Blind Like Me

There was a time I thought myself 

A good man to admire;

I flashed a smile, convinced of all 

The people I inspire.

I bought the line that way down deep 

We're all a shining light;

Left to myself I'd rise to be 

A star that's burning bright.

But then you showed me just how much 

I hide the truth with ease;

How desperately I love myself 

And cover this disease. 

 

You didn't come for the well

Or for those who think so clearly they can see.

But you came, you came, you came for the sick,

The poor, the weak and the blind like me!

 

Well I can't hide behind a cap and gown,

A job or some degree  

No accolade can fix my heart

Or fill my greatest need 

All the education I could buy

Might only make me more  

Clever and deceptive than

The man I was before  

So save me now, O Son of God,

Have mercy on my soul 

All my goodness I disown

For you alone can make me whole! 

 

You didn't come for the well

Or for those who think so clearly they can see.

But you came, you came, you came for the sick,

The poor, the weak and the blind like me!

 

If they ask me how I see,

What more is there to say? 

You found me, raised me, gave me sight

And turned my night to day!

Now there’s now way I can look down

On those who think they’re fine;

It’s all by grace I’m living now,

By grace I walk the line.

So I’m done with all the pretenses,

The shows of strength and pride;

I’ll boast in you, my Savior, King,

My Lord and faithful guide.

 

You didn't come for the well

Or for those who think so clearly they can see.

But you came, you came, you came for the sick,

The poor, the weak and the blind like me!

 

You didn't come for the well

Or for those who think so clearly they can see.

But you came, you came, you came

For the sick, the vile, the wicked,

The poor, the weak and the blind like me!

 

I’m blind, I’m lost, I’m dead—without you.

I’m blind, I’m lost, I’m dead—without you.

I’m blind, I’m lost, I’m dead—without you.

 

Musicians: George McArthur (drums), Jonathan Olson (sound engineer), Lisa Goben (keys and vocals), Luke Morton (guitar and vocals), Terry Van Wechel (bass and vocals)

Words & Music: Luke Morton, 2015.

Recorded live on Sunday, April 22nd, 2018 at 8:45am service.

Lament (April 2018)

"Awake! Why are you sleeping, O Lord?

Wake yourself! Do not reject us forever!

Why do you hide your face?"

 

 

For the victims of a probable chemical attack in Syria, Saturday, April 7th, we cry out.

  • Approximately 70 fatalities

  • Civil war now in 7th year

  • 5.5 million Syrians have fled country, 6.1 million internally displaced

 

 

Lord, have mercy;

Lord, have mercy;

Lord, have mercy on us!

 

"For our soul is bowed down to the dust;

We cling to the ground.

Rise up; come to our help!"

 

For those enduring rising persecution of the church in India, we cry out.

  • Growing violence from Hindu extremists

  • Christians facing threats, destruction of property

 

Christ, have mercy;

Christ, have mercy;

Christ, have mercy on us!

 

"How long, O LORD? Will you forget us forever?

How long will you hide your face from us?

How long will we take counsel in our souls,

Having sorrow in our hearts all the day?"

 

Our Church Community

  • Family strife: struggling marriages, straying children

  • Death of loved ones

  • Acute and chronic health issues

 

Lord, have mercy;

Lord, have mercy;

Lord, have mercy on us!

 

Hope in God

Behold, the dwelling place of God

is with man.

He will dwell with them,

and they will be his people,

and God himself will be with them as their God.

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes,

and death shall be no more,

neither shall there be mourning,

nor crying, nor pain anymore,

for the former things have passed away.

Revelation 21:3-4, ESV

 

Musicians: Steve Beatty (readings, vocals), Lisa Goben (piano and vocals), Steve Hardin (keys), Mark Sandeno (drums), Jordan Ribera (bass), Jim Richards (vocals, guitar)

Psalm 145 (My God, My King)

My God, my King, your endless praise 

Shall fill the hours of all my days;

Let grace employ my humble tongue, 

Let truth and glory shape the song—

Shape the song

 

The wings of every hour shall bear 

Some thankful tribute to your ear; 

And every setting sun shall see 

New works of joy rendered by me.    

 

Hallelujah! Praise your holy name

Hallelujah! I’ll bless you everyday—

My God, my King, praise your name! 

 

Your truth and justice I'll proclaim; 

Your bounty flows, an endless stream;

Your mercy swift, your anger slow, 

Confounding every stubborn foe.

