Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations

by Rick Lee James

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Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations - Rick Lee James - Independent - in cooperation with Lifeway Worship
This is probably the only album in history to recieve an endorsement from world renown theologian Walter Brueggemann, who says, "Rick Lee James has a great gift for taking up familiar words and giving them freshness with new cadence and voicing. I anticipate that this album will be received as a great gift by many who will find their faith nourished and awakened by it." Written and arranged using hymnals and prayer books for inspiration, this collection of 10 modern hymnic worship songs will inspire individuals and congregations to draw near to the heart of God. Highlights include Christ Is Lord (Christ Before Me) inspired by St. Patrick's Breastplate Prayer, Advent Hymn (Watching, Wating, Longing), and the communion hymn, The Invitation. Worship leaders will be glad to know that Lifeway Worship is publishing music for each song on this intentionally congregational album.



"I have listened to Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations and am so grateful for it. Rick Lee James has a great gift for taking up familiar words and giving them freshness with new cadence and voicing. I love the Advent Hymn (Watching, Waiting, Longing), which gives newness to the phrases of Isaiah. Watching, waiting, and longing is what we do now, and these songs help us do that in confidence. I anticipate that this album will be received as a great gift by many who will find their faith nourished and awakened by it."

Walter Brueggemann



From Rick Lee James:
To The Listeners: My prayer is that this record will inspire you to worship God our Father, through Jesus the Son, in the power of the Holy Spirit. I wrote and arranged these songs using hymnals, prayer books and works of theology; serving and receiving the Lord's Supper as often as I could, in order to accept God's invitation. My hope and prayer is that these songs will help you, as well, to accept the invitation of our Savior. I hope you can hear and feel the logical flow from one song to the next as you worship through the album from start to finish. No matter who you are, what you've done, or where you've been, God loves you and welcomes you to His table; for everyone there is a place. I pray this music and the pace of this record will be spiritual food and drink for you. Take and eat, raise and drink, this is the invitation.

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released March 17, 2016

Credits:
Producer: Craig Adams

Drums: Scott Williamson
Bass: Matt Pierson
Electric and Acoustic Guitars: Dave Cleveland
Electric and Acoustic Guitars: Mike Payne
Lead Electric Guitar (Tracks 1, 3, 4, & 5) Rick Lee James
Piano and Keys: Jason Webb
Background Vocals: Craig Adams

Instrument Tracking: The Poole Room, Franklin Tennessee
Engineer: Randy Poole
2nd Engineer: Casey Barker

Vocal Tracking, Mixing, & Mastering: Uno Mas Recording Studio, Franklin Tennessee
Engineer: Doug Sarrett

Photography: Jessica Valle

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Rick Lee James is a singer and songwriter, a gifted speaker, a worship leader and a Podcast host who has worked with the likes of Jason Gray, Andrew Peterson, Sara Groves, Michael Card, Brian Zahnd, Tripp York, Brett Mccracken, Ian Morgan Cron and many more. ... more

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Track Name: Christ Is Lord (Christ Before Me)
Verse 1
I bind unto myself today the Father, Spirit, Son
I call upon the holy Name of God the three in One.
I rise today by power of faith that Christ was born to save
Conquering death upon the cross and bursting from the grave.

Chorus:
Christ before me, Christ behind
Christ to guide me, Christ beside
Christ to comfort, Christ restore
Hallelujah, Christ is Lord

Verse 2
I bind unto myself the power of His redeeming love
The sweet well done of judgement hour
In Christ this work is done.

Chorus:
Christ before me, Christ behind
Christ to guide me, Christ beside
Christ to comfort, Christ restore
Hallelujah, Christ is Lord

Verse 3
I bind unto myself the might of God to hold and stay.
His ear to hear, His eye to see, His hand to guide the way.
Against the demon snares of sin that drive temptation's storm
The lust, the greed, the wars of men, in Christ their hold is torn.

Chorus:
Christ before me, Christ behind
Christ to guide me, Christ beside
Christ to comfort, Christ restore
Hallelujah, Christ is Lord
Track Name: My Savior's Love
Verse 1
I stand amazed in the presence
of Jesus, the Nazarene,
and wonder how how He could love me,
a sinner, condemned, unclean.

