A Rite for Advent

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Thank You for downloading this recording! Your money is a donation that goes directly to support local music and artists in the Triangle area of North Carolina, through Emmaus Way.

This project has been a labor of love that began at the end of September 2010, and was released November 28, 2010. It was recorded mostly in a single session in the large room at the Second Story-- which is not actually all that large to have that many folks and microphones! What you are hearing is the fruit of these players, and their willingness to dive in ‘live’ and capture these performances, much like we do on Sunday nights at our gatherings at Emmaus Way. But their professionalism and skills have blended in a way that has come to feel greater than the sum of its parts to us, and we hope that as you listen, begins to feel something like that to you.

The project came out of a love for Christmas music, and a desire to add to the musical liturgy, Rite 7, that we created a couple of years ago. We have worship ‘stations’ each advent where folks participate in a communion of mulled wine and sweet bread, contemplative prayer, a station of creativity, and station related to service. This music is meant to accompany those stations, and to provide a liturgical journey as we make our way through the four weeks leading up to Christmas, and it is meant to accompany you in your journey through Advent, and you negotiate all that is in your life, the joys and sorrows and everything in between.

We chose the songs to highlight the revolutionary message of the good news of advent that is often sublimated by the cultural sentimentality and materialism that is almost inescapable this time of year. Many of these songs are several hundred years old, and come from a tradition of singing to raise money for the poor, with messages that highlight the poverty of the Christ-child, that message of hope and love, but also justice and mercy and transformation for a broken world.

A few examples come to mind; Christmas Bells, with music by John Gorka, is a Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem written during the Civil War, and asks the question of what ‘peace on earth and goodwill to men’ can mean in the face of so much death and bloodshed. ‘Holy is His Name’ is a beautiful version of Mary’s song from the New Testament, written by John Michael Talbot, which has her marveling at the meaning of this baby she carries in her womb, and it’s impact on the whole of creation. The songs have been arranged in an order that loosely takes you through expectation, to birth, and life in the ‘not yet.’
We hope that, as you listen to these songs, you are encouraged, that you feel cared for, and that you are able to catch a glimpse, or even a vision of the kingdom of God that Jesus declared ‘is at hand.’ We know it is not complete, and we pray and yearn for that day, but we celebrate the Christ-child who as an adult asked us to pray with him, ‘Thy kingdom come on earth, as it is in heaven.”

Wade
November 2010

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released November 28, 2010

Emmaus Way A Rite for Advent

Produced by Wade Baynham
Recorded by Wade and assisted by Josh Busman and Robert Bailey at the Second Story, Durham, NC.

Wade would like to sincerely thank: Denise Baynham for her incredibly tangible and sacrificial support of this project, Tim Conder, the lead team, and the community at Emmaus Way in Durham for their willingness to support local artists and projects like this, the amazingly talented crew of singers and players who lent their skills to this recording, Andy Danser of Danser Guitarworks, and Belinda Lee of Karma Mics, Carole Baker, and Larry Glover-Wetherington.

Album Art: an original painting of the Liturgical Calendar for Emmaus Way by Carole Baker
Art Photography: Larry Glover-Wetherington

The Holly and the Ivy Instrumental
Traditional
Wade- steel string and nylon string guitars, mandolin, piano, upright bass, vocals
Dale Baker- drums and percussion
Sarah Busman- flute
Dr. Timothy Holley- cello

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
Words by Charles Wesley; Music by Rowland Pritchard
Michalina Miller- lead vocals
Christa Wells- background vocals
Wade- steel string and nylon string guitars, electric guitar
Dale Baker- drums and percussion
Dr. Timothy Holley- cello
David Kline- upright bass

Holy is His Name- the Magnificat
John Michael Talbot
Christa Wells- lead vocals
Wade- nylon string guitar, synth pad, piano, cello 2
Dale Baker- drums and percussion
Sarah Busman- flute
Tim Carless- electric guitar
Dr. Timothy Holley- cello
David Kline- upright bass

Christmas Song
Dave Matthews
Wade- lead vocals, steel string guitar
Justin De Jong- background vocals, electric guitar

Canticle of the Turning Instrumental
Irish Traditional, Rory Cooney
Wade- nylon string guitar, mandolin, violin
Dale Baker- drums and percussion
Sarah Busman- flute
Tim Carless- electric guitar
Dr. Timothy Holley- cello
David Kline- upright bass
Christa Wells- piano

What Child Is This
English Traditional
Wade- lead vocals, piano
Dr. Timothy Holley- cello

