For the Grace

by Guy Morris

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All Bandcamp For the Grace proceeds will be paid directly to World Vision "Where Most Needed Fund." Thank you for your contribution to the children who have no voice.

To Date: Over $300 has been contributed directly to World Vision - THANK YOU for your generosity for the children. A nice start.

For the Grace is a collection of my personal prayers and praise-worship songs (songs I sing at home). These songs are born through a life sojourn through radical changes and extremes from homeless to blessed. I am a parable and these are my testimonies.

Written over a period of 40 years, For the Grace blends rock, jazz, gospel and Latin grooves into a robust texture of styles and tones uncommon in contemporary Christian music.

I once wrote professionally. Now I write for my prayer closet. I typically share only with family and close friends . . . and now, for the first time, with you.

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released October 14, 2015

All songs written by Guy Morris, except Search Me written by Nancy Lupo and Guy Morris. God bless you, Nancy.

Special thanks to the incomparable Heidi Beth Fisher for her honey golden vocal support on Come Lord Quickly, I Will Surrender, Mercy Me, ONE and Song of Lazarus. You are beloved and missed.

I am also very honored and grateful to feature the astounding Dave Irish on For the Grace. Many thanks my friend.

My studio guru Brian Lash provided drums for Search Me, Song of Lazarus, I Will Surrender and Mercy Me. My brother Michael Hlordji is the man behind the amazing congas for Song of Lazarus and Search Me. The lovely and always gracious Patrica Lyon provided soulful cello for Search Me.

A special thanks to Darcy Morris for the endless hours of patience as a studio widow. Words are not enough to express, so I went to India and bought some trinkets.

All other guitars, fret-less bass, drums, percussion and keys performed (without computers) by 'da mo-band' because 'Guy mo be da mo-band, yea mon'.

All songs produced, engineered and mastered at Rinky Dink Studios, down the hall from Guy's bedroom on a Roland 2480 deck, with a Rodes mic, Roland V-drums, 1998 Martin D35, a 1967 Gibson Heritage, a 1990 Yamaha fret-less bass, a 1989 Paul Reed Smith EG and assortment of gum bops, timbales, shakers and other noisy toys.

Go ahead, make a joyful noise! It be cool!

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Guy Morris Kirkland, Washington

Guy's musical roots evolved from drum circles, street bands and a $10 Tijuana guitar.

He served at the Cornerstone, a coffeehouse, serving free meals, singing three times a week.

During the 90's Guy was an offbeat worship leader at Hope Chapel in Venice, CA.

Guy once wrote for Disney Records honing his craft for the master mouse.

Guy now records at home just for the joy.
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Track Name: One
One
Written by Guy Morris © 2015

One Child and all our hopes began
One Reign without an end
One Truth time will never change

One Touch healing the broken
One Light, the eyes will open
One Voice will still calm my waves

An age of grace
the presence of the heavens
Saturate this place
Over come us with your tender love
to be the heart and the hands of only holy one

One Kiss a blameless surrender
One Tongue without an answer
One Breath and Hades gates fell in disgrace

One Name sung in the heavens
One Gate to bath in forgiveness
One Day the angels and saints will await

An age of grace
the presence of the heavens
Saturate this place
Over come us with your tender love
to be the heart and the hands of only holy one

The only one
the holy one
we will overcome
by the power of a tender love
of the the holy one (repeat)
Track Name: Rise Up in Me
Rise Up In Me
Written by Guy Morris © 2015

No hand can ever separate
Heavens embraces are faithful and strong
I lift my heart I turn my face
Heavenly graces come fill me with song

Of thankfulness for the day mercy came
With faithfulness to shatter my chains

Rejoice, Rejoice Let His joy fill my voice
Rise up in me
Proclaim! Proclaim! All my hope in His Name
Rise up in me rise up rise up

Come touch my lip with holy coals
Even unworthy anointed in praise
Lift Alleluia to His throne
Blaze of His glory transforming me

With gratefulness in the blessed sacrifice
Forgive-fullness for even my darkest night

Rejoice, Rejoice Let His joy fill my voice
Rise up in me
Proclaim! Proclaim! All my hope in His Name
Rise up in me rise up rise up

Lord, hear me pray let mercy and grace
Lay deep roots to anchor my faith
With each breathe I take create and awake
His true light in me

Rejoice, Rejoice Let His joy fill my voice
Rise up in me
Proclaim! Proclaim! All my hope in His Name
Rise up in me rise up rise up

