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Monroe Crossing- Minnesota's Bluegrass Ambassadors -
Lyrics from Monroe Crossing's 'Then Sings My Soul'
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THE ATLANTA CHURCH
(Mark Anderson, Fuglie Music)

There's a church at the end of two old gravel roads
where my family would gather to pray
Our spiritual home for a century and more
That beckons to those far away

But they'll close the old church now this weekend
for a brand new church in the town
Seem the congregation has grown so
Dear old great-granddaddy would be proud

Just a plain slat-board church with a steeple so tall
you could see it for miles around
And a plot in the back where our ancestors rest
‘til they're called from the consecrated ground

But they'll close the old church now this weekend
for a brand new church in the town
But today the rafters will echo
songs of praise, what a glorious sound

There's a church at the end of two old gravel roads
that my mother's grandfather help build
The center of hope for a new prairie town
that faith in our Lord has filled

But they'll close the old church now this weekend
for a brand new church in the town
And there the tradition continues
in the brand new church in the town

Evermore the rafters will echo
in the brand new church in the town

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WHAT WOULD YOU GIVE IN EXCHANGE
(Public Domain)

Brother afar from the Savior today
Risking your soul for the things that decay
Oh, if today God should call you away
What would you give in exchange for your soul

CHORUS:
What would you give (in exchange)
What would you give (in exchange)
What would you give in exchange for your soul
Oh, if today God should call you away
What would you give in exchange for your soul

Mercy is calling you, won't you give heed
Must the dear Savior still tenderly plead
Risk not your soul, it is precious indeed
What would you give in exchange for your soul
CHORUS

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PRAYER BELLS OF HEAVEN
(Jimmy Martin & Paul Williams)

While we are living in this world of care
many the burdens that we have to bear
But there's a prayer bell at the Lord's right hand
Give it a ring and He will understand

CHORUS:
Prayer bells of heaven, lo, how sweetly they ring
(keep ringing)
Bearing their message unto Jesus their King
(Oh glory)
When you are burdened down with trouble and care
(My brother)
Ring on and on, for God will answer your prayer

Three Hebrew children to the flames were thrown
because a mortal king they would not own
Jesus delivered and the king then saw
prayer bells of heaven beats a man-made law
CHORUS

When Paul and Silas both were thrown in jail
they did not worry who would go their bail
But on the prayer bell they began to ring
Off fell the stocks and they began to sing
CHORUS

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HOW GREAT THOU ART
(music by Hubert Parry, lyrics by J.G. Whittier)

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THE LITTLE OLD CHURCH BY THE ROAD
(Charlie Sizemore)

Often times in my memories I've wandered again
to the little old church by the road
I can see the dear people and hear them so plain
singin' songs of that blessed abode

I can hear my dear mother as she fervently prayed
Blessed Jesus, help me carry my load
She was never down-hearted and never dismayed
in the little old church by the road

CHORUS:
There my mother was prayin', and the preacher was sayin'
(There my mother was prayin')
Sinner, come and repent of your sins
(Sinner, come and repent of your sins)
There the evil was routed and the sisters all shouted
(There the evil was routed)
and the brethren were sayin', Amen
(Brethren were sayin', Amen)
It was there I met Jesus and I gave Him my life
There He took the weight off my load
(There He took the weight off my load)
And He freely removed all my sorrow and strife
in the little old church by the road

I remember the preacher, so gentle and brave
as he told how the Father above
gave his only son Jesus all the lost ones to save
Such wonderful, wonderful love

I will always remember how he spoke when he said
Come to Jesus, He will lighten your load
And so often he told of the life-giving bread
in the little old church by the road
CHORUS

I can never forget all those lovely old songs
that the people so joyfully sang
How they told the Lord's message to the people gone wrong
and the echo so joyfully rang

I will always remember when I truly believed
Jesus freely took the weight off my load
And the joyous salvation I truly received
in the little old church by the road
CHORUS

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I'LL MEET YOU IN A CHURCH SUNDAY MORNING
(Bill Monroe)

On Sunday, when the church bells start ringin'
they're ringin' for you and for me
Let's all kneel down at the alter
and pray that our souls might be free

CHORUS:
I'll meet you in a church Sunday mornin'
and we'll all kneel down and pray
We'll pray to our Lord up in heaven
to guide us safe home on our way

It's a place where we all meet on Sunday
to worship our Lord up above
And let all our sins be forgiven
and meet with our loved ones above
CHORUS

In heaven I hear a voice callin'
from the land where there's one endless day
Let's all be prepared to meet Jesus
The path is narrow to that home far away
CHORUS

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ANGEL BAND
(Stanley-York)

My latest sun is sinking fast
My race is almost run
My longest trials now are passed
My triumph has begun

CHORUS:
Oh, come angel band, come and around me stand
Bear me away on your snow white wings to my immortal home
Bear me away on your snow white wings to my immortal home

