Holy Week

by The Singing Company and Families

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Holy Week was the most significant week in the life of Christ. During these eight days, Jesus was praised and despised, anointed and betrayed, crucified and resurrected from the dead. Each event is important; each illustrates the battle between the sin of man and the love of God.

As you hear these songs and contemplate these scriptures, you will see that the story of Holy Week revolves around a God who is close to His people, who comes to proclaim the coming Kingdom to the crowds who surrounded Him; a God who yearns for His creation to know Him, who tells simple stories to share profound truth; a God who is humble, who allows a stranger to anoint Him, a friend to betray Him and the crowds to crucify Him so that the entire world might have reconciliation with God and forgiveness of their sin. Though this story happened over two-thousand years ago, it still has an essential purpose for us today.

And so, we hope that by listening to this album about Holy Week, you will be compelled to humble yourself before the King of Kings, to obey Him just as He obeyed His Father. We hope that by meditating on these songs, you will respond to God’s glorious invitation into His Kingdom—that you will know and embrace His unconditional love for you.

With this in mind, The Singing Company & Families present Holy Week…

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released 08 April 2011

The Singing Company…
Drew Creal – Electric Guitar, Vocals
Kirsten Gorton – Autoharp, Percussion, Vocals
Eric Himes – Acoustic Guitar, Autoharp, Harmonica, Percussion, Vocals
Brett Tolcher – Organ, Piano
Nate Irvine – Drums, Percussion
Jonathan Taube – Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Enrique Villatoro – Bass Guitar

Families…
Erica Johnson – Banjo, Mandolin, Percussion, Piano, Vocals
Justin Rose – Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
David Shay – Accordion, Acoustic Guitar, Flute, Percussion, Piano, Vocals

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Track Name: The Father's Love
VERSE 1:
Where‘er you go,
You are never alone.
Even in darkest times
You’re on My mind.
But where in this world
Are you hoping to find
All those things you need?
Just come to Me.

CHORUS:
Please, just leave all those things
That could never replace
A Father’s love.

VERSE 2:
Though you fear pain
I’ll wipe each tear away.
Troubles come to teach
My mercy’s reach.
For now you see
As through a glass darkly
But soon—and face to face
You’ll know My grace.

FINAL CHORUS:
Please, believe I can see
All those burdens you bear
And I care
Please, just leave all those things
That could never replace
A Father’s love.
Track Name: Save Now
Save Now
Words and Music by: Eric Himes

VERSE 1:
Lord in Your entrance You are triumphant,
We lay our branches at Your feet.
Hailing Salvation, shouting “Hosanna”
Praise God in Heaven here comes our King!

CHORUS:
Save now, save now, Savior!
Save now, save now, Savior!

VERSE 2:
Some would see weakness, despair and sorrow,
But You see captives almost free.
You give two blessings for every trouble,
Ride on, ride on in Majesty!

BRIDGE:
The government shall be on His shoulders,
Our Covenant has come.
The Son of Man brings peace to the nations,
Our promise sealed in blood.
Track Name: In God's Kingdom
In God’s Kingdom
Words and Music by: Eric Himes

VERSE 1:
God’s Kingdom’s like a wedding feast,
The table’s set, the banquet’s free.
Invited guests would not receive God’s Kingdom.
The King sends out his servants to
Remind his guests: this is for you.
There’s prime rib served with oxen stew in God’s Kingdom.

CHORUS 1:
But the guests just shrug their shoulders,
Go to work or to their gardens,
Even worse some kill the servants.

VERSE 2:
The King sends out his soldiers who
Destroy those guests; their cities too.
They cling to lies; denying truth of God’s Kingdom.
The King had no desire to waste,
He told his staff: “It’s not too late.”
“Invite more guests to celebrate in God’s Kingdom.”

CHORUS 2:
So they went into the cities
Found the praised and found the pitied
And the good, the bad were all invited.

VERSE 3:
The King was not surprised to see
The mixture of his company
And sinners filling every seat in God’s Kingdom.
But the King could not permit
The guest without his garments.
For there’s no room for hypocrites in God’s Kingdom.

OUTRO:
In God’s Kingdom…
For many are called…
But few have chosen…
Track Name: Fig Tree
Fig Tree
Words by Erica Johnson and Justin Rose; Music by: Justin Rose

VERSE 1:
In the morning the sun’s so bright, I’m just here standing
With the dew on my leaves from the night, watching and waiting
For the fruit I will bear to start appearing,
Cause now I’m still bare.

VERSE 2:
Jesus was real hungry, He ain’t eat all morning.
So He went up to the tree, but He found nothing.
He said, “Tree you will be forever cursed.”
And it withered right there.

