After the Longest Night (album & songbook)

by Steve Thorngate

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1.
02:58
Savior come, and be with us. Set us free. We wait for you. Wisdom come and make things right. Come and stay. Teach us your way. In power come, as Moses saw. You showed your might and gave your law. Savior, come. Jesse's branch, freedom bring. Save us now. Bring pow'r over death. David's key, open our home. Protect our path and end misery. Dayspring, come. Bring us cheer. Disperse the clouds and the shadow of death. Savior, come. Cornerstone, bind our hearts. End our strife. Rule in your peace. Emmanuel, God with us, Set us free. We wait for you. Savior, come.
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Blessed be the Holy One of Israel, Who has come and set us free; Who, from the house of David, gives to us A strong Savior of peace. God promised our salvation long ago, From all hatred and all strife, A promise that fear would shackle us no more, All the days of our life. This child will be the prophet of the Lord, Who will go prepare the way And tell the people of salvation, The grace that comes any day. In the compassion of our holy God, Dawn will break among us here To shine on all under the cloud of death And guide our feet toward peace.
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The shadows are near. O Moses, there's no need to fear Drawing near to the darkness, The thick darkness where God dwells. There's nothing to see, Only hope that you will remain free From the eyes of the Pharaoh And the arrow flying by day. REFRAIN: In shadow from light, In color of night, Drawing near to the darkness, The thick darkness where God dwells. The seeds of new birth Crave the blackest and liveliest earth. Teeming handfuls of darkness, Good soil in a garden of love. The health of the land: Whole bushels of life in your hand! Growing deep in the darkness, The thick darkness where God dwells. Winter days are so short. In the nighttime keep watch for the Lord, Who reverses our vision With new order that we can't see. Yet we cry, "Jesus, come! Here's who needs to be saved; here's who from!" Learn to trust in the darkness, Where our God of mystery dwells. Winter days are so short. Love the darkness and look for the Lord.
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Come, Lord Jesus, come. Come, Lord Jesus, come. For what we've left undone, For fear that leaves us numb, For all we can't outrun That we need rescue from. If death is overcome And new life is begun, The world will be undone. Come, Lord Jesus, come.
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My soul magnifies the Lord, And my spirit rejoices in my Savior, Who has looked on my lowliness with favor. And all people will call me blessed. REFRAIN: God has been good, Oh my Lord has been good to me, And holy is the Lord's name. God's mercy is for those who fear the Lord From generation to generation. The Lord has shown strength, has scattered the proud In the thoughts of their hearts. The Lord brings down the powerful. The Lord lifts up the lowly. My Lord fills the hungry with good things And sends the rich away with nothing. The Lord has helped Israel, Remembering all of God's mercy, Remembering the promise made to Abraham— To him and to all who follow. My soul magnifies the Lord, And my spirit rejoices in my Savior.
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Creator of the stars of night, Your people's everlasting light, O Christ, Redeemer: save us all. And hear your servants when we call. This wounded earth has brought you grief, So you have found the sweet relief: Your body in our world of woe, To share our pain and make us whole. At your great name, all glorious now, All knees will bend; all hearts will bow. All things on earth will be be your own, As things in heaven, Lord alone. Creator of the darkest sky: Your people in your darkness hide. Give shadow from the evil flare That burns to hunt us everywhere. To God who makes us from the dust; Christ Jesus who now comes to us; The Holy Spirit, breath of grace: All love and praise from age to age.
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Our nights are long, but they're getting shorter Ever since you crossed over our border. Our candles burn while we wait for dawn. The night is long, but not for long. Our hope has come. Our despair is buried. The light of the world is the child of Mary. God in our bones, God who knows our song. The night is long, but not for long. It seems so hard, harder than it should be To see the world the way it could be, To press right on when hope is almost gone. The night is long, but not for long. But this world is good, good enough for Jesus To come and live a life that frees us, To bend toward right everything that's wrong. The night is long, but not for long. Our nights are long, but they're getting shorter. These growing days show a new order. Winter will pass. Spring will come along. The night is long, but not for long.
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What child is this who, laid to rest, On Mary's lap is sleeping? Whom angels greet with anthems sweet While shepherds watch are keeping? This, this is Christ the king, Whom shepherds guard and angels sing. Haste, haste to bring him laud, The babe, the son of Mary. Why lies he in such mean estate Where ox and ass are feeding? Good Christian, fear: for sinners here The silent word is pleading. Nails, spear shall pierce him through, The cross he bore for me, for you. Hail, hail the word made flesh, The babe, the son of Mary. So bring him incense, gold, and myrrh. Come peasant, king, to own him. The king of kings salvation brings; Let loving hearts enthrone him. Raise, raise the song on high; The virgin sings her lullaby. Joy, joy, for Christ is born, The babe, the son of Mary.
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God is a body made of flesh and bone, Born to a woman with an earthly home. God has a family, with neighbors they know. God is a body, not spirit alone. God is a peasant from a humble town. God didn't show up wearing a royal crown. Made a life with the outcast, the sick, and alone. God is a body made of flesh and bone. God gets hungry, cold, weary, and sore. God knows rejection, and what it means to be poor. God wanders homeless, with no place to go. God is a body made of flesh and bone. God loves our bodies and everything that we are. Loves us right among us, and not from afar. Loves us in our failures, when we're brought down low. God is a body, not spirit alone. God is a body in the world today, Who promised to be with us walking on the way. When we work and when we gather our Savior is known. God is a body made of made of flesh and bone.
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REFRAIN: You send your servant forth in peace, According to your word. For my eyes, my eyes have seen The salvation of the Lord. My eyes have seen your salvation, Which you have prepared In the presence of all people. My eyes have seen your salvation, A light for revelation To all people for Israel's glory.
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Bright morning stars are rising. Day is breaking in my soul. Oh where are our dear mothers? They're down in the valley praying. Day is breaking in my soul. God shows the way to glory: Through the Savior's broken body. Day is breaking in my soul.
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Once we waited and worried, In fear of endless night. Now we know who we waited for And Jesus is our light. Our God was born as a baby, In weakness, not in might. In his life and death he reveals true glory For Jesus is our light. When our path is uncertain, When hope lies out of sight, Christ, please show us the way ahead. Lord Jesus be our light. The poor and weak are forgotten. The world is ruled by night. We reflect God's ray of eternal day, For Jesus is our light.
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REFRAIN: Let it shine on me. Let it shine on me. Let the light of your lighthouse come shine on me. I've got good religion, and I'm not ashamed. Let the light of your lighthouse come shine on me. The God who made the world also knows my name. Let the light of your lighthouse come shine on me. My Lord has done exactly what he said. Let the light of your lighthouse come shine on me. Fed the hungry, healed the sick, and raised the dead. Let the light of your lighthouse come shine on me.

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released October 26, 2018

Steve Thorngate: vocals, guitars, piano, bass, banjo, accordion
Libby Thorngate: vocals (lead on tracks 7 and 11)
Susannah Thorngate-Rein: vocals (lead on track 5)
Josiah Thorngate: vocals
Sally Thorngate: vocals
Jason Toth: drums and percussion
Colby Maddox: fiddle and mandolin on tracks 5 and 10
Ed Hodges: bass on tracks 5 and 10

Recorded and mixed by Josiah and Steve

Drums recorded by Loïc Laporte

Cover & songbook design by Daniel Richardson, FirstLastFirst.com

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Chicago-based church musician and songwriter. Editor at the Christian Century magazine.

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