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by Zachary Ross

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I've always been fascinated with church music and how it has evolved over the years. In this album I have tried to take ideas from all across church history and put my own spin on them. I truly hope this album blesses you and gives you the same feeling of wonder and awe that I felt as I made it.

Thanks to Thomas for singing harmony with me; I hope we work together more soon.

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released February 16, 2017

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Track Name: Dona Nobis Pacem
Dona nobis pacem (grant us peace)
Track Name: Broken Vessels
There's a little church on a small green hill somewhere in Italy
Whose stones have been worn down through many years
And there's a little man and he's all alone, but he's happy as can be
And as he's sweepin' off the steps his voice rings clear

Lord when I am empty, your Spirit fills me up
And every time I fall you do forgive
You've mended every hole the world has cut into my heart
And in your love I breathe and move and live

I have this treasure in jars of clay
This light outshining the brightest day
His face is smiling through every part
This broken vessel carries his heart

I see a crying man in this empty church, and he's kneeling at the cross
And his will has been worn down by many tears
All his hopes and dreams have been crushed, it seems, by all the things he's lost
And his whispered prayers float up and disappear

He says Lord when I am empty, your Spirit fills me up
And every time I fall you do forgive
You've mended every hole the world has cut into my heart
And in your love I breathe and move and live

I have this treasure in jars of clay
This light outshining the brightest day
His face is smiling through every part
This broken vessel carries his heart

I'm a little man in a great big world, so full of faith and fear
And this life is wearing down on me with time
But as I sit and dream by these faithful streams, the quiet draws me near
And somehow I find the strength to make the climb

Lord when I am empty, your Spirit fills me up
And every time I fall you do forgive
You've mended every hole the world has cut into my heart
And in your love I breathe and move and live

I have this treasure in jars of clay
This light outshining the brightest day
His face is smiling through every part
This broken vessel carries his heart
Track Name: Lamentations 3
I have seen, I have faced the rod
The holy wrath of God
Upon my heart, and I am dark and cold
I am scorned, and turned away
To walk in darkness deep
Instead of light, for all my days I faint

But then I call this to my mind
And hope returns, oh hope returns

The love of God preserves my life
His mercies fall out of the sky
The morning sings his faithfulness
So I will put my hope in Him

He has walled me in with stones
And weighed me down with chains
Oh heavy chains, until my hope is gone
Still I beg for sweet release
I cry and plead for help
To no avail, His answer will not come

But then I call this to my mind
And hope returns, oh hope returns

The love of God preserves my life
His mercies fall out of the sky
The morning sings his faithfulness
So I will put my hope in Him

He has ground my teeth on rocks
I cower in the dust
Deprived of peace, 'til I forget my joy
Remember, Lord recall
The wandering and pain
That cover me, and cause me to collapse

But then I call this to my mind
And hope returns, oh hope returns

The love of God preserves my life
His mercies fall out of the sky
The morning sings his faithfulness
So I will sing
The love of God preserves my life
His mercies fall out of the sky
The morning sings his faithfulness
So I will put my trust in Him
Track Name: Psalm 8
You put the stars into motion
Lit them on fire with no more than a word
The glory and power at the heart of the sun
Is only a shadow to you

You set the galaxies spinning
Charting their path with a wave of your hand
While I cannot fathom the size of it all
It's only a vapor to you

How majestic is your name in all the earth!
Who could ever hope to measure all that you are worth?
You have covered up the heavens with the glory of your face
God of heaven, how majestic is your name

You set my tiny heart beating
Made me in secret with carpenter's hands
Fashioned my bones from the dust of the earth
Father what could I offer to you?

