Words and Music – Heart of Worship

As I type this, we are in the midst of a worldwide pandemic.  It’s a once in a lifetime experience – thank you, God! – and has left us all a bit out of our “normal” habits and behaviors.  Large numbers of people are working from home, restaurants are providing take out/delivery service ONLY, malls are closed, and churches are streaming their services online.  Our worship has been stripped bare of form and format, location, . . . everything we are used to has been set aside for now.  This song reflects my thoughts perfectly.

When the music fades
All is stripped away
And I simply come
Longing just to bring
Something that’s of worth
That will bless your heart
I’ll bring you more than a song
For a song in itself
Is not what you have required
You search much deeper within
Through the way things appear
You’re looking into my heart
I’m coming back to the heart of worship
And it’s all about you,
It’s all about you, Jesus
I’m sorry, Lord, for the thing I’ve made it
When it’s all about you,
It’s all about you, Jesus

Music & Me – I Then Shall Live

I then shall live as one who’s been forgiven.
I’ll walk with joy to know my debts are paid.
I know my name is clear before my Father;
I am His child and I am not afraid.
So, greatly pardoned, I’ll forgive my brother;
The law of love I gladly will obey.
I then shall live as one who’s learned compassion.
I’ve been so loved, that I’ll risk loving too.
I know how fear builds walls instead of bridges;
I’ll dare to see another’s point of view.
And when relationships demand commitment,
Then I’ll be there to care and follow through.
Your Kingdom come around and through and in me;
Your power and glory, let them shine through me.
Your Hallowed Name, O may I bear with honor,
And may Your living Kingdom come in me.
The Bread of Life, O may I share with honor,
And may You feed a hungry world through me.

Music & Me – More Than You Think I Am

You always think I’m somewhere on a mountain top
But never think behind bars
You’d be amazed the places that I’d go to be with you
Where you are
So forget what you’ve heard
What you think that you know
There’s a lot about me
That’s never been told
I’m more than you dreamed
More than you understand
Your days and your times
Were destined for our dance
I catch all your tears
Burn your name on my heart
Be still and trust my plan
I’m more than you think I am (am, am, oh)
More than you think I am (am, am, oh)
Rumor has it there’s a gavel in my hand
I’m only here to condemn
But let me tell you secrets you would’ve never known
I think of you as my best friend
So much has been said
Even doubted my name
But I’m showing you now
Who I really am
I’m more than you dreamed
More than you understand
Your days and your times
Were destined for our dance
I catch all your tears
Burn your name on my heart
Be still and trust my plan
I’m more than you think I am (am, am, oh)
More than you think I am (am, am, oh)
Let me open your eyes to see the heart of me, differently, oh
Come closer than you’ve ever been
Let me in like never before
Bring me every broken part
The wounds and scars of who you are
And hide in me and you will see
I’m more than you dreamed
More than you understand
Your days and your times
Were destined for our dance
I catch all your tears
Burn your name on my heart
Be still and trust my plan
I’m more than you think I am (am, am, oh)
I’m more than you think I am (am, am, oh)
More than you think I am (oh, oh, oh, oh)
More than you think I am
I’m more than you think I am

Music & Me – Church (Take Me Back)

There was a time that I swore I would never go back
I was blind to the truth, didn’t know what I had
I was running, I was searching
But every place I turned for healing
Left me more broken than the last
Take me back
To the place that feels like home
To the people I can depend on
To the faith that’s in my bones
Take me back
To a preacher and a verse
Where they’ve seen me at my worst
To the love I had at first
Oh, I want to go to church
Tried to walk on my own but I wound up lost
Now I’m making my way to the foot of the cross
It’s not a trophy for the winners
It’s a shelter for the sinners
And it’s right where I belong
Take me back
To the place that feels like home
To the people I can depend on
To the faith that’s in my bones
Take me back
To a preacher and a verse
Where they’ve seen me at my worst
To the love I had at first
Oh, I want to go to church
I want to go to church
Oh, more than an obligation
It’s our foundation
The family of God
I know it’s hard
But we need each other
We’re sisters and brothers
Oh, take me back
To the place that feels like home
To the people I can depend on
To the faith that’s in my bones
Take me back
To a preacher and a verse
Where they’ve seen me at my worst
To the love I had at first
Oh, I want to go to church
Yeah, I want to go to church
Oh, I want to go, want to go, I want to go
Oh, I want to go to church
Oh, I want to go to church

Music and Me – Freedom Hymn

I push, I pull
Go back and forth finding myself pounding on a locked door
I try to make it out alone without your help
But I know I’ll never win this war
I can never be, never be, free without you
I can never be, never be, me without you
This is the sound of chains breaking
This is the beat of a heart-changing
This is a song of a soul forgiven
This is my freedom hymn
This is my freedom hymn, my freedom hymn
This is my freedom hymn, my freedom hymn
I breathe the air of freedom in knowing my life
Is better off in Your hands
The past is gone, what’s done is done
Now I’m alive
And I’m never gonna look back
I can never be, never be, free without you
I can never be, never be, me without you
This is the sound of chains breaking
This is the beat of a heart-changing
This is a song of a soul forgiven
This is my freedom hymn
This is my freedom hymn, my freedom hymn
This is my freedom hymn, my freedom hymn
Who the Son sets (free)
Is free indeed
Who the Son sets
Is free indeed
Who the Son sets
Is free
I’m free, oh
This is the sound of chains breaking
This is the beat of a heart-changing
This is a song of a soul forgiven, oh
This is the sound of chains breaking
This is the beat of a heart-changing
This is a song of a soul forgiven
This is my freedom hymn
This is my freedom hymn (my freedom hymn), my freedom hymn (my freedom hymn)
This is my freedom hymn, my freedom hymn, ooh

Music and Me – Light a Candle

Light a candle
For the old man who sits staring
Out a frosty windowpane

Light a candle
For the woman who is lonely
And every Christmas is the same

For the children who need
More than presents can bring

Light a candle
Light the dark
Light the world
Light a heart or two
Light a candle for me
I’ll light a candle for you

Light a candle
For the homeless and the hungry
A little shelter from the cold

Light a candle
For the broken and forgotten
May the season warm their souls

Can we open our hearts
To shine through the dark

Light a candle
Light the dark
Light the world
Light a heart or two
Light a candle for me
I’ll light a candle for you

And in this special time of year
May peace on earth surround us here
And teach us there’s a better way to live
And with every (every) flame that burns
We must somehow learn
That love’s the greatest gift
That we could ever give…..

Light a candle
Light the dark
(light the world)
Light the world
(light a heart or two)
Light a heart or two
Light a candle for me
I’ll light a candle for you (I will)
Light a candle (oh, I will)
Light the dark ( because everybody needs a light)
Light the world
Light a heart or two (ohhh)
Light a candle for me (you know I will)
I’ll light a candle for you(you can light a candle)
Light candle for me
I’ll light a candle for you
(i will)
Light a
Light a candle for me
Oh, I’ll light a candle for you