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The Call | Long Ago | Let the Little Ones | See You in the Spring | Because | How Can I Keep from Singing | One Perfect Moment | An Evening Prayer | My Song in the Night | No One But You


The Call
Come, my Way, my Truth, my Life
Such a Way as gives us breath
Such a Truth as ends all strife
Such a Life as killeth death
My Way, my Truth, and my Life

Come, my Light, my Feast, my Strength
Such a Light as shows a feast
Such a Feast as mends in length
Such a Strength as makes his guest
My Light, my Feast, and my Strength

Come, my Joy, my Love, my Heart
Such a Joy as none can move
Such a Love as none can part
Such a Heart as joyes in love
My Joy, my Love, and my Heart

Lyrics by George Herbert 1633
Music by Kristin Wilson & Brian Turnquist 2007


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Long Ago
Long ago I heard the story
Long ago I heard your name
Long ago I thought I knew you
Long ago it was no game
But we travel, casual pilgrims
Hearts turn cold, with wandering glance
Could I hear your voice and calling
If you gave me one more chance?

Sleepless nights and restless daydreams
Thinking how my life should be
Every thought to you surrendered
Finally finding rest in Thee
But we travel, casual pilgrims
Hearts of stone, so plain to see
Could I bear to hear your calling
If what you ask is all of me?

Take away my restless daydreams
Treacherous thoughts of what could be
Teach me, Savior, soft and gentle
Let me find my rest in Thee
Bring me home, this casual pilgrim
Undo my heart with mercy wild
Let me hear your voice and calling
As you love this wayward child

Holy, holy, join the chorus
Hallelujah, holy ground
Tears are falling, accept them Jesus
As I lay my burdens down
Holy, holy, join the chorus
Guard my heart until the end
Thanks and praise be yours, sweet Jesus
Hallelujah, amen

Lyrics by Lisa Venkatrathnam
Music by Kristin Wilson and Brian Turnquist 2006
Third verse melody “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” John Wyeth, 1813
(Public Domain)


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Let the Little Ones
I think when I read that sweet story of old
When Jesus was here among men
How He called little children
as lambs to His fold
I should like to have been with Him then
I wish that His hands
had been placed on my head
That His arms had been thrown around me
And that I might have seen
His kind look when He said
“Let the little ones come unto Me”

Chorus
I wish that His hands
had been placed on my head
That His arms had been thrown around me
And that I might have seen
His kind look when He said
“Let the little ones come unto Me”

Yet still to His footstool in prayer I may go
And ask for a share in His love
And if I thus earnestly seek Him below
I shall see Him and hear Him above
In that beautiful place He has gone to prepare
For all who are washed and forgiven
And many dear children are gathering there
For of such is the kingdom of heaven

But the thousands and thousands
who wander and fall
Never heard of that heavenly home
I should like them to know
there is room for them all
And that Jesus has bid them to come
I long for the joy of that glorious place
The sweetest, and brightest, and best
When the dear little children of every race
Shall crowd to His arms and be blest

Lyrics by Jemima Luke 1841
Music by Kristin Wilson and Brian Turnquist 2007


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See You in the Spring
for Jimbo
Leaves fall and birds take flight
Autumn gives way to night
Laughter turns into tears
How we wish you were still here

Winter came much too fast
A lifetime of love has passed
But even in fiercest storm
The seeds of hope are born

Chorus
We do not know the reason
For every changing season
But one day we will dance
One day we will sing
Our tears will turn to gladness
When we see you in the spring
We'll see you in the spring

Like plants beneath the snow
Our hope in Christ still grows
Winter will turn to day
No more sorrow, no more pain

The things we do not know
We lay before God's throne
Our sadness will soon be passed
When spring is here at last

Lyrics by Lisa Venkatrathnam
Music by Lisa Venkatrathnam
and Kristin Wilson 2007


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Because
Because I know that you are God
Because I know I'm in your hands
The hands that made all living things
That swim in seas or roam on lands
Because I know You love me, Lord
Because I know I'm in Your care
I try to grow in who I am
And seek to serve your people here

