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The Luke Canticles

by Steve Thorngate

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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.
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. 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.
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.


Congregational settings of the songs of Zechariah, Mary and Simeon.


released November 27, 2013

All songs by Steve Thorngate, © 2013 Steve Thorngate Music
Mixed by Josiah Thorngate

Steve Thorngate: vocal, guitar, banjo, piano
Colby Maddox: fiddle, mandolin
Ed Hodges: bass
Jason Toth: drums
Susannah Thorngate: vocal
Sally Thorngate: vocal
Josiah Thorngate: vocal

Image: The Visitation of Mary and Elizabeth, Ein Karem, Jerusalem, licensed under Creative Commons by Wiki user Deror avi.


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Steve Thorngate Chicago, Illinois

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

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