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Streets Of The City – Sunday Songs

Here’s Streets Of The City, one of the songs from Stuart Townend’s album The Paths Of Grace.
It’s another example of Townend’s efforts to broaden the expression of sung praise for God’s people in corporate gathering; an invitation to reflectively think as well as feel; to respond with purpose as well as declare.

The lyrics:
1
Lord, we stand in the shallows of all you have given,
Grateful for mercy yet hungry for more,
For the power of grace to go out from this place
To the ends of the earth.
We have praised you with passion and worshipped in wonder,
Thrilled by Your Spirit and fed by Your word.
Now to fully delight in the riches of Christ
We must go to the world.
Chorus
For you live in the streets of the city,
You stand with the weak and the needy,
You walk with homeless and hungry and poor.
And your hands are the hands I am lifting,
Your voice is the life I am living;
Your love longs to meet them, but how will they know,
Unless I am willing to go?
2
Lord, where are you hungry and where are you thirsty,
Naked, imprisoned, with no one to care?
To give of our best to the poor and oppressed
Is to give back to You.
So cause us to see with the eyes of the Saviour,
Give us a heart that will love as you love;
Courageous compassion in words and in action
Brings hope to the world.
Chorus
For you live in the streets of the city,
You stand with the weak and the needy,
You walk with homeless and hungry and poor.
And your hands are the hands I am lifting,
Your voice is the life I am living;
Your love longs to meet them, but how will they know,…
Final chorus
…That you live in the streets of the city,
You stand with the weak and the needy
You walk with homeless and hungry and poor.
And your hands are the hands I am lifting,
Your voice is the life I am living,
Without us there’s no other way they will know,
So send me, I’m ready to go.

Words and Music: Stuart Townend
Copyright © 2014 Modern Hymnal Digital/Modern Hymnal Publishing (Adm. by CapitolCMGpublishing.com excl. Europe and UK, and Song Solutions) & Townend Music (Adm. by Song Solutions info@songsolutions.org.).


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How Good Is It To Sing – Sunday Songs

How Good Is It To Sing is based on Psalm 147 and is from Stuart Townend’s album Courage.

The lyrics:
1.
How good it is to sing,
To bring our praise to Him
Whose love and mercy knows no end.
He brings the sun and rain,
He calls each star by name,
The universe resounds with praise.
Chorus.
O shout for joy to God and sing a new song,
Extol the Lord of life for His provision,
And He delights in those who love and fear Him,
All those who put their hope in God.
2.
He gathers families,
Orphans and refugees,
And binds the wounds of those who mourn;
The humble lifted high,
The proud He casts aside,
His justice faithful as the dawn.
Chorus.
3.
What friend or foe can last
Before His icy blast?
The winds and waves obey His voice.
Yet mercy will prevail,
His love will reconcile
The nations of the earth to Him.
Chorus.
Repeat Chorus.

Brenton Brown, Keith Getty and Stuart Townend Copyright
© 2018 Capitol CMG Genesis/Brenton Brown Publishing Designee (Adm. by CaptiolCMGPublishing.com); Getty Music (Adm. by Song Solutions http://www.songsolutions.org).
All rights reserved. Used by permission.


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We Believe (Apostles’ Creed) – Sunday Songs

We Believe is a song that follows the contours of the Apostles’ Creed in a singable setting and tune.
It featured on Stuart Townend’s recently released album, Courage and was also on Keith and Kristin Getty’s 2016 album Facing A Task Unfinished.

The lyrics:
1
We believe in God the Father
Almighty, Lord of life
Creator of the Heavens
The earth, the sea, the sky
And we believe in Jesus
The only son of God
Born of the virgin Mary
Who lived as one of us
Chorus:
We believe in one true God
Father, Spirit, Son
One Church, one faith, one Lord of all
His kingdom come
2
We believe that Jesus suffered
Was beaten, crucified
He died and he was buried
Entombed in darkest night
The third day rose victorious
Ascended into Heav’n
Will one day come to judge us
The living and the dead
Chorus
3
We believe in God the Spirit
One church, empowered by Him
Communion of God’s people
Forgiveness of our sin;
Our bodies resurrected
To everlasting life
To worship, love and wonder
Before the throne of Christ
Chorus

Words and Music: Stuart Townend, Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty.
Copyright © 2016 Getty Music Publishing (BMI) and Townend Songs (PRS) (admin by Song Solutions http://www.songsolutions.org); Thankyou Music (admin by Integrity Music)


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My Dwelling Place (Psalm 91) – Sunday Songs

A setting of Psalm 91, My Dwelling Place is from Keith and Kristyn Getty (along with Kelly Minter, Chris Eaton and Stuart Townend) and features on their Northcoast Sessions EP.

