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Burn This As A Light

by Tom Wuest

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God is With Us Text: Gordon Waldie God is with us, we are not alone Christ is present here, the Spirit moves within us Let us give thanks to God in memory and hope
Wait on the Lord Psalm 27; Matthew 26:36–45 Wait on the Lord, waiting on the Lord We will walk the way of peace Wait on the Lord, waiting on the Lord We will find our way
Break Up Your Fallow Ground Jeremiah 4:3 Break up your fallow ground And sow not among thorns, my child As the sun beats on your brow Tend well the soil beneath your feet When the work of day is done Lay down your toil and rest, my child Through the shadows of the night God will keep watch over us
We Trust the Story Exodus 14:19–20; Job 14:7–9 We trust the story behind us The beauty, hope, and love And we’re stepping towards the future With abiding faith in God God is with us A pillar through the night We wait with senses ready For the blossoms yet to come Like the tender shoots on the hillside We are reaching towards the sun
Wayfarers All Luke 1:20–22, 22:40–46; Acts 9:8–9; Isaiah 40:11 Show us the way home, wayfarers all, Lord Hold us in mercy through this dark night O God we wait on you Gather us in, mender of everything Bright mourning dove, rise over all of us
Breath of God Ezekiel 37; Isaiah 61; Luke 4, 19:38 O breath of God, you stir our hearts We’re weary with longing for you Come raise our dead, mend every breach We’re weary with longing for you Blessed is the King Who comes in the name of the Lord Yeshua bring tidings of joy We’re waiting with longing for you Stand with your poor, the trodden down We’re waiting with longing for you Restore all things, remove the veil We’re watching with longing for you We take this bread, we drink this cup We’re watching with longing for you
When the Lord Brings Us Back Psalms 30, 115, 126 Gracious God bring us back Captives of our false gods We have eyes, yet cannot see We have ears, yet cannot hear Those who sow in tears Will one day reap with joy Restore us, O Lord Praise God all you saints Who plod through the dark of night Joy comes with the dawn When the Lord brings us back We’ll be like those who dream Laughter will grace our hearts Songs will spill off our tongues
Cause Your Face to Shine Psalm 80 Cause your face to shine And we will find our way
Alleluia 04:01
Alleluia Psalm 88; Matthew 2:13–23, 5:10; Amos 5; Revelation 21 Stay close, my child, through this dark night Rest in the shadow of these wings Hope in the Lord whose day will come The dawn of “making all things new” Alleluia, alleluia All wars will cease, suffering end Justice will roll, the Kingdom come Love will arise, grace will uphold Mercy will heal where the Lamb reigns O brothers, rejoice, O sisters, rejoice All children of God, we are all coming home Christ is risen, all creation rejoice
Canopy 03:43
Canopy Psalms 27:4, 91; John 1:14 May we dwell in your tent, O Lord May we dwell in your tent, O God Harbored by brooding wings Held in the wide mercy Under your canopy of love
Sabbath Song (This Day) Psalm 104:15; Song of Songs 2; Matthew 26:26–30 Arise, beloved, the dawn is near Behold the birdsong while we lie here this day Glory of the Lord dwells in this place In your tender eyes I see God’s face Take my hand, loved, come out with me Down by the river to the sycamore trees We’ll take this bread, we’ll share this wine And we’ll be for a while a bit closer to home On this day
Burn This as a Light Psalms 30:5, 146–150; Matthew 25:4; Revelation 22 When journeying through your dark night Burn this as a light Until the dawn horizon . . . What God has voiced inside you . . . Creation all about you . . . The song of children laughing . . . The sound of people singing . . . The morning star arises . . . Raising our joys from sorrows . . . The tree of life bearing fruit . . . The healing of the nations . . . When you come to take us home We’ll lay our oil lamps down In the abiding light of the lamb . . . Beside your glorified body . . . Healed by the holy hands of love . . .


The twelve songs in this collection grew out of a long season of pilgrimage from our home on Galiano Island, British Columbia to the lush river hills of Appalachian Ohio. These songs of hope, which are all rooted in the biblical narrative, grew out of particular stories of sorrow and reflect our prayerful working while watching and waiting for a God-breathed dawn to arise.
We have sung these prayers many times, both alone and with others, and we are grateful now to sing them with you. We sing for the healing of the nations, the land, and the waters of the earth. Burn this as a light. We sing for the renewal of the church. Burn this as a light. We sing for God’s peace upon the poor and oppressed, near and far. Burn this as a light. We sing for our creaturely neighbors and the creation that graces these hills. Burn this as a light.
Recording these songs as a family has been a particular joy. We are grateful for the time Isaiah and Arbutus devoted to playing music, often when they would rather have been fishing at the creek. It has been a rich gift to collaborate, once again, with Joy Banks, whose image of an underground railroad “safe house” lantern has accompanied us through these years of uprooting and re-grounding. We have also been blessed to work with our friends Kenny Havens, Peter La Grand, Calum Rees, and Jono Ryan. How good and how sweet it is.
May these songs become fuel to keep your oil lamps burning through your own dark nights. As you journey, know there is a light burning here at Isidore’s Plough, ready to receive you, fellow pilgrim on the way. What God has voiced inside you, burn this as a light.

Tom & Karen


released May 6, 2017

Mixed by Jake Merritt and Matt Latchaw — sabbathrecording@gmail.com, sabbathrecording.com — in the loft at Isidore’s Plough, February 2017.
Mastered by Chad Wahlbrink — chadwahlbrink.com —Cincinnati, Ohio, March 2017.

All songs recorded in the loft at Isidore’s Plough, Brush Creek Valley, Adams County, Ohio, January–December 2016. Tom Wuest: vocals, guitar, piano, accordion, mandolin, banjo, penny whistle, bells, claps, organ; Karen Hollenbeck Wuest: vocals, triangle; Isaiah Wuest: trumpet; Arbutus Wuest: alto saxophone, clarinet; Kenny Havens: banjo. Calum Rees recorded drums, shakers, tambourine in Calgary, Alberta; Peter La Grand recorded dobro, banjo, and vocals in Vancouver, British Columbia; Jono Ryan recorded bass in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Artwork and design by Joy Banks.

All music written and produced by Tom & Karen Wuest, Brass Trumpet Publishing (CCLI/ASCAP). Text for “God is With Us” written by Gordon Waldie. Grateful acknowledgement to Jeremy Eyre for his contributions on “When the Lord Brings us Back,” Kenneth Grahame for the title on “Wayfarers All,” and Peter La Grand for his song “Souvenir.”
Thank you to Grandview Calvary Baptist Church (Vancouver, British Columbia), Vineyard Central (Norwood, Ohio), and the many dispersed friends and communities who have formed, inspired, and continue to accompany us along the way.

Abundant gratitude to those who helped make this recording possible: Joy Banks, Janet Barr, Kenny & Marissa Havens, JoAnn Hopkins, Dawn Humphreys, Alberto & Laura Jaramillo, Peter & Kristen La Grand, Matt Latchaw, Robert & Erin Lockridge, Monica & Malcolm McKinlay, Jacob Merritt, Don & Janet McNeel, Laura McNeel, Laura Menze, Calum & Joyce Rees, Kendall Rogers, Jono & Julie Ryan, Carl & Judy Stevenson, Tim & Rosemary Toye-Klauke, Todd Warren, Chad Wahlbrink, the Harris, Hollenbeck, Rennie, Wuest & Zimmermann families, and everyone who has supported the music over the years.


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