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This is a cycle of liturgical songs in a variety of styles, Richard's seminary master's thesis in song form.

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released May 12, 2004

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Richard Bruxvoort Colligan Strawberry Point, Iowa

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Track Name: O Holy One (An Invocation)
Verse 1
O Holy One, we gather in Your presence
O Living One, we welcome all to hope

Refrain
You are our God (You are our God)
We are Your people (We are Your people)
You are our God (You are our God)
We are Your people (We are Your people)

Verse 2
O Holy One, the Covenant of history
O Living One, we live and move in You

Refrain
You are our God (You are our God)
We are Your people (We are Your people)
You are our God (You are our God)
We are Your people (We are Your people)
Amen (Amen)
Track Name: Perfect Love
Perfect love drives out all fear
Perfect love is kind
Perfect love keeps no records
Oh, I need your perfect love
Your perfect love
Track Name: Whole and Holy, Called in Christ
Whole and holy, called in Christ
Loved and enjoyed in the heart of God
We God's people, living together
All of us welcomed for what we are

Wide and open arms to love
Holding a refuge to tell our truth
We God's people, all celebrating
Every discovery journeyed true

We remember longest nights
Stormy and fearful before the dawn
We God's people, ever in process
Honoring breakthroughs and openings

Brave and glorious, hearts aglow
Once we were strangers alone, afraid
We God's people, a church slowly learning
Christ's urgent call to respect and bless

Hearts are beating, eyes are clear
Hailing the beauty of all who come
We God's people, never completed
Ever embracing the whole of us
Track Name: Gloria!
Refrain
Gloria! Gloria! Highest glory to You

Verse 1
Open now our lips,
And our mouths shall give praise

Verse 2
O Lord, rush to help
To deliver your world

Verse 3
Maker, Spirit, Friend,
You are Great Mystery
Track Name: Ground and Source of All That Is
1
Ground and source of all that is
One that anchors all our roots
Being of all ways and forms
Deepest home and final truth

We live and move in you

2
Lover of ten thousand names
Holy presence all have known
Beauty ever welcoming
Mystery to stir the soul

We live and move in you

3
Nature by whose laws we live
Author of our dna
All-compelling call to life
Drawing one and all the same

We live and move in you

4
Energy of heav'nly spheres
Spark within the insect mind
Unseen pulse to charge our plans
Bringing order and surprise

We live and move in you

5
Call to kindness, call to serve
Freedom for our chosen course
Guide and friend for all who dream
Nourished by our ground and source

We live and move in you
Track Name: Hidden With Christ
Refrain
Hidden with Christ, hidden with Christ
All of us deep within God's heart
Hidden with Christ, hidden with Christ
All of us deep within God's heart

Verse 1
We are the witnesses of gospel possibility
Loving the world, living in mystery

Verse 2
Called from our wandering and claimed with our history
Voice of our home, whisper of mystery

Verse 3
We are the carriers of hope for what the world can be
People of faith, bearing the mystery
Track Name: O Tender God, Have Mercy (A Kyrie)
O tender God, have mercy
for you are for us
O living Christ, have mercy
for you will heal us
O tender God, have mercy
for you are for us,
for you are for us.
Track Name: Come, Holy Spirit
One: Come, Holy Spirit
Many: Thanks be to God
Track Name: Brother Jesus
Chorus
Brother Jesus, right beside me
I know you will always be
Brother Jesus, right beside me
I know you will always be with me

Verse 1
Oh-oh you know me head to toe
Oh-oh no matter where I go
Emmanuel

Verse 2
Oh-oh you love me through and through
Oh-oh no matter what I do
Emmanuel

Verse 3
Oh-oh I want to walk with you
Oh-oh and love just like you do
Emmanuel
Track Name: Alleluia (A Gospel Acclamation)
Alleluia!
The Word of God is living
Alleluia!
The Gospel is among us
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Track Name: Your People Lament
Your people lament for our witness of suffering
Our anger and sorrow in light of Your holiness

Hear us, O God
We cry, we mourn
We are grieving for Your people
Hear us, O God

Hear us, O God
We strain, we wait
We will wrestle for Your blessing
Hear us, O God

