by Lauren Sweers

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Original songs by Hope College Worship leader Lauren Sweers ('18)


released May 11, 2018

All songs by Lauren Sweers, '18
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Jack Miller, '18
Art and design by Blake Johnson, '17

Lauren Sweers, vox and keys
Michael Stone, electric guitar
Jack Miller, electric guitar
Andrew Kalthoff, bass
Seth McCall, drums

Produced by Bruce Benedict, Jack Miller, and Lauren Sweers for Hope College Campus Ministries
(c) 2018 Hope College Campus Ministries


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A collection of albums released by Hope College Campus Ministries that record the work of God through music and worship -
mostly recorded live in Dimnent Chapel.

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Track Name: Chrysanthemums
It's not the odds you bet your life on
It's not the pillow you set your head on
It's not the anchor you tie your ship to
It's not the tempo you set the song to

But it's all you hear for a while
and the light seems dimmer and dimmer but it's only you
and that sparrow flies into the window
again and again and again and again and again

It's not the lullaby you fall asleep to
It's not the girl you give a ring to
It's not the hook you'd hang a frame on
It's not the line you'd sign your name on

It's not the hill you choose to die on

But it's all you know in a while
and the room seems dimmer and dimmer but it's only you
and that sparrow flies into the window
again and again and again
and then Christmas comes for a while
and the truth you remember flies in for the weekend
but quickly it's gone, and you've been cold for so long
that you're falling asleep in the snow
Track Name: Red
And that was yesterday
But I've been in bed for years
Writing my elegies
Making faces in the mirror
Fading into what sent me running
Leaning into the lovely lies
Watching the breeze blow in through the open door
They say if you dig a little deeper
You will find what you need
So I did, and I dug, sinking into myself
They tell you to be stronger
Use the hurt as your armor
So I hung, yes I clung, to the wrongs,
to the red
Red, raging red
Rotting red

And that was yesterday
But the garden's overgrown
The war is gone and past
What'll I do now that I'm on my own
Track Name: Spots
These old spots upon my skin
I can hide, but am I ever hidden?
Quiet questions from my lips
I have asked, but have I ever listened?
Oh do you want to be healed
from the Well that never dries away?
From the One who clothes you all in white
on your wedding day?
Blemished heart, and faithless bride,
I could run, but you pursue me farthest
This old past, borne on my brow
But I can trust that you have called it "finished"
Yes, Lord, yes
Yes to Your healing hands
Yes to Your good plan, I know that You can
if you are willing
Track Name: Altogether Lovely
Like the morning, Your mercy renews
Old as the sun and as fresh as the dawn
Majesty ageless, grace that is endless
Ever faithful, Your promises sure
Teach us to knock and You'll open the door
Hope for the hopeless, joy for the weary soul
You are al - to - ge - ther lovely!
You are altogether beautiful!
Sons and daughters, Lord who are we to
Share in Your love, bear the likeness of You?
Here in Your presence, free and made fearless
You are altogether lovely!
You are altogether beautiful!