Oh, bear my longing heart to Him
who bled and died for me
Whose blood now cleanses from all sins
and gives me victory
CHORUS

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THE WINGS OF AN ANGEL
(Becky Buller, Goodnight Sparky Music, BMI)

This old world is filled with the darkness of night
and it's hard to see the straight narrow way
But Jesus our Savior came to be our light
His blood was the price to be paid
and the angels were weeping in heaven that day

But death could not hold down the Son or our Lord
On the third day He rose from the grave
And He'll share in His victory with us, His adored
if we kneel down and ask for His grace
And one day His angels will take us away

CHORUS:
The wings of an angel will carry us home
when our time comes to go
Our spirits content there will never more roam
and we'll worship Him on His white throne
When the wings of an angel will carry us home
When the wings of an angel will carry us home

My time it is nearer than ever before
I can hear the Lord calling my name
I'm ready and willing to cross to that shore
and I'm wondering, Do you feel the same
Yes I'm wondering, Do you feel the same
CHORUS

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RIVER OF JORDAN
(Hazel Houser)

To the river of Jordan our Savior went one day
and we read that John The Baptist met Him there
And when John baptized Jesus in Jordan's rushing waters
The mighty power of God filled the air

I'm on my way to the river of Jordan
Gonna walk right in to the rushing waters
I'm going down to the river of Jordan
and let the cool waters cleanse my soul

King Naaman was stricken with dreaded leprosy
and he sent for the man of God to pray
But Elijah said to Naaman, Go dip yourself in Jordan
and let the cool waters wash your spots away

So he went right down to the river of Jordan
He went right in to the rushing waters
He dipped himself in the river of Jordan
and the cool waters made him whole

Oh the river of Jordan is many miles away
and this mighty river I may never see
But I'll find myself an alter in an old fashioned church
and my river of Jordan that will be

I'm on my way to the river of Jordan
Gonna walk right in to the rushing waters
I'm going down to the river of Jordan
and let the cool waters cleanse my soul

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IN THE BODY OF MAN
(Mark Anderson & Lisa Fuglie, Fuglie Music)

CHORUS:
In the body of man (in the body of man)
Born the (hope of man)
In the body of man (in the body was Jesus born)
Born in the body of man

Way back in Bethlehem my friends (born in the body)
In Jesus Christ there was a Lamb (born in the body of man)
He labored as a carpenter (born in the body)
‘Til God came a-knockin' at His door (born in the body of man)
CHORUS

He gathered His disciples twelve (born in the body)
And taught them of the Holy word (born in the body of man)
‘Til in the garden of Gethsemene (born in the body)
When Judas proved his enemy (born in the body of man)
CHORUS

They nailed Him on a cross to die (born in the body)
In just three days He rose again (born in the body of man)
He freed us of our mortal sin (born in the body)
So we may live in heav'n again (born in the body of man)
CHORUS

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HE WILL SET YOUR FIELDS ON FIRE
(Ballaw-Brackett)

There's a call that rings from the throne it springs
to those now gone astray
Saying, Come ye men from your load of sin
There at the alter lay
Many do not heed that the chains of greed
to their conscience never tire
Be assured, my friend, if you still offend
He will set your fields on fire

CHORUS:
If you don't from sin retire
He will set your fields on fire
You have heard Jesus' call
and in death your soul must fall
But, my friend, if you desire
You may join the heavenly choir
And rejoice with Him, free from every sin
when He sets this world on fire

You have heard His voice, seen His soul rejoice
that trusted in His grace
You have blushed with sin as He knocked within
but still you hide your face
From the blessed Lord and His own true word
but still you say retire
Leave the downward path, kindle not His wrath
or He'll set your fields on fire
CHORUS

Take a friend's advice, make the sacrifice
Completely turn from sin
Taking up the cross, caring not the cost
Let Jesus live within
When temptations come keep on facing home
To Satan never hire
But rejoice and pray on the last great day
when He sets the world on fire
CHORUS

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SWINGING ON THE ‘PEARLY' GATES
(Public Domain)

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AMAZING GRACE
(Public Domain, lyrics by John Newton)

CHORUS:
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
that saved a wretch like me
I once was lost but now am found
Was blind but now I see

It was grace that taught my heart to fear
and grace my fear relieved
How precious did that grace appear
the hour I first believed
CHORUS

When we've been there ten thousand years
bright shining as the sun
We've no less days to sing God's praise
than when we'd first begun
CHORUS

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A CHILD'S PRAYER
(Art Blackburn, Sloppy Bob's Music)

Now I lay me down to sleep
Pray the Lord my soul to keep
Should I die before I wake
Pray the Lord my soul to take

CHORUS:
But if angels come to say
I might live another day
Then down on my knees I'll pray
Blessed Savior guide my way

God bless mom and daddy too
Wish that I was there with you
Grandma and brother, dear
Missed you these many years
CHORUS

Now I lay me down to sleep
Pray the Lord my soul to keep

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