Songs For a Revolution of Hope

by Brian Mclaren, The Restoration Project

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released 01 October 2007

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Track Name: With Kindness
With Kindness
Words and music by Brian McLaren
Publishing, Revolution of Hope Music Group SESAC 2007, all rights reserved. Registered with CCLI


G D G D
Christ has no body here but ours
G D G Fm
No hands, no feet, here on earth but ours
G D
Ours are the eyes though which he looks
D
On this world
A D
With Kindness

Ours are the hands through which he works
Ours are the feet on which he moves
Ours are the voices through which he speaks
To this world
With Kindness

G D
Through our touch, our smile, our listening ear
G D A
Embodied in us, Jesus is living here

Let us go now
Filled with the Spirit
Into this world
With Kindness
Track Name: Seek Justice
Seek Justice
Words and music by Brian McLaren and Aaron Strumpel,
Publishing, Revolution of Hope Music Group, all rights reserved. Registered with CCLI


(capo 2)
Em C
How will we seek justice … Lord as you require?
Em C
How will we seek justice … Lord as you desires?
B7 A7
To protest abuse of power, we’ll face danger and arrest.
B7 A7
We will stand against aggression and side with the oppressed.

G-C cycle
May we seek your justice and love kindness and walk humbly with you God.

How will we love kindness … Lord as you require
How will we love kindness … Lord as you desire
To the orphan, widow, stranger, we’ll show hospitality.
We’ll befriend the outcast sinner, and defend the refugee.

May we seek your justice and love kindness and walk humbly with you God.

How will we walk humbly … Lord as you require
How will we walk humbly … Lord as you desire
We will not pretend to be, better than we are
We will not hide failure or cover up our scar

May we seek your justice and love kindness and walk humbly with you God.
Track Name: 11:57
11:57

Words and music by Brian McLaren
Publishing, Revolution of Hope Music Group 2007, all rights reserved. Registered with CCLI


We made a suicidal system, and we said it was predestined, we said devil made us do it, we told a lot of lies. It was a system of injustice, built on arrogance and greed, it was an empire for the powerful, and a hell for those in need. A suicidal system. A suicidal system.

We made a suicidal system, and we turned a handsome profit, and we made a billion guns, and made more wars to utilize them. And we keep the poor in slums, to ignore them or despise them, and we broadcast shows and movies, to amuse and tranquilize them … in the suicidal system, the suicidal system.

God help us, for we are trapped
Stuck in this grim machine
Please free us, teach us to live
In joy and peace and justice

We made a suicidal system, and we pumped it full of toxin, and we killed off lots of species, and we made the world an oven. And we built a lot of churches, and we saved a lot of souls, but we destroyed a lot of good things, and our way of life was full of holes. A suicidal system. It’s a suicidal system.

We made a suicidal system that cannot be sustained. It must be redirected and we must be retrained … to reclaim our true identity in harmony and care with saving love for everyone to free all creatures everywhere from the suicidal system. The suicidal system.

God help us, for we are trapped
Stuck in this grim machine
Please free us, teach us to live
In joy and peace and justice

We made a suicidal system, and we pray it’s not too late, but it’s 11:57, so we’d best not hesitate. It’s time for a defection, to choose a new direction, to seek for reconnection, pass through death to resurrection from the suicidal system … The suicidal system.

There is another system, another way to go, it’s nearer than the air you breathe, it’s better than you know. It’s a sacred ecosystem, it’s invisible but there, it’s a gentle revolution, it’s the answer to our prayer. An answer to our prayers.

God help us, for we are trapped
Stuck in this grim machine
Please free us, teach us to live
In joy and peace and justice

Dark valley, shadows of death
Please be our shepherd Lord
Still waters, green pastures
There we will be restored
Track Name: Let Your Kingdom Come
Let Your Kingdom Come
Words and music by Brian McLaren and Tracy Howe
Publishing, Revolution of Hope Music Group, all rights reserved. Registered with CCLI


Em-C
Hallelujah
Let your kingdom come

Em-C
Hallelujah
Let your kingdom come

Em D
Let your kingdom come and liberate
C B7
Every prisoner of greed and hate

Let it fill our hearts
With love for you
For our neighbors and
For our enemies too

CHORUS

Let your kingdom come and end all war
And the pain and grief of the oppressed and poor
Let all violence be finally put away
Let the streets find safety so the children can play

CHORUS

Let your kingdom come and let cool streams flow
Let your fields flourish fresh wind blow
Let your children save instead of destroy
Let every creature thrive free in health and joy.