You offer life and salvation
You are the author of every word
The songs that I sing, they could never compare
Or ever do justice to you

How majestic is your name in all the earth!
Who could ever hope to measure all that you are worth?
You have covered up the heavens with the glory of your face
God of heaven, how majestic is your name

Still you remember us children
Fawn over us like you can't stay away
You dress us in mercy and crown us with love
And make us a family with you

You are the maker of all things
I am the one who can barely stand up
And still you bend down just to take my hand
So I can walk always with you

How majestic is your name in all the earth!
Who could ever hope to measure all that you are worth?
You have covered up the heavens with the glory of your face
God of heaven, how majestic is your name

How majestic is your name in all the earth!
Who could ever hope to measure all that you are worth?
You have covered up the heavens with the glory of your face
God of heaven, how majestic is your name
Track Name: I Belong To You
I got so many things competing for my attention
I got ambition in my left hand, and my worries on my right
I got all of these lovers vying for my affection
I got shame and doubt and misplaced hope to keep me up at night

My restless heart gets broken
A million times a day
By all the things I know can't satisfy
Despite all this I'll stand up
And I'll sing out in the rain
The only thing that I will ever need to know

Abba I belong to you,
And you belong to me
You left your home, your glorious throne
Just so you could make me see
That there's no place that I have been
That you've not brought me to
'Cause Abba you belong to me,
And I belong to you

I got pain and heartache to bring me to my knees
It's gotta be some kind of miracle that I've made it this far
I got shaking faith nobody else can see
I got a heart with only one desire, to meet you where you are

My thirsty soul is begging
For the river of your love
My tired hands are begging for your touch
My hungry heart is aching
To hear those words again
The finest words that I have ever come to know

Abba I belong to you,
And you belong to me
You left your home, your glorious throne
Just so you could make me see
That there's no place that I have been
That you've not brought me to
'Cause Abba you belong to me,
And I belong to you

I got nothing worth a dime in this whole world
Got no power, fame or fortune, just a tiny seed of faith
But that faith is gonna take me home someday
To the land beyond the Jordan where my true country waits

My weary legs keep walking
Every mile on the way
And I will keep on walking till I see your face
And then I'll hear you tell me
Those words I long to hear
The sacred promise that you gave me long ago

Abba I belong to you
And you belong to me
You left your home, your glorious throne
Just so you could make me see
That there's no place that I have been
That you've not brought me to
'Cause Abba you belong to me,
And I belong to You
Track Name: There Is A Longing
I am so frail
I am so delicate
With this my meager house of flesh
I can barely carry on
I am so blind
I am so faithless
These fragile eyes can’t even see the love
The Father has for me

But deep inside my soul there is a longing
Reminding me of things I haven’t seen
Where pain and suffering turn to love
In a place that flesh can’t reach
And somehow we’re getting closer every day

I am not wise
I am so foolish
I’ll never know a fraction of the things
That I could ever learn
But I’m content
To be a child
And know the foolish thoughts of God
Over the wisdom of a man

‘Cause deep inside my soul there is a longing
For a place where every pain was worth the fight
Where my questions fade to memories
While I’m dancing with delight
And somehow I͛m getting closer every day

This world’s not right
This world is broken
This isn’t how things are supposed to be
At all
Our spirits ache
With cracks and bruises
And it’s a miracle that any
One of us can stand at all

But deep inside my soul there is a longing
For a place that I am crying for tonight
Where the hope I cling to in the dark
Will be seen in glorious light
And somehow it’s getting closer every day

This world’s not right
This world is broken
This isn’t how things are supposed to be
At all
Track Name: Come Taste The Grace
Come see his body, torn and broken, lifted high
His blood poured out, the Father's anger satisfied
The king that we would not accept
A serpent in the wilderness
Lifted up, lifted up, amen
Amen

Come taste the grace He has shed on us all
The lamb sacrificed, we are saved from the fall
And raised up in glory, His glory to behold
Come taste the grace in the bread and the wine
His mercy received and His righteousness mine
Forever to worship, in worship I am Thine
Come taste the grace

Come see the savior, bound and buried, sealed away
A heavy stone to mark the place his body lay
The debt that we could not afford
Was laid upon our Lord
Lifted up, lifted up, amen
Amen

