Joy Brand New

by Ordinary Time

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It is the aim of this new album to communicate the joy of the gospel—God pursued his fallen creation, coming as one of us to make a way back to relationship with him. The damaging repercussions of the fall will one day be fully reversed, and we will one day know and love God fully. This joy we have in God's story is not a naive joy; it is not a denial of the world's brokenness. This album includes songs of lament (Help, O Lord) and stories of God's judgment (The Feast), broken cries for God to breath life into a weary earth (Breathe Down) and songs that address the painful reality of death (When I'm Gone). This joy is honest about life's pain even while it embraces the promise that one day God will make all things right. It is a hopeful joy that acts as a lens through which we view, interpret, and act in a world that is hurting. It is a joy that is present, even in seedling form, in the midst of our deepest pain. That's the kind of nuanced joy we hope permeates this album throughout its wide-ranging subject matter—from creation to the cross, from lament to laughter, from present brokenness to the future renewal of all things.
We hope that you enjoy it and that it serves you, where you are. Thank you for listening to our music.

Ordinary Time

Fall, 2013


released October 29, 2013

All music written and played by Ordinary Time: Ben Keyes, Peter La Grand, Jill McFadden


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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: Jesus Is Yours
All who have called on Jesus name
Who know that he died and yet he lives;
C C/Bb F
We have all stumbled and failed to lay claim
To the new life that he freely gives:

You who for lasting approval have labored
Under the glare of fickle men;
Yours is the love, the acceptance and favor
That God shows to his perfect Son.

Don’t be di-----scouraged,
Em F Am G/B
for the Spirit of grace,
Continues the fight that was won on Calvary;
Turning our treason into faith

You who struggle in conflict with others
Dogged by quarrels and petty wars;
Yours is the adoption that makes us brothers
and sisters; one forevermore.

You whose lustful longings have led you
To cravings deep yet unfulfilled;
Yours is the peace and final fulfillment
Which bids lesser longings to be still

You who in pain have doubted His goodness
And waited on his power to set you free;
Yours is the God, who in the darkness cried:
“My God, why have you forsaken me?”

You who exalt in your wealth and power
And in abundance, see but shallow need;
Yours is the lowliness of the most High
Who took on flesh that he might bleed.
Track Name: Joy Brand New
Come and Praise the Lord with joy brand new
G/B(G7) C9 C F C/E Gsus
How he cherished the ones who re--jected him
C F Dm Am
Reversing the fall, lifting us all,
C/E F Gsus G C
Up to glo-------ry again.

The Lord has made us to worship him;
Our origin and our resting place.
But we placed our hearts on the gifts he gave
Worshipping frauds, fashioning gods
of the good things he made.

(mod. C Csus C G/B C Csus C A/C# )
D Dsus D
But he saw the need of his ene-----mies
A D/A A7
Of all people; you and me
D G D/F# Asus
And came uninvited to his own earth
D G Em Bm
Humbly born, greeted with scorn
D/F# G Asus A D
Seeking the hu-------man’s curse!

Now Christ has known an imposter’s shame
A stranger in the world he made
In the place of idolaters, God was blamed (pause- enter all)
But the world it was won, foes became sons
Of the most high again!

Come and praise the Lord with joy brand new
And raise a fresh hallelujah
For the old, old story belongs to you
You who were lost, strangers to God
Welcomed as heirs again!
Track Name: You Are My Reason To Sing
You are my reason to sing
Bm A
At the root of all my joy
the Giver of everything
Bm A
Your law it revives my soul

G Bm A
The heavens declare the work of your hands
G Bm A
Day after day they bear witness to your glory
D A D/F# G
May the words of my mouth, the mediation of my heart
D A D/F# G
Be pleasing in your sight O Lord my rock and my redeemer

The way of our Lord is true
It is righteous and everlasting
His laws are radiant
His commands make wise the simple

The heavens declare….
Track Name: Come Ye Sinners
Am C G C
Come ye sinners Poor and needy weak and wounded sick and sore
C G Am Em Am
Jesus ready stands to save you full of pity love and power

Come ye thirsy come and welcome God's free bounty glorify
True belief and true repentance every grace that brings you nigh

I will arise and go to Jesus, He will embrace me in His arms;
In the arms of my dear Savior, O, there are ten thousand charms

Come ye weary heavy laden, lost and ruined by the fall
If you tarry till you're better you will never come at all

Let not conscience make you linger,
Not of fitness fondly dream;

All the fitness He requireth
Is to feel your need of Him.

I will arise and go to Jesus, He will embrace me in His arms;
In the arms of my dear Savior, O, there are ten thousand charms
Track Name: When I'm Gone
When I’m gone, cry for me
This is not how it’s meant to be
I know now you feel death’s sting
The victory goes to the enemy
When I’m gone , oh-oh

When I’m gone raise a glass
Make a toast there right by the casket
‘Cause I can do now what you’re not able
I’m Drinkin’ good red wine at heaven’s table
I am home, oh-oh (4x)

So when I’m gone, shed a tear
But grieve in hope, friend, don’t grieve in fear
‘Cause what you see now is not the end
When heaven comes to earth the feast begins

Let heaven come, oh-oh
Let the Kingdom come, oh-oh

“When I’m Gone” words and music by Jill McFadden
2013 Ordinary Time Music
CCLI# 6418100
Track Name: Help, O Lord
G Em
Help, O Lord, no one is good anymore
C7 Dsus
Your faithful ones are fast disappearing
G Em
My neighbor lies, speaks with deceit in his eyes
C7 Dsus
With smiling lips but a heart that would hurt me
Em C7
Help O Lord
G Dsus
Help O Lord

They all say, “Who can stop us anyway?
They’re our mouths—we can lie if we want to.
Our kingdom has come, it’s our will that will be done.
We’ll get ahead by any way we have to.
Help O Lord
Help O Lord
The Lord replies, “I’ve seen your violence and your lies;
I’ve heard the cries and the groans of the helpless.
My promises are true—I’ll do what they have begged me to—
And I will rise, I will rise up and rescue.”

