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Resist and Restore Spring 2013

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Who we are
Circle of Hope Audio Art is a mission team of Circle of Hope (circleofhope.net). We live in Philadelphia and the metro area. Forming this team began in early 2012 when Joseph Mahoney took the reins in attempting something we’ve attempted several times in the past unsuccessfully. Recording a handful of our original worship songs for training leaders and sharing more broadly.

We are trying out a missional process of recording and distributing worship music as a tool for training, edification, and getting Circle of Hope into new places. 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.

We are facilitating a process for creating quality audio recordings of songs that our church uses for worship as a resource for our Public Meeting Teams as well as other interested people. We want to distribute the recordings in a way that does not succumb to the norms of the music industry – Christian or not – but promotes Kingdom entrepreneurship and good storytelling.

Why we are trying this experiment
We have written nearly 100 original songs with over a dozen songwriters and music teams contributing to our worship experiences. We’ve learned a number of ethnic songs that don’t have recordings accessible. We’ve been gifted as humans with imagination, and co-creating with Jesus moves us towards wholeness. We want to respectfully teach the songs to our music leaders. We want to offer our friends outside Philadelphia new music to use for worship. We hope that we make some new friends, new partners for Circle of Hope, and can proliferate more creativity in how we live into God’s big story in the tradition of the church and making something

How to contribute next time
This first release is digital-only. We are already working on a second release to be out before the end of the year. So far, we’ve managed to keep everything on a shoestring budget - no one is making money, we’re trying to grow a studio. Members of our team and community individually contributed to rent and the mastering. Our church has graciously allowed our rent to be deferred until we get donations (tax deductable) from people who want to support the mission of this team. You can download, share, post and pay whatever you want. We ask that you don’t commercially use the music without written permission from our team. The songwriters aren’t getting royalties, we’re hoping that we can make more music as a tool for worshipping our First Love for all the people. If our efforts are useful then we are sure we’ll find the financial support to continue. If you would like a receipt for your donation, please email us at the address at the bottom and we’ll happily send you one.

You can suggest songs for the next album to anyone on the Audio Art Team or through the email. We are starting to put together the tentative list for another 10-15 song release later this year. We’re hoping to engage more people as well as get more from the 40+ musicians (and drummers) on this first attempt.


Contact us at circleofhopeaudioart@gmail.com
circleofhopeaudioart.bandcamp.com
circleofhope.net (four congregations have Sunday night meetings, about 50 cells meet all throughout the Philadelphia region)

credits

released June 7, 2013

Produced and Engineered by Circle of Hope Audio Art
All songs written by Circle of Hope
except Motion of Love- Bill Jolliff
Morning prayer, The illogical spoon
Natamba, Isikulu- public domain
Stay close-music -John Mallinem

Thank Yous
We are grateful for all of Creation and for this unique local expression of the church known as Circle of Hope. Thanks be to God and to the people from all four of our congregations for participating in making this recording whether it’s playing, singing, praying, encouraging, or constructive criticism.
Thank you to
Olivia Street Verdugo (oliviastreet.me) for layout,
Michael Heneghan (www.michaelpheneghan.com) for illustrations, Hans Dekline at Sound Bites Dog (www.soundbitesdog.com) for mastering,
and Cameron DeWhitt (camerondewhitt.bandcamp.com) for group/choir vocal and string arrangements and direction
Nick Justice -Video promo work

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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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Track Name: Mi Chamocha
Who is like You among what we hope in?
Who is like You glorious in holiness?
Who is like You awesome in praises?
Who is like You wondrous in workings?

The Hebrew means roughly the same thing as the English, here is the romanized rendering.
Mi Chamocha Bah Aeleem Adonai
Mi Chamocha Nedar Bah Ko-desh
Norah Teheelot Oh say Feleh
C#m7 B Asus2 E
Who is like You among what we hope in?
C#m7 B Asus2 E
Who is like You glorious in holiness?
C#m7 B Asus2 E
Who is like You awesome in praises?
C#m7 B Asus2 E
Who is like You wondrous in workings?
Track Name: I Sikulu
Sikulu Shikwembu sanga. (x3) My God is great
Si fanele ku dzunisiwa (x3) Worthy to be praised

Hi milamu sa dzunisiwa (x3) My mouth will praise
Hi mavoko sa dzunisiwa (x3) My hands will praise
Hi milenge sa dzunisiwa (x3) My feet will praise
Track Name: Restore Us (Oh, Lord) I
Oh Lord, Oh Lord, Oh Lord, Oh Lord, Oh Lord, hear our prayer (x2)

Lord, heal this land
from the sin and blood of the worldly ways
Restore it with Your power and grace

