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AcaDisc #160- Ordinary Faces by Cross Examined

Original Release: 2007 Cross Examined and Church Mouse Music
Available through Cross Examined
Producer: Tim Staggs
Engineer: Tim Staggs at Church Mouse Studios - Erie, CO
Mixed by:  Tim Staggs at Church Mouse Studios - Erie, CO
Mastered by:  Dan Phillips at SCM Productions - Arvada, CO
Recorded and Mixed at: Church Mouse Studios - Erie, CO
Design: Tim Staggs and Laura Eldred
Photography: Howard McClellan
Members: Tim Staggs - Bass
                 Jim Craine - Bass
                 Paul Schneider - Tenor
                 Matt Eldred - Tenor
                 Calisse Staggs - Alto
                 Debbie Smith - Alto
                 Sheri Smith - Soprano
                 Donna Craine - Soprano
                 Laura Eldred - Soprano
Guest Vocal Percussion: Tim Jones of the groups "Moosebutter" and "Vocality"

Song List

Everything on the Earth
Tabernacle
I'm Not Gonna Worry
Here I Am
A Place in the Choir
I Know Somebody
Because of You
Cornerstone
Raging Sea
Holy Spirit Rain Down
Pray For Me
Glorybound
You Come to Me

Everything on the Earth

Words and Music: Laura Eldred © 2007 Church Mouse Music
Lead: Laura Eldred

Lyrics:

Chorus:
Everything on the earth, shout with joy to our God
Sing and make praise to Him; come and worship Him in song
Come and see what Heís done, done for you and me
Listen with all your heart; He will set you free

I come to love You; I come to worship You
I come to be with the King
I come to serve You; I come to honor You
I come to praise you and sing
I come to love You; I come to worship You
I come to be with the King
I come to serve You; I come to honor You
I come to praise you and sing

Repeat Chorus

Repeat Verse

Repeat Chorus

Repeat Chorus (with echos)

Set you free!
Set you free!
Set you free!

Scriptural Reference:

"He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy."  Job 8:21
"He brought out his people with rejoicing, his chosen ones with shouts of joy."  Psalm 105:43
"So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed."  John 8:36

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Tabernacle

Words and Music: Brent Lamb and Karla Worley © 1990 Diadem Sky
Lead: Tim Staggs

Lyrics:

Chorus:
Down by the tabernacle, oh
Where the June bugs danced, and the lemonade flowed
And we prayed, and we sang till the sun sank low
Laughin' with our sisters and brothers
Down by the tabernacle, hey
Where you knew you were loved, and you wanted to stay
Though the Texas heat was like Judgment Day
We always enjoyed each other

Well, we went to the river and some were baptized
We clapped our hands and testified
Then we passed around the chicken and buttermilk pie
And nothin' ever tasted better
Then the kids played ball, and the babies just played
The old men napped out under the shade
The women picked flowers and sipped lemonade
And sat around talking together

Repeat Chorus

Well, I look back now, and I wish I could
Go back to the time when life was good
When everybody lived the way they should
At least that's the way I recall
When black was black was black, and white was white
And everybody knew the wrong from the right
And we worked all day, and we slept all night
We were proud and stood tall

Repeat Chorus

Down by the tabernacle, hey!

Scriptural Reference:

"At the Lord's command the Israelites set out, and at his command they encamped. As long as the cloud stayed over the tabernacle, they remained in camp."  Numbers 9:18
"He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy."  Job 8:21

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I'm Not Gonna Worry

Words and Music: S. Jennings and W. Wright © 2002 Townsend/Warbucks Music
Lead: Paul Schneider

Lyrics:

I'm not gonna worry
I'm not gonna fret
I'm not gonna speculate or contemplate what hasn't happened yet
I'm not gonna worry
He's got the whole thing in his hands
I won't let it haunt me; I won't let it win
I'm not gonna ruminate or meditate on how it might have been
I'm gonna release it
He's got the whole thing in his hands
I'm not gonna worry
I'm not gonna fret
I'm just gonna wait and see, and in between give thanks for what I get
I'll live in the moment
He's got the whole thing in his hands

Bridge:
Maybe lately I've started to resign
So here it goes, God only knows
It might just ease my mind

