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AcaDisc #20- While the Ages Roll On by Acappella

Original Release: 1987 Clifty Records
Available through The Acappella Company on LP only
Producer: Keith Lancaster
Engineers: Dan Knowles, Andy Haynes, and Caruth Alexander
Cover Artwork: Scott Kennedy
Mastered: Masterfonics- Nashville, TN
Dedicated to the memory of Dwayne Lancaster
Members: Rodney Britt - Bass & Baritone
                Keith Lancaster - 2nd & 1st Tenor

Song List

While the Ages Roll On
How Great Thou Art
I Stand Amazed
Lord, We Come Before Thee Now
When They Ring Those Golden Bells
When This Passing World Is Done
I Gave My Life For Thee
There's a Fountain Free
Abide With Me
He Bore it All

While the Ages Roll On

Words and music: Larue Lancaster   1978 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)  
This song also appeared on Heaven Will Be My Home by Keith Lancaster and Acappella Southern by The Acappella Company.
Lead: Rodney Britt

Lyrics:

I'll be with the Lord while the ages roll on

Through the valley of death
I'm sure I must go
So the wages of sin
I don't want to know
I'll be judged by the deeds
And the seed I have sewn
And I'll live with my Savior
While the ages roll on

Chorus:
While the ages roll on
While the ages roll on
I'll be with my Lord
While the ages roll on
While the ages roll on
While the ages roll on
I'll be with my Lord
While the ages roll on

The life I have lived
And the path I have trod
Well, I hope that someday
Will be pleasing to God
When I stand at His throne
I know I won't be alone
Cause I'll be with my Savior
While the ages roll on

Repeat Chorus

Scriptural Reference:

"And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus."  Ephesians 2:6-7
"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."  Romans 6:23

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How Great Thou Art

Words and music: Manna Music, Harry Fox Agency
This song also appeared on Acappella Southern by The Acappella Company and Friends by The Sounds of Glory.
Lead: Rodney Britt (verses) and Keith Lancaster (chorus)

Lyrics:

Oh, Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds thy hands have made
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder
Thy power throughout the universe displayed

Chorus:
Then sings my soul (my soul), my Savior God to thee (Savior God to thee)
How great thou art, how great thou art
Then sings my soul (my soul), my Savior God to thee (Savior God to thee)
How great thou art, how great thou art

And when I think, that God, His Son not sparing
Sent him to die, I scarce can take it in
That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing
He bled and died to take away my sin

Repeat Chorus

When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart
Then I shall bow in humble adoration
And there proclaim, my God how great thou art

Repeat Chorus (x2)

How great
How great thou
How great thou art

Scriptural Reference:

"For the Scripture says to Pharaoh: 'I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth'"  Romans 9:17

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I Stand Amazed

Words and music: Charles H. Gabriel (1905)
This song also appeared on Acappella Praise Service by The Acappella Company and X-Changed by X-Changed.
Lead: Keith Lancaster and Rodney Britt (v2 only)

Lyrics:

I stand amazed in the presence of Jesus the Nazarene
And wonder how he could love me, a sinner condemned, unclean

Chorus:
How marvelous! How wonderful!
And my song shall ever be
How marvelous! How wonderful!
Is my Savior's love for me

For me it was in the garden He prayed 'Not my will, but thine'
He had to tears for His own griefs, but sweat drops of blood for mine

Repeat Chorus

It pity angels beheld Him and came from the world of light
To comfort Him in the sorrows He bore for my soul that night

Repeat Chorus

When, with the ransomed in glory, His face I at last shall see
Twill be my joy through the ages to sing of His love for me

Repeat Chorus (x2)

Scriptural Reference:

"Praise be to the Lord, for he showed his wonderful love to me when I was in a besieged city."  Psalm 31:20

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Lord, We Come Before Thee Now

Lead: Keith Lancaster and Rodney Britt (v2)

Lyrics:

Lord, we come before thee now
At thy feet we humbly bow
Oh, do not our suit disdain
Shall we seek thee Lord in vain?
Shall we seek thee Lord in vain?

Lord, on thee our souls depend
In compassion, now descend
Fill our hearts with thy rich grace
Tune our lips to sing thy grace
And tune our lips to sing thy grace

In thine own appointed way
Now we seek thee here we stay
Lord we know not how to go
Til a blessing thou bestow
Til a blessing thou bestow

Grant that all may seek and find
Thee, our God, supremely kind
Heel the sick, the captive free
Let us all rejoice in thee
Let us all rejoice in thee

Scriptural Reference:

"Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care."  Psalm 95:6-7

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When They Ring Those Golden Bells

Words and music: Dion De Marbelle
Arrangment: Keith Lancaster 1988 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)  
This song also appeared on Acappella Southern by The Acappella Company, Memories by The Sounds of Glory, Signature Songs by The Sounds of Glory, and as "There's a Land Beyond the River" on Favorite Hymns of the Firemen by The Firemen.
Lead: Rodney Britt

Lyrics:

There's a land beyond the river
That we call the sweet forever
And we only reach that shore by faith's decree
One by one we'll gain the portals
There to dwell with the immortals
When they ring those golden bells for you and me

Well, there's a land (There's a land beyond the river)
That we call (That we call the sweet forever)
And we only (and we only) reach that shore (reach that shore by) by faith's decree (faith's decree, faith's decree, faith's decree)
In that far (In that far-off sweet forever)
Oh, Just beyond (Just beyond the shining river)
Oh, When they ring (When they ring those golden bells)
Oh, When they ring (When they ring those golden bells)
Oh, When they ring (When they ring those golden bells) for you and me (for you and me)