Come taste the grace He has shed on us all
The lamb sacrificed, we are saved from the fall
And raised up in glory, His glory to behold
Come taste the grace in the bread and the wine
His mercy received and His righteousness mine
Forever to worship, in worship I am Thine
Come taste the grace

Come see his body, resurrected, glorified
Behold the scars upon his hands and in his side
The sin that we could not defeat
Lay crushed beneath his feet
Lifted up, lifted up, amen
Amen

Come taste the grace He has shed on us all
The lamb sacrificed, we are saved from the fall
And raised up in glory, His glory to behold
Come taste the grace in the bread and the wine
His mercy received and His righteousness mine
Forever to worship, in worship I am Thine
Come taste the grace

Come see his body disappear into the clouds
An angel's message is delivered to the crowd
For the Christ who went away
Will return again someday
Lifted up, lifted up, amen, amen, amen
Track Name: Oh To Live
Oh to sit in Joseph's cage
And watch the dancers on the stage
To waste away or face the block
And hear the promises of God

Oh to write with Daniel's pen
A prisoner in the lion's den
His brothers cursed to die alone
While Israel's calling each man home

Oh to live, oh to breathe
Oh to cross that holy sea
As I whisper to the stars
Oh to live, oh to live

Oh to hide in David's cave
Begging always to be saved
From hands of darkness, bent on death
While David savors every breath

Oh to hear the songs of John
Every friend and comfort gone
He sees his Lord a world away
As thoughts of heaven keep his faith

Oh to live, oh to breathe
Oh to cross that holy sea
As I whisper to the stars
Oh to live, oh to live

Oh to see the Son of Man
Lifted high above the sand
A serpent in the wilderness
Given to save my soul from death

Oh to watch that sacred tomb
A heavy stone to seal his doom
And not to know in three days time
He would return to give us life

Oh to live, oh to breathe
Oh to cross that holy sea
As I whisper to the stars
Oh to live, oh to live

Oh to live, oh to breathe
Oh to cross that holy sea
As I whisper to the stars
Oh to live, oh to live
Track Name: O Lord
O Lord, father of healing, heal my heart, heal my soul, for my spirit aches
O Lord, father of light, shine into me, till all I can see, is your glory

For your mercies never fail, every morning I am swept away
As my soul is reaching, crying out to live

O Lord, redemption's kiss, rescue my life, from all these troubles, that I cannot bide
O Lord, wisdom of heaven, grant me the grace, to walk in your ways, down this narrow road

For your mercies never fail, every morning I am swept away
As my soul is reaching, crying out to live

O Lord, giver of life, breathe out your grace, these dry bones to raise, your praises to sing
Track Name: God Has Remembered You
God has remembered you
God has remembered you
With every step, may you never forget
That God has remembered you

May the stars bend down from the sky
And keep watch o'er your trembling hands tonight
While the giver of wings
Above your head sings
For God has remembered you

When your journey grows weary and long
May the message divine make your footsteps sure and strong
For His promise today
Is always the same
That God has remembered you

God has remembered you
God has remembered you
With every step, may you never forget
That God has remembered you

When thirst for compassion and truth
And your heart can't remember the mercy you once knew
May His goodness restore
The love you long for
For God has remembered you

May He cover your shame and regret
With a marvelous grace that you won't soon forget
And the dawn from on high
Will teach you to fly
For God has remembered you

God has remembered you
God has remembered you
With every step, may you never forget
That God has remembered you

Through each fire and every disgrace
You have only desired to see the Master's face
So be steady and brave
He is mighty to save
For God has remembered you

Receive peach from your Father above
May you know of the depth of the riches of His love
May your every amen
Remind you again
That God has remembered you

God has remembered you
God has remembered you
With every step, may you never forget
That God has remembered you

God has remembered you
God has remembered you
With every step, may you never forget
That God has remembered you