Songs from The Crowded House

by The House Band

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Throughout the history of The Crowded House, we’ve written congregational songs in response to the truths we enjoy. For a long time, we have wanted to make them available to a wider audience, to pass on songs which have blessed us.

So in March 2014, we converted our Sheffield church building into a makeshift studio and recorded five songs. We were joined by Michael Bleecker, worship pastor of the Village Church Dallas, for 3 days of rehearsing and recording. The whole experience was a delight, something we hope will be evident in our EP.

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released January 5, 2014

Songs recorded live at The Crowded House, Sheffeld on March 8th 2014 by Matt Dennis and Scott Barnett.
Words and music available at www.thecrowdedhouse.org/music
Lead vocals/guitar: Michael Bleecker
Backing vocals: Lucy Mitchell
Piano/organ: Rob Spink
Banjo/guitar: Casey Smith
Bass: Ben Higgins
Violin: Laura Critoph
Drums: Peter Turnbull
Produced by Matt Dennis, Resound Audio, UK
Executive Producer: Rob Spink
Recorded and Mixed by Matt Dennis and Scott Barnett
Mastered by Shelley Anderson, Black Lab Mastering, Louisville, KY
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Track Name: Jesus The Word
Jesus the Word speaks in the dark
lighting the spark of all we see
Jesus the Word rules through his promises
Lord over history
Jesus heals with a word and commands the waves Jesus speaks to the dead and he empties graves

Chorus:
Word of hope from above,
word of light and love.
word of peace ending strife
Bringing joy and life.

Jesus the Word mute at his trial
and when reviled upon the tree
Jesus the Word silenced by violence
drowned out at Calvary
Jesus silent no more as he gathers breath
Jesus steps from the tomb and the grip of death

Jesus the Word message of love
rising above this noisy world
Jesus the Word gathers his people
as his command is heard
Jesus given a name over every name
to the ends of the earth we proclaim his fame

Jesus the Word speaks to our fears
comforts our tears with words of peace
Let all with ears come now and hear his voice
Let all your doubting cease
Track Name: O Lord Our Rock
O Lord our Rock, redeeming King,
your truth alone can comfort bring
when we are in distress.
Your perfect law revives the soul
And binds our wounds and makes us whole.
Your promise leads to rest,
Your promise leads to rest.
Your precepts make our hearts rejoice;
for in your word we hear your voice;
The voice of God above.
Your gospel breaks like break of day
to give us light to light our way,
To walk in paths of love,
to walk in paths of love.

Your statutes make your people wise,
illuminating darkened eyes
For your commands are true.
Your word is firm and will endure.
The fear that it evokes is pure
And binds our hearts to you,
and binds our hearts to you.
Your word is worth far more than gold for in it’s pages we behold:
The treasury of Christ.
It’s lines upon the tongue are sweet;
they lead us to our saviour’s feet
And his great sacrifice,
and his great sacrifice.

As your decrees are read and taught,
May every word and every thought
Be pleasing to you Lord.
Your Spirit’s power to all impart
That Christ may dwell in every heart,
And be our true reward,
And be our true reward.
May wand’ring hearts be warned from sin,
May troubled souls find peace within.
May Christ be our delight.
Forgive our faults unlock our chains,
And in our lives restore your reign:
Our hearts with love ignite,
our hearts with love ignite.
Track Name: How Can We Keep from Singing
Our lives flow on in endless song,
above earth’s lamentations
We hear the real, though far-off hymn
that hails a new creation:
Through all the tumult and the strife we hear the music ringing;
It finds an echo in our soul -
How can we keep from singing?

What though our joys and comforts die?
The Lord our saviour liveth!
What though the darkness gather round?
Songs in the night he giveth;
No storm can shake our inmost calm
while to that rock we’re clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of Heav’n and earth,
How can we keep from singing?

We lift our eyes to see his face,
though dimly, as reflection
And holding dear his glorious cross
we await our resurrection!
The peace of Christ delights our hearts
A fountain ever springing:
All things are ours since we are his -
How can we keep from singing?
Track Name: Lord, We've Turned from Living Waters
Lord we’ve turned from living waters,
Tried to quench our thirst with sin
And now weary, parched and yearning,
Lord we turn to you our King.
Spirit help our hearts to taste now
that the Lord, our God is good
And for me, for me a sinner,
there is blessing in his blood.

We have run from you like fools, Lord
filled with love of self and pride,
leaving truth that you have taught us
we have wandered far and wide
But your mercy does not leave us
and your love does not depend
on our works but your work finished
that will keep us to the end.

Lord our lives have not reflected
the new life you died to win
We have lived as slaves to evil
not as children of the king.
But your promise does not falter
and your covenant is sure
And when Christ returns to claim us
we’ll be spotless, blameless pure.

Lord we long for your appearing
when you take your rightful place
when the lame will run to meet you
and the blind will see your face,
O Lord may that day come quickly
when your children you will bring
to the home that you have made us
there to feast with you our king.
Track Name: May the Mind of Christ Our Saviour
May the mind of Christ our saviour live in us from day to day
By his love and power controlling all we do and say.
May the word of God dwell richly, in our hearts, from hour to hour,
so that all may see we triumph only through his power.


May the love of Jesus fill us as the waters fill the sea
him exalting, self abasing, this is victory
May we run the race before us, strong and brave to face the foe Looking all the while to Jesus as we onward go.

May the peace of God our Father in our lives for ever reign
That we may be calm to comfort
those in grief and pain, those in grief and pain.

May his beauty rest upon us as we seek the lost to win
And may they forget the servants
Seeing only him, seeing only him.