 

Hallelujah! Praise your holy name

Hallelujah! I’ll bless you everyday—

My God, my King, praise your name! 

 

God, who can tell your wondrous deeds! 

Your greatness all our thought exceeds;

Vast and unsearchable are your ways; 

Vast and immortal be your praise, your praise!

 

Hallelujah! Praise your holy name

Hallelujah! I’ll bless you everyday—

My God, my King

 

Hallelujah! Praise your holy name

Hallelujah! I’ll bless you everyday—

My God, my King, praise your name! 

My God, my King, praise your name!

 

Musicians: Hannah McIlhargey (vocals), Jim Richards (bass and vocals), Jonathan Olson (sound engineer), Lisa Goben (keys and vocals), Luke Morton (guitar and vocals), Mike Van Snellenberg (drums)

Words: Isaac Watts, 1707. Music: Luke Morton, 2018.

Recorded live on Sunday, April 8th, 2018 at 5:00pm service.

Rejoice, The Lord Is Risen

Rejoice, the Lord is ris’n; 

Let all his friends rejoice;                                     

This day the Lord has left his pris’n; 

The grave has heard his voice—

O the grave has heard his voice.

                              

The grave has felt his pow’r, 

And has become his prey;                                              

For darkness had its fearful hour;

 But now again 'tis day—

O but now again ’tis day!

 

Now we have hope, living hope;

We’ve been born again

And the grave has lost its sting. 

We will rise with our Lord,

Singing “Hallelujah!”

Come and let his praises ring!

                                   

The Lord is ris'n indeed, indeed

And he will die no more.                                           

He lives again, and lives to plead, 

The mercy-seat before.

O the mercy-seat before.

 

Now we have hope, living hope;

We’ve been born again

And the grave has lost its sting. 

We will rise with our Lord,

Singing “Hallelujah!”

Come and let his praises ring!

 

We see him not, 'tis true, ’tis true;

But still we may be glad.

The work is done he came to do; 

Then why should we be sad?

O then why should we be sad?

 

Now we have hope, living hope;

We’ve been born again

And the grave has lost its sting. 

We will rise with our Lord,

Singing “Hallelujah!”

Come and let his praises ring!

 

Now we have hope, living hope;

We’ve been born again,

And the grave has lost its sting. 

We will rise with our Lord,

Singing “Hallelujah!”

Come and let his praises ring!

Come and let his praises ring!

Come and let his praises ring!

 

Musicians: Alyssa Werner (tambourine and vocal),  Blake Strickland (trombone), Chad Lloyd (bass), Jonny Akamu (electric guitar), Lisa Goben (keys and vocal), Luke Morton (guitar and vocal), Steve Hardin (drums)

Words: Thomas Kelly, 1853. Music: Luke Morton, 2018

Recorded live on Easter Sunday, April 1st, 2018 at 11:15am service.

Love Made Low

This is a King unlike the kings I've seen before

This is a King unlike the kings I've seen before                                        

He lays aside his glory to be the poorest of the poor

This is a King unlike the kings I’ve seen before

 

The One who hung the stars has made himself a slave

The One who hung the stars has made himself a slave

He bends to those unbending, prideful and depraved

The One who hung the stars has made himself a slave

 

O such grace unknown

This is love made low

This is love made low

 

How can he love me when he knows I’ll go astray?

How can he love me when he knows I’ll go astray?

My heart, it is so fickle, his name I will betray

How can he love me when he knows I’ll go astray?

 

This is a King unlike the kings I've seen before

This is a King unlike the kings I've seen before

He says he’ll wash me clean and give me life forevermore 

This is a King unlike the kings I’ve seen before

 

O such grace unknown

This is love made low

O such grace unknown

This is love made low   

This is Love made low

This is love made low   

This is Love made low

 

Words & Music: Luke Morton, Palm Sunday 2015

Musicians: Alex Vitug (keys and vocal), Andy Rose (drums), Kevin Timmons (electric guitar), Leslie Ruiter (bass), Luke Morton (guitar and vocal)

Recorded live on Palm Sunday, March 25th, 2018 at 11:15am service.

Holy Father, Great Creator

Holy Father, great Creator, 

Source of mercy, love, and peace,

Look upon the Mediator, 

Clothe us with his righteousness;

Heavenly Father, heavenly Father,

Through the Savior hear and bless.

 

Holy Jesus, Lord of glory, 

Whom angelic hosts proclaim,

While we hear thy wondrous story, 

Come and worship in thy Name,

Dear Redeemer, dear Redeemer, 

In our hearts thy peace proclaim.

