Gathering

by Benji Carey-Smith

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Psalm 34:3 - Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!

Gathering is an album of 11 congregational worship songs - 10 fresh originals, and one cover of an old hymn. They reflect different aspects of our faith and praise towards God as we gather corporately as the church.

All chord sheets (including capo versions for guitars) and lyric sheets are available online at www.benjimusic.co.nz


The Reason For Gathering -

- Ephesians 5 informs us one characteristic of Spirit-filled lives is joining together as the church and singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God and to each other with thankfulness (Ephesians 5:18-20).

- Scripture also tells us to not neglect meeting together as Christians in order to encourage each other, minister to one another, and worship God through the reading and preaching of His word, the sacraments, prayer, and song (Hebrews 10:24-25).

- Music is a powerful way to express our worship in spirit and truth - declaring truths about God and the gospel with music that allows us to express those with passion and emotion towards God, engaging both our minds and our hearts (John 4:23-24).

- There is an important place for private praise towards God, but we can't neglect the hugely important corporate aspect of praise, which will carry on in heaven (Revelation 4-5).

- There is always the need in the church for Christ-centred, God-focussed songs that congregations are able to sing (Colossians 3:16-17, Revelation 7:9-12).

credits

released February 13, 2017

Above all I want to thank God who reconciles us to Himself and each other through His Son.

Thanks to the church communities I have been privileged to praise and serve with. Thanks to all the musicians and other people involved in producing the music on this album and design.

Thanks to all the amazing people who contributed on the PledgeMe and in other ways (special thanks go to a few Pledgeme contributors: Russ Hodson, Carolyn Sims, and Jeremy Carey-Smith).


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Benji Carey-Smith is a musician committed to glorifying Jesus Christ through song, and to providing the opportunity for God’s Word to be communicated to local churches in New Zealand and beyond. His music is similar to Matt Redman, Brenton Brown and Malcolm Gordon. ... more

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Track Name: Great and Awesome God
Lord we come to offer praises
As we bow before a holy King
Lord we magnify Your greatness
Now with joyful hearts we sing

God above the earth, be glorified
Lord, mighty King of life and light
All the universe declares You are,
The great and awesome God!

You are gracious and forgiving
Reaching out to seek and save the lost
Lord we thank You for salvation
And for leading us to Christ

All heaven sings, creation sings
Your people sing, holy are You Lord
With joyous praise, the highest praise
You will be praised, great and awesome God!

Soon our Saviour is returning
To this world again to judge and reign
Jesus Christ is now exalted
Name above all other names
Track Name: So Be Transformed
So be transformed
Renew your minds
Don't be conformed to the pattern of this world
So be transformed
By Scripture's words
To honour God for the mercy that He's shown

We offer up our lives
A living sacrifice
An act of worship pleasing to the Lord

So be transformed
That you may know
The will of God; what's acceptable and good
So be transformed
By grace divine
We have been brought into fellowship with Christ

Christ, our Saviour Lord
You came to save the lost
You died upon the cross
And then You rose up
Now in heaven reigning
Soon our King returning
Jesus, blessed Hope and our Redeemer
Track Name: The Resurrection
He lives, He lives
He died and rose again
He lives, He lives
God's Son defeated death and sin

Jesus You're alive
And we are forgiven
The stone's been rolled away After the long, long night
It's a new day
It's a new day

Alive, alive
Alive forever more
Alive, alive
God's Son, now heaven's door

God raised Him up from the dead
And freed Him from His agony
It was impossible for death to hold You down
Forever You'll wear the crown
Forever You'll wear the crown

We come down before Your holy throne
Casting all our crowns before You
Track Name: As Your Word
God Your righteousness and Your holiness
Are revealed within Scriptures' words
Your redemptive plan and Your heart of love
Now unfolded to our very eyes

As Your Word goes forth, as it's preached and taught
Let it shape our minds and refine our lives
Let us not be those who would hear alone
But we'd live it out for Your glory God

As Your truth is seen and our knowledge grows
Let it change and mold us more like Christ
For Your Word is there that we'd know You more
And be brought to full maturity

Holy Spirit, stir revival
In the hearts of many lives
God of glory, great in power
Through Your truth let faith arise
Track Name: Grace Unthinkable
Come to the Healer you weary and weak
Cleanse all your guilt through belief
Hold fast your faith in the mercy of God
And in His power to save

