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AcaDisc #63- Acappella Resurrection by The Acappella Company (The Series)

Original Release: 1994 Word, Inc.
Available through The Acappella Company
Producer: Keith Lancaster and Duane Adams
Production Assistant: Gary Miller and Larry Sparks
Engineers: Gary Miller, John Laws, Gary Miner, Kevin Schaffer, Mike Tackett, Hank Fenn, and Robert Orr
Recording Studio: Clifty Studios- Paris, TN
Mixed by: Gary Miller, Kevin Schaffer, and Robert Orr
Mastered by: Hank Williams at Master Mix
Cover Design: Tufts Design Studio
Vocals: Listed by Song
Additional Vocals: Hank Fenn and Lydia Gott

Song List

Celebrate Jesus
Easter Song
Rise Again
If He Had Not Risen
Roll the Stone Away
He's Alive
Christ the Lord is Risen Today
Grave Robber
He Arose
Arise My Love

Celebrate Jesus

Words and music: Gary Oliver and Kent Carnley  1988 Integrity's Hosanna! Music
This song also appeared on Glorious God by The Acappella Company.
Lead: Lydia Gott and John Green

Lyrics:

He is risen
He is risen

Celebrate (the Lord) (x4)

Sing and dance
Cele-celebrate
Lift your hands
Cele-celebrate
Raise your voice
Cele-celebrate
Celebrate

Celebrate Jesus! Celebrate
Celebrate Jesus! Celebrate (x2)

Chorus:
He is risen
He is risen
And He lives forevermore
He is risen
He is risen
Come on and celebrate
Come on and celebrate
Come on and celebrate
The resurrection of the Lord

Runnin' thru the back streets
With little promise of sunrise
Her heart's completely broken
Tears were streamin' from her eyes
So in doubt as she reached the tomb
Because the stone's been rolled away
She covered her mouth in complete surprise
As she heard the angels say

Repeat Chorus (with stepouts)

Celebrate (the Lord)

Peter and John were racing to the tomb to verify (verify the news)
Their whole world already shattered
They've got nothin' else to lose (no, nothin' to lose)
John was the first to arrive on the scene
Then Peter came a-dancin' in (they found an empty tomb)
The only thing left was a pile of grave clothes (He arose)
Where Jesus Christ had been
He is risen

Repeat Chorus (with stepouts)

Celebrate Jesus! Celebrate (Jesus celebrate)
Celebrate Jesus! Celebrate (Jesus celebrate)
Celebrate Jesus! Celebrate (Jesus celebrate)
Celebrate Jesus! Celebrate (Jesus celebrate)

He is risen (He lives forevermore, yes my Lord's alive)
He is risen (I'm gonna shout it from the valley to the mountain top)
And He lives forevermore (Oh have I reason to celebrate, I've gotta live because it's Jesus who cures my faith)
He is risen (He lives forevermore, yes my Lord's alive)
He is risen (I wanna shout it from the valley to the mountain top)
Come on and celebrate
Come on and celebrate
Come on and celebrate
Come on and celebrate
Celebrate

Scriptural Reference:

"So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.  Suddenly Jesus met them. 'Greetings,' he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him."  Matthew 28:8-9

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Easter Song

Words and music: Annie Herring 1974 Latter Rain Music (ASCAP), Adm. by Sparrow Corp.
This song also appeared on Travelin' Shoes by Acappella, Hear It In Our Voice by The Acappella Company,  and The Acappella Project by Glad.
Swahili Translation: Richard Chowning
Lead: Gary Moyers

Lyrics:

(Swahili intro)

Verse 1:
Hear the bells ringin' (hallelujah)
Hear the bells singin' (hallelujah)
We can be born again
(Hallelujah)
Hear the bells ringin' (hallelujah)
Hear the angels singin' (hallelujah)
We can be born again
(Hallelujah)

The angels up on the tombstone (hallelujah)
Said He is risen just as He said (hallelujah, hallelujah)
Quickly now, go tell His disciples that Jesus Christ is no longer dead! (hallelujah)

Joy to the world!
He is risen
Hallelujah
He's risen
Hallelujah
He's risen
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

(Swahili Interlude)

Repeat Verse 1 (with double echo)

The angels up on the tombstone (hallelujah)
Said He is risen just as He said (hallelujah, hallelujah)
Quickly now, go tell His disciples that Jesus Christ is no longer dead! (hallelujah)

Joy to the world!
He is risen
Hallelujah
He's risen
Hallelujah
He's risen
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

(Swahili Outro)

Scriptural Reference:

"He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.  Then go quickly and tell his disciples: 'He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.' Now I have told you."  Matthew 28:6-7
"He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, 'He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.'" Mark 16:6-7