I'm not gonna worry
I'm not gonna fret
I'm not gonna speculate or contemplate what hasn't happened yet
I'm not gonna worry
He's got the whole thing in his hands
He's got the whole thing in his hands
He's got the whole thing in his hands

Scriptural Reference:

"So I reflected on all this and concluded that the righteous and the wise and what they do are in God's hands, but no man knows whether love or hate awaits him."  Ecclesiastes 9:1
"Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?"  Matthew 6:27

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Here I Am

Words and Music: Laura Eldred © 2007 Church Mouse Music
Lead: Laura Eldred

Lyrics:

Here I am, an ordinary face
In this world, a constant changing place
I understand my life is just a simple page
In the book of life, I pray

Holding on to what Iíve done before
I turn to you, and you open up my door
Guide me through an endless journey; Iíll be true
And live my life for you

Chorus 1:
Here I am; I understand
The simple life that youíve created
Majesty, I beg you please
Bring the peace to me; Iíve waited
Here I am; you know the plan
Mold my life, and help me shape it
Lord, you see; Iím on my knees
My heart is yours forever: take it

In your hands, I know that I am safe
Amazing love, you save me by grace
Without your name, I know my life is not the same
I need your sweet embrace

Repeat Chorus

Chorus 2:
Here I am (here I am)
Here I am (here I am)
Here I am (here I am; I understand; here I am)
Here I am (here I am; you know the plan; here I am)

Repeat Chorus 2

Here I am

Scriptural Reference:

"And God spoke to Israel in a vision at night and said, 'Jacob! Jacob!' 'Here I am,' he replied."  Genesis 46:2
"For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."  Luke 11:10

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A Place in the Choir

Words and Music: Bill Staines © 1978 Mineral River Music
Lead: Paul Schneider

Lyrics:

Chorus:
All God's critters got a place in the choir
Some sing low, some sing higher
Some sing out loud on the telephone wire
Some just clap their hands or paws or anything they've got now

Listen to the bass; it's the one on the bottom
Where the bullfrog croaks, and the hippopotamus
Moans and groans with a big to-do
And the old cow just goes "moo"
The dogs and the cats, well, they take up the middle
Where the honey bee hums and the cricket fiddles
The donkey brays, and the pony neighs
And the old coyote howls

Repeat Chorus

Listen to the top where the little birds sing
And the melody with the high notes ringing
The hoot-owls hollers over everything
And the jaybird disagrees
Singing in the night-time, singing in the day
The little duck quacks, and he's on his way
The possum ainít got much to say
And the porcupine talks to himself

Repeat Chorus

It's a simple song, and itís sung everywhere
By the ox and the fox and the grizzly bear
The grumpy alligator and the hawk above
The sly raccoon and the turtle-dove

Repeat Chorus (x2)

All God's critters got a place in the choir!

Scriptural Reference:

"I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind."  Genesis 9:15
"My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you."  Psalm 63:5

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I Know Somebody

Words and Music: Tim Staggs © 2007 Church Mouse Music
Lead: Tim Staggs

Lyrics:

I donít understand how the world can be held
On a thread of nothing, hanging in space
I donít have a clue where the chains can be found
That bind the stars of heaven and keep them in place
Can somebody, please, explain the awesome decree
That tells the tide what to do and holds back the sea?
I donít know much about all of these things
But I know somebody who does

Chorus 1:
How many hairs do I have on my head?
Is it a hundred or a millionÖI donít know
How many grains of sand on the beach?
Is it a billion, a gazillion, a whole lot more?
How many years are there left in my life?
All I know for sure, itís fewer than my wife
I donít know much about all of these things
But I know somebody who does

I wish I could tell you exactly how
A little baby grows in his motherís womb
I still find it hard to believe my eyes
When I see a rosebud turn to a bloom
And donít even ask me to try to explain
How a mighty tree comes from a tiny grain
I donít know much about all of these things
But I know somebody who does

Chorus 2:
My God knew the day that I would be born
And he knows to the minute the day I will die
He knows every time that a sparrow falls
And he counts every tear a baby cries
My God even knows when Iím lonely or sad
And he knows what to do to make me glad
I donít know much about all of these things
But I know somebody who does

