Had shone for Abram that night This child so weak, so small Brings peace and rest to all And all shall be well (2x) The years unending seem Here in this in between “Peace on earth, God’s will for men” Seems like it came and went The wars they linger on The darkness overcomes We need not stars but sun Break in O Coming One Sometimes we cannot tell That You will make all well

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Ordinary Time

They met in a “History of Christian Worship” class in seminary, where they discovered a shared love for old songs in danger of being forgotten. The band’s oeuvre seamlessly weaves the hymns of generations past with their own new songs—often indistinguishably—producing a
sound that ranges from bluegrass-tinged Americana to sacred harp hymn arrangements.
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