CHORUS:
We were all amazed.
How did it wither up so fast? I don’t understand.
How come it died so quick? Oh no, it doesn’t make sense.

BRIDGE:
I tell you the truth you’ve gotta have faith.
Don’t doubt me and you’ll do amazing things.
Tell that mountain to jump into the sea
And it will happen if your faith is in me.
Tell that mountain to jump into the sea
And it will happen if your faith is in me.
It will happen if your faith is in me.
It will happen if your faith is in me.
Track Name: The Anointing
The Anointing
Words by Justin Rose and David Shay; Music by: Justin Rose

VERSE 1:
All of us were all sitting around the table
Talking all about our God.
At the house of Simon our brother,
Better known as the leprous one.
Then a woman came among us,
Set a jar of perfume in front of us.
She was of the street, not of God.
She was wretched and poor, not like us.

VERSE 2:
Judas said, “That perfume’s expensive,
It should not go to waste.
And let us sell it at its highest,
Let us see what we can make.”
Then she poured the oil upon His head,
It ran down His hair, His beard and neck.
Just like Aaron and all the priests of old,
The Highest of Priests revealed in Simon’s home.

CHORUS:
She will always be a part of it,
It’s like she understood, though we didn’t.
We saw Jesus Christ anointed,
The King anointed for His death.
She will always be a part of it,
It’s like she understood, though we didn’t.
We saw Jesus Christ anointed.
The King anointed for His death.
Track Name: Peter's Betrayal
Peter’s Betrayal
Words and Music by: Justin Rose

VERSE 1:
He kissed Your cheek in the garden, I was so angry
I swung my sword, swung it hard to protect You, my Lord.
I swung my sword at the High Priest.
My body falls and fades so fast, I’m just like that.
But You, oh God, can save.

VERSE 2:
You told me that I’d deny You three times I said “That’s
Impossible! I would never deny You, my Lord.”
Oh help me God, I got so scared.
My body falls and fades so fast, I’m just like that.
But You, oh God, can save.

VERSE 3:
She saw my face, said she saw me with Jesus that day.
They heard me speak and my accent told them it was me.
The rooster crowed, I cursed myself.
My body falls and fades so fast, I’m just like that.
But You, oh God, can save.

BRIDGE:
I won’t be afraid, I won’t be afraid.
I won’t be afraid, I won’t be afraid.
I won’t be afraid, I won’t be afraid.
I won’t be afraid, I won’t be afraid.
Track Name: O Come And Look Awhile On Him
O Come And Look Awhile On Him
Words by: Frederick W. Faber and Eric Himes; Music by: Eric Himes, Kirsten Gorton and Brett Tolcher

VERSE 1:
O come and look awhile on Him,
Whom we have pierced, who for us died;
Together let us look,
This Son whom God forsook.

VERSE 2:
His willing hands and feet are bound;
His gracious lips with thirst are dried;
His pitying eye is dimmed;
This Lamb, who takes our sin.

CHORUS:
O love of God! O sin of man!
In this dread act your strength is tried;
And victory’s sealed with love,
For He, our Lord, is crucified.

VERSE 3:
Shall we refuse to hear Him speak?
Dare we neglect to hear His cry?
“O Father, please forgive.
They don’t know what they did.”

VERSE 4:
His cross of shame is all our hope;
The fountain opened in His side
Shall purge our deepest stains;
Till not a spot remains.

FINAL CHORUS:
O love of God! O sin of man!
In this dread act your strength is tried;
And victory’s sealed with love,
For He, our Lord, is crucified.
A broken and a contrite heart
To none who ask will be denied;
Each broken heart will be
A temple of the crucified.
Track Name: Great Silence
Great Silence
Words attributed to: Saint Meinrad Archabbey adapted by Justin Rose; Music by: Justin Rose

VERSE 1:
Great silence reigns on earth this day!
A great loneliness embraces all!
For death has had its ruthless way,
And captured the Savior of all.

VERSE 2:
An ocean of darkness has welled in my chest,
Just like Jonah who ran from the God who had blessed him.
And into the water I fall with a crash,
But I pray for a whale who can save.

VERSE 3:
His human body was torn apart,
But His Life and Love now flood the world.
And penetrating to its heart,
The wars of men to unfurl.

VERSE 4:
But Jesus, gone down to the darkest Hell,
Has entered in on Sabbath Rest.
In which He, in His Father’s will
Works wonders for all to be blessed.

VERSE 5:
The bonds and gates of Hell give way,
A great procession comes to sight.
Who leads them is Himself, the Way.
He is the Truth and the Life.