Oh Lord, Oh Lord, Oh Lord, Oh Lord, Oh Lord, hear our prayer
Track Name: Motion of Love
Em
Make my eyes open eyes, eyes awake to view
D Em
The way that stands before me and the work that’s mine to do
Em
Make my hands working hands, ready kind and free
D Em
With the time and energy and goods you’ve given me
D Em
Make it all be a motion of love
D Em
Make it all be a motion of love
D Em
Make it all be a motion of love
D Em
Make my life be a motion of love
Make my legs soldier’s legs, fit to march or stand
Strong in solidarity as my times demand
Make my mind a prophet’s mind, quick to see the sin
That keeps some folks in poverty and others poor within

Make my heart a servant’s heart, wounded for your sake
Yours to use and yours to hold, yours to mend or break
Make my ears swift to hear the truth that goes unsaid
Slow to speak, slow to wrath, swift to understand

Make my face an honest face, a face that hides no lies
A face that mirrors to all I see the good that meets my eyes
Make my life a simple life, rooted in one place
Where yes is yes and no is no, and deals are face to face

(1/2 time)
Make my life a freedom song, charged in every ve
Track Name: Welcoming Prayer
Welcome, welcome, welcome.
I welcome everything that comes to me in this moment
because I know it is for my healing.
I welcome all thoughts, feelings, emotions,
persons, situations and conditions.
I let go of my demand for security.
I let go of my hunger for approval.
I let go of my insistence on control.
I let go of my blind desire to change any
situation, condition, person, or myself.
I open to the love and presence of God
And the healing action and grace within.
Track Name: Make Me Whole
Make me whole, make me whole
Come, Holy Spirit and make me whole

Breathe Your life into these bones
Come, Holy Spirit and make me whole

Let your living waters flow
Come, Holy Spirit and make me whole

We are broken
Lord, restore us!

Make us whole, make us whole
Come, Holy Spirit, and make us whole
Do not let the darkness take it’s toll
Come, Holy Spirit and make me whole

The Great Physician takes control
Come, Holy Spirit and make me whole

C G
Make me whole, make me whole
F C
Come, Holy Spirit and make me whole

verses:
C
Breathe Your life in to these bones
F C
Come, Holy Spirit and make me whole
Track Name: You Alone
When that fires burning, You will send a flood
When that rain keeps pouring, You will send us a boat
A boat to take us home

When that wind is blowing, You will protect our walls
When that darkness is looming, You will give us light
And light our way home

You alone, You alone, You alone have set us free
You alone have taken us through the waves of the Red Sea
You alone, You alone, You alone have set us free
You alone have freed us from, desert captivity
You alone

Bm
When that fire’s burning, You will send a flood
Bm E
When that rain keeps pouring, You will send us a boat
Bm
A boat to take us home

Bm
When that wind is blowing, You will protect our walls
Bm E
When that darkness is looming, You will give us light
Bm
And light our way home
Track Name: Awake
Bm D Em F#
I even I will sing to the Lord
BM D Em F#
I will sing praise to the Lord God of Israel (2x)

G
Awake Awake Awake
Bm
Sing a song!
A
Awake Awake Awake
E
Sing a song! (2x)
Track Name: Restore Us (Oh, Lord) II
Lord, free our lives
from the wounds that keep us from movin' on
Restore us with Your power and grace

Lord, bring your peace
to this broken place of hurt and pain
Restore it with Your power and grace
Oh Lord, Oh Lord, Oh Lord, Oh Lord, Oh Lord, hear our prayer
Track Name: Stay close
Stay close, don’t feel far.
Help me feel right where you are.
Near to me, all around me
You’re within me, you never leave me.

All my shame, all of my burdens
and self blame, take these away!
I give to you all I have carried
In your hope I am saved

I will grow in your growth
I will long in your longing
I will be where you are with me
In this practice, in this peace

Bbm Ab
Stay close, don’t feel far.
Ebm E E7
Help me feel right where you are.
Bbm Ab
Near to me, all around me
Ebm E E7
You’re within me, you never leave me.

Gb Abm
All my shame, all of my burdens
B Ebm
and self blame, take these away!
Gb Abm
I give to you all I have carried
B Ebm
In your hope I am saved

Bbm Ab
I will grow in your growth
Ebm E E7
I will long in your longing
Bbm Ab
I will be where you are with me
Ebm E E7
In this practice, in this peace
Track Name: Dry and Weary land
Oh God, You are my only God
I will seek you earnestly.
My soul only thirsts for You.
My flesh only yearns for You.

In a dry and weary land where there is no water
My soul only thirsts for You.

My soul waits in silence for God,
And my hope is only in this.
Let’s use our hands and all that we know
For sowing seeds and helping them grow

So I thank you Lord for today
I’ll move with you whichever way.
Track Name: Restore Us (Oh, Lord) III
Oh Lord, provide
for the victims of the system in poverty
Restore us with Your power and grace

Lord, stop these wars
where blood is spilt for money
Restore us with Your power and grace

Oh Lord Hear our Prayer!
Track Name: New Wine
I want that new wine

I have come to heal those who are not well
I have come to call the broken and cast down
O my brothers, come and join the feast!
O my sisters, come and dance with me!