Verse 2
For me it was in the garden
He prayed, "Not my will, but Thine";
He had no tears for His own griefs,
but sweat drops of blood for mine.

Chorus:
How marvelous! how wonderful!
and my song shall ever be;
how marvelous, how wonderful!
is my Savior’s love for me!

Verse 3
He took my sins and my sorrows,
He made them His very own;
He bore the burden to Calvary,
and suffered and died alone.

Chorus:
How marvelous! how wonderful!
and my song shall ever be;
how marvelous, how wonderful!
is my Savior’s love for me!

Verse 4
When with the ransomed in glory
His face I at last shall see,
’twill be my joy through the ages
to sing of His love for me. [Refrain]

Chorus:
How marvelous! how wonderful!
and my song shall ever be;
how marvelous, how wonderful!
is my Savior’s love for me!
Track Name: More Than The Watchman (Psalm 130)
Verse 1
Out of the depths, Lord hear my cry
I bow my head, swallow my pride
If you should keep a record of wrongs
Lord who could stand? All hope would be gone

Pre-Chorus
I wait for You, I trust in Your word
You give us grace where none is deserved.

Chorus
More than the watchman waits for the morning
So does my soul wait here for You, Lord
I don’t want to move, I don’t want to speak
Not ‘til I know I’ve heard from Your Word
I’ll wait all night with eyes wide open,
I’m not going to sleep ‘til I am whole
'Til I am whole
'Til I am whole
‘wholly Yours

Verse 2
All of my life is held in Your hands
Unfailing love, covers my sin
You will redeem, You will restore
Out of Your grace, forgiveness is poured

Pre-Chorus
I wait for You, I trust in Your word
You give us grace where none is deserved.

Chorus
More than the watchman waits for the morning
So does my soul wait here for You, Lord
I don’t want to move, I don’t want to speak
Not ‘til I know I’ve heard from Your Word
I’ll wait all night with eyes wide open,
I’m not going to sleep ‘til I am whole
'Til I am whole
'Til I am whole
wholly Yours
Track Name: Advent Hymn (Watching, Waiting, Longing)
Heaven sent a child to save us, light for all to see
Helpless baby, mighty savior, holy mystery.
Unto us a son is given, born in Bethlehem
Lamb of God the light of nations, God in flesh became

Chorus
Watching, waiting, longing for the day
When His people would glorify the Name above all names

Verse 2
For the joy that lay before Him, chose our agony
Jesus bore the wrath of Calvary, washing sinners clean.
Our Messiah, Christ our brother, word of God in flesh
Loosed the chains that held us captive, broke the bonds of death

Chorus
Watching, waiting, longing for the day
When His people would glorify the Name above all names

Verse 3
So we wait with expectation for His Advent here.
Bride of Christ, His word proclaimed for all the world to hear.
He will come in clouds descending at the trumpet sound
In the light of Christ our Savior every knee will bow.

Final Chorus
Born in an manger, dying on a tree
Rising Easter morning to set His people free
(We’re) Watching, waiting, longing for the day
When all nations will glorify the Name above all names
Track Name: O God Our Help In Ages Past
Verse 1
O God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come,
our shelter from the stormy blast,
and our eternal home:

Verse 2
Under the shadow of your throne
Still may we dwell secure;
sufficient is Thine arm alone,
and our defense is sure.

Chorus:
Today, tomorrow, in ages past
The Alpha, Omega, the first and last.
Who is, Who was, Who is to come
The Father, the Spirit, the risen Son

Verse 3
Before the hills in order stood
or earth received its frame,
from everlasting Thou art God,
to endless years the same.

Verse 4.
O God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come,
Be Thou our guide while life shall last,
and our eternal home!

Chorus:

Chorus:
Today, tomorrow, in ages past
The Alpha, Omega, the first and last.
Who is, Who was, Who is to come
The Father, the Spirit, the risen Son

Verse 4
O God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come,
Be Thou our guide while life shall last,
and our eternal home!
Track Name: And Can It Be
Verse 1
And can it be that I should gain
An interest in the Savior's blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain-
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

Chorus:
Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

Verse 2
He left His Father's throne above
So free, so infinite His grace-
Emptied Himself of all but love,
And bled for Adam's helpless race:
'Tis mercy all, immense and free,
For O my God, it found out me!