No hand can ever separate
Heavens embraces are faithful and strong
I lift my heart I turn my face
Heavenly graces come fill me with song
Track Name: Come Lord Quickly
Come Lord Quickly
Written by Guy Morris © 2015

Behold, heavenly Father is calling, saying
Come to me, come to me
Anyone who is fallin
Blessed are they who enter into His gates
Who lift up their voices and pray

We pray for your kingdom to come
(into my life)
We pray for your kingdom to come
(into this world)
We pray for your kingdom to come
Even so, come Lord quickly

Behold, the beginning and the ending, saying
Come drink from the well of life
A word of hope He keep sending
His Spirit is calling out unto the bride
Lite the oil in your lamp, now its time

We pray for your kingdom to come
(into my life)
We pray for your kingdom to come
(into this world)
We pray for your kingdom to come
Even so, come Lord quickly

Blessed are they who enter into His gates
Who lift up their voices and pray

We pray for your kingdom to come
(into my life)
We pray for your kingdom to come
(into this world)
We pray for your kingdom to come
Even so, come Lord quickly
Track Name: I Will Surrender
I Will Surrender
Written by Guy Morris © 2015

I will surrender
the will of my soul is laid open before you
So I will surrender
The work of my hands
my pride and my plans
I lay them on an alter and I let them burn

Let my living sacrifice be worthy, when I’m not worthy
If I could only lay down my pride
Let the will of Your Spirit to lead in my life
Let the love of the Father be my only desire and then

I will surrender
the wounds of this soul in need of healing
I will surrender
If I roll back the stone for a touch of the robe
Say the word Lord, I still need to be whole

Let my living sacrifice be worthy, when I’m not worthy
If I could only lay down my pride
Let the will of Your Spirit to lead in my life
Let the love of the Father be my only desire and then

I will surrender
Let Your will come to lead in my life
Let Your love be my only desire
Track Name: Oh Holy Only
Oh Holy Only
Written by Guy Morris © 2015

Oh Holy Only
I find a love beyond my imagination
So imagine my elation to be found
Hear the celebration in the sound that you hear

Oh Holy Only
My only hope is found in your reflection
I'm praying for a connection to Your mercy
'Til the etching all over my life is your grace

Cross over the heavens and creation
Over the ages, over ages unknown
I see the angels and the humble
In jubilation, join us in the jubilation

Oh Holy Only
So amazingly full of compassion
I'm emulating your reaction for the weary
Until a passion for Your healing consumes all of me

Praying only for connection to Your mercy
Until the etching all over my life is Your grace

Emulating your reaction for the weary
Until a passion for your healing consume all of me
consume all of me

Consume all of me (repeat part 1)
oh holy Only (repeat part 2)
Track Name: Search Me
Search Me
Written by Nancy Lupo and Guy Morris © 2015

Search me oh God and know my heart
Try me Lord, and know all of my thoughts
See where there be
any unholy way in me
And lead me into your way
Everlasting, Everlasting

Touch me oh God and heal the shattered heart
Fill me Lord and for all my days to come
Let Your Spirit be
a well of life in me
An oasis of Your graces
Everlasting, Everlasting

See where there be any unholy way in me
And lead me into your way
Everlasting, Everlasting

Touch me oh God and heal the shattered heart
Fill me Lord and for all my days to come
Let Your Spirit be
a well of life in me
An oasis of Your graces
Everlasting, Everlasting

Let Your Spirit be
a well of life in me
An oasis of Your graces
Everlasting, Everlasting

And let Your Spirit be
a well of life in me
An oasis of Your graces
Everlasting, Everlasting
Track Name: For the Grace
For the Grace
Written by Guy Morris © 2015

Oh, to stand with the righteous in the land of the living
Oh, to rest in His presence, let the peace have no end
Oh, to build up my faith by lingering in this holy place
Oh, to lay down my will, till I will turn to face Your face

I will raise my hands and I lift my voice
When I fall I will stand, I have made my choice
Every hope that I hold lies within Your grace
I will praise Your name for the grace you freely cast my way

Oh, to sit with humble with their abundance for living
Oh, to call to the broken, come let His love make amends
Oh, to open my heart to a touch of healing in this place
Oh, to lay down my life, till I will rise to sing your praise

I will raise my hands and I lift my voice
When I fall I will stand, I have made my choice
Every hope that I hold lies within Your grace
I will praise Your name for the grace you freely cast my way

