In the Fullness of Time - Lessons & Carols 2015

by Uptown Worship

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This album is the live production of Uptown Church's Festival of Lessons & Carols service which took place December 12, 2015 at the Great Aunt Stella Center, in Charlotte, NC.

Photography provided by Rebecca Lynn Olson, you can find it here:

Mixed by Collin Derrick -

Mastered by Tim Hall -


released March 12, 2016

We do not own the rights to most of these songs, so here are the copyrights which are not in the public domain:

Track 1 - Arranged by Jeremy Goodwyne - © 2015 Jeremy Goodwyne (This medley was inspired by Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn's 2014 recording of the traditional shape note hymn And Am I Born to Die.)
Track 2 - Arranged and performed by Sufjan Stevens - © 2006 Asthmatic Kitty Records
Track 7 - Arrangement and additional lyrics by Jeremy Goodwyne - © 2012 Jeremy Goodwyne
Track 9 - © 2011 A Jesus Church
Track 11 - Written by Linford Detweiler, performed by Over the Rhine - © 2007 Ariose Music and Scampering Songs Publishing
Track 15 - Arranged by Eric Moore - © 2015 Eric Moore
Track 17 - Arranged and Performed by Lady Antebellum - © 2012 Lady A Entertainment, LLC
Track 19 - Written and Performed by Peter La Grand and Ordinary Time Music - © 2006 Peter La Grand
Track 23 & 24 - Written and Performed by The Brilliance - © 2011 The Brilliance Designee & Integrity’s Praise! Music
Track 25 - Arranged and Performed by Rend Collective - © 2014 Thankyou Music

Singers: Sage Andrews, Ron Branch, Cody Carpenter, Andrew Day, Joanna Harris, Nicole Perri, Elizabeth Plybon, Jim Saunders, Rebecca Saunders, Christy Talamo, Jim Vaughn

Instrumentalists: Annette Bajema (Harp), Jeremy Carroll (Percussion), Colin Clark (Electric Upright Bass), Teresa Davis (Violin), Eddie Farrell (Recorder, Flute), Harrison Ford (Banjo), Jeremy Goodwyne (Acoustic Guitar), Christy-Leigh Harren (Cello), Tyler LaCross (Synth), Dave Latham (Acoustic Guitar, Hammered Dulcimer), Caroline Macurda (Oboe), Kristin Macurda (Bells, Trumpet, Flugelhorn), Eric Moore (Piano), Scott Plybon (Electric Guitar, Saxophone), Dave Rich (Drums), Jim Vaughn (Organ), Kim Vinson (Cello), Paul Winter (Violin)

Track 1 - Sage Andrews
Track 2 - Cody Carpenter
Track 5, 7, 9, 15, 22, 23, 24 - Jeremy Goodwyne
Track 11 - Christy Talamo
Track 13 - Rebecca Saunders
Track 17 - Elizabeth Plybon, Jeremy Goodwyne, Dave Latham
Track 19 - Dave Latham, Nicole Perri, Jeremy Goodwyne



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Track Name: Cheer Us By Thy Drawing Nigh
And am I born to die?
To lay this body down?
And must my trembling spirit fly
Into a world unknown?

Soon as from earth I go
What will become of me?
Eternal happiness or woe
Must then my portion be!

A land of deepest shade
Unpierced by human thought
The dreary regions of the dead
Where all things are forgot?

O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel
that mourns in lonely exile here, until the Son of God appear

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel, shall come to thee, O Israel
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel, shall come to thee, O Israel

Who can resolve the doubt
O come, thou Rod of Jesse, free
That tears my anxious breast?
thine own from Satan's tyranny
Shall I be with the damned cast out
from depths of hell thy people save
Or numbered with the blest?
and give them vict'ry o'er the grave

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
shall come to thee, O Israel

O come, thou Day-spring from on high
And cheer us by thy drawing nigh
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death's dark shadows put to flight.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
shall come to thee, O Israel.
Track Name: Once In Royal David's City
Once in royal David's city, stood a lowly cattle shed
Where a mother laid her baby in a manger for His bed
Mary was that mother mild, Jesus Christ her little child

He came down to earth from heaven, who is God and Lord of all
And His shelter was a stable and His cradle was a stall
With the poor, oppressed and lowly, lived on earth our Savior holy

And our eyes at last shall see Him, through His own redeeming love
For that child, so dear and gentle, is our Lord in heaven above
And He leads His children on to the place where He is gone

Not in that poor lowly stable with the oxen standing by,
We shall see him; but in heaven set at God's right hand on high
When like stars his children crowned, All in white shall wait around.
Track Name: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
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 pow'r When we were gone astray

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 pow'r and might

O tidings of comfort and joy, Comfort and joy!
O tidings of comfort and joy!
Track Name: I Wonder As I Wander
I wonder as I wander out under the sky
How Jesus the Savior did come for to die
For poor on'ry people like you and like I
I wonder as I wander out under the sky

When Mary birthed Jesus 'twas in a cow's stall
With wise men and farmers and shepherds and all
But high from God's heaven a star's light did fall
And the promise of ages it then did recall

I wonder as I wander (I wander out under the sky)
I wonder as I wander (The days turn to weeks, turn to lives. )
I wonder as I wander (A King and his Kingdom are nigh.)
I wonder as I wander (I wander out under the sky.)

If Jesus had wanted for any wee thing,
A star in the sky, or a bird on the wing,
Or all of God's angels in heav'n for to sing,
He surely could have it, 'cause he was the King.