CHORUS:
And oh, the darkness fades, and oh, the break of day.
And all the prisoners freed, for You have snatched the keys.
And oh, lift up your heads, for we have hope again,
For we have seen great Light. And oh!

VERSE 6:
Oh may we, Lord, who yet must die,
Who pray awaiting the great Feast
Of Your arising from the dead
Be joined with You in endless peace.
Track Name: Easter Vigil
Easter Vigil
Words and Music by: David Shay

VERSE:
We were there when they took Your body down
And we saw them put You in the ground.
We were bringing spices to Your grave
That is where we heard the angel say:

CHORUS:
“Don’t be afraid; don’t let your hearts be so weighed down,
The Lord is awake our new hope’s risen from the grave.
Come see the place where our once dead Savior lay,
But know that today our new life’s risen from the grave.”

BRIDGE:
We never truly live till we learn to die with You.
We never truly live till we learn to die with You.
We seek life and we all seek the truth.
But we’ll never truly live till we learn to die with You.
Track Name: Easter Carol
Easter Carol
Words and Music by: Eric Himes

VERSE 1:
(Mary Magdalene from John 20:1)
I’m so very tired but I cannot rest.
I walk to the tomb feeling just emptiness.
I entered the garden surprised to survey,
The stone that entombed Him is now rolled away.

VERSE 2: (Mary Magdalene from John 20:2)
John and Simon Peter come now to the grave!
They’ve stolen our Lord; I don’t know where He lay.
They mocked Him in life, now they mock Him in death.
They’ve taken Him once, I can’t lose Him again.

VERSE 3: (John and Simon Peter from John 20:3-7)
(John) We ran to the garden, well, I ran, he tried.
(Peter) That is not important; it’s no time for pride.
(John) My friend, you must see this, there’s no one inside,
(Peter) And only His grave clothes are left here behind.

VERSE 4: (John and Simon Peter from John 20:8-10)
(John) Is this the fulfillment of all that He said?
(Peter) The Scriptures foretold He would rise from the dead.
(Both) I realize now He was more than a friend.
(Both) The Savior of all, the Beginning and End.

VERSE 5: (Mary Magdalene from John 20:10-13)
I returned later and stood there and wept,
I saw two bright angels sit inside His crypt.
They asked why I’m crying and I strained to say,
“Because they have taken my Jesus away!”

VERSE 6: (Jesus and Mary Magdalene from John 20:14-15)
(Jesus) Woman, why do you weep? What reason to cry?
(Jesus) Who is it that you seek? It’s just you and I.
(Mary) This gardener has taken the One who I seek.
(Mary) Now tell where you put Him and then we will leave.

VERSE 7: (Jesus and Mary Magdalene from John 20:16)
(Jesus) Mary, stop your weeping, there’s no need to cry.
(Jesus) The Savior that you seek is before your eyes.
(Mary) My Teacher! Forgive me, I thought you were dead.
(Mary) You are not a gardener; You’re just who You said.

VERSE 8: (John from John 20:31)
This story is written so all may believe,
That Jesus, Messiah is risen indeed,
Now go tell your brothers—and do not delay—
That He is the Life and the Truth and the Way.
Track Name: Good News
Good News
Words by Eric Himes; Music by: Eric Himes and Brett Tolcher

VERSE 1:
The Good News is He lives,
He overcame the grave—
To free us from our sin,
Relieve us of our shame.

CHORUS:
Good News, Good News for us all.
That our God, our God is Love.

VERSE 2:
The Good News is He saves,
And gives eternal life.
Now we rest in this hope
Through faith in Jesus Christ.

CHORUS:
Good News, Good News for us all.
That our God, our God is Love.

BRIDGE:
Every knee will bend,
Every tongue confess,
That Jesus Christ is Lord.

VERSE 3:
The Good News is in death
My Savior set me free.
For I no longer live,
It’s Christ who lives in me.

CHORUS:
Good News, Good News for us all.
That our God, our God is Love.

BRIDGE:
Every knee will bend,
Every tongue confess,
That Jesus Christ is Lord.

FINAL CHORUS:
Good News, Good News for us all.
That our God, our God is Love.
Good News, Good News for us all.
That our God, our God is Love.
Track Name: He Is
He Is
Words and Music by: Jonathan Taube

VERSE:
He is Love,
He is Peace.
He is our Hope;
He is everything you need.

CHORUS:
Creator, Redeemer,
Father and Friend.
Our Savior and Brother
Quick to defend.
Not condemning, but forgiving,
His mercy’s wonderful.
Alleluia!

OUTRO:
If you call Him,
He will answer,
He is not far away.
Alleluia!