There’s No Relief in Politics

For you, O God, my flesh is faint, 

my soul as well knows thirst.

There’s no relief in politics, 

and sometimes none in church.

So I have searched inside and found 

your love, alive within my heart.

With ev’rything I am, I’ll bless your name. 

These words are but a start.

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Photo: 1992 Democratic National Convention.  Library of Congress. Public Domain

Source: Psalm 63:1-4

Text: David Alexander, 2020    CC BY-NC SA 4.0

Tune: The Seven Joys of Mary

Score:    https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/2012/Score/OneHumanFamily-7Joys.pdf

Audio:www.smallchurchmusic.com  Used by Permission

Face the Nails (for the 6th Sunday in Lent)

Source:    Luke 23:13-26
Text:  David Alexander, 2022, CC BY-NC SA 4.0
Tune: In Babilone,  Public Domain
Score:   https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/2011/Score/SeeTheConqueror-InBabilone.pdf 
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Don’t Be Unaware

Don’t be unaware, my kindred, your ancestors were not clear,

When they joined the little band and, following someone, came here.

Though convinced their cause was righteous, and their methods were divine,

Yet they failed to please their maker, falling out along the line. 

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See them as a good example of the things that evil does.

Hold control as you engage with food and treasure, come what must.

Sex is good, for God designed it. Don’t get lost in wanton ways.

Find your limits and respect them. Let them guide you all your days. 

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Thank the Lord for stories that, when passed along, can show the way.

If we stand by our own strength we’ll fall, so near to God we stay.

Everyone is tempted, tested. God knows where your limits lay.

With the challenge God provides enduring pow’r to pass the day. 

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Photo:   Pocahontas, 1906, par Elmer Boyd Smith ː Pocahontas écoute les histoires de sa tribu. Public Domain

Source:   1 Corinthians 10:1-13

Text:  David Alexander, 2022, CC BY-NC SA 4.0

Tune:  Austria, Public Domain

Score:  https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/Score_PDF/GloriousThingsOfThee-Austria.pdf 

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Everyone who Thirsts

Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters, come and drink. 

You who have no money also come to buy and eat.

Wine and milk are free for all. Come to the One who meets your need. 

—–

Do not spend or labor for what will not satisfy.

Pay attention; eat what’s good, in which you can delight. 

Live in confidence that God Eternal will be at your side. 

—–

You are near to One who hears you. Call upon your God.

Let the wicked turn from evil. Think upon the Lord.

Turn towards mercy; find full pardon; freely given in the Word.

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All our thoughts and ways are lower than those of the Lord.

Stars and planets move around us, so don’t find it weird.

We are humble, God is great, who holds all of creation dear. 

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Photo:   Sitting man drinking. Rijksmuseum. Public Domain

Source:   Isaiah 55:1-9

Text:  David Alexander, 2022, CC BY-NC SA 4.0

Tune:  Angel Voices, Public Domain

Score: https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/Score_PDF/AngelVoices-Monk.pdf 

Audio:  www.smallchurchmusic.com  Used by Permission

The Enemies of Enemies

The enemies of enemies can sometimes act like friends.

Some Pharisees sought Jesus out, a warning to extend.

He knew what they were after (which was scare him out of town),

so called the king a fox before he quickly doubled down.

—–

He knew these guys for who they were, and what their mission was.

But also knew his destiny, and went ahead because

the long-term end of his intent could not be left undone.

And blessed are all who follow and who in the Lord’s name come.

———-

Image:   Jacques Callot, 1635,  Public Domain

Source:    Luke 13:31-35

Text:   David Alexander, 2022   CC BY-NC SA 4.0

Tune:   Fight of Faith

Score:   https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/Score_PDF-2010/TheSonOfGod-FightOfFaith.pdf 

Audio:  www.smallchurchmusic.com  Used by Permission

Imitate Me

Imitate me, sisters, brothers, and the other ones who do. 

Don’t be like the enemies of Christ; hear what I’m telling you.

For destruction is their end, they’re gluttons who rejoice in shame.

We, in contrast, hope in heaven and in Christ who comes to save. 

—–

He’ll transform humiliation into glory by his pow’r.

Therefore, sisters, brothers whom I love and long for, do not cower.

Jesus is your guarantee, and you can trust that in his way,

your eternal destiny is soul and body to be saved. 

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Photo: St Paul   

Source:  Philippians 3:17-4:1  

Text:   David Alexander, 2022   CC BY-NC SA 4.0

Tune:     O Durchbrecher, Public Domain

Score:   https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/Score_PDF/HailOSource-ODurchbrecher.pdf 

Audio:  www.smallchurchmusic.com  Used by Permission

From Now On (for 4th Sunday in Lent)

Standing as humans and regarding, Christ whom you once had come to know,

doesn’t advance, but is retarding, since now you’re in the spirit’s flow.

Trust that you’ve been created new. Ev-ry-thing else is diff-rent, too. 

—-

Through Christ we’re reconciled to God who gave us a ministry to do.

To likewise reconcile ourselves to neighbors, reaching out with forgiveness, too.

T’was for our sake that God had made, the sinless who took our shape.   

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Photo:    CompositeJesus, Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain

Source:  2 Corinthians 5:16-21  

Text:  David Alexander, CC BY-NC SA 4.0

Tune:    Neumark, Public Domain

Score:  https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/Score_PDF/IfYouButWillTrust-Neumark.pdf  

Audio:   www.smallchurchmusic.com  Used by Permission

Comedown

They came down from the mountain, and met a giant crowd.

A man down there was shoutin’, and he was very loud.

“Take pity on my only son. A spirit causes fits.

Disciples have no power, so you’ll have to do it.

—–

“You faithless generation, I hope to leave you soon.”

The boy, well bring him to me, and see what I will do.”

The demon made a show, then had to let him go.

The crowds were sure astounded, as Jesus felled a foe. 

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Image: Christus geneest door de duivel   Jan Luyken, 1712   Public Domain   

Source:    Luke 9:37-43

Text:   David Alexander, 2022   CC BY-NC SA 4.0

Tune:     Wie Liebich Ist Der Maien

Score:   https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/2012/Score/SingToTheLord-WieLieblich.pdf

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Even Faithful People Doubt

He faithfully had followed when his God had said to go,

Yet found the ground to challenge what the Lord had said was so.

Though he had “this” and he had “that” he didn’t have it ALL.

The word was heard on high and he received an outward call.

—–

Beneath a starry sky and tasked to make an awesome count,

response of faith then came, which almost ended all his doubt.

A further promise brought it back, so he received a dream

A vision and a voice confirmed what he came to believe.

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Image:    Wenceslas Hollar – Abraham’s dream, Public Domain

Source:    Genesis 15: 1=12, 17-18

Text:   David Alexander, 2022   CC BY-NC SA 4.0

Tune:     Bourne, Public Domain

Score:   https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/2012/Score/InChristThereIs-Bourne.pdf 

Audio:  www.smallchurchmusic.com  Used by Permission