I know my flaws are plain to see
They show the sin that is in me
But I have faith in who You are
The Lord, Creator of each star
Because Your grace has set me free
From fear of death eternally
I wish to act upon Your grace
To do my part, I'll run the race

Because I owe You for my hope
Because I owe You for all life
I choose to work to show Your love
The love that calms human strife
It's grace that calls me to Your way
It's grace that does my heart inspire
I'm only one of multitudes
But Your good will I do desire

Lyrics and Music by Roger Dahl 2007

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How Can I Keep from Singing
My life goes on in endless song
Above earth's lamentations
I hear the real, though far-off hymn
That hails a new creation
Through all the tumult and the strife
I hear its music ringing
It sounds an echo in my soul
How can I keep from singing

While though the tempest loudly roars
I hear the truth, it liveth
And though the darkness round me close
Songs in the night it giveth
No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that Rock I'm clinging
Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth
How can I keep from singing

Praise God from whom all blessings flow
How can I keep from singing
Praise Him all creatures here below
How can I keep from singing
Praise Him above ye heavenly host
How can I keep from singing
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost
How can I keep from singing

Lyrics by Robert Lowry 1860, Pete Seeger 1960, "Doxology" Thomas Ken 1790
Music by Kristin Wilson 2008


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One Perfect Moment
Perfect so perfect this night seems to me
Blackness like velvet caressing my cheek
White moon and clear stars
Flowing branches that sway
The soft sound of voices only minutes away

Quiet so quiet the years have long passed
Since one perfect nighttime
And love's perfect act
Did darkness seem scary
For a baby just born
Could you hear Heaven's voices
Did you feel all alone?

In one perfect moment
The human and holy
One perfect moment
The humble and mighty
One perfect moment
You are born in my heart
One perfect moment
Cradled there in the dark

Perfect so perfect
This God wrapped in skin
I'll bring you a blanket to bundle you in
White moon and clear stars
Flowing branches that sway
The soft sound of angels
Only minutes away

In one perfect moment
The human and holy
One perfect moment
The humble and mighty
One perfect moment
Cradled there in the dark
One perfect moment
You are born in my heart

Lyrics by Lisa Venkatrathnam
Music by Lisa Venkatrathnam
and Kristin Wilson 2007


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An Evening Prayer
If I have wounded any soul today
If I have caused one foot to go astray
If I have walked in my own willful way
Dear Lord, please forgive

If I have been perverse, hard, or cold
If I have longed for shelter in the fold
When you have given me some fort to hold
Dear Lord, please forgive

Chorus
Your life has shown
how we should think and be
Your words have told us how we are to live
But in this world we still fall short of Thee
For this we ask, Dear Lord, forgive

Forgive the sins I have confessed to Thee
Forgive the secret sins I do not see
Loving God keep watching over me
And Dear Lord, please forgive

Lyrics by C. Maude Battersby (1911) and Roger Dahl
Music by Roger Dahl 2007


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My Song in the Night
O Jesus, my Savior, my song in the night
Come to us with Thy tender love
My soul's delight
Unto Thee O Lord in affliction I call
My comfort by day and my song in the night

O why should I wander an alien from Thee
Or cry in the desert Thy face to see
My comfort and joy, my soul's delight
O Jesus, Savior, my song in the night

Lyrics are anonymous
Music by Kristin Wilson and Brian Turnquist 2007


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No One But You
Who can mend the broken spirit?
Who can heal our deepest grief?
Who can break the chains of darkness
Turning doubt into belief?

Who brings rain into the desert
Resurrecting holy thirst?
Who has rolled away the tombstone
Overcoming Adam's curse?

Chorus
Lord, Anointed Son of Heaven
Messenger of peace
Victor over sin's oppression
You are everything we need

Who has crushed the grip of Satan
Conquering our ancient foe?
Who's rebuilding streets of ruin
Turning ashes into hope?

So in everything we are
And in everything we do
We give all we have to give
'Cause there's no one but You

Lord, You raise the poor and humble
You have freed us from our past
Come with justice and with mercy
Bring Your kingdom here at last

Lyrics by Lisa Venkatrathnam
Music by Kristin Wilson and Brian Turnquist 2007


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