Hear us, O God
We pray, we shout
We will work to bring Your justice
Hear us, O God

Hear us, O God
We reach, we move
Will we learn to live Your mercy
Hear us, O God
Track Name: More Than We Can Ask
More than we can ask
More than we can ask
More than we can ask or imagine

Hear, oh hear our prayer

Amen
Track Name: Blessed Be Children
Blessed be children, fruit of the world's love
Blessed be faces turned to the sky
Grow in us wonder as in a child's face
Gift us with love for hows and for whys

Open to mystery, mind of a new world
Open to questions having no end
Grow in us wonder as in a child's mind
Gift us with loving, free as the wind

Open to find love, tender as waking
Open to friendship, eager to play
Grow in us wonder as in a child's heart
Gift us with loving, tender as rain

Open to singing, sound of our passion
Open to crying, sound of our need
Grow in us wonder as in a child's voice
Gift us with love in full melodies

Blessed be grown-ups, fruit of the world's love
Welcome as children in tender arms
Grow in us wonder as in a child's life
Gift us with life in wondering love
Track Name: With Grateful Joy
With grateful joy for You, the Source of all life
We raise one voice to You from whom all blessings flow
You are the Giver of life
You are the Lover of life
The good Sustainer of life
We live in You
Track Name: Open Unto Me
1
Open unto me light for my darkness
Light for my darkness open unto me
Open unto me light for my darkness
Open unto me, O God

2
Open unto me strength for my weakness

3
Open unto me peace for my turmoil

4
Open unto me Thyself for myself
Track Name: People of God (A Greeting)
One: People of God, the Living One is with you
Many: And in your heart, servant of the Gospel
All: All welcome here, all welcome here

One: People of God, the Gospel is among us
Many: Around the world, wherever we are gathered
All: All welcome here, all welcome here
Track Name: Holy, Holy, Holy One (A Sanctus)
Holy, holy, holy One
God of power and mighty love
Heaven and the earth are full of You
Hallelujah

Our hearts are breaking open
Save us, Hosanna
O God of power and mighty love
Help us, Hosanna

Blessed are you who bears the name
Blessed are all who bear the name of God

Holy, holy, holy One
God of earth and human heart
Heaven and the earth are full of You
Emmanuel

Our hearts are breaking open
Save us Hosanna
Emmanuel, our brother
Help us Hosanna

Blessed are you who bears the name
Blessed are all who bear the name of God

Amen
Track Name: The Gifts of God (A Call to the Meal)
The gifts of God for the people of God
Come now for all is prepared
The gifts of God for the people of God
The Gospel is among us
Track Name: O Christ, Lamb of God (An Agnus Dei)
O Christ, Lamb of God
Sharing our weakness, our weakness
Have mercy, have mercy

O Christ, Lamb of God
Bearing our healing, our healing
Have mercy, have mercy

O Christ, Lamb of God
Sharing our story, our story
Oh grant us, grant us Your peace
Oh grant us, grant us Your peace

Amen
Track Name: Christ Is Coming (A Joyous Memorial Acclamation)
In the beginning was the Word, God and with God
Christ is coming, ever coming, coming again
From the beginning it was life, the light for all people
Christ is coming, ever coming, coming again
Christ is coming, ever coming, coming again

And Jesus said to all his friends, "My peace be with you"
Christ is coming, ever coming, coming again
"Receive the Holy Spirit Breath. I am with you"
Christ is coming, ever coming, coming again
Christ is coming, ever coming, coming again

Unless a seed would fall and die, it stays but one seed
Christ is coming, ever coming, coming again
But if the seed is broken now, more will abound
Christ is coming, ever coming, coming again
Christ is coming, ever coming, coming again

Jesus was born and Jesus died, and God raised him up
Christ is coming, ever coming, coming again
We celebrate the Story here with voices of hope
Christ is coming, ever coming, coming again
Christ is coming, ever coming, coming again

