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Life & Death & Life (album & songbook)

by Steve Thorngate

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1.
Turning away 02:59
Turning away Day after day From what we say we don’t love. Turning away. Following Christ Down from the heights, From paradise to the wild. Following Christ. Our wealth and comfort, Pride and glory Fade After turning away. Starting again With God as a friend, With love that could bend our hearts. Starting again. Wandering on. It never is done. We are so fond of all this Wandering on. We’re looking backward, Missing all we’ve Left After turning away. Turning away, With feet made of clay, From all that we pray we won’t love. Turning away.
2.
Water 03:41
Water, water, Water all around. Water, water, Water coming down All around. We drink from the water That touches every land, In this place, in all space Where any creature stands, In any land. We go into the water. We find out what is true: We’re children born of God Who is making all things new. We are made new. The mercy of the water: It shows us what we are. Beloved, created From the deepest reservoir. It shows what we are. Remember the water, Water all around. Remember the promise Flowing deep into the ground, Life all around.
3.
We walk with Jesus through endless desert. We wander for days till we're weary and sore. In weakness and emptiness we face our trial. We walk with Jesus our Lord. We walk with Jesus through places forgotten By power that preys on the hungry and poor. We stand in witness and share in struggle. We walk with Jesus our Lord. We walk with Jesus as things start to crumble, As hope fades away and friends walk out the door. With minds that are restless and hearts that are heavy, We walk with Jesus our Lord. We walk with Jesus from living to dying, As seed that is buried in love outpoured To take root and grow, bringing life to all people. We walk with Jesus our Lord.
4.
Burn to ash 03:47
Burn to ash. Burn to ash. All we make and all we do will Burn to ash. Fade to dust. Fade to dust. All we love and all we are will Fade to dust. Buried seed. Buried seed. Ash and dust bring forth new life— They feed the buried seed. Still, We will end. We will end. Flesh and bones keep growing older: We will end. Rise again. Rise again. God, who always loves our bodies, Can raise them again. Still. Burn to ash. Burn to ash. Can our hope look past our dying? Burn to ash.
5.
Stand by me 03:33
When the storms of life are raging, stand by me. When the storms of life are raging, stand by me. When the world is tossing me like a ship upon the sea— Thou who rulest wind and water, stand by me. In the midst of tribulation, stand by me. In the midst of tribulation, stand by me. When the hosts of hell assail, and my strength begins to fail— Thou who never lost a battle, stand by me. In the midst of faults and failures, stand by me. In the midst of faults and failures, stand by me. When I do the best I can, and my friends misunderstand— Thou who knowest all about me, stand by me. In the midst of persecution, stand by me. In the midst of persecution, stand by me. When my foes in battle array undertake to stop my way— Thou who saved Paul and Silas, stand by me. When I’m growing old and feeble, stand by me. When I’m growing old and feeble, stand by me. When my life becomes a burden, and I’m nearing chilly Jordan— O thou lily of the valley, stand by me.
6.
Save us 02:50
Save us, Jesus. Set us free. Save us, Jesus, From our fear. Save us, Jesus, From our sin. Save us, Jesus, From our grief. Save us, Jesus. Set us free.
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At the end of his life, Jesus gathered his friends. They were discouraged, and they were afraid. He told them, “Love one another, as I have loved you.” Love will drive fear away; it'll drive fear away. He could not keep death at bay. But love, it’ll drive fear away. Our Savior, he taught us to love as he loves. Love will drive fear away; it’ll drive fear away. When the people of Jesus felt scared and alone, Someone wrote them a letter just to say That our God is pure love: to know God is to love. Love will drive fear away; it’ll drive fear away. Troubles keep coming our way. But love, it'll drive fear away. Our Savior, he taught us to love as he loves. Love will drive fear away; it’ll drive fear away.
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Lost our way, Our life as neighbors. Needed someone To end our strife, One to blame, One to bear it, To be the victim And bring us peace— Bring back our peace. Human one: Walked among us, Made us restless, Disturbed the peace. All our strife, All our conflict, All our violence: We set it on him. We put it on him. You said no: No to violence, No to killing. You showed us no. Our way of death: We do not need it. You do not want it. You just want peace, A deeper peace. All our strife, All our violence— Can you undo it And give us peace, Your truest peace?
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The angel rolled the stone away. The angel rolled the stone away. ‘Twas on a bright and shiny day, When the trumpet began to play. The angel rolled the stone away. My Jesus spurned the dreadful tomb. My Jesus spurned the dreadful tomb. ‘Twas on a bright and shiny day, When the trumpet began to play. My Jesus spurned the dreadful tomb. My Lord will come again someday. My Lord will come again someday. And on that bright and shiny day, When the trumpet begins to play: My Lord will come again someday.
10.
