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Holy Interruption

by Jeff Lowery

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Holy Interruption Holy interruption up ahead distractions and connections Whizzing by as I take each breath.  God help me notice, and not walk by Your holy interruptions Where did you see God today Was it in an unexpected place Did you make room in your life for a miracle to unfold Did you find a way to recognize The Holy Spirit working in your life It's time to open up our eyes and see for ourselves Could everything be left to chance Is there such thing as a "God incidence" Or could that man that you just passed by  be Jesus  in disguise? I believe that holy opportunities  Present themselves when there is a need                 help us God to be open everywhere we go words and music by Jeff Lowery copyright 2013
The Church Has Left the Building Can you feel the spirit moving, stirring in our hearts Can you feel what God is doing and this is just the start bigger than these walls outside our mission calls the church has left the building The church is not a place you go it is a place you are in bringing forth the realm of God we all play our part Our future's open wide to be the, hands and feet of Christ We're gonna break bread with our neighbor We're gonna live in harmony We're gonna carry each other's burden a new community words and music by Jeff Lowery and Joshua Puhn Copyright 2013 Jefflowerymusic.com
Big Stupid Sign Sign hangs over the exit door, reminds us what we came here for And where God calls us when we leave, it says “You’re entering your mission field, reminds us that our God is real and that our world is full of needs. And we’re all called to respond (chorus) To Love our neighbor, hands and feet of Christ to all To be a blessing, to all people great and small Reach out and welcome, even people not like me Out the door I walk on by I’m reminded what it says on that church exit sign Just about 5 years ago, got a call from a guy I used to know Wanted to share some news with me, he said, The church we both grew up in was closing down and soon would end Was there a momento he could save for me And I thought about that sign all the Sunday school teachers who brought me up right So in a comment I intended as a joke you see, I said could you get that sign for me My friend called me back the next day The signs sitting in my living room, hope you’ll come and get it soon Even though your 2000 miles away I guess I was feeling a little bad, until the friend drove the sign over to my dads Now I guess the jokes on me Son do you have a plan for this sign, I’d like it out, I’ll give you some time Son, I know that you live kind of far, , if you come get the sign, I’ll give you my old car So I drove across this great big land in my dad’s neon green mini van Precious cargo, sign in tow I drove the van up to my house to see my daughter and unsuspecting spouse Pulled the van up to unload Where’d you get that big stupid sign, hang it where, not in mine Don’t focus so much about the size of the sign, cmon honey it will be fine The words on the sign, help to remind us I guess its not plan to see why that old sign means so much to me I’ll try to put it this way In the days that my faith was formed in me, I looked to the saints of the church to see How to live a faithful way But at some point back in time, the saints started walking past the sign The neighbors changed and over time Worried about only people on the inside The sign became for me, a lasting legacy A reminder that we’re called to something more We hadn’t decided where to hang the sign and marriage is all about compromise We hung the sign in the garage So whenever I take the garbage out or hop in my car to drive about I’m reminded of those words As I go out into the world I am entering the mission field And God calls, me and us to respond words and music by Jeff Lowery copyright 2013 www.jefflowerymusic.com
Wesley Quadrilateral Old john Wesley a methodical guy An Anglican priest whose faith was revived Studied the scriptures he knew there was more And so to the Bible he added 3 that's 4 He came up with an idea that was really quite radical Albert Outler called it, The Wesley Quadrilateral Chorus Quadrilateral  Scripture, Tradition, Reason, Experience, Quadrilateral  verse 2 Wesley knew that scripture was divinely inspired The first authority of what has transpired traditions passed down for generations to know Strengthened over 2000 years or so An unbroken chain that takes no sabbatical That's why we're still using  Verse 3 Reason is important God gave us our minds To work with the Holy Spirit - don't leave them behind Personal experience seemed crazy to some But then Wesley's heart was strangely warmed bum bum God's work in our lives is really fantastical Now you know how to do it Words and Music Jeff Lowery and Joshua Puhn 2012 copyright www.jefflowerymusic.com
Where Would Jesus Be? Where would Jesus Be and how is Jesus calling me, to change my life He is asking us, to take a leap of faith and trust come follow me, where would Jesus be? Would he be at church on Sunday, would he greet you at the door Would he be behind the pulpit, singing in the choir turning over tables of setting them up in the fellowship hall Are you asking, where would Jesus be Would he be at work on Monday, repairing neighbors homes or seeking out the stranger, attending to their wounds Gathering people’s signatures or signing bills into law Are you asking where would Jesus be? If fact Jesus could be in any of those places and none of us can claim to have Only Jesus in our spaces we need to look and see, where else Jesus would be and we’ll find, thats where God is calling, God is calling God is calling us to be. Words and music by Jeff Lowery and Joshua Puhn. Copyright 2012 www.jefflowerymusic.com
Worthy 07:18