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Rise Again

Words and music: Dallas Holm  1977 Going Holm Music (SESAC), Dimension Music (SESAC), Adm. by the Benson Group
This song also appeared on Til He Comes by His Image, Jesus Our Savior by The Sounds of Glory, Signature Songs by The Sounds of Glory, and as part of "Rise Again/Hosanna (reprise)" on His Last Days by Cross Examined.
Lead: Gary Miller

Lyrics:

Rise again (you can't keep me in the ground), rise again

Go ahead and drive those nails in my hands
Laugh at me where you stand
Go ahead and say, say it isn't Me
The day will come when you will see

Chorus 1:
'Cause I'll rise (rise) again
There's no pow'r on earth can tie me down
Yes I'll rise (rise) again (again)
Death can't keep me in the ground
Death can't keep me in the ground

Go ahead and mock my holy Name
My love for you is still the same
Go ahead, bury me
'Cause very soon I will be free

Chorus 2:
'Cause I'll rise (rise) again (rise)
There's no pow'r on earth can tie me down
Yes I'll rise (rise) again (again)
Death can't keep me in the ground
'Cause I'll rise again (rise again)
Death can't keep me in the ground (rise again)
Yes I'll rise (rise again)

Go ahead and say I'm dead and gone
You will see that you were wrong
Go ahead and try to hide the Son
(All will see) All will see, see that I'm the One

Repeat Chorus 2

Death can't keep me in the ground (rise again)

Scriptural Reference:

"He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay."  Matthew 28:6

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If He Had Not Risen

Words and music: George Pendergrass 1994 Clifty Music (BMI)
Narration: Gloria Gaither 1994 Gaither Music Company
Lead: George Pendergrass

Lyrics:

Do you believe
There's much more to this life
Than what we see?
Does the world need more hope
beyond the grave?
Can we depend on
A god to lead our way
To say

Chorus:
If Jesus (if Jesus) had not risen (Jesus)
There'd be no need (there'd be no need)
To keep on livin' (keep on livin')
'Cause the future ('cause the future)
Of this world (the future of this world)
Would be so cold
So dark and cold (so dark and cold)
If Jesus (Jesus) had not risen (Jesus)
There'd be no love
No reason to forgive (no reason forgive)
But thank God
Our hope in Him
Does not depend on "If"

Should the parents
Take time to raise the children? (take the time, take the time, take the time)
Why should God care
For people anyway?
Is there a reason for anyone (anyone) to pray?

Hear me when I say...
Repeat Chorus

By the power of love he arose from the grave
By the spirit of God He continues to save
And His people are known by a natural display of His love

All our sins are forgiven
Our hope is secure
There's a reason to live now forevermore
He is love
He is alive
I'm alive

(Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus)

Spoken:
Every baby born, every tree that buds, every seed that sprouts is proof of our need for resurrection. Had not the Spirit of Yahweh stirred within the cold body of our crucified Lord, there'd be no certainty that the spirit of life could conquer the death in our own hearts, or in our broken, dying world. But the warmth of God's Spirit did move, and Jesus walked out of the tomb, victor over decay! Because He lives, we are certain that His life in us will conquer our own dying spirit. The living Lord replaces despair with hope, and gives us courage where there was fear. He gives us the certainty it takes to train our children and the love it takes to conquer hatred, pessimism, and distrust. Jesus lives. And life wins. Did ya hear me? Life wins!

Scriptural Reference:

"He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification."  Romans 4:25

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Roll the Stone Away

Words and music: Danny Elliott   1989 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
Rap words: Wes McKenzie 1994 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
This song also appeared on Song in My Soul by AVB, The Road by AVB, and Hear It In Our Voice: Volume II by The Acappella Company.
Vocals: Wes McKinzie - Bass
            Brishan Hatcher - 2nd Baritone
            John K. Green - 1st Baritone
            Steve Reischl - 2nd Tenor
            Max Plaster - 1st Tenor
Lead: None
Rap: Brian Randolph

Lyrics:

Chorus:
Roll that stone away, roll that stone away
Lord God, Almighty gonna roll that stone away
You promised you'd rise on the third day
Lord God, Almighty gonna roll that stone away

Jesus was a man free from sin we know
And He taught us that we reap the very things we sow
He taught us parables of life we see today
On that third day

Repeat Chorus

They mocked Him and they scourged Him, said His words were lies
But Jesus had compassion with pity in His eyes
And I can't wait to see what He has to say
On that third day

Repeat Chorus

Interlude (Roll it, gonna roll that stone away, oh gonna roll it)