 

Holy Spirit, Sanctifier, 

Come with unction from above,

Touch our hearts to sacred fire, 

Fill them with the Savior's love.

Source of comfort, Source of comfort, 

Cheer us with the Savior's love.

 

God the Lord, through every nation 

Let thy wondrous mercies shine.

In the song of thy salvation 

Every tongue and tribe combine.

Father, Son and Holy Spirit, 

Form our hearts and make them thine—

Father, Son and Holy Spirit, 

Form our hearts and make them thine—

Father, Son and Holy Spirit, 

Form our hearts and make them thine!

 

Words: Rev. Alexander Griswold, 1766-1843. Music: Luke Morton, 2015

Musicians: Jim Richards (guitar and vocal), Lisa Goben (piano and vocal), Terry Van Wechel (bass and vocal), Ryan Baggett (drums)

Recorded live on Sunday, March 18th, 2018 at 5pm service.

The Law Of God

The Law of God is good and wise 

And sets his will before our eyes,     

Shows us the way of righteousness, 

And dooms to death when we transgress.

 

Its light of holiness imparts 

The knowledge of our sinful hearts      

That we may see our lost estate 

And seek escape before too late

Before too late

 

O dear Law-Giver, we’re all lawbreakers; 

Have mercy, have mercy, Lord!

O dear Law-Keeper, 

Cover us lawbreakers; 

Have mercy on us!

 

The Law is good; but since the fall 

Its holiness condemns us all;

It dooms us for our sin to die 

And has no power to justify

To justify

 

O dear Law-Giver, we’re all lawbreakers; 

Have mercy, have mercy, Lord!

O dear Law-Keeper, 

Cover us lawbreakers; 

Have mercy on us!

 

Jesus, teach us to walk in your ways, in your ways

Let us delight in your ways, in your ways 

Grace upon grace in your ways, in your ways

Jesus, teach us to walk in your ways

 

O dear Law-Giver, we’re all lawbreakers; 

Have mercy, have mercy, Lord!

O dear Law-Keeper, 

Cover us lawbreakers; 

Have mercy on us!

Have mercy on us!

 

Musicians: Luke Morton (guitar and vocal), Lisa Goben (accordion and vocal), Levi Seitz (electric guitar), Robbie Watson (bass), Andy Rose (drums)

Words: Matthias Loy, 1863. Music & Chorus: Luke Morton, 2018.

Recorded live on Sunday, March 11th 2018 at 5pm service

Living Water

O the stream of living water!

From the stricken Rock it flows,

Free to every son and daughter—

Cure for all our sins and woes!

 

Through the wilderness, we’re going

To the land of promise fair,

Where the tree of life is growing

By the river flowing there!

 

O the water, living water!

All the thirsty to relieve;

Free to every son and daughter—

Come to Jesus and receive!

 

Praise the Lord! I feel it flowing,

Though the world assails my soul;

In my weakness strength is growing.

Jesus Christ hath made me whole!

 

O the water, living water!

All the thirsty to relieve;

Free to every son and daughter—

Come to Jesus and receive!

 

Words: Rev. W.C. Macurdy, c. 1880.

Music: Luke Morton, 2018.

A Lovely Wait (Partain)

A cover of Nathan Partain's "A Lovely Wait", the title track from his latest album:

https://nathanpartain.bandcamp.com/album/a-lovely-wait 

I've seen great beauty in the starlit sky, 

In the sweep of music, in my lover’s eyes, 

But it has no weight apart from you. 

 

I’ve sought for comfort, and I’ve scrounged for rest, 

And I’ve searched for someway I could be content, 

But the land is wanton, without you. 

 

I’ve known man’s glory, just how it lasts, 

With its fading flower and its witheried grass, 

Cause There’s nothing living, without you.

 

I found innocence was stained, all the gold was lead, 

I drank the ocean but I thirst again. 

Cause the heart is restless without you.  

 

So, I eat the dust, I wear the ash, 

I bear the hunger, I keep the fast

It’s a lovely wait, to be with you.

 

I’m across from Canaan I’m looking in, 

At the beautiful splendor of the Promised land,  

But I will not enter, without you. 

 

There is no affection, there is no feast, 

There is no pleasure, there is no peace, 

No, there is no heaven, without you.

 

So, I eat the dust, I wear the ash,

I bear the hunger, I keep the fast

It’s a lovely wait, to be with you. 