The Wexford Carol
English Traditional
Christa Wells- lead vocals
Wade- nylon string guitar, mandolin, organ
Dale Baker- drums and percussion
Sarah Busman- flute
Tim Carless- electric guitar
Dr. Timothy Holley- cello
David Kline- upright bass

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Traditional, music by Sam Phillips
Wade- lead vocals, steel string guitar, violin
Christa Wells- background vocals
Dale Baker- drums and percussion
Tim Carless- electric guitar

Christmas Bells
words by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, music by John Gorka
Wade- lead vocals, steel string guitar, pedal steel, electric guitar

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
English Traditional
Wade- lead vocals, nylon string guitar, violin
Christa Wells- background vocals, piano
Dale Baker- drums and percussion
Sarah Busman- flute
Tim Carless- electric slide guitar
Dr. Timothy Holley- cello
David Kline- upright bass

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Track Name: The Holly and the Ivy Instrumental
The Holly and the Ivy
English Traditional

The holly and the ivy
When they are full grown,
Of all the trees in the wood
The holly bears the crown.

The rising of the sun
The running of the deer,
The playing of the organ
Sweet singing in the choir.

The holly wears a blossom
As white as any flower,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
To be our Saviour.

The rising of the sun,
The running of the deer,
The playing of the organ,
Sweet singing in the choir.

The holly bears a berry
As red as any blood,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
To do sinners good.

The rising of the sun,
The running of the deer,
The playing of the organ,
Sweet singing in the choir.

The holly bears a prickle
As sharp as any thorn,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
On Christmas Day in the morn.

The rising of the sun,
The running of the deer,
The playing of the organ,
Sweet singing in the choir.

The holly bears a bark
As bitter as any gall,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ,
To redeem us all.

The rising of the sun,
The running of the deer,
The playing of the organ,
Sweet singing in the choir.

The holly and the ivy,
When they are full grown,
Of all the trees in the wood,
The holly bears the crown.

The rising of the sun,
The running of the deer,
The playing of the organ,
Sweet singing in the choir
Track Name: Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
Public Domain. Words: Charles Wesley. Music: Rowland Prichard.

Come Thou long-expected Jesus
Born to set Thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us,
Let us find our rest in Thee.
Israel’s strength and consolation,
Hope of all the saints Thou art;
Dear desire of every nation,
Joy of every longing heart.

Born Thy people to deliver,
Born a child and yet a King,
Born to reign in us forever,
Now Thy gracious kingdom bring.
By Thine own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone;
By Thine all sufficient merit,
Raise us to Thy glorious throne.
Track Name: Holy Is His Name- The Magnificat
written by John Michael Talbot
Track Name: Christmas Song
written by Dave Matthews
Track Name: Canticle of the Turning Instrumental
Canticle of the Turning
Melody: irish traditional, Lyrics: Rory Cooney

My soul cries out with a joyful shout
that the God of my heart is great
And my spirit sings of the wondrous things
that you bring to the ones who wait
You fixed Your sight on Your servant’s plight
and my weakness You did not spurn
So from east to west will Your name be blessed
could the world be about to turn?

Though I am small, my God, my all
You work great things in me.
And Your mercy will last from the depths of the past
to the end of the age to be
Your very name puts the proud to shame,
and to those who would for You yearn
You will show Your might, put the strong to flight
for the world is about to turn.


My heart shall sing of the day
You bring let the fires of Your justice burn
Wipe away all tears, for the dawn draws near
and the world is about to turn.


From the halls of power to the fortress tower
not a stone will be left on stone
Let the king beware for your justice tears
every tyrant from his throne
The hungry poor shall weep no more
for the food they can never earn
There are tables spread, every mouth be fed
for the world is about to turn.

Though the nations rage from age to age,
we remember who holds us fast
God’s mercy must deliver us
from the conquerors crushing grasp
This saving word that our forebears heard
is the promise which holds us bound
‘Til the spear and rod can be crushed by God,
who is turning the world around.
Track Name: What Child Is This
What Child is this
English Traditional

What Child is this who, laid to rest
On Mary's lap is sleeping?
Whom Angels greet with anthems sweet,
While shepherds watch are keeping?
This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and Angels sing;
Haste, haste, to bring Him laud,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

Why lies He in such mean estate,
Where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christians, fear, for sinners here
The silent Word is pleading.
Nails, spear shall pierce Him through,
The cross be borne for me, for you.
Hail, hail the Word made flesh,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh,
Come peasant, king to own Him;
The King of kings salvation brings,
Let loving hearts enthrone Him.
Raise, raise a song on high,
The virgin sings her lullaby.
Joy, joy for Christ is born,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.
Track Name: The Wexford Carol
The Wexford Carol
English Traditional

Good people all, this Christmas time,
consider well and bear in mind
what our good God for us has done,
in sending His beloved Son
with Mary holy we should pray
to God with love this Christmas Day
in Bethlehem upon the morn
there was a blest Messiah born.

