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Death Was Arrested – Sunday Songs

We’re going to be using the song Death Was Arrested at MGPC in the weeks leading up to Easter 2019.
It is not an easy song to sing, but it is worth the effort.
I first heard it on Laura Story’s album Open Hands.

Here’s a video by the song’s originators, North Point.

This is a rendition by Laura Story.

And another by Aaron Shust.

The lyrics:
1.
Alone in my sorrow and dead in my sin
Lost without hope with no place to begin
Your love Made a way to let mercy come in
When death was arrested and my life began
2.
Ash was redeemed only beauty remains
My orphan heart was given a name
My mourning grew quiet my feet rose to dance
When death was arrested and my life began
Refrain.
Oh, Your grace so free
Washes over me
You have made me new
Now life begins with You
It’s your endless love
Pouring down on us
You have made us new
Now life begins with You
3.
Released from my chains I’m a prisoner no more
My shame was a ransom He faithfully bore
He cancelled my debt and He called me His friend
When death was arrested and my life began
Refrain.
4.
Our savior displayed on a criminal’s cross
Darkness rejoiced as though heaven had lost
But then Jesus arose with our freedom in hand
That’s when death was arrested and my life began
Refrain.
Bridge.
Oh, we’re free, free
Forever we’re free
Come join the song
Of all the redeemed
Yes, we’re free free
Forever amen
When death was arrested and my life began
(Repeat)
When death was arrested and my life began
When death was arrested and my life began

Words and Music: Heath Balltzglier / Adam Kersh / Paul Taylor Smith / Brandon Coker
(C) 2015 Seems Like Music, Music At North Point, Adam Kersh Music, Bcoker Music, Centricity Songs, Paul Taylor Smith Publishing.


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Blessings – Sunday Songs

Laura Story’s Blessings is right on the margins of being a song for congregational singing, but the lyrics are strong and reflect a theme that is not represented enough in songs for Christians.
It does not have a fast tempo which means that it could be sung by a large group if well led.
Anyway, the song is certainly speaking to me, and for me just at the moment.

This video is a solo rendition.

The lyrics:
1.
We pray for blessings
We pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love is way too much to give us lesser things
Refrain.
‘Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise
2.
We pray for wisdom
Your voice to hear
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough
All the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we’d have faith to believe
Chorus.
Bridge
When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know that pain reminds this heart
That this is not our home
Second Refrain.
What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
What if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are your mercies in disguise

Music video by Laura Story performing Blessings.
(C) 2015 Christian Music United Inc. Glorify Music


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I Lift My Eyes – Christmas Songs 2015 Day 7

This is by Laura Story, from her recently released Christmas themed album God With Us.