I cry out in losses and I wait through wars, 

For I know my Portion, my great Reward

It’s a lovely wait, to be with you.

Attend My Mournful Cry

Great source of boundless pow'r and grace,

Attend my mournful cry;

In the dark hour of deep distress,

To thee, to thee I fly.

 

Thou art my strength, my life, my stay,

Assist my feeble trust;

Drive these distressing fears away,

And raise me from the dust—up from the dust!

 

O let me call thy grace to mind,

And trust thy glorious name;

Good is the Lord, so wise, and kind,

Forever is the same.

 

Here let me rest, on thee depend, 

My God, my hope, my all;

Be thou my everlasting friend,

And I can never fall—Oh I can never fall!

 

Words: Anne Steele, 1717-1778.

Music: Luke Morton & Jonny Akamu, 2018.

http://jonnyakamu.com 

Hail To The Lord's Anointed (Zechariah's Song)

Hail to the Lord's Anointed,

Great David's greater Son!

Hail, in the time appointed,

His reign on earth begun!

 

He comes to break oppression,

To set the captive free,

To take away transgression,

And rule in equity.

 

He comes with comfort speedy

To those who suffer wrong;

To help the poor and needy

And bid the weak be strong;  


To give them songs for sighing,

Their darkness turn to light,

Whose souls, condemned and dying,

Were precious in His sight.

 

He shall come down like showers

Upon the fruitful earth,

And joy and hope, like flowers,

Spring in His path to birth. 

 

Before Him on the mountains

Shall peace, the herald, go

And righteousness, in fountains,

From hill to valley flow.

 

Hail to the Lord’s Anointed One,

 

O'er every foe victorious,

He on His throne shall rest,

From age to age more glorious,

All blessing and all-blest.          

The tide of time shall never

His covenant remove;

His name shall stand forever,

That name to us is Love                  

That name to us

That name to us      

That name to us

That name to us is Love

 

Words: James Montgomery, 1821.

Music: Luke Morton, 2017

Give Me Faith

Teach me, O Lord, by faith alone, 

Your perfect will to prove;

And know the pow’r of Christ to atone,

And fill me with his love. 

 

Though I am sinful, all defiled, 

No light, nor love within;

Yet you can make me your own child, 

And cleanse me from all sin—

And cleanse me from all sin.

 

For you are my only hope, my only relief

O Lord, I believe; help my unbelief

 

Help me, O Lord, life’s journey through, 

To live with single eye;

In all I think, or speak, or do,

Your name to glorify 

 

So shall I walk in holy love, 

Through Jesus’ power given;

Till faith is lost in sight above,      

Among the saints in heaven—

Among the saints in heaven.

 

For you are my only hope, my only relief

O Lord, I believe; help my unbelief

Yes, you are my only hope, my only relief

O Lord, I believe; help my unbelief

 

Give me faith, give me faith

Help my unbelief

Give me faith, give me faith

Help my unbelief (and I’ll sing)

 

Hallelujah, hallelujah,

Hallelujah, hallelujah,

Hallelujah, hallelujah,

Hallelujah, hallelujah,

 

Teach me, O Lord, by faith alone, 

Your perfect will to prove;

And know the pow’r of Christ to atone,

And fill me with his love.

 

Words: C.E. Rowley, 1886.

Music: Luke Morton, 2017.

Blessed Redeemer

Praise Him! praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer!

Sing, O earth, His wonderful love proclaim!

Hail Him! hail Him! highest archangels in glory,

Strength and honor give to His holy name!

                   

Like a shepherd, Jesus will guard His children—

His children             

In His arms He carries them all day long—

All day long:

 

Praise Him! praise Him! 

Tell of His excellent greatness!

Praise Him! praise Him! Ever in joyful song!

                                        

Praise Him! praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer!

For our sins, He suffered and bled and died;

He our Rock, our hope of eternal salvation,

Hail Him! hail Him! Jesus the crucified.

         

Sound His praises! Jesus who bore our sorrows—

Our sorrows                          

Love unbounded, wonderful, deep, and strong—

Deep and strong:

 

Praise Him! praise Him! 

Tell of His excellent greatness!

Praise Him! praise Him! Ever in joyful song!

                                      

Praise Him! praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer!

Heavenly choirs loud with hosannas ring!

Jesus, Savior, reigneth forever and ever;

Crown Him! crown Him! Prophet and Priest and King!

 

Christ is coming, over the world victorious—

Victorious                   

Power and glory unto the Lord belong—

It all belongs!