Oh, Can't you hear (Can't you hear the bells a ringing?)
Oh, Can't you hear (Can't you hear the angels singing?)
It's the glory (It's the glory) hallelujah (hallelujah) jubilee (jubilee, jubilee, jubilee)
In that far (In that far-off sweet forever)
Just beyond (Just beyond the shining river)
Oh, When they ring (When they ring those golden bells)
Oh, When they ring (When they ring those golden bells)
Oh, When they ring (When they ring those golden bells) for you and me (for you and me)

Repeat Second Verse

Scriptural Reference:

"He follows my decrees and faithfully keeps my laws. That man is righteous; he will surely live, declares the Sovereign Lord."  Ezekial 18:9

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When This Passing World Is Done

Lead: Keith Lancaster

Lyrics:

When this passing world is done
When has sunk yon glaring sun
When I stand with Christ on high
Looking o'er life's history
Then Lord shall I fully know
Not till then how much I owe

When I stand before the throne
Dressed in beauty not my own
When I see thee as thou are
Love thee with unsinning heart
Then Lord shall I fully know
Not till then how much I owe

When the praise of heaven I hear
Loud as thunders to the ear
Loud as many waters noise
Sweets as harps melodious voice
Then Lord shall I fully know
Not till then how much I owe

E'en on earth as through a glass
Darkly let thy glory pass
Make forgiveness feel so sweet
Make thy Spirit's help so meet
E'en on earth Lord make me know
Something of how much I owe

Scriptural Reference:

"The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever."  1 John 2:17

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I Gave My Life For Thee

Words: Frances R. Havergal (1858)
Music: Philip P. Bliss (1873 as "Kenosis")
This song also appeared on Communion by The Acappella Company.
Lead: Rodney Britt

Lyrics:

I gave my life to thee
My precious blood I shed
That thou might ransomed be
And quickened from the dead

I gave, I gave my life for thee
What hast thou given for me?
I gave, I gave  my life for thee
What hast thou given for me?

My father's house of light
My glory circled throne
I left for earthly night
For wandering, sad alone

I left, I left it all for thee
Hast thou left all for me?
I left, I left it all for thee
Hast thou left all for me?

I sufferred much for thee
More than thy tongue can tell
Of bitterist agony
To rescue thee from hell

I've borne, I've borne it all for thee
What hast thou borne for me?
I've borne, I've borne it all for thee
What hast thou borne for me?

And I have brought to thee
Down from thine home above
Salvation full and free
My pardon and my love

I bring, I bring rich gifts to thee
What hast thou brought for me?
I bring, I bring rich gifts to thee
What hast thou brought for me?

Scriptural Reference:

"You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, persecutions, sufferings--what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them.  In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. . ."  2 Timothy 3:10-12

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There's a Fountain Free

Words: Mary B. Slade
Music: Asa B. Everett
This song also appeared on Favorite Hymns of the Firemen by The Firemen.
Lead: Keith Lancaster and Rodney Britt (verse 3)

Lyrics:

There's a fountain free, tis for you and me
Let us haste, oh haste, to its brink
Tis the fount of love from the source above
And He bids us all, freely drink

Chorus:
Will you come to the fountain free?
Will you come? Tis for you and me
Thirsty soul, here the welcome call
Tis the fountain open for all

There's a living stream with a crystal gleam
From the throne of life now it flows
While the waters roll, let the weary soul
Hear the call that forth freely goes

Repeat Chorus

There's a rock that's cleft and no soul is left
That will not its pure waters share
Tis for you and me and its dream I see
Let us hasten joyfully there

Repeat Chorus (x2)

Tis the fountain open for all

Scriptural Reference:

"On that day a fountain will be opened to the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity."  Zechariah 13:1
"Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations."  Revelation 22:1-2

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Abide With Me

Lead: Keith Lancaster

Lyrics:

Abide with me fast falls the eventide
The darkness deep and Lord with me abide
When other helpers fail and comforts flee
Help of the helpless, oh, abide with me

Swift to its glows ebbs out lifes little day
Earth's joys grow dim, its glories pass away
Change and decay in all around I see
Oh, thou who changest not, abide with me

I need thy presence every passing hour
What but thy grace can foil the tempter's power?
Who like thyself my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, oh, abide with me

I fear no foe with thee at hand to bless
Ills have to wait and tears no bitterness
Where is death's sting, where great thy victory?
I triumph still if thou abide with me

Hold thou thy cross before my closing eyes
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies
As morning breaks and earth vain shadows flee
In life, in death, Oh Lord, abide with me

In life, in death, Oh Lord, abide with me (abide with me)

Scriptural Reference:

"And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever."  John 14:16 (KJV)

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He Bore it All

Words and Music: 1926 Stamps-Baxter Music.  Used by permission of The Benson Co.
This song also appeared on Acappella Southern by The Acappella Company and Old Time Favorites by The Sounds of Glory.
Lead: Keith Lancaster and Rodney Britt

Lyrics:

He bore it all that I might live

My precious Savior suffered pain and agony
He bore it all (Freely bore it all)
That I might live (I with Him might live)
He broke the bonds of sin and set the captive free
He bore it all that I might live (in His presence live)

Chorus:
He bore it all (Jesus bore it all) that I might see His shining face
He bore it all (Freely bore it all)
That I might live (I with Him might live)
I stood condemned to die but Jesus took my place
He bore it all that I might live (in His presence live)

They placed a crown of thorns upon my Savior's head
He bore it all (Freely bore it all)
That I might live (I with Him might live)
My cruel man, with spear, his side was pierced and bled
He bore it all that I might live (in His presence live)

Repeat Chorus

Up Calvary's hill in shame the blessed Savior trod
He bore it all (Freely bore it all)
That I might live (I with Him might live)
Between two thieves they crucified the Son of God
He bore it all that I might live (in His presence live)

Repeat Chorus (x2)

Live

Scriptural Reference:

"He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed."  1 Peter 2:24

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