Rap:
Oh, you gotta roll it, the tomb it couldn't hold Him
Hey, third day--no time to play
I've got an empty grave as my testimony
That the promises of God sho ain't phony
He's legit, He's livin', and He's comin' back
To take us home, now what about that?
It's one, two, three--what a glorious day
When the Lord God, Almighty rolled the stone away

He's coming back, that's one thing for sure
He's looking for the blameless, the righteous, and the pure
I can't wait to see what He has to say (see what He has to say)
On the third day

Repeat Chorus (x2)

Interlude (Roll it, gonna roll that stone away, oh gonna roll it, roll it away)

When the Lord God Almighty rolled the stone away

Scriptural Reference:

"On the third day, he will rise again." Luke 18:33
"and they asked each other, 'Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?'  But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away."  Mark 16:3-4

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He's Alive

Words and music: Don Francisco 1977 New Pax Music Press (ASCAP), Adm. by the Benson Music Group
Lead: George Pendergrass

Lyrics:

The gates and doors were barred
The windows fastened down
Spent the night in sleeplessness
And rose at ev'ry sound
Half in hopeless sorrow
Half in fear of the day
To find the soldiers breaking thru
To drag us all away

Just before the sunrise
I heard something at the wall
The gates began to rattle
A voice began to call
I hurried to the window
To look down to the street
Expecting swords and torches
And the sound of soldiers' feet.

No one there but Mary
And so I went down to let her in
John stood there beside me
As she told us where she'd been
She said they've moved Him in the night
And none of us knows where
The stone's been rolled away
And His body isn't there

We both ran toward the garden
And then John ran ahead
We found the stone and the empty tomb
Just the way that Mary'd said
But the winding sheet they wrapped Him in was just an empty shell
And how and why they'd taken Him
Was more than I could tell

Something strange had happened there
Just what I didn't know
John believed in a miracle
I just turned to go
Circumstance and speculation couldn't lift me very high
'Cause I had seen Him crucified
Then I watched Him die

Back inside the house again
The guilt and anguish came
Everything I'd promised Him
Just added to my shame
When at last it came a choice
I denied I knew His name
But even if He was alive
It wouldn't be the same

Suddenly the air was filled with a strange and sweet perfume
Light that came from ev'rywhere took shadows from the room
Jesus stood before me with His arms open wide
And I fell down upon my knees and just clung to Him and cried

He raised me to my feet as I looked into His eyes
Love was shining out from Him like sunlight from the skies (sunlight from the skies)
Guilt and my confusion disappeared in sweet release (sweet release)
Every fear that I'd ever had just melted into peace

Chorus:
He's alive! (He's alive!)
He's alive! (He's alive!)
He's alive and I'm forgiven
Heaven's gates are open wide

Repeat Chorus (x4 with variations and fade out)

Scriptural Reference:

"So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb.  Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.  He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in.  Then Simon Peter, who was behind him, arrived and went into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus' head. The cloth was folded up by itself, separate from the linen.  Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed.  (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.)"  John 20:3-9

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Christ the Lord is Risen Today

Words: Charles Wesley (1739)
Music: Unknown (1708)
Arrangement: Gary Miller 1994 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
Lead: Brishan Hatcher

Lyrics:

Chorus:
He's alive! (He's alive!)
He's risen! (He's alive!)
He's risen! (He's alive!)
He's risen (He's alive!) from the dead! (He's alive!)
He's alive! (He's alive!)
He's risen! (He's alive!)
He's risen! (He's alive!)
He's risen (He's alive!) from the dead!

Christ the Lord is risen today (hallelujah, hallelujah)
Hallelujah!
Sons of men and angels say (hallelujah, hallelujah)
Hallelujah!
Raise your joys in triumphs high (hallelujah, hallelujah)
Hallelujah!
Sing ye heavens, thou earth reply (hallelujah, hallelujah)
Hallelujah!

Love's redeeming work is done
Hallelujah
Fought the fight, the battle won
Hallelujah
Lo! Our Sun's eclipse is o'er
Hallelujah
Lo! He sets in blood no more
Hallelujah

Repeat Chorus

Vain the stone, the watch, the seal (hallelujah)
Hallelujah
Christ hath burst the gates of hell (hallelujah)
Hallelujah
Death in vain forbids Him rise
Hallelujah
Christ hath opened paradise (hallelujah)
Hallelujah (hallelujah, hallejuah)

Lives again our glorious king
Hallelujah, hallelujah
Where, o death, is your sting?
Hallelujah, hallelujah
Once he died our souls to save
Hallelujah
Where's your vict'ry, boasting grave?
Hallelujah (hallelujah, hallelujah)
Christ the Lord is risen today!