CHORUS

G D
Let your kingdom come and every knee bow
Em C
To the king who was, will be and is now
G D
And let justice roll, as the rivers run
Em C
And let death give way to resurrection!
Track Name: Today
Today
Words and music by Brian McLaren and Aaron Strumpel
Publishing, Revolution of Hope Music Group, all rights reserved. Registered with CCLI


(capo 2)
D
Today up came the sun
G
Today’s for everyone
A
Today the Lord has made

Today now we can see
Today we can be free
Today the Lord has made

CH
G A
So my friends let us be glad
D/B
Let’s live in hope
Dsus2/C#
Could be the best day ever

So my friends let us be glad
Let’s live in joy
Could be the best day we’ve had

V2
Today we may dance
Today’s let’s take a chance
Today the Lord has made
Today we can set sail
Today take a new trail
Today the Lord has made

Bridge
Bm A
Agents of Progress and Lovers of Justice
G A
You are called to be in the moments of the here and now
Bm A
So let’s not forget it, this glorious present
G A
It’s like the sweetest kiss, this gift of today
Track Name: Canticle
CANTICLE OF THE SUN

D A Bm
Be praised, my Lord, through Brother Sun,
G D A
who brings the light of day;
G D A D Bm A
He’s beautiful and radiant, like you!
Be praised, my Lord, through Sister Moon
Through all her sister stars
They’re luminous and wonderful, like you!
G A D G D A
I praise and bless You Lord, and give a grateful heart,
G A D G D A
To serve and love You Lord in humility and joy.

Be praised, my Lord, through Brother Wind
And Sister Cloud and Storm,
They bring flowers from Mother Earth for you.
Be praised, my Lord, through Brother Bird,
You gave him wings to fly
He sings with joy and soars up high for you.

Through Sister Water, Lord, be praised,
She’s humble, useful, too
She’s precious, clear and pure, O Lord, like you.
Be praised, my Lord, through Brother Fire,
Whose beauty glows at night
He’s cheerful, powerful, and strong, like you.

Be praised through all those who forgive,
The patient, kind and brave
Enduring suffering, trial, and pain, like you.
Be praised, my Lord, through Sister Death
Who will embrace all life,
And carry us up to the arms of you.
Track Name: In Your Crucifixion
In Your Crucifixion
Words and music by Brian McLaren
Publishing, Revolution of Hope Music Group, all rights reserved. Registered with CCLI


Am Dm Am
In your incarnation, may I embody too
Am Dm Am
The glory of creation, God’s image shining through.
Dm Am
As at your baptism, descending like a dove,
Dm Am
May your Spirit rest on me, baptizing me in love.

Walking on the road with you, may I learn your ways.
In the storm, at sea with you, may I trust you all my days.
May I be healed as were the sick who felt your gracious touch
May I love you as sinners did who were forgiven much.
Am F C G
I’ve been crucified with Christ but I am alive
Am F C G
For Christ was raised and now He lives in me
F Am
The life I live, I live by faith in the risen son of God
Dm G Am
Who loved me and gave himself for me,

In your crucifixion may I lay to rest
My prideful self-addiction, my craving for success.
And in your resurrection may I forever rise
To live in new connection, to see with different eyes.

And in your ascension, may I also ascend
And give my full attention, to you my Lord and friend
And may your Holy Spirit, sent like wind and fire,
Send me in your mission with one passionate desire.

I’ve been crucified with Christ but I am alive
For Christ was raised and now He lives in me
The life I live, I live by faith in the risen son of God
Who loved me and gave himself for me.
Track Name: Let's Confess
Let’s Confess It
Words and music by Brian McLaren.
Publishing, Revolution of Hope Music Group, all rights reserved. Registered with CCLI

Let’s confess it: there’s a lot of evil, lust and greed in our world. Oppression and sin build up pressure within until there’s an eruption of corruption. Beneath the skin, we skid and spin in spiritual crisis where vice is the norm, and justice, kindness, humility, and civility are all too rare.

Unaware of our despair, we smile in denial and say “It’s all OK. No need to change, no need to grow, just have another drink or smoke, tell another joke, and don’t think or rethink. Make another buck, with some luck you can buy a bigger house, store more stuff, drive fast, look good, keep up.”
Lord have mercy. Lord have mercy.

Meanwhile, addiction, rejection, and a lack of reflection spawn friction, dejection and a loss of direction. Every family, community, and nation are shaken. Creation’s resources are carelessly taken. And pollution scars every ocean, mountain, breeze, and shore, with visible symptoms of our inner war.

