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God moves in a mysterious way

God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea
And rides upon the storm.

His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding every hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flower.

Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust Him for His grace;
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.

Blind unbelief is sure to err
And scan His work in vain;
God is His own interpreter,
And He will make it plain.

WORDS: William Cowper (1731-1800)
MUSIC: Matt Fray
© 2001 Matt Fray

Fairest Lord Jesus (with Let us Love and Sing and Wonder)

Fairest Lord Jesus, Ruler of all nature,
Son of God and Son of Man!
Thee will I cherish, thee will I honor,
Thou, my soul's glory, joy, and crown.

Fair are the meadows, fair are the woodlands,
Robed in the blooming garb of spring:
Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer,
Who makes the woeful heart to sing.

Beautiful Saviour!
Lord of the nations!
Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honor,
Praise, adoration,
Now and forever more be thine.

Let us love and sing and wonder;
Let us praise the Savior’s name
He has hushed the law’s loud thunder;
He has quenched Mount Sinai’s flame
He has washed us with His blood;
He has brought us nigh to God
Let us praise and join the chorus;
Of the saints enthroned on high
Here they trusted Him before us;
Now their praises fill the sky
You have washed us with your blood;
You are worthy Lamb of God

Fair is the sunshine, fair is the moonlight,
And all the twinkling, starry host:
Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer
Than all the angels heav'n can boast.

WORDS: German Jesuits (17th century), John Newton (1725-1807)
MUSIC: Ko Matsuo, Priscilla Nutting, Lindsay Korljan
© 2010 Ko Matsuo

Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah

Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah
Pilgrim through this barren land.
I am weak, but Thou art mighty;
Hold me with Thy powerful hand.
Bread of Heaven, Bread of Heaven,
Feed me till I want no more;
Feed me till I want no more.

Open now the crystal fountain,
Whence the healing stream doth flow;
Let the fire and cloudy pillar
Lead me all my journey through.
Strong Deliverer, strong Deliverer,
Be Thou still my Strength and Shield;
Be Thou still my Strength and Shield.

When I tread the verge of Jordan,
Bid my anxious fears subside;
Death of deaths, and hell’s destruction,
Land me safe on Canaan’s side.
Songs of praises, songs of praises,
I will ever give to Thee;
I will ever give to Thee.

WORDS: William Williams (1717-1791)
MUSIC: Ko Matsuo
© 2007 Ko Matsuo

There is a Fountain

There is a fountain filled with blood
Drawn from Emmanuel’s veins;
And sinners plunged beneath that flood;
Lose all their guilty stains.

The dying thief rejoiced to see
That fountain in his day;
And there have I, though vile as he,
Washed all my sins away.

Then in a nobler, sweeter song,
I’ll sing Thy power to save,
When this poor lisping, stammering tongue
Lies silent in the grave.

WORDS: William Cowper (1731-1800)
MUSIC: John Hatcher, Ko Matsuo
© 2002 John Hatcher

All the Way My Savior Leads Me

All the way my Savior leads me;
What have I to ask beside?
Can I doubt His tender mercy,
Who through life has been my Guide?
Heav’nly peace, divinest comfort,
Here by faith in Him to dwell!
For I know, whate’er befall me,
Jesus doeth all things well;

All the way my Savior leads me,
Cheers each winding path I tread;
Gives me grace for every trial,
Feeds me with the living Bread.
Though my weary steps may falter,
And my soul athirst may be,
Gushing from the Rock before me,
Lo! A spring of joy I see;

All the way my Savior leads me
O the fullness of His love!
Perfect rest to me is promised
In my Father’s house above.
When my spirit, clothed immortal,
Wings its flight to realms of day
This my song through endless ages
Jesus led me all the way;

WORDS: Fanny Crosby (1820-1915)
MUSIC: Erin Fray
© 2003 Erin Fray

Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee;
Let the water and the blood,
From Thy wounded side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure;
Save from wrath and make me pure.

Not the labor of my hands
Can fulfill Thy law’s demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears forever flow,
All for sin could not atone;
Thou must save, and Thou alone.

While I draw this fleeting breath,
When mine eyes shall close in death,
When I soar to worlds unknown,
See Thee on Thy judgment throne,

Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to the cross I cling;
Naked, come to Thee for dress;
Helpless look to Thee for grace;
Foul, I to the fountain fly;
Wash me, Savior, or I die.

WORDS: Augustus Toplady (1740-1778)
MUSIC: Ko and Kim Matsuo, Ryan Stoddard
© 2010 Ko Matsuo

Angels we have heard on high

Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o'er the plains,
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains.

Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be
Which inspire your heavenly song?

Gloria, Gloria
Gloria, Gloria
In excelsis Deo!

Come to Bethlehem and see
Him whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee,
Christ the Lord, the newborn King.

See with a manger laid,
Jesus Lord of heav’n and earth
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,
With us sing our Savior’s birth
For Christ is born of Mary, and gathered all above
While mortals sleep the angels keep their watch of wond’ring love
O morning stars proclaim the holy birth
And praises sing to God, and peace to men on earth
(Bridge verse adapted from "O Little Town of Bethlehem")

WORDS: Traditional French Carol
MUSIC: Ko Matsuo, John Hatcher, Leanne Mashouf
© 2005 Ko Matsuo

O the deep, deep love of Jesus

O the deep, deep love of Jesus, vast, unmeasured, boundless, free!
Rolling as a mighty ocean in its fullness over me!
Underneath me, all around me, is the current of Thy love
Leading onward, leading homeward to Thy glorious rest above!

O the deep, deep love of Jesus, spread His praise from shore to shore!
How He loveth, ever loveth, changeth never, nevermore!
How He watches o’er His loved ones, died to call them all His own;
How for them He intercedeth, watcheth o’er them from the throne!

O the deep, deep love of Jesus, love of every love the best!
’Tis an ocean full of blessing, ’tis a haven giving rest!
O the deep, deep love of Jesus, ’tis a heaven of heavens to me;
And it lifts me up to glory, for it lifts me up to Thee!

WORDS: Samuel Trevor Francis (1824-1925)
MUSIC: Ko Matsuo
© 2010 Ko Matsuo

Glory to the Father

Glory to the Father and Glory to the Son
Glory to the Spirit, forever and forever

For we were made to praise and worship You:
Father, Son and Spirit.
As it was in the beginning,
It shall be to the end

WORDS and MUSIC: Priscilla Nutting
© 1997 Priscilla Nutting