A Live Retrospective: 2017​-​2018

by Wen Reagan

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Angie Capps The beauty in this album is the relationships that were built in creating music together. It was welcoming, authentic, and fun. Favorite track: Be Still, My Soul.
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These are not polished recordings. Nor do they feature professional musicians. These are the sounds of teachers, physicians, accountants, students, speech therapists, and engineers, all volunteers in a 200-person congregation, offering what little time they could (usually 1-2 hours a week) to practice and then lead their church family in musical worship on Sundays. In this, these songs document the lovely and messy singing life of a congregation led by lovely and messy musicians. After collecting over a hundred recordings in 2017 and 2018, I curated this collection to document the rich sounds of brothers and sisters worshiping their creator, sharing God's presence in a creative exchange and witness, all with beauty and blemish mixed together.

The first five tracks were recorded at the inaugural conference for Hope Counseling Services at Chapel Hill Bible Church in November of 2017. The rest of the album features congregational songs sung at All Saints Church in Durham, NC, on Sunday mornings for services of Holy Eucharist throughout the church year.

The album features several original arrangements of old hymns, some creative takes on recent worship songs, and a few complete originals from friends at All Saints. At its core, this album is a gift to my church family at All Saints Church, yet I hope that it blesses many well beyond that, even in its own mundane, blemished beauty!


Wen
October 1st, 2018

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released October 1, 2018

Tracks 1-5 recorded at the Hope Counseling Conference at Chapel Hill Bible Church on November 3rd and 4th, 2017. Tracks 6-15 recorded at various times at All Saints Church in Durham, NC.

Artwork by All Saints Church member and visual performing artist Barbara Barnes (barnesbarbara3@gmail.com), created during a live visual performance during a service of Holy Eucharist at All Saints Church.

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Wen Reagan Birmingham, Alabama

Wen Reagan is a singer-songwriter and worship leader based in Birmingham, Alabama. Wen serves as a professor of worship and associate director for the Center for Worship and the Arts at Samford University, as well as a songwriter for Cardiphonia, a national network of worship songwriters writing for the love of the church. ... more

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Track Name: Lamb of God (Ordinary Time 2017)
Lamb of God, you take away
the sins of the world
Lamb of God, you take away
the sins of the world
Have mercy on us
Have mercy on us

Lamb of God, you take away
the sins of the world
Lamb of God, you take away
the sins of the world
Grant us your peace
Grant us your peace
Track Name: The King of Love My Shepherd Is (feat. Chelsea Norris) (Easter 2017)
1 The King of love my shepherd is,
whose goodness faileth never.
I nothing lack if I am his,
and he is mine forever.

2 Where streams of living water flow,
my ransomed soul he leadeth;
and where the verdant pastures grow,
with food celestial feedeth.

3 Perverse and foolish, oft I strayed,
but yet in love he sought me;
and on his shoulder gently laid,
and home, rejoicing, brought me.

4 In death's dark vale I fear no ill,
with thee, dear Lord, beside me;
thy rod and staff my comfort still,
thy cross before to guide me.

5 Thou spreadst a table in my sight;
thy unction grace bestoweth;
and oh, what transport of delight
from thy pure chalice floweth!

6 And so through all the length of days,
thy goodness faileth never;
Good Shepherd, may I sing thy praise
within thy house forever.
Track Name: Kyrie Eleison (Lent 2018)
Kyrie Eleison
Lord Have mercy us
Kyrie Eleison
Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy,
Christ have mercy on us.
Track Name: Sanctus (Lent 2018)
Holy, holy, holy Lord
God of power and might
God of power and might
Heaven and earth are full of your glory
Hosanna in the highest!
Hosanna in the highest!
Hosanna in the highest!

Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord

Hosanna in the highest!
Hosanna in the highest!
Track Name: Jesus Savior Pilot Me (feat. Erin Colby) (Ordinary Time 2018)
1 Jesus, Savior, pilot me,
Over life's tempestuous sea;
Unknown waves before me roll,
Hiding rock and treach'rous shoal;
Chart and compass come from Thee:
Jesus, Savior, pilot me!

2 As a mother stills her child,
Thou canst hush the ocean wild;
Boist'rous waves obey Thy will
When Thou say'st to them, "Be still!"
Wondrous Sov'reign of the sea,
Jesus, Saviour, pilot me!

3 When at last I near the shore,
And the fearful breakers roar
'Twixt me and the peaceful rest,
Then, while leaning on Thy breast,
May I hear Thee say to me,
"Fear not, I will pilot thee!"
Track Name: Sing Alleluia (feat. Angie Capps) (Ordinary Time 2017)
The rocks and the rivers cry out and sing alleluia
The mountains and valleys cry out and sing alleluia

You are my God, Almighty God,
Yours are the Hands that have made me
You are My God, Creator God
In Your Hands hold me, shape me and mold me
May I Bring Joy to your Heart

The skies in the morning cry out and sing alleluia
The stars in the evening cry out and sing alleluia

Let all the nations cry out and
Sing alleluia
Sing alleluia
Sing alleluia
Track Name: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross (feat. Erin Colby) (Palm Sunday 2018)
1 When I survey the wondrous cross
on which the Prince of glory died,
my richest gain I count but loss,
and pour contempt on all my pride.

2 Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast
save in the death of Christ, my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them through his blood.

3 See, from his head, his hands, his feet,
sorrow and love flow mingled down.
Did e'er such love and sorrow meet,
or thorns compose so rich a crown?

4 Were the whole realm of nature mine,
that were a present far too small.
Love so amazing, so divine,
demands my soul, my life, my all.
Track Name: Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah (Ordinary Time 2017)
1 Guide me, O my great Redeemer,
pilgrim through this barren land;
I am weak, but you are mighty;
hold me with your powerful hand.
Bread of heaven, bread of heaven,
feed me now and evermore,
feed me now and evermore.

2 Open now the crystal fountain,
where the healing waters flow.
Let the fire and cloudy pillar
lead me all my journey through.
Strong Deliverer, strong Deliverer,
ever be my strength and shield,
ever be my strength and shield.

3 When I tread the verge of Jordan,
bid my anxious fears subside.
Death of death, and hell's Destruction,
land me safe on Canaan's side.
Songs of praises, songs of praises
I will ever sing to thee,
I will ever sing to thee.
Track Name: Be Thou My Vision (Practice Demo)
1 Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
be all else but naught to me, save that Thou art;
be Thou my best thought in the day and the night,
both waking and sleeping, Thy presence my light.

2 Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
be Thou ever with me, and I with Thee, Lord;
be Thou my great Father, and I Thy true son;
be Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

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