Oh for the grace you cast my way, I will rise to sing your praise (4x)

I will raise my hands and I lift my voice
When I fall I will stand, I have made my choice
Every hope that I hold lies within Your grace
I will praise Your name for the grace you freely cast my way

Oh for the grace you cast my way, I will rise to sing your praise (4x)
Track Name: Reign in Me
Reign in Me
Written by Guy Morris © 2015

Break this bread
True hope betrayed by a friend
So our wounds would heal
And even I would rise again

Drink this wine
His silent sacrifice
Pour it over the sorrows
And the shame we share in life

With my hands life high expecting Your presence to come
Every tear will transform in my life
Here and now come let Your kingdom arise

Heavens grace, a healing spring
Flood this place until I am clean
Face to face where no stain remain
Your Presence will Reign in Me

Light my flame
Burn with a truth that consumes
Let nothing unholy remain
Raise me worthy from my tomb

Lift my eyes
Soon His angels will come
Let me be ready when the heavens arrive
Witness the humble rising up

With my hands life high expecting Your presence to come
Every tear will transform in my life
Here and now come let Your kingdom arise

Heavens grace, a healing spring
Flood this place until I am clean
Face to face where no stain remain
Your Presence will Reign in Me

Reign, reign, reign in me
Yahweh reign
Yeshua reign
Spirit come to reign in me
Track Name: Mercy, Mercy Me
Mercy, Mercy Me
Written by Guy Morris © 2015

Mercy, mercy me
My soul has grown weary and my eyes won't look up
So I say,
Mercy, mercy me
When the burden gets too heavy
I call on the name of the Lord

Abba, Father you know all my needs
Holy Spirit, I need a deeper peace
Oh Lord, you must be strong, be very strong
When I am very weak

(Oh heaven have mercy,
Lordy, lordy, lordy have mercy)

Mercy, mercy me
All these needs to believe for but I'm low on my faith
So I say,
Mercy, mercy me
There's only one name left to live for
So I fall on the grace of the Lord

Abba, Father you know all my needs
Holy Spirit, I need a deeper peace
Oh Lord, you must be strong, be very strong
When I am very weak

(Oh heaven have mercy,
Lordy, lordy have mercy)

Abba, Father you know all my needs
Holy Spirit, I need a deeper peace
Oh Lord, you must be strong, be very strong
When I am very weak

(Oh heaven have mercy,
Lordy, lordy have mercy)
Track Name: Song of Lazarus
Song of Lazarus
Written by Guy Morris © 2015

(Man at the pool)
He was born into his shame
He learned to lower his eyes and he learned to hide his face
When an angel moved the water
Well, he no longer bothered
With a spirit so fragile, somehow he believed

(woman at the well)
She was thirsty and alone
As if yearning all her life for a love she never found
From the shadows that we call conceal
The moment came when she revealed
Discovered a love who she had lost long ago

I'm amazed by the grace
Overwhelmed by the love
I'm on fire with a hope that just keeps burning me up
I'm in awe of the power
Consumed by the peace
Now I'm alive with a truth that just keeps changing me
So resurrect the dead man asleep behind the stone
Let Your voice ring out and my twilight will be long, long gone

(blind man on the road)
Always apprehensive in his gaze
He would stagger through the darkest night on the brightest day
From the shadows of a nameless life
to the presence of the Word divine
Only one stain he prayed would wash away

(woman with oil)
Jaded by the whispers and disgrace
She was an outcast of a shattered life she wanted to escape
She never tried to understand
surrendering without a plan
And gave the only gift had left to give away

I'm amazed by the grace
Overwhelmed by the love
I'm on fire with a hope that just keeps burning me up
I'm in awe of the power
Consumed by the peace
Now I'm alive with a truth that just keeps changing me
So resurrect the dead man asleep behind the stone
Let Your voice ring out and my twilight will be long, long gone

(chorus of mourners outside the tomb)
Defender of the innocent
a shining light into the darkness of our lives
Defender of the innocent
shatter the shame and the lies that divide us
Defender of the innocent
astounding peace as the fury races by
Defender of the innocent
a touch of faith, a word of hope a life arises

I'm amazed by the grace
Overwhelmed by the love
I'm on fire with a hope that just keeps burning me up
I'm in awe of the power
Consumed by the peace
Now I'm alive with a truth that just keeps changing me
So resurrect the dead man asleep behind the stone
Let Your voice ring out and my twilight will be long, long gone