I am the Lord
I am the Lord

Though the wicked talk a mighty talk
And evil is praised throughout the land
The Lord will hear the cries of the weak
D C - D
His promises will are sure to stand
Protect the helpless. Save the oppressed.
Preserve the faithful, rescue the poor (repeat)

“Help, O Lord” words and music by Jill McFadden
2013 Ordinary Time Music
CCLI# 6418193
Track Name: The Feast
D Em
They brought in the goblets
Silver and gold, and drank wine from them
The king and his nobles
His wives and his concubines, they drank wine from them
They praised the gods of
silver and gold, iron and stone
they raised their glasses
they honored bronze they honored wood

but as they feasted
the kings knees began to shake
his face grew pale and
then his legs both gave way
a human hand appeared and wrote
high on the wall

The king said to Daniel
If you can say what this means
You will be made rich
And placed high over all of these
Daniel replied “King
You can keep your gifts for yourself
I will read these words and tell you what they mean

God has numbered the days
of your reign and brought it to an end.
You’ve been weighed on the scales
and found wanting in the end
Your kingdom is divided
and given to Your enemies

God, the most high, gave your father glory and greatness and splendor!
But you did not humble yourself, you have not honored the Lord!
You praised the gods which do not see or hear or understand!

“The Feast” words and music by Peter La Grand
2013 Ordinary Time Music
CCLI# 6418289
Track Name: Author Of My Days
If I rise on the wings of the dawn
If I fly out across the sea
Em C
If I run ‘till I can run no more
Even then you will find me

If I sink to the deepest place
If I seek to in the darkness hide
If I lie even to myself
Still your hand will guide me

For you hem me in before and behind
You the author of my days
C G Em
so I come before you arms stretched out
And I give you all my praise

Search me and know my heart
Test me and know my anxious thoughts
Lead me in your righteous way
So that I am with you . . . when I awake

Author of My Days” words and music by Peter La Grand
2013 Ordinary Time Music
CCLI# 6415859
Track Name: A Higher, Deeper Praise
D A/C# D G
You who cry out ‘mine’ to
D/F# A/C#
All the wonders of your world;
D G Em
You take all the cre-dit,
A/C# G/B A/C# D
You have made it a-------ll.
D A/C# D G
Yet You have cried ‘mine’ to
D/F# A/C#
Ev’ry dark and bitter sin
D G Em
You took all the cre-----dit
A/C# D
For our fall.

Bm D/F# G9 G
You deserve the glory
D/A F#m/A Bm9
You have borne the shame
D/C G/B Em A/C# D
Lead us to a high------er deeper praise!

You who spoke to Moses,
On Sinai long ago;
Showed us how to know You
In this desert waste
But who has followed
Save the man who was our God?
Who but the lawgiver
Has obeyed?

You are the victor
Shattering both sin and death
Who can stand to challenge
Your eternal throne?

But You were defeated;
You were beaten, stripped and scorned.
What of human pain
Have You not known?

God tells our story
And plays each needful part
He is author yet
He steps onto the page

Come and praise our playwright
Who alone has truly played
He transforms the story
From the stage.

“A Higher, Deeper Praise” words and music by Ben Keyes
2013 Ordinary Time Music
CCLI# 6418258
Track Name: A Thousand Years
Bear in mind, dear friends
As we make our way
as we live toward the day of God
When the path is rough
When trials come
bear in mind His living word

yes do not forget
That to the Lord Our God
Em D/F# C
One day is like a thousand years
And a thousand years are like a day
To the One who guides our way

The Lord is not slow
He does not forget
He has not turned His face away
His patience means
Our salvation
For He longs for every soul

Just like a thief
The day will come
With a roar the sky will be gone
After fire will come
new earth and heavn’
The home of righteousness

“A Thousand Years” words and music by Peter La Grand
2013 Ordinary Time Music
CCLI# 6418272
Track Name: Breathe Down
Breathe down breath of God
I can’t feel my body I have lost myself
I need your help
I need your help

Breathe down breath of God
Breathe into these streets and bodies half asleep
Breathe into our hearts
Breathe into our hearts

Em C G F#/D
Rise up people of God
Em C G F#/D
Into the morning light
Em C G F#/D C
With the hope of love and the promise of new life

Rain down heaven above
Flood the gutters of this town with your grace
Rain on all of us
Rain on all of us

Lord, hear the cries of your people
Lord, hear the cries
Lord, hear the cries of your people
And descend to us again
Lord, hear the cries of your people
Lord, hear the cries
Lord, hear the cries of your people
And descend to us again

Rise, O sun, arise
Bring the wild hope again to fill our souls
Help us to believe
To see and believe

“Breathe Down” words and music by Peter La Grand
2013 Ordinary Time Music
CCLI# 6418296