The Beatitudes EP (Fall '15)

by Hope College Worship

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Songs written by members of the Hope College Worship Team for our Fall 2015 series through the Beatitudes (Matthew 5).

It is surprisingly difficult to find musical adaptations of the Beatitudes - even though we often imagined this thick description of the Kingdom of God being chanted off of the lips of Jesus. Scholars tell us that the beatitudes are likely built from the prayerbook of the bible itself - so we knew we needed to sing them as we studied and prayed them.

As we've moved through the news-cycle of this Fall we've often returned to the Beatitudes for that daily gospel reorientation - that rejoicing comes not from a life easily experienced but a life that pursues peace, piercing right and inevitable suffering and injustice...but still we rejoice and are blessed.

My deepest gratitude to these students for pouring themselves into this project alongside all of the other busyness in their lives. It was a delight to see them surprised by what they wrote and how God blessed them through the process.

The Beatitudes are an iconic and centering reminder of true life in God's kingdom. May these songs encourage you as we worship through this Advent season 2015.

Grace and Peace,
Bruce Benedict
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Maddie Scott ‘16, Vocals
Kathryn Krieger ‘17, Vocals
Mitchell Conrad ‘17, Acoustic/Elec Guitar
Steven Holm ‘16, Electric Guitar
Aaron Goodyke ‘16, Keys & Organ
Izaac Arendsen ‘16, Drums
Tomas Brvenik ‘16, Bass
Lane Ellens, '17, Acoustic & Vocals
Christian Roberts, '17, Acoustic & Vocals
Jake Helder, '17, Bass
Kelsey King, '17, Vox
Sarah Carpenter, '17, Vox
Lauren Sweers, '18, Vox and keys
Seth McCall, '18, Drums

Guests:
Nate Roberts - Mandolin and Banjo
Josiah Panning - Bass

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released December 11, 2015

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Produced by Bruce Benedict for Hope College Worship
Mixed and Mastered by Paul Chamness and Drew Elliot @ Dimnent Studios and J. Miller Studios
Design by Michael Van Patter / www.michaelvanpatter.com
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Track Name: Lauren Sweers - Blessed Are You
Blessed are you in spit and dust and rust
When fear breathes down your neck
Blessed are you in black and blue and you
Are waiting on the dawn
Blessed are you, child of God, rejoice for
the kingdom that dwells in our midst is alive
It is yours
Rejoice
Track Name: Lane Ellens - To Be Called
Blessed, blessed
Blessed are the poor in spirit in spirit
Blessed, blessed,
Blessed are the poor in spirit
To look upon the face of God
To be called his children

Blessed, blessed
a voice calling through the wilderness
Blessed, blessed
a voice calling through the wilderness
To look upon the face of God
To be called His children

To be called the sons and daughters
of the lamb led to the slaughter
the Lord has made a way
that by grace and grace alone
we may bow before his throne
the meek the earth inherit
a grace we could not merit

Mercy, mercy
The price of peace, a perfect prince
Mercy, mercy
The price of peace, a perfect prince

Rejoice, rejoice
Be glad to sow the kingdom of heaven
Rejoice, rejoice
Be glad to sow the kingdom of heaven

To feed the hungry and the fatherless
To seek out the widow and call her blessed
Track Name: Christian Roberts - Rejoice and Be Glad
Rejoice and be glad
The kingdom of heaven, the kingdom of heaven is yours
You poor in spirit
You meek and mourning
Rejoice and be glad for you have been blessed

Rejoice and be glad
The mercy of heaven, the mercy of heaven is yours
You hungry children
You thirsty wanderers
Rejoice and be glad for you have been blessed

Come and enter in
Come reap the gift of salvation
Rejoice in the Lord most high
For in Christ, you have been blessed

Rejoice and be glad
The treasure of heaven, the treasure of heaven is yours
You pure in heart, you persecuted
Rejoice and be glad for you have been blessed

Come and enter in
Come reap the gift of salvation
Rejoice in the Lord most high
For in Christ, you have been blessed

Come be comforted
Come be filled with the spirit
Rejoice in the Lord most high
For in Christ, you have been blessed
Track Name: Bruce Benedict - You Are Blessed
If you are poor and weak,
You are blessed;
God will give to you his kingdom.

If you lament and mourn,
You are blessed;
God will comfort all your grieving

If you are meek and mild,
You are blessed;
God will pour out all his riches.

If you are starved for right
You are blessed;
God will fill you with his goodness

CHORUS:
Rejoice, Rejoice, Rejoice in your God

If you are merciful,
You are blessed;
God will show you His great mercy.

If you are pure in heart,
You are blessed;
You will see the face of Yahweh.

CHORUS:

If you are filled with peace,
You are blessed;
God will make you his own children.

If you are pierced for good,
You are blessed;
God will give to you his kingdom.

Bridge:
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia
to the King of Kings And Lord of Lords
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia
for the strangers here, the refugees
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia
To those who died for Jesus Christ!

Alt Chorus:
Rejoice you persecuted
Rejoice you martyrs in his name

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