The lyrics:
1.
My dwelling place is God Most High
My refuge and my fortress
When plague and pestilence draw nigh
I’m hidden in His Presence
When terrors fall and arrows fly
His shield will be my safety
When stones across my pathway lie
On angels’ wings I’m carried
2.
My dwelling place is God Most High
A present help in danger
I rest secure in love’s pure light
Beneath my Master’s favor
He freed me from the fowler’s snare
Where sin and shame had bound me
Deceived I’d made my refuge there
Till fearless He came for me
Chorus:
Wonderful, powerful
My hope and my defender
Mighty God, Emmanuel
My dwelling place forever
3.
My dwelling place is God Most High
I’ll never seek another
For I am His and He is mine
My heart He’ll keep forever
I know the Name on Whom I call
He promises to answer
With life He satisfies my soul
And crowns me with His pleasure

Words and Music: Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty, Kelly Minter, Chris Eaton and Stuart Townend

© 2016, 2018 Getty Music Publishing (BMI) / Getty Music Songs, LLC (adm. by MusicServices.org) / Here’s to JO (BMI) / West Lodge Music (BMI) (adm. by BMG ) / Townend Songs (PRS) (adm. by MusicServices.org in the US and Canada and by http://www.songsolutions.org elsewhere in the World)


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Courage – Sunday Songs

A song of testimony about God’s presence when life is uncertain.
“Today is my gift, not tomorrow.”
For many people, this song is an expression of their everyday life, taking one step at a time.

The lyrics:
1.
Worry seems to know my every move;
With every new imagining
He whispers in my ear.
Even when I’ve nothing left to prove,
He’s painting possibilities
Of failure and despair.
So God, I’ll stand with open hands
And heart just fixed on following.
I’ll keep my eyes on this day’s prize
Of finding You in everything.
Refrain.
Courage to take one step at a time;
Today is my gift, not tomorrow.
Courage to walk with Christ in my sight
The path strewn with laughter and sorrow.
2.
Wonder if I’m ever really here;
Retreating to the fantasies
Of what my life could be.
Captive to the highwayman of fear,
He’s robbing me of everything
That’s right in front of me.
I’ll learn to see what’s given to me
And cherish every part of it;
My all I’ll give to those I’m with,
And act with grace and honesty.
3.
Let me hear the child that cries within,
The wounds that weep with bitterness
Of innocence betrayed.
Help me own the hurt behind the sin;
Let healing and forgiveness flow
Like cool refreshing rain.
So with each day I’ll choose to say
The past won’t have a hold on me.
Through loss and pain my hope remains
The power of Christ at work in me.

Stuart Townend Copyright © 2018 Townend Songs (admin by Song Solutions http://www.songsolutions.org)


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Lead On, Lead On, O Kindly Light – Sunday Songs

Lead On, Lead On, O Kindly Light is by Emma and Stuart Townend from the Stuart Townend album Courage.

The lyrics:
1.
Lead on, lead on, O kindly Light
Amid th’ encircling gloom;
Though far from home in the darkest of night,
Still You will lead me on.
The distant scene, the path before me
I do not ask to see;
But guard my feet o’er mountain & valley
One step sufficient for me.
2.
‘Lead on. Lead on’ not always my prayer
When pride embittered my soul;
My heart grown hard, my sight firm resolved
To choose the path I should go.
The cares of day, so shallow and fleeting
Shine bright yet cannot endure;
Now fear is gone, my past is forgiven,
My sin remembered no more!
3.
Lead on, lead on with power and grace
The road Your footsteps have worn,
Till break of dawn discovers your face
And I am truly home.
With childlike faith through joy & through sorrow
My journey finally done,
My rest and calm in light everlasting
Where loved and Lover are one.

Words and Music: Emma Townend and Stuart Townend
Copyright © 2017 Townend Songs (Adm. by Song Solutions http://www.songsolutions.org).


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I Will Wait For You (Psalm 130) – Sunday Songs

This week has seen the release of an EP from Keith and Kristyn Getty (North Coast Sessions) and a full album from Stuart Townend (Courage).
I Will Wait For You (Psalm 130) features on both.
Jordan Kauflin and Matt Merker assisted with the composition.
The song begins with words set to the tune Ballerma and then the original song begins.

The lyrics:
1.
Out of the depths I cry to You
In darkest places I will call
Incline Your ear to me anew
And hear my cry for mercy, Lord
2.
Were You to count my sinful ways
How could I come before Your throne
Yet full forgiveness meets my gaze
I stand redeemed by grace alone
Chorus
I will wait for You
I will wait for You
On Your word, I will rely
I will wait for You
Surely wait for You
Till my soul is satisfied
3.
So put your hope in God alone
Take courage in His power to save
Completely and forever won
By Christ emerging from the grave
Chorus
4.
Now He has come to make a way
And God Himself has paid the price
That all who trust in Him today
Find healing in His sacrifice
Chorus
I will wait for You
I will wait for You
Through the storm and through the night
I will wait for You
Surely wait for You
For Your love is my delight

Words and Music: Jordan Kauflin, Matt Merker, Keith Getty, and Stuart Townend.
© 2018 Getty Music Publishing (BMI); Getty Music Songs, LLC; Jordan Kauflin Music; Matt Merker Music (each of these admin. by Music Services) / Townend Songs (PRS) (admin. by Music Services in the US and Canada and by http://www.songsolutions.org elsewhere in the World)