Worthy Man and woman had a baby, decided Grace was the perfect name oh how that couple loved their baby, their lives would never be the same but things turned out to more complicated, than Grace’s mom and dad had planned up until the night her mom left them, life felt just like sinking sand Her dad would pray for comfort in those stormy times he’d snuggle with his daughter and rock her in his arms and see her smile and then he’d sing (chorus) You are worthy of love, you are worthy of life You’re God’s child, know this truth, nothing can separate us from the love of God Grace grew up to be a little spitfire, trouble seemed to be her middle name Some said they’d never seen so much anger pent up in a little girl her age on the playground Grace would lash out at her friends and when She would get in trouble her teacher’d take her by the hand and calm her down and then she’d say For awhile life came together in her teenage years When she found a girl named faith who became her friend Faith knew how to listen she seemed to care for everyone and one night in a conversation, Faith could sense Grace hurting, asked her what was wrong, said, do you know God loves you? And this is what Grace said; I hate myself for all the things I have done there’s no way that God could love me if God knew just even one. Sometimes I’m so angry I just cry in the night. I can’t let go. I can’t let go. Grace, I know that Sometimes if feels like God isn’t real. But the hurts in your life are so big only God can heal them. Know that God can handle your burdens and still love you so. Please Grace know, Please Grace know. Wouldn’t it be great if life were that simple just hear some words and change your ways but at that time Grace wasn’t ready she lived through more self destructive days Grace and Faith their friendship drifted Exchanging emails now and then Grace keeps trying to make headway And so Faith prays this for her friend She hopes that someday Grace can look back at her life Can remember those that love her and look in to the mirror and claim the truth as she says words and music Jeff Lowery @copyright 2012 www.jefflowerymusic.com
Pretty Grin 03:38
Pretty Grin No matter what situation we get ourselves in We’ll go ahead and show off our pretty grin Cause we know God is with us God’s with me and with you No matter what mess we’ve made Our God xxxxxx, will help us through 1. When you leave your keys, in the car you drive and you lock the door, on the drivers side and you see your date, shivering with fright she’s gotta be home before midnight. 2. When your homework skills, have a checkered past and due to threats, you’ve dug in at last when you wake for school, you’re filled with fright your dog chowed down your test last night. 3. When you forget the words, to the song you wrote Na Na Na Na Na Just push on through, to the very last note Na Na na 4. When you score a goal, for the other team when the socks you wear, are 2 shades of green if you’re late for school, on a bad hair day God walks with you anyway. ©copyright 2001 Mac Likes it music words and lyrics Jeff Lowery and Janet Lund www.jefflowerymusic.com
Let's Go! (Show the World) chorus They say faith is strengthened in our knowing And a seed’s perfected in its Growing Do you feel God's presence overflowing C'mon Let's go- go show the world verse 1 You have to know what you believe to truly live it With a faith inside your heart not on a page Deepening our faith in God through honest questions Help us know verse 2 Our lives can be a garden full of bounty If we take care of our soil and pull the weeds Tended with our prayers and watered with our voices We will grow verse 3 a light beneath a bowl is good for nothin' And God calls us to reach out beyond our selves Living every day to do what God has asked us Lets Go show words and music by Jeff Lowery and Joshua Puhn 2013. Crater Lake District Youth Event. Youth N Fusion
Church to Me 03:42
Church to Me I don’t go to church on Sunday There might be wisdom in those walls Long ago I got fed up with the institution I couldn’t relate at all When I go to work on Monday I close my eyes and I pray I pray God uses me to be an inspiration To those I’m worshipping with today (chorus) A concrete sanctuary Bus stop pews on the city streets A throw away congregation That’s church to me Some folks have this crazy idea Poor people take, but have nothing to give I know first hand its not true I’ve been blessed for 14 years in millions of conversations With folks who on the outside look rough but deep down are just like me and you (bridge) I’ve had a streetwise education A confirmation class unlike what I’ve ever seen I came here offering salvation And through these beautiful people God made a change in me Words and music by Jeff Lowery ©copyright 2003. www.jefflowerymusic.com
Mercy and Justice Mercy without justice, is like keys without a car, jam without a jar, near without a far leather pants for a rock and roll star.   Mercy without justice Mercy and justice go hand in hand I was walking along with a friend of mine when we saw a man holding a cardboard sign it said anything will help have mercy on me gave him some change gave him some cash went on my way and I didn't look back I felt good! Helping my fellow man I imagined the man using money to buy a cheesesteak sandwich and curly fries and eating til his belly's full, problem solved And I'm sure the man's there thinking bout me Grateful for my christian charity and just then my friend said, "Jack do you think that's all?" Well I was really confused cause my name's not Jack my compassionate deed was under attack and I was like “what else was I supposed to do?” Just out of the blue he really got my attention What did I miss, what wasn’t mentioned and so I said, “tell me what you mean” He said, “Mercy requires no one sleeps on the street shivers in the cold or doesn’t get to eat to love our neighbors right here right now Justice demands that we ask the question why? that we work to change systems that perpetuate the lie to make our future fair as God intends An epiphany hit me like a fish across the face this is what it means to live and breathe my faith changing my ways from that day on Get my hands dirty, way more involved making new connections for the good of us all mercy and justice go hand in hand words and music Jeff Lowery and Joshua Puhn copyright 2012 www.jefflowerymusic.com
Image of God 05:23
The Image of God Everyday I wake up, and look in the mirror I don’t always like who I see Words so unkind, are stuck in my mind It gets really hard to believe That long ago, and far away, God had a plan Creating this beautiful world Then in good time, God made humankind A treasure of infinite worth (Chorus) Made in the Image of God Made in the Image of God Each one of us, God truly loves Doesn’t it leave you in Awe? To be made in the image of God On the days I find myself, lost and confused Struggling for meaning in life Hoping to find, some peace of mind Trying to measure my worth I bow to pray, and long to know, Just who I am God answers my heartfelt plea “Child you are mine, wholeness you’ll find Forgiven you now are set free.” Everyday I wake up, and look in your Word Amazed by your great love for me In giving my time, purpose I’ll find Serving God’s people in need When I go outside myself, and answer your call Your presence in others I see Finding my place, receiving your Grace In serving I now can believe ©2002 Mac Likes it Music! words and music Jeff Lowery and Janet Lund


words and music Jeff Lowery copyright 2013


released December 20, 2013




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