None of our works can commend us to God
Nothing in us we can boast
But we will glory in Christ ever more
Laying our crowns at His feet

Hallelujah! Christ has conquered sin
When He died and rose to life
Hallelujah! To You God be praise
For Your grace has been revealed
Grace unthinkable and final
Grace unthinkable and final

Through our Redeemer salvation was made
Now by His wounds we are healed
Messiah was punished to purchase our peace
His righteousness we gain

Now it is finished; the ransom is paid
Once and for all Jesus died
Hope to the nations, Revealer of love
The Way and the Truth and Life
Track Name: Holy Holy Holy
Holy, holy, holy
Lord God almighty
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee
Holy, holy, holy
Merciful and mighty
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity

Holy, holy, holy
All the saints adore Thee
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea
Cherubim and Seraphim falling down before Thee
Who was, and is, and evermore shall be

Holy, holy, holy
Though the darkness hides me
Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see
Only Thou art holy
There is none beside Thee
Perfect in pow'r, in love and purity

Holy, holy, holy
Lord God almighty
All Thy works shall praise Thy name in earth and sky and sea
Holy, holy, holy
Merciful and mighty
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity
Track Name: Immortal
In majesty beyond this world has known,
Our God is seated on His throne
While nations of the earth will pass away,
Forever more He will remain

Immortal, eternal, to You we bow
Your Name is worthy of our highest praise
All glory, all honour, all wisdom, and thanks
Be unto You the Lord Most High

The universe is held within His hand,
And nothing can prevent His plan
For even through the death of His own Son,
Redemption was forever won

Immortal God in heaven,
Enthroned as King of all
With wisdom all-surpassing
You're great and wonderful
And clothed in brilliant splendor,
You're radiating light
Eternally almighty,
Majestic Lord of might
Track Name: Our Song
God You are good
And You are kind
You are so faithful to Your child
God You have come
Down to this world
Made Yourself known in Jesus Christ

And we will praise You evermore
In You alone we will delight
You are our portion and our song
God You are our song

Lord of the earth
None can compare
You are the Sovereign over all
Lord of our faith
Kept by Your power
Held in the Father's hands of love

God our delight
First in our hearts
Source of eternal life and light
Come let us sing
Shout and rejoice
Bow and acknowledge He is God
Track Name: Sing to the Lord
Declare His glory among the nations
His marvellous works to everyone
Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised

Sing to the Lord a new song
Sing to the Lord all the earth
Sing to the Lord, and bless His name
Tell of His salvation from day to day

Splendour and majesty are before Him
Strength and beauty are where He is
He is deserving of every creature's praise

Sing among the nations, 'The Lord reigns'
The world is established; it shall not be moved
He will come to judge in righteousness
Sing to the Lord, sing to the Lord

Sing among the nations, 'The Lord reigns'
Let the earth rejoice and the heavens be glad
Ascribe to Him the glory due His holy name
Sing to the Lord, sing to the Lord
Track Name: The Beauty of the Saviour's Love
With selfless love, in perfect measure,
Christ Jesus laid aside His glory
And of a poor and lowly virgin
He was conceived in Bethlehem
No royal crowds or lofty welcome;
Just shepherds came to offer praise
For such a One of endless value,
He came so humbly to the world

We behold, we adore
The beauty of the Saviour’s love

A people held their arm against Him;
Their Lord who healed the sick and broken
A Man of power and compassion
In working signs and miracles
His great salvation offered freely,
He preached with such authority
Now all you weary and you burdened,
To Jesus come; the Prince of Peace

And in complete and full obedience
Our Lord remained unto the Father
Until He bore and felt the fullness
Of all our sin upon Himself
The holy Lamb, for us was slaughtered,
And He was led without a cry
But He endured for joy beyond it;
Such selfless love that brought us life
Track Name: O Sovereign Lord
O sovereign Lord, we turn our hearts to You
Our prayer and cry rise to Your throne
For You are the faithful and unchanging One
Through ages You stand, a fortress unending and strong

Lord, our God, turn and hear
And in this day, glorify Your Name

O sovereign Lord, we’ve seen Your hand at work
A people saved from every place
The power of the gospel unites and prevails
Your children of grace, adopted as daughters and sons

O sovereign Lord, empower Your precious church
And make her bold to speak forth Your Word
Lord even in this should suffering we face
Please let us endure, for Christ and His glory and Name