I wonder as I wander (I wonder at the fire in his eye) (I wander out under the sky)
I wonder as I wander (I wonder how I could despise) (The days turn to weeks, turn to lives.)
I wonder as I wander (I wonder at hands, feet and side) (A King and his Kingdom are nigh.)
I wonder as I wander (I wonder as I wander out under the sky) (I wander out under the sky.)
Track Name: Joy to the World
Joy to the world the Lord is come, Let earth receive her King
Let every heart prepare Him room
And heaven and nature sing, And heaven and nature sing
And heaven, and heaven and nature sing

Joy to the earth the Savior reigns, Let men their songs employ
While fields and floods, Rocks hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy, Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy

No more let sins and sorrows grow, Nor thorns infest the ground
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found, Far as the curse is found
Far as, far as the curse is found
Track Name: The Trumpet Child
The trumpet child will blow his horn, Will blast the sky till it’s reborn
With Gabriel’s power and Satchmo’s grace, He will surprise the human race
The trumpet he will use to blow, Is being fashioned out of fire
The mouthpiece is a glowing coal, The bell a burst of wild desire

The trumpet child will riff on love, Thelonious notes from up above
He’ll improvise a kingdom come, Accompanied by a different drum
The trumpet child will banquet here, Until the lost are truly found
A thousand days, a thousand years, Nobody knows for sure how long

The rich forget about their gold, The meek and mild are strangely bold
A lion lies beside a lamb, And licks a murderer’s outstretched hand
The trumpet child will lift a glass, His bride now leaning in at last
His final aim to fill with joy, The earth that man all but destroyed
Track Name: Gabriel's Message
The angel Gabriel from heaven came
His wings as drifted snow his eyes as flame
"All hail," said he "thou lowly maiden Mary
Most highly favored lady,"

"For know, a blessed Mother thou shalt be
All generations laud and honor thee
Thy Son shall be Emmanuel by seers foretold
Most highly favored lady,"

Then gentle Mary meekly bowed her head
"To me be as it pleaseth God," she said
"My soul shall laud and magnify his holy name!"
Most highly favored lady,

Of her Emmanuel the Christ was born
In Bethlehem all on a Christmas morn
And Christian folk throughout the world will ever say
"Most highly favored lady,"
Track Name: What Child Is This?
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 Christian, 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 the song on high, the virgin sings her lullaby
Joy, joy for Christ is born, the babe, the son of Mary
Track Name: The First Noel
The First Noel, the angels did say
Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay
In fields where they lay keeping their sheep
On a cold winter's night that was so deep.

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel

They looked up and saw a star
Shining in the East beyond them far
And to the earth it gave great light
And so it continued both day and night.

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!
Track Name: King of Kings
What would you do if you heard a voice,
That called you away that left no choice?
Would you sell all you had to you follow a star?
Would you trust it and leave your life behind?

We followed a star it let to the west,
We couldn't explain to our neighbors and friends
We waited so long watching the sun,

King of kings and Lord of lords
Immanuel, God with us
Prince of peace, Almighty One
Immanuel, God with us

Now we can see that it was all true
This child is born King of the Jews
But he is more than even we knew
the very angels of heaven worship him here

And the angels said: “Do not be afraid
I bring you great news
that will be for all people.
Today in the town of David
a Savior has been born.
He is Christ the Lord!”
Track Name: Of the Father's Love Begotten
Of the Father's love begotten
Ere the worlds began to be
He is Alpha and Omega
He the source, the ending he
Of the things that are, that have been
And that future years shall see
Evermore and evermore!

O that birth forever blessed
When the Virgin, full of grace
By the Holy Ghost conceiving
Bore the Savior of our race
And the babe, the world's Redeemer
First revealed his sacred face
Evermore and evermore!

O ye heights of heav'n, adore him
Angel hosts, his praises sing
All dominions, bow before him
And extol our God and King
Let no tongue on earth be silent
Ev'ry voice in concert ring
Evermore and evermore!

Christ, to thee, with God the Father
And, O Holy Ghost, to thee
Hymn, and chant, and high thanksgiving
And unwearied praises be,
Honor, glory, and dominion
And eternal victory
Evermore and evermore!
Track Name: May You Find a Light / A Light (Reprise)
Lost and weary traveler searching for the way to go
Stranger heavy-hearted longing for someone you know

May you find a light
May you find a light
May you find a light to guide you home

There are weary travelers, searching everywhere you go
Strangers who are searching, longing deeply to be known

A light shone down on us
A star of hope shines bright
A light shines bright
A light shines bright
Track Name: Hark! the Herald Angels Sing
Hark the herald angels sing, Glory to the newborn King
Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled
Joyful all ye nations rise, Join the triumph of the skies
With th'angelic hosts proclaim, Christ is born in Bethlehem
Hark the herald angels sing, Glory to the newborn King

Christ by highest heav'n adored, Christ the everlasting Lord
Late in time behold Him come, Offspring of the Virgin's womb
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see, Hail th'incarnate Deity
Pleased as man with men to dwell, Jesus our Emmanuel
Hark the herald angels sing, Glory to the newborn King

Hail the heav'n-born Prince of Peace, Hail the Sun of Righteousness
Light and life to all He brings, Ris'n with healing in His wings
Mild He lays His glory by, Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth, Born to give them second birth
Hark the herald angels sing, Glory to the newborn King