Chorus:
Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

Verse 3
Long my imprisoned spirit lay,
Fast bound in sin and nature's night;
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray-
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.
My chains fell off, my heart was free,

I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.

Chorus:
Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
Track Name: Morning Hymn (The Long Night Has Passed)
Verse 1
The long night has passed, the dawn has arrived
so open your mouths to sing.
Come open your hearts, come open your eyes,
in unity before the King.
For Christ is the light that's shining on us
chasing the darkness away
and His open arms are drawing us near.
He's calling his people to pray.

Verse 2
Our Father in heav'n it is the delight
of angels and saints above
to worship before Your glorious throne
announcing Your beauty and love.
Lord, grant us a glimpse of all they behold
unveil our limited eyes
that we might perfect Your praises on earth
will all of our hearts opened wide

Verse 3
The valleys and hills, the oceans and skies,
the trees and the fruitful lands
are all telling forth the Glory of God,
proclaiming the work of His hands.
So with all creation we lift our voice
filling the earth with praise.
May we truly be Your people today
in all that we do and we say.

Verse 4
So pardon us Lord, for wrongs we have done
and help us to enter in
the Kingdom of God whose doorway is Christ,
the path to forgiveness of sins.
How great is the love the Father has shown
calling us children of God.
No height and no depth, no devil or foe
can separate us from His love.
Can separate us from His love.

Ending:

How great is the love the Father has shown
calling us children of God.
No height and no depth, no devil or foe
can separate us from His love.
Can separate us from His love.
Track Name: Christ Has Died, Christ Is Risen
Verse 1
There are things in life uncertain
Mysteries I will never know
There are paths that I have taken
Where I never should have gone

There are lies that try to sway me
But this truth will conquer them
Christ has died Christ is risen
Christ is coming back again

Verse 2
Put to death your sinful nature
Every lust and every greed
Clothe yourselves with Christ's compassion
Gentleness humility

For you died and now are hidden
In this truth that always lives
Christ has died Christ is risen
Christ is coming back again

Chorus 1
I will glory in my Savior
I will boast only in Him
Who has died and is risen
And is coming back again

Verse 3
Since you have been raised with Jesus
Set your hearts on things above
Things in heav'n where Christ is seated
At the right hand of our God
And forgive as He forgives you
Let us all be one in Him
Who has died and is risen
And is coming back again

Chorus 1
I will glory in my Savior
I will boast only in Him
Who has died and is risen
And is coming back again
Track Name: Depth of Mercy
Verse:
Verse 1
Depth of mercy! Can there be
Mercy still reserved for me?
Can my God His wrath forbear,
Me, the chief of sinners, spare? Me, the chief of sinners, spare?

Verse 2
I have long withstood His grace,
Long provoked Him to His face,
Would not listen to His calls,
Grieved Him by a thousand falls. Grieved Him by a thousand falls.

Chorus
I my Master have denied,
I afresh have crucified,
And profaned His hallowed Name,
Put Him to an open shame. Put Him to an open shame.

Verse 3
Now incline me to repent
let me now my sins lament
Now my foul revolt deplore
Turn, believe, and sin no more.
Turn, believe, and sin, no more.

Chorus 2
There for me the Savior stands,
Holding out His nail scarred hands.
God is love! I know, I feel;
Jesus saves and loves me still. Jesus saves and loves me still.
Track Name: The Invitation
Verse 1
To every daughter, every son
Every tribe and every tongue
This is the call, the heart of love
This is the invitation

Verse 2
The table's spread with bread and wine
The life and blood of Jesus Christ
Take and eat, raise and drink
This is the invitation.

Chorus
This is the table of the Lord
For everyone there is a place
Taste and see that He is good
The bread of life, the cup of grace
This is the invitation

Verse 3
To every soul, both strong and weak
For every heart that dares to seek
To all condemned there is mercy
This is the invitation

Chorus
This is the table of the Lord
For everyone there is a place
Taste and see that He is good
The bread of life, the cup of grace
This is the invitation

Verse 4
To every daughter, every son
This is where we belong
Take and eat, raise and drink