 

Praise Him! praise Him! 

Tell of His excellent greatness!

Praise Him! praise Him! Ever in joyful song!

 

Words: Fanny Crosby, 1869.

Music: Luke Morton, 2017.

God Of Abraham

You called us by name

Out of darkness deep

Now God of Abraham

Lead us on

 

We have heard your voice 

We have followed you here

Now God of Abraham

Lead us on

 

Through the blistering wind

Beyond this vale of tears             

Take these trembling hands, 

Calm our anxious fears

And God of Abraham 

Lead us on 

 

Had you never called 

We would still be lost 

Now God of Abraham

Lead us on

 

Grant us faith to see 

All we’ve yet to know 

O God of Abraham

Lead us on

 

Through the blistering wind

Beyond this vale of tears              

Take these trembling hands, 

Calm our anxious fears

And God of Abraham 

Lead us on

 

We don’t know where you’ll take us

But we know you are good

You did not spare your own Son

So we know you are good

 

Through the blistering wind

Beyond this vale of tears              

Take these trembling hands, 

Calm our anxious fears

And God of Abraham 

Lead us on

Words & Music: Luke Morton, 2017.

Jesus With Thy Church Abide

Jesus, with Thy Church abide, 

Be her Savior, Lord, and Guide,

While on earth her faith is tried: 

We beseech Thee, hear us!

 

Keep her life and doctrine pure, 

Help her, patient to endure,

Trusting in Thy promise sure: 

We beseech Thee, hear us!

 

Be Thou with her all the days, 

May she, safe from error's ways,

Toil for Thine eternal praise: 

We beseech Thee, hear us!

 

May she guide the poor and blind, 

Seek the lost until she find,

And the broken-hearted bind: 

We beseech Thee, hear us!

 

Save her love from growing cold, 

Make her watchful, strong and bold

Fence her round, Thy peaceful fold:

We beseech Thee, hear us!

 

May her scattered children be 

From reproach of evil free,

Blameless witnesses for Thee: 

We beseech Thee,

 

Fit her all Thy joy to share 

At the feast Thou dost prepare,

And be ever blessed there: 

We beseech Thee, hear us!

 

Words: Thomas Benson Pollock, 1871.

Music: Luke Morton, 2017.

Bartimeaus' Song

Son of David! hear my cry;

Savior, do not pass me by;

Touch these eyelids veiled in night,

Turn their darkness into light.

 

Son of David, hear my cry!

Savior, do not pass me by.

 

Though the proud my voice would still,

They may chide me if they will,

Yet the more I’ll pray for grace,

Only here shall be my place.

 

Son of David, hear my cry!

Savior, do not pass me by.

     

I’m crying out, I’m crying out 

I’m crying out to thee

Have mercy, Lord, on me      

You alone can heal the wounded,

Touch the blind and make them see

Have mercy, Lord, on me

 

Though despised by all but Thee,

Thou a blessing hast for me;

Faith and prayer can never fail,

Lord, with Thee I must prevail,

 

Son of David, hear my cry!

Savior, do not pass me by.

   

I’m crying out, I’m crying out 

I’m crying out to thee

Have mercy, Lord, on me      

You alone can heal the wounded,

Touch the blind and make them see

Have mercy, Lord, on me

 

Glorious vision! heav’nly ray!

All my gloom has passed away;

Now my joyful eye doth see,

And my soul still clings to Thee,

 

Thine the glory evermore,

Mine to worship and adore.

 

I’m crying out, I’m crying out 

I’m crying out to thee

Have mercy, Lord, on me      

You alone can heal the wounded,

Touch the blind and make them see

Have mercy, Lord, on me

 

Words: Fanny Crosby, 1874.

Music: Luke Morton, 2016.

Based on the healing of Bartimaeus from Mark 10:46-52 and Luke 18:35-43.

Hear Our Cry

We were orphans in the wilderness, 

Worn to skin and bone 

Hating you and one another; 

Wandering aimless and alone,

Aimless and alone 

 

So well we knew our anger, 

Oh the spite we held so dear

For malice was our language, 

Speaking every single fear 

 

But you called into the darkness, 

To us who loved the night 

Your voice, it pierced our blindness, 

Led us to marvelous light

 

O bring your children home

We’ve no where else to fly

O Father, Son and Spirit 

Hear our cry

 

As you have loved, 

O teach us to love

As you have loved, 

O teach us to love

(Hear our cry)

 

Words & Music: Luke Morton, 2017