Light the Way

by Circle of Hope Audio Art

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Full Lyrics, Chords, and Powerpoint at http://music.circleofhope.net/songs/detail/965 When days are dark, breeding hate, Shine upon, another way. In death and loss, grow a new Seed of life, trust in You. Light the Way to walk upon Light the Way to follow along When violence breaks, bring Your peace, Strength to turn the other cheek, And there expose humanity Daring love of enemies An act of faith not to be Alone and lost iIn scarcity. But give and live abundantly Always love always free. Show me Your way and I will follow it Show me the Way of Life
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Full Lyrics, Chords, and Powerpoint at http://music.circleofhope.net/songs/detail/1150 How many years did we wait for the One? Waiting for you and now you have begun Lengthening nights and the days have grown cold Hold us to you before darkness takes hold God from God, Light from Light Now with us, Reunite Be now our warmth and our fire and light Enter with us into shadow and night Make bright the way so that we may all see Take on our chains so that we may be free From all time, Son of God One with Him, one with us You who were veiled beyond time, beyond space Born as we’re born, now at last show your face. Wrapped tight in cloth, a babe fresh from the womb One day be bloodied and wrapped for the tomb Bread of life, Holy One Son of God, Mary’s son Enter the world and be poor as we are Take up our weakness and give up your power Wake us to you and the life that you give Die like we die so that we may all live Son of God, from all time Lifted up, poured like wine Take on our eyes and our hands and our feet Cry with our lungs and the air that we breathe The things that we were, and we are, and we do They are now holy cause you did them too Light from Light, God from God Flesh like ours, breath and blood God from God, Light from Light Now with us, Reunite From all time, Son of God One with Him, one with us Bread of life, Holy One Son of God, Mary’s son Son of God, from all time Lifted up, poured like wine Light from Light, God from God Flesh like ours, breath and blood
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Full Lyrics, Chords, and Powerpoint at http://music.circleofhope.net/songs/detail/688 Your loveliness dwells here and it’s rest for my soul, And in the pain that I offer I know you’re making me whole. So I look for your help, Lord. Please fill me I pray. Let the storms all wash over in my life today Breathe your life in my body, break the chains of my past Let me drink from your well, Lord, drink the water that lasts Steer me clear of the fear now that buries my mind Let me dwell on your mercy and how you saved me in time. Lord it’s your loveliness, And it’s your tenderness That gives me strength for my soul The way you’re leading me, Your mercy sets me free And you’re not letting me go Show me your face today, Fill up my life I pray With only things that are true Lead me in your light Watch o’er me day and night In everything that I do You are my salvation. You rescued me from myself. Now I look to my maker. From you comes my help And even though I feel weary, you keep leading me on In the strength of your kindness I sing a new song
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Full Lyrics, Chords, and Powerpoint at http://music.circleofhope.net/songs/detail/880 The soil, the wind, the rivers, and the trees The sun, the moon, the stars and heavenly skies The creatures of the land, the air, and sea And all who have received the breath of life Now we praise You, Lord! We are Your creation Hallelujah, Hallelujah! The rivers and their tributary streams And veins throughout my body flowing true The branches of the mighty cedar trees Join together all to worship You Now we praise You, Lord! We are Your creation Hallelujah, Hallelujah! From the deepest waters to the deepest part of My heart You know me as You made me Alive and breathing in Your spirit You show Your works and I’m in awe!
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Full Lyrics, Chords, and Powerpoint at http://music.circleofhope.net/songs/detail/816 Take heart, you are a Child of God Have faith, be brave for what you’ll face Hallelujah! Hallelu! Have faith! We are made whole, Lord, by Your Grace Transform our live, show us Your way Hallelujah! Hallelu! Have faith!
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Full Lyrics, Chords, and Powerpoint at http://music.circleofhope.net/songs/detail/94 Darkness cannot hide your face from us Darkness cannot hide your grace from us Darkness cannot hide your light from us Because you shine (you shine) Because you shine (you shine) Because you shine (you shine) over us Thank you for your love and peace for us Thank you for your care and love for us Thank you for the hope so bright for us Because you shine (you shine) Because you shine (you shine) Because you shine (you shine) over us
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Full Lyrics, Chords, and Powerpoint at http://music.circleofhope.net/songs/detail/943 Let my neighbors and myself see beauty There is beauty in Your kingdom, in Your kingdom, there is beauty Let my neighbors and myself find hope There is hope in Your kingdom, in Your kingdom, there is hope. And I'll walk the Way I will walk Your Way I will walk in The Way, Your Way (The Way) Your Way! Let Your Spirit move in us! Let my neighbors and myself find freedom There is freedom in Your kingdom, in Your kingdom, there is freedom Let my neighbors and myself know love There is love in Your kingdom, in Your kingdom, there is love. And I'll walk the Way I will walk Your Way I will walk in The Way, Your Way (The Way) Your Way! Let Your Spirit move in us! (May Your kingdom Come, may Your will be done)
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Full Lyrics, Chords, and Powerpoint at http://music.circleofhope.net/songs/detail/374 May Your Light be seen through the darkness, unknowing May Your Light be seen in the smallest seedling growing May Your Light be seen in the lives together, sharing May Your Light be seen in the hope amidst despairing May Your light be found (Your light in all things!) May Your Light be seen in the heart that greets the stranger May Your Light be seen in the love in spite of danger May Your Light be seen in the humble act of listening May Your Light be seen in the truth and love forgiving

