GROWING SILENT

by John Ellis

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Mercy 04:27
MERCY Create in me a brand new heart I’m ready for a brand new start Renew my spirit within me Wash me Lord and make me clean Restore me again Jesus make me clean Be the joy of my salvation And in your love unfailing Have mercy on me Oh joy of my salvation I stand before you waiting For mercy, mercy Here is a broken heart for you To pour your love into
2.
If God 03:33
IF GOD In the valley of the shade You whispered to me ‘This too shall pass! This too shall pass!’ In the belly of the whale I heard your voice ‘Hide no more! Come out! Come out!” If God Is for me, who can be against me? Trouble Can’t separate me from his great love Kneeling at the rugged cross I heard your voice “Look up! Look up!” “Why are you weeping?” In the garden of my shame You promise me “Fear not! Fear not!” “I’m always with you!” The present, the future The heights nor the depths Angels nor demons, not life and not death Nothing on earth nor in heaven above can Separate me from this love
3.
Be Still 03:45
BE STILL Heart, take heart, Take courage, my heart He has overcome Fight the fight Fight onward, soldier The battle has been won Up, take up The burden, my hands He has promised strength Believe his promises Believe them He’s with me til the end Be still my soul Surrender, oh my soul Remember all the love He has shown And be still Sing out, sing out The songs of freedom Sing the songs of God Healing, sing The songs of healing To a broken world Out, step out Onto the surface He has calmed the storm Heart, take heart Look up, take courage The battle has been won Be still And know Be still oh my soul Be still And know He is the Lord
4.
The Feast 04:09
THE FEAST I have known freedom I have known peace I have worn the crown of grace I have known plenty From the overflow I’ve had strength to run the race But still I hear prayers for mercy A world crying out for help And I know: Until we have all feasted At the table of God There’ll be no rest til all have tasted The waters of life My prayers granted, I am made whole again I stand on solid ground I turn to see my brothers and sisters Searching for the love I’ve found Not just for me, salvation But for the sake of all, everyone: All who are hungry and all who are thirsty And all who are broken of heart All who are lonely and tired and weary Are welcome to feast at the table of God
5.
ANYWHERE AND EVERYWHERE We have followed you out of chains We have followed you into light You have led us by cloud by day and fire by night In confusion and clarity Every season of rain or shine You have shown us enough of you To stand and fight We have decided to follow you Anywhere and everywhere Take up the cross and learn to follow you Anywhere if you are there Though where else would we turn but you And your words of eternal life When we glorify you we find we’re satisfied We have followed you out of chains We have followed you into light You have led us by cloud by day and fire by night We have decided to follow you Anywhere and everywhere Take up the cross and learn to follow you Anywhere if you are there And there will be no turning No turning back
6.
Rose Again 04:34
ROSE AGAIN With you an end can be a beginning With you a death may only be sleeping They may only be sleeping Weeping may reign for a season But joy will rise and shine in the morning Shine in the morning Jesus in your death you brought us life Everything changed that day You rose again – you rose again You rose up from the grave And nothing now will be the same Nothing now will be the same You raised us up – you raised us up Your risen power in us Nothing now will be the same Nothing now will be the same
7.
Believe 03:35
BELIEVE I was a child When first I learned Of your great kindness And your grace When first I heard Of all the love you had prepared for me And now I’m grown And shadows lengthen Unanswered questions Fill my days And prayers go on Your name a whisper on my thirsty lips But I still believe oh I still believe it Your promises are true The same yesterday, today and forever Yes I believe it Oh yes I believe it The valley dark The journey crooked I’m often tempted To lay down But still and small Your voice within me Beckoning me on The same yesterday Today And forever
8.
HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL With just one look – you broke my heart You saw my shame in your holy light And I looked up and saw your cross Yes I found love, everlasting love Hope springs eternal And I begin to see A brighter tomorrow And strength enough for today Goodness and mercy Will surely follow me Hope springs eternal Hope springs eternal in me Never to end – this saving flood The power of your cross – the power of your blood All heaven cries “Worthy the Lamb!” And sings of your love – everlasting love Hope springs eternal And I begin to see A brighter tomorrow And strength enough for today Goodness and mercy Will surely follow me Hope springs eternal Hope springs eternal in me God of yesterday, today, forever The one who was, and is, and is to come The whole eternity we’ll sing the song of Your everlasting love
9.
This Love 03:52
THIS LOVE I’ve used every single word I know I’ve searched everywhere both high and low I’ve raised my voice in the silence And I’ve been quiet in violence I’ve made promises I could not keep I’ve swum out too far, been in too deep I stopped walking and sat down I’ve refused to go on Still you hold your hand out to me Still I see you waiting patiently What is this love that knows no end? That never ends? What is this love? I’ve been captivated, swept away I’ve done un-Godly things in Jesus’ name I’ve hid from your protection I’ve made deathbed confessions And every time I’ve turned away I hear you calling me again What is this love? This love…
10.
GROWING SILENT Stretching back across the years, a space between me and my fears and I’m starting to forget those tears of panic and frustration Face down on holy ground I knew I had finally found my reason to exist and I just had to tell somebody But the more you teach me, the less I can explain You’re beyond me, you are too much for me I can’t believe that you were looking for me My words fail you, words cannot convey you I’m growing silent the more I come to know you Forgive me for staring, I’m too mesmerized to tear my eyes from you Nothing on earth can stop me looking out in your direction If you drop your gaze I will just stare into space, I will search every galaxy for beauty to remind me of you And the more I see you , the less I have to say A speechless man is sometimes worth A million preachers sounding forth

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released October 20, 2017

Produced by John Ellis
Original session recorded and mixed by Brent Quinton
Hit Record, Cowies Hill June 2014
Remixed by Brent Quinton June 2017
Mastered by Rogan Kelsey
Artwork by Antony Ellis

Drums: Sidney Rash
All other instruments: John Ellis

Words and music: John Ellis
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These songs would not have seen the light of day without the enthusiasm and encouragement of Susan and Andries du Toit.
Thanks also to Brent Quinton, Sidney Rash, Matt Redman, Jason Zeeman, Bruce Dennill, Antony Ellis, Rogan Kelsey, Dean Cothill, and Tom and Suzie Brock.

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John Ellis Durban, South Africa

A singer-songwriter from Durban, South Africa, John has played his music all over the world. Following his 2010 solo debut "Come Out Fighting", his second album, an all-acoustic record named "Rural", was released in June 2012. A new song, "Get You", came out on Sony Records in 2012, and was followed in 2013 by a five-track EP, "Bush Telegraph", also on Sony. "Tells" is John's 3rd solo album. ... more

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