We’re all victims. We’re all villains. We’re stuck in the web that we spun ourselves. But God lights a spark of hope in the dark to help us cope with all that’s wrong and needs to be made right. God has come into all our pain, shame, and loss through the cross, and calls us to a path of life, love, purpose, and peace.
Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy.

If we humble ourselves to believe and receive, a river will flow and a candle will glow in a secret sacred place within us, very deep, where we have been wasting in shadows, half-dead or half-asleep. We’ve been falling in a vicious viral downward spiral that leads to death. Let’s wake up, hear God calling, take a deep, fresh breath.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

“We confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart and we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and please forgive, that we may finally and fully learn to live in dignity and unity, integrity and harmony, delighting in your will and walking in your ways, to the glory of your name. Amen.”

Lord have mercy. Lord have mercy.
Track Name: Chant
Chant:
Adapted by Brian McLaren

This is a simple chant form that I’ve been teaching people around the world. Drawing from our monastic heritage, chant allows us to savor words of Scripture, unifying our hearts and voices in a desire to hear the Word speak to us through the words as we form them and hold them with our lips, lungs, and voices. This poem from Paul’s letter to the Colossians may have been a hymn in the early church. It presents a vision of Christ as the true authority, relativizing Caesar and all other “principalities and powers.” Christ brings peace – not through swords and spears (or bombs and guns), but through love that led him to forgive even as he died. Caesar used the cross to dominate; Christ used the cross in a radically different way, celebrated in this chant.

You can use this chant form by putting a passage of Scripture in singable lines. Any line that is printed or projected at the left margin is sung on a single tone until the last word, where melody goes down a full note and then back up to the original note. Any line that is printed or projected with indentation (or perhaps with a different color) is sung on a single tone, but then at the last word, the voices rise by a minor third interval and then back to the original note. Of course, there are many other forms of simple Scripture-singing too – and new forms waiting to be invented as well.

Christ is the image of the God who can’t be seen.
Christ is the image of the God who can’t be seen.
The firstborn of all creation.

In him all things were created.
Things in heaven and on earth
Things visible and invisible
Whether thrones or dominions, rulers or powers
All things have been created through him
All things have been created for him.

And he is before all things.
All things hold together in him.
And he is the head of the body, the church
He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead.

So he has the first place in everything.
For in him all the fullness -
The fullness of God -
Was pleased to dwell.

In Him God was pleased to reconcile all things
All things to himself,
All things on earth,
all things in heaven

By making peace through the blood of his cross.
By making peace through the blood of his cross.
Track Name: Atheist
Atheist
Words and music by Brian McLaren and Aaron Strumpel.
Publishing, Revolution of Hope Music Group, all rights reserved. Registered with CCLI


Am G Am
I am an atheist when it comes to the god of violent jihad.
Am G Am
I am an atheist when it comes to the lord who converts by the sword
Am G Am G Am
I am an atheist when it comes to the mission of politicians using religion as ammunition.

Am – A9 G/A
I believe in you - the artist of trees and galaxies
A G/A
I believe in you - the poet of oceans and rivers and streams
A G/A
I believe in you - the god of compassion who calls us to action
A G/A
I believe in you

X/A
I can’t believe what they believe but I believe in you (4X)
I can’t believe what they believe but I believe in you (4X)

I believe in you - majestic designer of space and time
I believe in you - composer of beauty and music of life
I believe in you - the holy forgiver and wild reconciler
I believe in you

I am an atheist to the gods of the greedy ignoring the needy.
I am an atheist to the gods who make others torture and suffer
I am an atheist when it comes to the view of the chosen few, who judge and condemn all who differ them.

I believe in you … mighty in meekness and gentle in power
I believe in you … the word who has spoken good news to the broken
I believe in you … Transcending mystery, with us in history
I believe in you
Track Name: Hymn of Remorse
Hymn of Remorse
Words and music by Brian McLaren and Tracy Howe.
Publishing, Revolution of Hope Music Group, all rights reserved. Registered with CCLI

E B/Eb C#m
We covered over your colorful earth with grey cement
E B/Eb C#m
We cut own trees and stripped the soil wherever we went
A B
We scarred the hills for gold and coal
A B
Blind with greed inside our soul
A B
Our goal to have complete control
E B/Eb
Lord we repent

A B E C#m A B E
Lord, have mercy. Can we be restored?
A B E C#m A B
Lord, have mercy.