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Who we are
We are an expression of Circle of Hope in the Philly metro. Over our first 5 years and three albums, we experimented with collaboration, technique, and discovering our voice. We operate out of a studio in one of the Circle of Hope sites to serve, train, equip, and teach.

We are experimenting with a missional process of recording and distributing worship music as a tool for training leaders in our church, gifting The Body with music that helps us connect with God, and gets our church “out there” in new ways. As part of a 501(c)3 non-profit, we don’t sell anything but offer the music digitally for a donation of your choosing.

What we trying to do
“Light the Way” is a response to the growing cynicism, fear, and alienation during conflictual times in the United States. We’re hoping to contribute courage and strength to those working for God’s cause - through peacemaking, solidarity, working for justice, and forming spiritual community. In the midst of good work during difficult moments, God continually offers us joy.

The joy that permeates these songs is not ignorant of suffering, injustice, and oppression; nor does it seek to invalidate anger, anxiety, fear, or frustration. We live during days of perpetual pre-emptive war, transnational corporations profiting during disasters, extraction industries trivializing Indigenous sovereignty and ecological health, socially acceptable homophobia, revitalized misogyny, and the emboldening of overt white supremacy in word, deed, and public policy. Alienation, anxiety, screen addiction, and hopelessness are passed around easier than the flu. Joy is not merely a feeling to replace other feelings, it is a gift. God offers joy as strength to live into our fullest selves, to live into our deepest held convictions, and to form inclusive and alternative community to the status quo.

For this record, we hope it’s something that the listener takes with them. It’s an auditory and spiritual reminder that you are part of a beautiful thing God is doing. The songs can tune your heart to sing songs of thanksgiving, hope, and redemption. We hope it encourages you.

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released November 9, 2017

Thank Yous
Even as a church planting team of Circle of Hope where two dozen folks came together to make this album, we know that we can't represent everyone as well as we'd like. Still, we offer our heartfelt gratitude to the leaders, covenant keepers, partners and especially the songwriters and worship leaders.
Shout out to Jenny Florinicia and Pilar Rivera for your powerful vocal performances and choir directing, Jonny Szczesniak for leading the band, writing songs, and co-producing, Joseph Mahoney for being our lead engineer and co-producer, Andrew Yang (songwriter, violin, voice, mandolin), Angie Backues Peterson (songwriter), Joby Morey (keys), Jay Beck (percussion), Eric Rivera (guitar, synth, voice, engineer), Cameron DeWhitt (keys, Choir Director, voice), Robert Hornak (ukulele, keys, voice), Preston Cabe (voice, engineer), David Yu (engineer), Ben Rosenbach (engineer), Kristen Rashid (voice), Sarah King (voice), Amanda Fury (voice), Megan Jackson (voice), Poppy Davis (voice), Wes Willison (voice), Hana Lehmann (voice), Martha Grace (voice), and Joshua Grace (co-producer, drums).

We hope this tool is a blessing to you, we’re so grateful to be living life with you. A huge thanks to Hans DeKline at Sound Bites Dog for mastering, Thank you to Adrienne & Nic Justice [link?] and Jeffy Thomas [link] for your art and layout work, and to everyone who has been using the songs and sending encouragement from across the US, Canada, and across the pond.

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Circle of Hope Audio Art Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Circle of Hope Audio Art is a Non-profit mission team. We live in Philadelphia and the metro area .We are trying a missional process of recording and distributing worship music as a tool for training and edification. We are celebrating all the creativity around us and are responding to a felt need for new worship material that is creative, theologically sound, and not commercial. ... more

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