God of beginnings, God of ends, make us your love
Christ is coming, ever coming, coming again
Oh may your people be your life, the light for all people
Christ is coming, ever coming, coming again
Christ is coming, ever coming, coming again
Track Name: God of My Breathing
God of my breathing and God of my heart
Spirit embodied in all human parts
Would that this body, from head to the toes
Bring forth Your glory in all that I know

God of my eating and God of my taste
Flavor my nourishment full with Your grace
Bless what comes in through this mouth that it might
Bless how I live with the kindness of Christ

God of my hearing and God of my sight
Bless all I find from the moment I rise
Upon this mind your table be found
Prayerfully offered these visions and sounds

God of my footsteps and God of my path
Where these feet travel may they know no lack
Shoes on the pavement or toes in the soil
Carry your servant where Christ bids them go

God of my memories, Lord of this mind
God of the moment whose vision is time
All I remember and all I forget
Hold in Your keeping so this soul might rest

God of my limits and God of all truth
You who have knit me with joy in the womb
Would that this body from head to the toes
Bring forth Your glory in all that I know
Track Name: O Author of Faith
O Author of Faith, yet at work in our hearts
Come make of our lifetimes a great work of art
You're writing a mystery, each day a new start
We welcome the call to partake of your talent
O Author of Faith, yet at work in our hearts

O Great Storyteller, weave us through your tale
Enjoy who we are and forgive when we fail
For gifted, creative, and made for your sake
We're ever receiving your unfolding Story
O Great Storyteller, weave us through your tale

As we are surrounded by saints all around
Immersed in the glow of your glorious song
We throw off the tangle by which we were bound
With wind on our faces we run freely onward
As we are surrounded by saints all around

O Jesus our Christ, lead the way for our faith
To give perseverance for running the race
You've gone on ahead for to stake out a claim
We trust in the journey and look for your footsteps
O Jesus our Christ, lead the way for our faith
Track Name: All of Us Belong
All of us belong
Each and every one
All of us belong
In this sacred circle

We have wings
and paws
and tails
and toes
and instincts
and souls
Track Name: In the River of Your Grace
In the river of your grace
Though I may not hear or see
Set on earth, aloft in space
My life carried faithfully

Journey under summer sun
'Round the bend a mystery
Still I'm moving in my time
Breathless at the scenery

Journey under autumn moon
Joy within my heart to sing
Floating, watching for the turn
That another sunrise brings

All together sailing on
We are flowing full of thanks
Time to time and place to place
Ever in your riverbanks
Track Name: Thank God and Sing Praise (A Post-Communon Canticle)
Thank God and sing praise
Raise our voices higher
Proclaim Christ's way
Thank God and sing praise
Make the circle wider
All who know the taste of grace

God's people gathered all over the world
Led on in promise, sent forth in joy
With shouts of thanksgiving all over the world
Sing Hallelujah
Track Name: O Christ, Surround Me
Verse 1
God be the love to search and keep me
God be the prayer to move my voice
God be the strength to now uphold me
O Christ, surround me
O Christ, surround me

Verse 2
Bind to myself the name of Holy
Great cloud of witnesses enfold
Prophets, apostles, angels witness
O Christ, surround me
O Christ, surround me

Verse 3
Brightness of sun and glow of moonlight
Flashing of lightning, strength of wind
Depth of the sea to soil of planet
O Christ, surround me
O Christ, surround me

Verse 4
Walking behind to hem my journey
Going ahead to light my way
And from beneath, above, and all ways
O Christ, surround me
O Christ, surround me

Verse 5
Christ in the eyes of all who see me
Christ in the ears who hear my voice
Christ in the hearts of all who know me
O Christ, surround me
O Christ, surround me
Track Name: To Be Faithful
To be faithful with what I've been given
To be faithful with who I am
To be faithful with how I am living
I pray to be faithful
Track Name: Holy One, Now Let Your Servants Go (A Nunc Dimittis)
Verse 1
Holy One
Now let Your servants go in peace
Your Word has been fulfilled

Verse 2
We ourselves
We know the healing You've prepared
And all the world can see

Verse 3
We proclaim
The light to show You to the world
For glory, Israel

Verse return
Holy One
Now let Your servants go in peace
Your Word has been fulfilled