When Jesus Christ was walking on the earth, Proclaiming the reign of God, The powerful were scared of what they saw. They took him and killed him. But after three days, Christ is risen, who was dead. Christ is risen now. Christ is risen, like he said. Christ is risen: Christ is risen now. The church of Christ is living in the world, Proclaiming the reign of God. This whole good earth is reconciled to God Through Jesus—who died, But death couldn't keep him. Christ is risen… The risen Christ is living in the world, Unfolding the reign of God. The time will come when justice will be done Through Jesus—who’s risen, Now and forever. Christ is risen…
11.
He stood right there And he told us he was dying— Thirty years just standing by in A living body. But when he died, Like a seed in fertile soil He would grow A living body. He died up there. Oh they did their best to shame him And to make him suffer pain in His living body. We buried him, And we doubted what he told us: That he would rise, A living body. We knew him there. After all the words were spoken, Then he blessed the bread and broke it: The living body. Then he was gone, And we ran to tell the others That we had seen His living body. He’s standing here In the flesh and blood we need. Now he’s asking us to feed His risen body. He won’t stay long. He told us he would go away, And we’ll remain— The living body.
12.
Rolling away 04:06
I am the clouds That cover the sun. I am the doubts That it can be done. When the sky clears After the rain, That’s when I start rolling away. I’m rolling away. I’m rolling away. I’m the clouds that shroud the sun, And I’m rolling away. I am the pain That troubles your heart. I am the stain; I am the scar. I am the night That darkened the day, And now I am rolling away. I’m rolling away. I’m rolling away. I’m the pain that stained your soul, And I’m rolling away. I am the mountain That could not be moved. I am the one Who would not be loved. I am the stone That covered the grave, And now I am rolling away. I’m rolling away. I’m rolling away. I’m the stone that closed the grave, And I’m rolling away.
13.
Jesus lives! Alleluia!
14.
Up above my head, I hear music in the air. I really do believe There’s a God somewhere. Underneath my feet, I hear music everywhere. I really do believe There’s a God somewhere. All around this world, I hear music everywhere. I really do believe There’s a God somewhere.
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All flesh 03:41
The Spirit is poured on all flesh. The Spirit is poured on all flesh: On sons and on daughters, On all kinds of others, All flesh, all flesh, all flesh. Will your elders start dreaming afresh When the Spirit is poured on their flesh? Will they fly through the ages to write some new pages? All flesh, all flesh, all flesh. Got a daughter? Oh, hear what she says When the Spirit is poured on her flesh. Don't you tell her to stop it— she might be a prophet! All flesh, all flesh, all flesh. Will God raise up your body to bless With the Spirit poured out on your flesh? When the broken and chained and oppressed Feel the Spirit poured out on their flesh, Will they sing songs of freedom Demanding you see them? All flesh, all flesh, all flesh. And those people you hate through and through— Yeah, the Spirit is poured on them, too. You can kick; you can scream. Sure Won't change God's big dream for All flesh, all flesh, all flesh. And the Spirit might not take requests, Might just show up and rain on some flesh. All those creatures we think we possess— The Creator created their flesh. Put them right in the garden To love and take part in All flesh, all flesh, all flesh. Oh, it probably will make a mess; We'll have Spirit all over our flesh. The Spirit is mighty But not very tidy. All flesh, all flesh, all flesh. Tell me what do you think you will do When the Spirit is poured out on you? Will you step in the river Of God that delivers All flesh, all flesh, all flesh? The Spirit is poured on all flesh. The Spirit is poured on all flesh: On bachelors and widows, On grownups and kiddos, All flesh, all flesh, all flesh. On heroes and villains, On ringers and fill-ins, On strangers and neighbors, Bosses and labor, On kin and on colleagues, On Finns and Bengalis— All flesh, all flesh, all flesh, all flesh, All flesh, all flesh, all flesh.
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Come, Holy Spirit, Bring light to your people, And shine forth through all of the earth. Working and resting, We yearn for your presence. Come show your light. Come, Holy Spirit, And comfort the weary. You are the sweet guest of the soul. Friend of the poor, You're the giver of good things. Come light our hearts. Wash what's unclean in us. Water what is dry in us. Heal every wound that we have. Bend what is rigid And melt what is frozen. Come right our path. Come with deliverance, And come with eternal joy. Fill this whole place with your fire. Come, Holy Spirit, Bring light to your people, And send us out.

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released February 3, 2024

Instruments played by Steve Thorngate (non-drums) & Phillip Miller (drums)

Leads sung by Steve, Susannah Thorngate-Rein (tracks 3 and 10), and Brian Bolton (track 12)

Harmonies sung by The So Many Siblings Singers: Susannah, Steve, Jon Thorngate, Sally Thorngate, Josiah Angley-Thorngate, and Anna Thorngate (Libby Thorngate excused on account of morning sickness)

Additional vocals on track 14 by The Cousins Chorus

Mixed and mastered by Brian Porick

Cover & songbook design by Daniel Richardson, FirstLastFirst.com

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Chicago-based church musician and songwriter. Also an editor at the Christian Century magazine.

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