Scriptural Reference:

"Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: 'Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns.'"  Revelation 19:6

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Grave Robber

Words and music: Bob Hartman 1983 Dawn Threader Music (a division of Starsong Communications), Adm. by Gaither Copyright Management
Lead: Duane Adams

Lyrics:

When the grave robber comes (9-fold x2)

There's a step that we all
Take alone
An appointment we have
With the great unknown
Like a vapor, this life is waiting to pass
Like the flowers that fade
Like the withering grass
But life seems so long
And death so complete
And the grave an impossible portion to cheat
But there's One who has been there, still lives to tell
There is One Who has been through both Heaven and Hell
And the grave will come up empty-handed that day
Jesus will come and steal us away

Chorus:
Where is the sting, tell me where is the bite?
When the grave robber comes like a thief in the night
Where is the victory? Where is the prize?
When the grave robber comes and death finally dies

When the grave robber comes (9-fold)

Many still mourn
Many still weep
For those whom they love
Who have fallen asleep
But we have this hope
Though our hearts may still ache
Just one shout from above
And they all will awake
And in the reunion of joy will we sing
Death will be swallowed in sweet victory

Repeat Chorus

When the last enemy is gone
Out of the dust will come a song
Those asleep will be awakened
Not a one will be forsaken
He shall wipe away all tears
He will steal away our fears
There will be no sad tomorrow
There will be no pain or sorrow

Repeat Chorus (x2)

Where is the sting, tell me where is the bite?
When the grave robber comes like a thief in the night
Where is the victory? (fade)

Scriptural Reference:

"'Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?'  The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."  1 Corinthians 15:55-57

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He Arose

Words: Charles Wesley (1739)
Music: Unknown (1708)
Arrangement: Keith Lancaster, Duane Adams, Robert C. Guy, and Gary Miller 1994 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
Lead: Robert C. Guy

Lyrics:

Spoken:
On a dark cold day, Jesus died on Calvary on a cross - nailed by his hands and feet. Buried in the tomb, never to rise. But little did they know he would rise again.  Jesus lives.

Low, low in the grave He lay
Jesus my Savior
Waiting the coming day
Jesus my Lord

Oh, and vainly, vainly they watched His bed
The bed of my Jesus
And vainly, vainly they sealed the dead
Jesus my Lord

Death cannot keep its prey
Jesus my Savior
He tore the bars away
Jesus my Lord

Up from the grave
Yes, He arose
Hey hey hey hey hey
My Jesus lives

He arose, yes He arose, yes He arose (up from the grave He, up from the grave He arose)
He lives forever (up from the grave He, up from the grave He arose)

Chorus:
Up from the grave He, He arose (He arose)
With a mighty triumph o'er His foes (He arose)
He arose a victor from the dark domain
And He lives forever with His saints to reign
He arose (He arose)
He arose (He arose)
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Christ arose!

Repeat Verses 1-3 (with energy)

Repeat Chorus

He arose (He arose)
He arose (He arose)
Hallelujah (x7)
He arose!

Scriptural Reference:

"And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross."  Colossians 2:15

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Arise My Love

Words and music: Eddie Carswell 1987 Mike Clark Music and Lowery Music Co., Inc., Adm. by Lowery Music
This song also appeared on Acappella Favorites by The Acappella Company.
Lead: Keith Lancaster

Lyrics:

Not a word was heard
At the tomb that day
Just the shuffle of soldiers' feet
As they guarded the grave
One day, two days
Three days had passed
Could it be that Jesus
Breathed His last?

Could it be that the Father
Had forsaken Him?
Turned His back on His Son
Despising our sin?
All Hell seemed to whisper
"Just forget it - He's dead!"
Then the Father looked down
To His Son and said...

Chorus:
Arise My Love!
Arise My Love!
The grave no longer has a hold on You!
No more Death's sting
No more suffering
Arise
Arise
My Love

The earth trembled
And the tomb began to shake
And like lightning from Heaven
The stone was rolled away
And as dead men, the guards
Stood there in fright
As the power of Love
Displayed its might

Then suddenly a melody
Filled the air
Riding wings of wind
It was ev'rywhere
The words all Creation
Had been longing to hear
The sweet sound of vict'ry
So loud and clear

Repeat Chorus (with echo)

Sin, where are your shackles?
Death, where is your sting?
Hell has been defeated
The grave could not hold the King

Repeat Chorus (with echo)

Scriptural Reference:

"The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. 'Sir,' they said, 'we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, 'After three days I will rise again.''"  Matthew 27:62-63
"'Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?'  The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."  1 Corinthians 15:55-57

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