We have children we don’t love so we shove them away
Make sex a drug, the more we take the more we crave
From tender kiss to slamming doors
From sacred vows to lawyer wars
Break ours down to mine and your
With no remorse

Lord, have mercy. Can we be restored?
Lord, have mercy.

What of the lands of tribes and nations who lived here first?
Who took the best with broken treaties and left the worst?
By whom were slaves bought, used and sold?
Who valued people less than gold?
Who told us racist lies until our hearts went cold?

The noise of traffic is drowning out the songbird’s song.
Your voice within us telling us that we’ve gone wrong.
You call us from our selfishness,
To be blessed and to bless.
To turn to you, begin anew.
Lord we say yes.

Lord, have mercy. Can we be restored?
Lord, have mercy.
Track Name: Love and Justice
Love and Justice
Words and music by Brian McLaren
Publishing, Revolution of Hope Music Group, all rights reserved. Registered with CCLI


Am G Am
The politicians lie/ to lengthen their regime
Am G E7
The corporations buy/ souls for profit
The factories breathe acid/ and leak into the stream
And every day the earth gets hotter,/ who will stop it?

Am Em Am
Oh God of love and justice, let your will be done!

Newscasters amuse,/ distracting from the truth
The advertisers use/ sex for profit
Entertainers choose/ to seduce our youth
Life gets cheaper every day/, who will stop it?

Terrorists plot violence/ and governments do too
Scientists and engineers/ improve our kill-power
Parents sit in silence/, not knowing what to do,
Who will stir the dying embers/ of good-will power?

The churches pray for peace/ but then they vote for war
The preachers preach for profit/ and twist our story
No wonder people don’t/ believe anymore
They’re waiting for good news/ of hope and glory

The human race is building/ a suicide machine.
The people cheer and dance /as gears are turning.
When will we wake up from/ this self-destructive scheme
So everything can change … God’s kingdom coming!
Track Name: Majesty and Power
Majesty and Power

Words and music by Brian McLaren. Publishing, Revolution of Hope Music Group, all rights reserved. Registered with CCLI

CAPO 5
D/F# G Am7 D/F#
Am7 D C/G G


G/B C Dm7 G/B
Majesty and power, immensity and might
Tenderness and nearness, mystery and light
Just and full of mercy, high and reaching low
Forgiving and so holy, beyond all we can know
Dm7 G F/C C
O Lord, how great you are! O Lord, how great you are!

Maker of the mountains, tender of the trees
Sender of the rainfall, calmer of the seas
Singer of the woodlands, Silence of the sky,
I look up and wonder: Lord, who am I?
O Lord, how great you are! O Lord, how great you are!

Healer of the broken, champion of the poor
Turner of the tables, Knocking on the door
Dying on a cross, bearing all our sin,
Rising up victorious, with us and within.
O Lord, how great you are! O Lord, how great you are!
Track Name: God Bless the Poor
God Bless the Poor
Words and music by Brian McLaren
Publishing, Revolution of Hope Music Group, all rights reserved. Registered with CCLI

Intro: A9-A
A9
God bless the poor
Bless them with the treasure that the rich take for granted
D9 A D
Bless them with true prosperity
A D A
To have all that they need, enough and then some more to share
E E/D E/C# E/B
And wisdom to enjoy the priceless blessings flowing everywhere
A
For free

God bless the rich
Bless them with the treasure that their money cannot buy
Bless them with generosity to realize we can only save the things we give away
And the only wealth worth having is the joy of having family
For free

God bless the wounded
The migrant and the refugee who see just to survive
Bless them with hospitality to keep their hope alive just one more day
through strangers who in kindness open hands and doors
and borders until all are safe
And free

God bless us all
Every child from here to Africa and in between
Bless us with gratitude to savor every breath, the gift of every present moment
And dance with all our strength within your rhythm and your music
To be free
Track Name: If We Don't Have Love
If We Don’t Have Love
Words and music by Brian McLaren.
Publishing, Revolution of Hope Music Group, all rights reserved. Registered with CCLI


Bm A Bm Bm A Bm
What difference does it make if we speak like angels
If we have all knowledge and we know every mystery
What difference does it make if our faith moves mountains.
If we give our money and die like martyrs.
D Bm A Bm
Hey – hey, Ho – ho. We have nothing if we don’t have love.
Hey – hey, Ho – ho. We have nothing if we don’t have love.

Love is patient. Love is kind.
It does not envy or boast in pride.
Love is never rude or selfish.
It’s not hot-tempered and holds no grudges.

Love does not delight in evil.
Love rejoices with the truth.
Love protects, believes, and hopes
Love endures and never fails.