Scriptural Reference:

"Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with you."  Psalm 139:18
"And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered."  Matthew 10:30

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Because of You

Words and Music: Tim Staggs © 2007 Church Mouse Music
Lead: Sheri Smith

Lyrics:

Because of you, I have the sunrise
When I wake up in the morning
And I feel your arms around me, to help me through another day
Because of you I feel the sunshine
Even when the darkness gathers
When the maze of life surrounds me
I know that I can find my way
Because of you

Chorus:
Because of you, I have a reason
To believe that thereís a heaven
Because of you, I know what love is
And the comfort of a friend
Every breath I take is sweeter
Like the flowers in the springtime
The stars are shining brighter
the skyís a deeper shade of blue
Because of you

Because of you, I know forgiveness
By all the times Iíve been forgiven
And I know your gentle touch of grace
So many times I donít deserve
Because of you, I know contentment
And a peace no one can measure
And the joy that gives my heart a song
Can only echo one refrain
ďBecause of you!Ē

Chorus 2:
Because of you I have a reason
to believe that thereís a heaven
Because of you I know what love is
And the comfort of a friend
Because of you I have a purpose
And my life has found a meaning
Because of you I know a power
Thatís more than I can comprehend
Every breath I take is sweeter
like the flowers in the springtime
The stars are shining brighter
the skyís a deeper shade of blue
Because of you

Scriptural Reference:

"If they obey and serve him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment."  Job 36:11
"We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are."  Acts 15:11

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Cornerstone

Words and Music: Don Connell and Tim Pipes © 2005 Cornerstone Music
Lead: Debbie Smith

Lyrics:

Chorus:
You are the Cornerstone
You are the Holy One
You are the Rock on which I stand
I will give glory and honor
You are the Cornerstone

Repeat Chorus

Oooh...
Where's my foundation?
Where do I start?
Only with You, Lord
Within my heart

Repeat Chorus

Oooh ...
Where's our foundation?
Where do we start?
Only with You, Lord
Within our heart

Repeat Chorus

Bridge:
In my heart, Lord
you are the one
In your church, Lord
Your kingdom come!

In my life, Lord
You are the one
In your church, Lord
Your kingdom come!

Repeat Chorus (x2)

Oh, you are the Cornerstone
Yes, you are the Cornerstone

Scriptural Reference:

"So this is what the Sovereign Lord says: 'See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed.'"  Isaiah 28:16
"Built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone."  Ephesians 2:20

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Raging Sea

Words and Music: Michael W. Smith and P. Baloche © 2003 Smittyfly Music
Lead: Matt Eldred

Lyrics:

Sometimes the journey makes you weary
Feels like a long and winding road
Sometimes this life can lose its meaning
But you might be surprised to find some hope
Maybe you're wondering where love is
You may feel it's far away from here
Maybe you're wondering where I am
You might be surprised to find I'm near

Chorus:
And when your life is tossed and turning
And you are on the raging sea
I'll come and pull you from the water
Then you will know that you are free

So if you're stumbling through the valley
Or if you're tempted to give up the fight
Reach out your hand and I will lead you
I will be your strong arm in the night

Repeat Chorus (x2)

Scriptural Reference:

"Your arm is endued with power; your hand is strong, your right hand exalted."  Psalm 89:13
"But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind."  James 1:6

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Holy Spirit Rain Down

Words and Music: Russell Fragar © 1997 Russell Fragar/Hillsongs
This song also appeared on Beginnings by Northtown Church Praise Team.
Lead: Laura Eldred

Lyrics:

Chorus:
Holy Spirit, rain down, rain down
Oh Comforter and Friend
How we need Your touch again
Holy Spirit, rain down, rain down
Let Your power fall, let Your voice be heard
Come and change our hearts as we stand on Your word
Holy Spirit, rain down

Repeat Chorus

Bridge:
No eye has seen, no ear has heard
No mind can know what God has in store
So open up heaven, open it wide
Over Your church, and over our lives

Repeat Bridge

Repeat Chorus

Scriptural Reference:

