Parker's Mercy Brigade

by Kristen Gilles

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ALL proceeds go to Nadus Films (nadusfilms.com), documenting social justice issues around the world and partnering with local organizations to provide humanitarian relief and Christian witness.

When Sojourn Music’s Kristen and Bobby Gilles suffered a stillbirth of their son Parker, God comforted them through his word, his spirit and his church. From this experience comes Parker’s Mercy Brigade, a collection of new worship songs to the Lord who gives and takes, and who works the giving and the taking for the good of those who love him.

And because all proceeds go to Nadus Films, when you purchase the CD or digital download, you haven't just bought a record, you've joined Parker's Mercy Brigade. Humanitarian relief and education in Guatemala. Clean water in Sudan. And a powerful new voice for the voiceless, around the world.

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released April 1, 2014

Band: Evan Thompson (guitars), Jonatan Barahona (piano, organ), Martin Stam (bass), Jared Hoffman (drums, percussion). Acoustic guitar by Mike Cosper on “God Of All Comfort.”

Group vocals: Justin & Megan Shaffer, McKenzie Kauflin, Jonatan Barahona, Anderson Eddy Baucicaut, Angela Clark, Elliott Lee, Courtney Moore, Kristen Gilles.

All songs written by Kristen and Bobby Gilles except
“Awesome Is Your Power” and “Praise The Sending God” by Bobby Gilles, Kristen Gilles and Jonatan Barahona.

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Kristen Gilles Louisville, Kentucky

Kristen Gilles is a worship leader and deacon at Louisville’s multi-campus Sojourn Community Church. Her new CD Parker’s Mercy Brigade is a story of faith, lament, comfort, healing and worship following the stillbirth of her son.

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Track Name: Spirit Of Freedom
Spirit of Freedom (John 3:6, 2 Corinthians 3:14-18)

Verse 1
Your Spirit is a wind; Unbound by time or space
You drive out the air of doom, give the devil chase.
You carry love to broken homes, and crime-filled streets,
You share the power of the cross, to bring us to Your feet.

You blow in halls of power, where Wrong passes for Right,
Expose the darkness, bring sin to light;
You sweep into a brothel, and snuff the fire of lust;
You lift the fallen woman, with kindness she can trust.

Chorus
Lord, Your wind will blow, and Your freedom ring,
All around the world, shaking everything;
Unveil our hearts, to behold You
Through Your Spirit . . .

Blow the strongholds down with a mighty breeze
Till the lost are found, and the slaves are free
Unveil our hearts to behold You through Your Spirit …
Your Spirit of Freedom

Verse 2
You ripple through a graveyard, and comfort the bereft
With promise to free Your own, taken in death;
You’re the FAther’s seal, His guarantee
Of life with Christ for all eternity
(Chorus)

Extended Final Chorus
Blow the strongholds down with a mighty breeze
Till the lost are found and slaves are free
Till the orphan looks on the Savior's face
And in Him beholds the Father of grace . . .

Lord, Your wind will blow, and Your freedom ring,
All around the world, shaking everything;
Unveil our hearts, to behold You
Through Your Spirit,
Your Spirit of Freedom!
Track Name: You Answer
Verse 1
Lord we call in our frustration
Hearts break while Satan prowls
All around the nations
For whom he may devour.
He knows his days are ending,
And he seeks to slash and burn.
Give us strength here in the waiting
For Your blessed return!

Chorus
You answer, You hear our cry,
Your power is revealed in time;
We call to You in prayer,
We plead and You are there.
You answer us, You answer us.

Verse 2
You answer through creation,
You answer through Your Word,
You answer through Your Spirit
And the members of Your Church,
Giving out of their abundance,
Or out of poverty,
As You fashion us together,
Into Your family.

Bridge (2x)
God who hears, God who sees
Your people on their knees.
God who heals, God who saves,
You overwhelm the grave!
Track Name: Chase Away My Unbelief
Verse 1
Lord, when I think You’re far away
Returning silence for my prayer,
When I’m reminded of old doubts
That You still reign, or that You care,
Teach me how to doubt no more,
To know You’re found by those who seek,
And my emotions can deceive;
Chase away my unbelief.

Verse 2
In the face of deepest loss,
Blinded by my bitter tears,
Broken by what might have been,
A slave to things as they appear,
Then whisper peace into my soul
In midst of pain and piercing grief.
My own perspective’s incomplete.
Chase away my unbelief.

Verse 3
When I suspect You’ve lost control
Or You’ve forsaken what You made,
When children starve both near and far
And love has wilted under hate,
Remind me of Your promises:
A kingdom full of life and peace!
Help me to trust eternity.
Lord, chase away my unbelief.

End Tags
My emotions can deceive ...
My own perspective’s incomplete ...
Help me to trust eternity,
Lord, chase away my unbelief.
Track Name: Bless The Lord Who Gives And Takes
Chorus
Help is coming from our God who saves
Who has numbered all our days
Bless the Lord who gives and takes!
Man of Sorrows, You have born our pain
You have suffered in our place
Bless the Lord who gives and takes!

Verse 1
Sorrows have broken us
As we mourn we will trust in You
On our knees in the dust
Here we sing, here we trust in You

Pre-Chorus
Lord, You gave and You took
Somehow for our good.
Our eyes burn with tears
But they turn to You

Chorus
Help is coming from our God who saves
Who has numbered all our days
Bless the Lord who gives and takes!
Man of Sorrows, You have born our pain
You have suffered in our place
Bless the Lord who gives and takes!

