January 2013 - Vol. 65

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From Heaven's Light
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Lyrics and music by Ed Conlin 
(c) Servants of the Word

Lead vocalist is Dominic Schriver. Aaron Galer played drums, Wil did tamborine, Dominic played Guitar and John Prost played bass. Recorded in the summer of 2012 by the Detroit Summer Outreach 2012 team in  St. Benedict's Church, Highland Park Michigan.Will Cannon was recording and mixing master. 

From Heaven's Light was written as a call to worship. Inspired by the worship of Revelation described by the Apostle John (see Book of Revelation chapters 4 and 5), its imagery beckons us to consider the reality of Heavenly Praise and God's ultimate rule.

I like the chorus which is separated for men and women so as to layer the voices over one another and echo the Thrice Holy proclamation of heaven's hosts. It gives an energy and creates a sense of singing with the choirs above! (At least I like to think of it that way when I hear the women join in!)

Lyrics to the song From Heaven's Light by Ed Conlin

From heaven’s light a voice within cries, ‘further up, come further in!’
Behold the One in glory, ruling in power, seated upon his throne.
So bow as mighty Cherubim join ceaseless voice with Seraphim,
Surrounded by the heavenly throng now lift your voice in heaven’s song!

Chorus:
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God almighty 
you who were, who are, who will be!
Worthy, worthy of glory, honor and majesty
For all things – have their being in you who sit on the throne.
And from the throne a mighty voice, as angels bow and saints rejoice,
As thunder rolls and lightnings flash before the shining sea of glass.
The worship turns, the censor fills, with prayers of saints as heaven stills,
For now has come the reign of God o’er every race, nation and tongue!
Repeat chorus
Glory of Angels (pictured above), painted by Gaudenzio Ferrari (1471-1546)

Ed Conlin is a member of the Servants of the Word, a missionary brotherhood of men living single for the Lord. He lives in community in the inner city of Detroit, Michigan, USA, and works as a licensed substance abuse counselor and chaplain with the Capuchin Franciscan Ministries in Detroit.
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