ANCHOR (2017)

Work The Land

Lyrics and Music by Mark Edwards

[Genesis 1-3]

 

In the mist it hovered

Across the water

Amidst the night

There was a spark in the garden

From dust into nostrils

A breaking of light

 

In harmony

There was no fear in us, in harmony

Nothing to cover up, in harmony

Yeah we sipped the cup, in harmony

 

But a crack in the scenery

A fissure, an opening

Made way for the rain

It turned light into shade

Peace into shame

Obscurity, pain

 

Disharmony

We set out to work the land

We set out to work the land

We set out to work the land

We set out to work the land

 

Anchor (Love)

Lyrics and Music by Mark Edwards
Add'l Vocals by Adeline, Ilya and Heidi Edwards

[Hebrews 6:19]

 

It was in love, in flesh and blood

You shared in humanity

To free all of us

Gripped in fear of death, held in slavery

 

In your blood atoned        

All graces flow

We have this hope     

An anchor for the soul

Oh, an anchor for the soul

 

It was in love,caught by snare

Laid bare in a humble state

But you, in great resolve

Endured in this for our righteousness

For all righteousness

 

In your blood atoned        

All graces flow

We have this hope     

An anchor for the soul

Oh, an anchor for the soul

 

Onboard

Lyrics by Lucy Larcom (1892) and Mark Edwards

Music by Mark Edwards
Add'l Vocals by Adeline, Ilya and Heidi Edwards

[Genesis 7, Matthew 24: 36-39]

 

Draw Thou my soul, O Christ

Close to Thy will Divine

Raise my low self above

Already won by Thy deathless love

 

Lead forth my soul, O Christ

One with Thy own, O Christ

Thee with my strength renew

All glory be to You

 

(All glory be to You)

 

Oh blessed mercy, Savior

On a sinner lost in danger

Of being swallowed by the sea

Have mercy on me

Oh to be counted in your calling

When the rain, rain starts falling

Shut your ark on me

Before it flows, explodes in from the deep

Allow me onboard

and shut your ark on me

 

Distortion

Lyrics and Music by Mark Edwards
Add'l Vocals by Heidi Edwards

[2 Cor 3: 16-18]

 

All the noise outside

Clouds the paths

Obscures the mind

Feeding back, marking time

Creates the haze

Obscures the mind

 

Clear

Clear the distortion

 

We’re calling out to find a love like yours

Get in the mind

For your blood and kiss of wine, a light divine

Get in the mind

Clear

Clear the distortion

 

Dissolved

Lyrics by Isaac Watts (Hymn 1:9, arr. Edwards)

Music by Mark Edwards

[Micah 7: 18-20]

 

Oh the Lord will feed our souls

With more substantial meat

With such as saints in glory love

With such as angels eat

 

Our heart, that flinty stubborn thing

That terrors cannot move

That fears no threatening of His wrath

Shall be dissolved by love

Or He can take the flint away

That would not be refined

And from the treasures of His grace

Bestow a softer mind

 

Solid Rock

Lyrics by Edward Mote (1834) and Haldor Lillenas (1918)

Music by Mark Edwards
Add'l Vocals by Adeline, Ilya and Heidi Edwards

[Matthew 7: 24-27]

 

My hope is built on nothing less

than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;

I dare not trust the sweetest frame,

but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

 

On Christ, the solid rock, I stand;

all other ground is sinking sand,

Sinking sand, sand, sand…ooh

 

When darkness veils his lovely face,

I rest on his unchanging grace;

in every high and stormy gale,

my anchor holds within the veil.

 

On Christ, the solid rock, I stand;

all other ground is sinking sand,

Sinking sand, sand, sand…ooh

 

Wonderful the matchless grace of Jesus

Deeper than the mighty rolling sea

All sufficient grace for even me