Verse 2
We are pressed, we are crushed
We are slain, still we trust in You
Worship here from the dust
We will sing, we will trust in You
(Pre-Chorus and Chorus)

End Tag
Lord, You gave and You took
Somehow for our good.
Our eyes burn with tears
But they turn to You
Track Name: No More Fear
Verse 1
All my sin died on Your cross,
Satan’s charge against me dropped
O my Savior! You’re mighty to save.
Then You rose up from the grave,
If not death, what else would I be afraid of?
Why be afraid?
In Your Name …

Chorus
No more fear! No more fear!
Death is naked and ashamed;
Satan flees at the mention of Your name!
No more fear! No more fear!
Every wrong will be made right.
We may weep tonight,
But joy is an eternal morning!
No more fear!

Verse 2
I will serve You faithfully, if my courage fails,
Then, Lord, remind me, Love’s already won.
Tearful partings here below only last a moment,
Then we will be home, we’ll all be at home.
In Your Name …
(Chorus)

Bridge (2x)
What could hell do?
What could death do?
Your power has no rival!

What could sin do?
What could shame do?
Your power has no rival!
(Chorus)
Track Name: You Will Raise Us Up
Verse
God of conception, God of the womb
God of each birthday, God of the tomb
Death is a prison darker than night
Your blood is our pardon, Your Spirit our Light

Pre-Chorus
And our souls will praise
And await the day …

Chorus
You will raise us up!
You will raise us up!
Your empty tomb proclaims,
You will raise us up!
(repeat)

Verse
God of conception, God of the womb
God of each birthday, God of the tomb
Death is a prison darker than night
Your blood is our pardon, Your Spirit our Light

Pre-Chorus
And our souls will praise
And await the day …
And our souls will praise
And await the day …

Chorus
You will raise us up!
You will raise us up!
Your empty tomb proclaims,
You will raise us up!
(Repeat)
Track Name: Awesome Is Your Power
Verse 1
We were good as dead buried deep in sin
We were silent bones ‘til You breathed into our souls
We will sing Your praise!
We will lift You high!
And we declare that:

Chorus
Awesome is Your power!
Awesome is Your power!
Ground is breaking! Dead are waking, forevermore!
Awesome is Your power!
Awesome is Your power!
Recreating, liberating, forevermore!
Recreating, liberating …

Verse 2
We will testify of this gift of life,
Tell the dying world of our Mighty, Risen Lord!
We will sing Your praise!
We will lift You high!
And we declare that:
(Chorus)

Pre-Chorus Tag
We will sing Your praise!
We will lift You high!
We will sing Your praise …

End Tag
Recreating, liberating forevermore!
Recreating, liberating, FOREVERMORE!
Track Name: God Of All Comfort
Verse 1
We were afraid, we were alone,
We were estranged, but now we’re Your own;
You lead the way to others so bound,
The weak and ashamed, the bitter and proud.

Pre-Chorus 1
Father of Mercies, You have rescued us.
God of All Comfort, You now work through us.

Chorus
God of All Comfort, You light the dark
You warm the heart by the hearth of Your grace.
You lead the motherless to a mother’s kiss;
You lead the fatherless to a father’s embrace.

Verse 2
Lavish on us Your Spiritual gifts
To shelter, to love, to heal and uplift.
You bring the barren to children in need.
You let the poor save us from greed.

Pre-Chorus 2
Father of Mercies, make us merciful.
God of All Comfort, Your love’s unstoppable.
(Chorus)

Ending Refrain
We praise Your name!
We praise Your name!
God of all comfort, we praise Your name!
We praise Your name!
We praise Your name!
(Repeat)
Track Name: Even The Darkness Is Light To You
Verse 1
When we are broken
Like a haunted, weary land,
And darkness has fallen,
Then You take us in Your hands.

Left on our own,
We would never find our way ...
But even the darkness is light to You.

Chorus
Even the darkness is light to You.
You bring life from a silent tomb!
In the deep, nighttime fog, You're still Almighty God.
Even the darkness is light to You.

Verse 2
When we are hiding
In the shame of our own sin,
Then You will find us
And claim us once again.

Left on our own,
We would never find our way ...
But even the darkness is light to You.

Chorus
Even the darkness is light to You.
You bring life from a silent tomb!
In the deep, nighttime fog, You're still Almighty God.
Even the darkness is light to You.
Track Name: Praise The Sending God
Verse 1
For God so loved the world,
He sent His only Son,
Dressed in mortal flesh and bone
To give His life for us;

And when the Son returned,
He sent His Spirit down,
Empowered us to go and share
The life in Him we've found.

Chorus
Our God sends! He comes! He came!
Our God cares for the people He made!
Our God sends! He comes! He came!
Our God cares for the people He made!

Verse 2
So willing was the Son
To do His Father's will
He bore the pain of Calvary,
The full attack of hell.

He’s fortified our hearts,
He’s strong where we are weak.
He’s made us more than conquerors,
And Satan's more than beat!
(Chorus)

End Tag
Praise the Sending God!
Praise the Sending God!
Praise the Sending God!
Hallelujah!
(Repeat)