The night before that happy tide,
the noble virgin and her guide
were long time seeking up and down
to find a lodging in the town.
but mark how all things came to pass:
from every door repelled, alas!
as long foretold, their refuge all
was but a humble oxen stall.

Near Bethlehem did shepherds keep
their flocks of lambs and feeding sheep,
to whom God’s angels did appear,
which put the shepherds in great fear.
“Prepare and go”, the angels said,
“To Bethlehem, be not afraid !
for there you’ll find, this happy morn,
a princely Babe, sweet Jesus born.”

With thankful heart and joyful mind,
the shepherds went the babe to find.
and as God’s angel has foretold,
they did our Savior Christ behold.
within a manger he was laid,
and by his side the virgin maid,
attending to the Lord of Life,
who came on earth to end all strife.
Track Name: It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
Words by Edmund Sears, 1849.
Music by Richard s. Willis, 1850.
Sam Phillips/Bruce Cockburn arrangement

It came upon the midnight clear,
That glorious song of old
From angels bending near the earth
To touch their harps of gold:
"Peace on the earth, goodwill to men,
From heav'n's all-gracious King."
The world in solemn stillness lay
To hear the angels sing.

Still through the cloven skies they come,
With peaceful wings unfurled,
And still their heavenly music floats
O'er all the weary world.
Above its sad and lowly plains,
They bend on hovering wing;
And ever o'er its Babel sound
The blessed angels sing.

Yet with the woes of sin and strife
The world has suffered long
Beneath the angel-strain have rolled
Two thousand years of wrong
And man at war with man hears not
The love song which they bring
Oh hush the noise, ye men of strife
And hear the angels sing

And ye, beneath life's crushing load,
Whose forms are bending low,
Who toil along the climbing way
With painful steps and slow,
Take heart for comfort love and hope
Come swiftly on the wing.
O rest beside the weary road,
And hear the angels sing.

For lo, the days are hastening,
By prophet bards foretold,
When, with the ever-circling years,
Comes round the age of gold,
When peace shall over all the earth
It’s ancient splendours fling
and the whole world send back the song
Which now the angels sing.
Track Name: Christmas Bells
Christmas Bells
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, arr. John Gorka

I heard the bells on Christmas day
Their old familiar carols play
And wild and sweet, the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men
Peace on earth, good will to men

I thought how, as the day had come
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along the unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men
Peace on earth, good will to men

And in despair, I bowed my head
"There is no peace on earth," I said
For hate is strong, and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men
Peace on earth, good will to men

Then pealed the bells, more loud and deep
God is not dead, nor doth he sleep
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail
With peace on earth, good will to men
Peace on earth, good will to men

I heard the bells on Christmas day
Their old familiar carols play
And wild and sweet, the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men
Peace on earth, good will to men
Peace on earth, good will to men
Track Name: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
English Trad. 15th century

God rest ye merry, gentlemen Let nothing you dismay
Remember, Christ, our Saviour
Was born on Christmas day
To save us all from Satan's power
When we were gone astray
O tidings of comfort and joy, Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

In Bethlehem, in Israel, This blessed Babe was born
And laid within a manger Upon this blessed morn
The which His Mother Mary Did nothing take in scorn
O tidings of comfort and joy, Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

From God our Heavenly Father A blessed Angel came;
And unto certain Shepherds
Brought tidings of the same:
How that in Bethlehem was born
The Son of God by Name.
O tidings of comfort and joy, Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

"Fear not then," said the Angel,
"Let nothing you affright,
This day is born a Saviour
Of a pure Virgin bright,
To free all those who trust in Him
From Satan's power and might."
O tidings of comfort and joy, Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

The shepherds at those tidings
Rejoiced much in mind,
And left their flocks a-feeding
In tempest, storm and wind:
And went to Bethlehem straightway
The Son of God to find.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy O tidings of comfort and joy

And when they came to Bethlehem
Where our dear Saviour lay,
They found Him in a manger, Where oxen feed on hay;
His Mother Mary kneeling down,
Unto the Lord did pray.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy O tidings of comfort and joy

Now to the Lord sing praises,
All you within this place,
And with true love and brotherhood
Each other now embrace;
This holy tide of Christmas All other doth deface.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy O tidings of comfort and joy