Church Music (demos)

by Sam Connour

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This is a collection of music written for our church. Attempting to make it all available online for our local church family and anyone else that may be served by it.

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released June 20, 2017

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Sam Connour Chicago, Illinois

love, loss & church music // attempting to make sense of widowhood & remarriage, need & provision, grief & sustaining comfort // all these demos were made possible by the generous support of Apple's iPhone Voice Memo technology and the free Garageband application on my computer ... more

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Track Name: Lighten the Darkness
Lighten the darkness of our life’s long night
Through which we blindly stumble to the day
Shadows mislead us, Father, send Thy light
To set our footsteps in the homeward way

Lighten the darkness of our self conceit
The darkness that we love so well
Which shrouds the path of wisdom from our feet
And lulls our spirits with its baneful spell

Lighten our darkness when we bow the knee
To all the gods we ignorantly make
And worship, dreaming that we worship Thee
Till clearer light our slumbering souls awake

Lighten our darkness when we fail at last
And in the midnight lay us down to die
We trust to find Thee when the night is past
And daylight breaks across the morning sky
Track Name: Family of God - Coming Soon!
I am the weak and the wounded,
the broken and torn down
You say that you are the Healer,
the Comforter, here now
I am the lame and the leper,
the unwanted, cast out
You tell me your arms are open,
have always been open

And I hear voices, singing out your praises
As I join that chorus, your words ring true
Your words ring true

Family of God, remind me again
The life that he lived
The God that he is
The words that he said
The child that I am

I am the thief and the beggar,
the unfaithful lover
You tell me all is forgotten,
that you are enough now

And I hear voices, singing out your praises
As I join that chorus, your words ring true
Your words ring true

Family of God, remind me again
The life that he lived
The God that he is
The words that he said
The child that I am
Track Name: Help My Unbelief - Coming Soon!
I know the Lord is nigh
And would but cannot pray
For Satan meets me when I try
And drives my soul away,
and drives my soul away

I would but can’t repent
Though I endeavor oft
This heart of stone can ne’er relent
Till Jesus makes it soft,
till Jesus makes it soft

Help my unbelief
Drag me to my knees
I confess, I have nothing but need
I lack faith to believe
My help must come from Thee

I would, but cannot, rest
In God’s most holy will
I know what he appoints is best
Yet grumble at it still,
yet grumble at it still

Help my unbelief
Drag me to my knees
I confess, I have nothing but need
I lack faith to believe
My help must come from Thee

We would, but cannot, serve
Our love our broken church
Until our joy rests in this word
Grace! Grace! He loved us first!
Grace! Grace! He loved us first!

Help our unbelief
Drag us to our knees
We confess, we have nothing but need
We lack faith to believe
Our help must come from Thee
Track Name: Only Christ Can Save Me - Coming Soon!
Weeping will not save me
Though my face were bathed with tears
That could not allay my fears
Could not wash my sins of years
Weeping will not save me

But Jesus Christ, he saves!
Only his blood pays the debt I owe
He wept and died for me
He suffered on that tree
He bled to make me free
Only Christ can save me

Working will not save me
Purest deeds that I can do
Holiest thoughts and feelings too
Cannot form my soul anew
Working will not save me

But Jesus Christ, he saves!
Only his blood pays the debt I owe
He wept and died for me
He suffered on that tree
He bled to make me free
Only Christ can save me

Only Christ can save me
Let me trust thy weeping Son
Trust the work that he has done
To his arms, Lord, help me run
Only Christ can save me

For Jesus Christ, he saves!
Only his blood pays the debt I owe
He wept and died for me
He suffered on that tree
He bled to make me free
Only Christ can save me
Track Name: Psalm 92 // It is Good to Give Thanks - Coming Soon!
Though the wicked sprout like grass
Though the evildoers flourish where we live
We cry out for justice, though guilty in our sin
Still you have made me glad, still you have made me glad

It is good to give thanks to the Lord
It is good to give thanks to the Lord

The righteous grow like the palm tree
Planted in the house of the Lord
They declare the Lord is upright
Their lips confess that he is their God
Still you have made me glad, still you have made me glad

It is good to give thanks to the Lord
It is good to give thanks to the Lord

To sing praises to your name, O most High
At the works of your hands to sing for joy
To declare your steadfast love in the morning
And your faithfulness by night, and your faithfulness by night

But who am I,
that you should exult my horn, like that of a wild oz?
Who am I that you have poured, over me, fresh oil
and have seen my enemies overtaken?

It is good to give thanks to the Lord
It is good to give thanks to the Lord
Track Name: Psalm 100 // Let All Things Now Living - Coming Soon!
Let all things now living
a song of thanksgiving
to God the Creator triumphantly raise,
who fashioned and made us
protected and stayed us
who guides us and leads to the end of our days.

His banners are o’er us
his light goes before us
a pillar of fire shining forth in the night
till shadows have vanished
and darkness is banished
as forward we travel from light into light.

His law he enforces
the stars in their courses
and sun in its orbit obediently shine
the hills and the mountains
the rivers and fountains
the deeps of the ocean proclaim him divine.

We too should be voicing
our love and rejoicing
with glad adoration a song let us raise
till all things now living
unite in thanksgiving
to God in the highest, hosanna and praise!
Track Name: Shade of Your Branches - Coming Soon!
Merciful God, consider our helpless estate
Try as we might, there seems no great change we can make
The poor are still hungry, the tired have no rest
Injustice still threatens the weak and oppressed
It's easy to think that there seems to be no one to help

But you have not left us alone in this groaning world
Open our ears to the sound of your kingdom come
Lead us to the shade of your branches
We will rest there, we will rest there
Track Name: Song of Moses- Coming Soon!
Frightened and weak, running scared
Your strong right hand did not fail
You guided your children to a safe place
Though it did not seem safe to them

When we are full of fear
When we have only despair
When we meet death, face to face
Merciful God, make us still

The Lord is my strength, He has become my salvation
He is my God, I need no other rescue

When we had risen against you
You strong right hand did not fail
In your great mercy you crushed us
All hate and all anger destroyed

When we are overthrown
When we are dashed to pieces
When our pursuits are deceptively grave
Merciful God, lay us low

The Lord is my strength, He has become my salvation
He is my God, I need no other rescue
Track Name: To Stand and To Reason - Coming Soon!
We see but dimly, grant us eyes of faith
Loosen our fearful grip, let us cling to your sweet grace

As we stand and we reason, but fail to abandon
all of our visions of saving redemption,
all of our plans to fix all that's broken,
and receive yours, and receive yours
Track Name: When I'm Enraged Within - Coming Soon!
When I'm enraged within, when all I count is but loss,
when every doubt that assails my heart carries me far from the cross
Holy Spirit come quickly now, needed are you at every hour,
wake me to what I cannot see, to Christ who intercedes for me

Lead me to one outside myself
Lead me to one outside myself
Lead me to One who's supplied Himself
Lead me to one outside myself