We have come to heal those who are not well
We have come to call the broken and cast down
So my sisters, come and join the feast!
O my brothers, come and dance with me!

You have come to heal those who are not well
You have come to call the broken and cast down
O my brothers, come and join the feast!
O my sisters, come and dance with me!

We have come to heal those who are not well
We have come to call the broken and cast down
So my sisters, come and join the feast!
O my brothers, come and dance with me!

C Em
I want that new wine (4x)

G D Am C
I have come to heal those who are not well
G D Am C
I have come to call the broken and cast down
G D Am C
So my brothers, come and join the feast!
G D Am C
O my sisters, come and dance with me!

We have come
Sisters feast

You have come
Brothers feast

We have come
Sisters feast
Track Name: Scarcity and Abundance
“Be still and know that I am God.”
Take three deep breaths.
Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you do not worry about you life; what you will eat, nor your body, what you will wear. Consider the sparrows. They neither sow nor reap. They have neither storehouse nor barn and yet God feeds them.
Do you live in a context of scarcity or abundance?
Do you live in a context in which you feel as though you have to hold so tightly to the things you have—to people, to money, to an identity, to time?
What is it, today that you believe you cannot live without?
Do you operate out of preserving as many resources - tangible or intangible - for yourself because you are afraid that if you loosen your grip you will be left with nothing?
Can you imagine an alternative reality in which there is enough?
A reality in which by letting go you open yourself up to a different type of fullness, a different way of experiencing the plenty?
A reality in which by taking only what you need allows everyone to have enough.
A reality in which giving away what you hold valuable frees you from an enslavement to it?
Consider a new posture:
Imagine yourself with your hands before you, open.
What are you afraid of losing?
Can you imagine a reality in which there is enough?
Keep your hands open
Keep your hands open
“Be still and know that I am God.”
Track Name: Crea en mi
Crea en mí, oh Dios, un corazón puro
y renueva un espíritu firme dentro de mí

English translation:
Create in me a clean heart oh God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me

D Em-F#m* D
Crea en mí, oh Dios, un corazón puro (x2)
F#m** Em G A D
y renueva un espíritu firme dentro de mí
Track Name: Restore Us (Oh, Lord) IV
Lord, bring your peace
to this broken place of hurt and pain
Restore it with Your power and grace

Oh Lord, provide
for the victims of the system in poverty
Restore us with Your power and grace

Lord, stop these wars
where blood is spilt for money
Restore us with Your power and grace
Track Name: Natamba
Natamba
A variation on Kuku, a Malinke rhythm traditionally for the women while they return from the fishing harvest. It’s use has expanded to various celebrations throughout West Africa. The Ruyankole people and language live in present day Southwestern Uganda. The rhythms and instruments used are from the region about 3,000 to the West. We don’t have access to the Runyankole drums so with respect we use ballet style West African drums and rhythms.

We learned this song from a group that we can no longer get in contact with, Kampala Ministry in Kampala, Uganda. Their website (came down a few years ago, we lost contact afterward) had lyrics, translations, and streaming .mp3s of the songs. We are grateful for that project. Ours is largely inspired by their resource. We hope that you will pray for Uganda - specifically the Runyankole - who are still suffering after effects of colonialism.

This song is declaring that Jesus heals even today. It’s not just a story about miracles from 2,000 years ago. Jesus continues to heal in all sorts of ways. The repetitive nature of the song can make it good for singing while working together or in a group worship setting. Usually the response is the whole phrase “Iza O’leebe, natamba Yesu natanbira bona. Iza O’leebe, natamba” but we shortened it to make it easier for beginners to sing. The call should be sung by a strong vocalist.

Natamba, natamba (call) -- He heals, He heals
Izya O’leebe, natamba (response)
Yesu natanbira bona (call)
Izya O’leebe, natamba (response) -- Come and see, He heals, Jesus heals all

Here are the different “calls”
Abasigazi nabatamba -- He heals even the young
Abakaikuru nabataba -- He heals even the old
Ne sirimu akagitamba -- He heals even those sick with HIV or AIDS
Abalwaire nabatamba -- He heals even the sick
Track Name: Morning prayer
Oh Lord let my soul rise up to meet you
As the day rises to meet the sun.

Strangers and Pilgrims with no earthly city

And we find in you everything we ever could call home.

A C#m
Oh Lord let my soul rise up to meet you
E A
As the day rises to meet the sun.

A C#m E A
Strangers and Pilgrims with no earthly city

A C#m E A
And we find in you everything we ever could call home.