"Then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and oil."  Deuteronomy 11:14
"Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants."  Deuteronomy 32:2
"You heavens above, rain down righteousness; let the clouds shower it down. Let the earth open wide, let salvation spring up, let righteousness grow with it; I, the Lord, have created it."  Isaiah 45:8

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Pray For Me

Words and Music: Laura Eldred © 2007 Church Mouse Music
Lead: Sheri Smith and Matt Eldred

Lyrics:

You came into my life for unexpected reasons
Iíve been praying for a wife to be with me one day
Sometimes there are struggles through lifeís many changes
But with God weíll find our way

Chorus:
Will you pray for me?
I will pray for you
That heíll take our hands and guide us through
Will you be a part of me?
I will be a part of you
As long as we put Him first in whatever we do

My prayers have been answered, as you stand here in this place
Every day my love grows deeper; you can see it on my face
He can change our lives forever, if we listen to what Heíll say
As we join our lives today

Repeat Chorus

Bridge:
You have filled the void within me
And brought new meaning into my life
I trust in God completely
To choose you as my wife

Repeat Chorus

Will you always love me?
I will always love you
As long as we put Him first in whatever we do

Scriptural Reference:

"A wife of noble character is her husband's crown."  Proverbs 12:4
"In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself."  Ephesians 5:28

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Glorybound

Words and Music: Tim Staggs © 2007 Church Mouse Music
Lead: Paul Schneider

Lyrics:

Iím sailiní up to heaven (heaven) on a ship called Glorybound

I want to see my King, so Iíve packed my things, for a voyage to the sky
When my ship comes in, a crown of life Iíll win, and Iíll bid this world goodbye
Walking with my Lord, Iím gonna step on board and lay my armor down
Iím sailiní up to heaven (bass: heaven) on a ship called Glorybound

Chorus:
Iím gonna leave this world behind me (leave behind)
Go sailiní through the air (go sailiní through the air)
Gonna smile and wave goodbye (wave goodbye)
To all the sorrow and care (to sorrow and care)
And when I wake up to hear the trumpet sound
And then my feet start to leave the ground
Iím sailiní up to heaven (heaven) on a ship called Glorybound

When the twilight falls, and my Captain calls
And He welcomes me on board
I will shout and sing, ďBy His blood redeemed,Ē taken up to my reward
Gonna cry no more, when I step ashore, where no sorrow can be found
Iím sailiní up to heaven (heaven) on a ship called Glorybound

Repeat Chorus (x2)

Scriptural Reference:

"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands."  Psalm 19:1
"The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light."  Romans 13:12

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You Come to Me

Words and Music: Tim Staggs © 2007 Church Mouse Music
Lead: Laura Eldred

Lyrics:

You come to me, with a thousand hosts of angels standing by
Just to listen and honor your command
You come to me, and with the gentle hand that built the universe
You reach out to catch me when I fall

Chorus:
You come to me, and with your love
You fill my life with who you are
You come to me, and with a touch
You know the way right to my heart
Youíre the Mighty God, the King of Kings
Youíre the Great I Am, Lord of Everything
Youíre the Alpha and Omega
And still you, you come to me

You come to me, leaving all of Heavenís splendor far behind
Just to know what itís like to be a man
You come to me, with your body bruised and bleeding
Every drop, when it falls, takes a sin of mine away

Repeat Chorus

Bridge:
All the angels fall before you
As they worship Ďround your throne
They cry, ďHoly Holy HolyĒ
To you God, the mighty one
They cast their crowns before you
And cry ďWorthy are you, LordĒ
All the hosts of heaven adore you
And still you

Repeat Chorus

You come to me (You come to me)
You come to me (You come to me)
You come to me (You come to me)

Scriptural Reference:

"'The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel' which means, 'God with us.'"  Matthew 1:23
"Jesus replied, "To be sure, Elijah does come first, and restores all things. Why then is it written that the Son of Man must suffer much and be rejected?"  Mark 9:12
"The twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne, and worship him who lives for ever and ever.  They lay their crowns before the throne and say: 'You are worthy, our Lord and God,to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things,and by your will they were created and have their being.'"  Revelation 4:10

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Special thanks for additions and/or corrections to: Tim Staggs and Donna Craine

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