Good News

by Ordinary Time

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released December 1, 2016


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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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Track Name: Zechariah's Song
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
Track Name: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
O come, O come, Emmanuel
Words: 12th CenturyMusic: Veni Emmanuel, from a 15th Century
Am Dm Am
O come, O come, Emmanu-el,
And ransom captive Isra-el,
Dm Am G
That mourns in lonely exile here
C Dm Em Am
Until the Son of God appear.

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
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

Am Dm Am
O come, Thou Day-spring, come and cheer

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.

Am Dm Am
O come, Desire of nations, bind

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.
Track Name: Gabriel's Song
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
Track Name: The Herald And The Heralded
[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?

[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.
Track Name: O Little Town of Bethlehem
O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie!

O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by.
Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting Light;
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!


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.
Track Name: Angels We Have Heard
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.
Track Name: Radiance
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"
Track Name: How You Choose To Come
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.

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.


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.
Track Name: It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
It came upon a midnight clear

O ye beneath life’s crushing load,
Whose forms are bending low,
Who toil along the climbing way
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!”
The world in solemn stillness lay
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.
Track Name: With Death In Mind
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
Track Name: Flight To Egypt
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.
Track Name: All Shall Be Well
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