Get Ready

Music and Lyrics © 2012 Kenneth L. O'Connor

CHORUS:

Get Ready!  People get ready now

The Lord is coming soon.

Get Ready!  People get ready now

Watch and wait for the Lord.

Watch and wait for the Lord.

 

 

VERSE 1:

Nobody knows the hour

Nobody knows the day

Nobody knows when the Lord is coming back

so get ready and prepare ye the way.

 

VERSE 2:

Everyone know the truth yeah

let everyone know the way

let everyone know that the life here on earth

will be ending on the Lord’s great day

 

BRIDGE

 

There will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and the stars

And fear will roll across the land

But you, stand erect, raise your heads, and rejoice

your redemption is at hand.

 

 

 

Generations

Music and Lyrics © 2011 Kenneth L. O’Connor

Based on Matthew 1:1-17

 

VERSE 1

Abraham became the father of Isaac and Isaac the father of Jacob

Jacob became the father of Judah and Judah the father Perez (and Zerah)

Perez became the father of Hezron and Hezron the father of Ram

Ram became the father of Amminadab and Amminadab the father the Nahshon

Nahshon to Salmon, and Salmon to Boaz, Boaz to Obed and Obed to Jesse 

and Jesse was the father of David.

yep, that’s David the King

That’s fourteen generations

to get to David the King

  

CHORUS:

Generations of salvation

an ancestral crooked line

Through the ages and the pages

there’s a promise that all will be fine

 

VERSE 2:

David became the father of Solomon, (you might have heard his name)

But how ‘bout his son who’s known as Rehoboam, or his grandson, Abijah?

who became the father of Asaph, and Asaph the father of Jehoshaphat who begat

Joram who’s the father of Uzziah and Uzziah the father of Jotham

Jotham to Ahaz, and Ahaz-Hezekiah, Manasseh to Amos, and Amos to Josiah

to Jechoniah and his brothers

there in Babylon

fourteen generations

and they’re in Babylon

 

CHORUS:

Generations of salvation

an ancestral crooked line

Through the ages and the pages

there’s a promise that all will be fine

 

BRIDGE:

Let us take a moment here to remember those women by name

Tamar the wife of Judah and Rahab to Salmon the same

All of these men had a mother like Bathsheba whose name is not said

And Obed’s mother, Ruth, and one more yet straight ahead...

 

VERSE 3

Jeconiah was the father Shealtiel and Shealiel had Zerubbabel

Zerubbabel was the father of Abiud, and Abiud had Eliakim

Eliakim the father of Azor and Azor the father of ZADOK!!!

ZADOK became the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud

Eliud to Eleazer, and he to Matthan, Matthan to Jacob, and Jacob to Joseph

and Joseph was the husband of Mary

the mother of the Lord

that’s fourteen generations

to get to Jesus the Lord

 

CHORUS:

Generations of salvation

an ancestral crooked line

Through the ages and the pages

there’s a promise that all will be fine

Benedictus

Music and Lyrics ©2008 Kenneth L. O’Connor

 

CHORUS:

 

Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel

He has come to his people and set them free

He has raised up for us a mighty Savior

born of the house of David

 

Verse 1

 

Through his holy prophets he promised of old

That he would save us from our enemies

from the hands of all who hate us.

He promised to show mercy

and to remember his holy covenant

 

Verse 2

 

This was the oath he swore to Abraham

to free us from our enemies

free to worship him without fear

to be holy and righteous in his his sight

all the days of our life

 

Bridge

 

You shall be called the prophet of God

for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way

to give his people knowledge of salvation

by forgiveness of their sins

 

Verse 3

 

In the tender compassion of our God

the dawn from on high shall break upon us

to shine on those who dwell in darkness

to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Mary Had No Y

Music and Lyrics © 2008 Kenneth L. O'Connor

 

VERSE 1

Boys and girls are different you see

When we speak genetically

See, girls have 2 X chromosomes 

And boys have an X and Y

This all makes perfect sense to me

Until I think of Christianity

And if Mary only had Xs

Well, how’d that boy Jesus slip by?

 

CHORUS:

Mary had no Y

Mary had no Y

She’d been stocked with a couple of Xs

But she had no Y

Mary had no Y

Mary had no Y

Other folks may sing Noel

But how is there no Y?

 

VERSE 2

It was one night angel Gabriel

Came to Mary with a message to tell

Told her she’d bear the son of God

She was favored in God’s plan

But Mary, she was a bit upset

‘Cause she hadn’t even been married yet

How could she bear the son of God

When she’d never been with a man?

 

CHORUS

Mary had no Y

Mary had no Y

She had 2 Xs but no “ex”s

She’d never known no guy

Mary had no Y

Mary had no Y

Other folks may sing No-el

But how is there no Y?

 

VERSE 3

So Mary asked that angel Gabe

“How can it be that I have a babe?”

The angel kinda smiled at her

And looked her in the eye

Said, “The Holy Spirit will overshadow you

And believe you me, all these words are true.”

Mary said, “Then let it be!”

But she didn’t ask him “why?”

 

‘cause...

 

CHORUS

Mary had no “why”

Mary had no “why”

She just said, “Then let it be”

And the angel went bye-bye

Mary had no “why”

Mary had no “why”

When grace comes you might ask “how?”

But how can you ask why?

 

Mary had no “why”

Mary had no “why”

She just said, “Then let it be”

She did not need know why

Mary had no “why”

Mary had no “why”

When grace comes you might ask “how?”

But how can you ask why?

 

Mary, she had no Y...

Mary, she don’t ask why...

 

 

 

Voice in the Wilderness

Music and Lyrics © Kenneth L O'Connor

 

Verse 1

 

There was a man sent from God and his name was John

He was sent to witness to the Light

People came from all around just to hear his testimony

and this is the witness of John

 

Chorus

There is one coming who is mightier than I

whose straps on his sandals I’m unfit to untie

He is the Light to whom I testify

for I am just a voice in the wilderness

 

Verse 2

They were confused so they asked, “Are you the prophet

or Elijah come back once again?”

He said, “I am not the things that you want me to be, 

for this is the witness I give”

  

Bridge

Behold the Lamb of God!

Behold him who takes away the sins of the world

Prepare!  

Prepare the way of the Lord!

 

Instrumental chorus into final chorus.

It's All Good

Words and music © 2011 Kenneth L. O'Connor


One person, with two natures

One is human one divine

United in one divine person

neither separate nor confused

are you confused?

Well...

 

CHORUS:

Jesus is God for us and God with us

Totally human yet completely divine

And if one Good God can become a man

that means, well..

it’s all good (yeah...) it’s all good (yeah...)

 

Verse 2

We needed... God to save us

Cause we couldn’t save ourselves

But so wondrous he becomes one of us

Through him the world is justified

Justified?  (that’s a big word)

 

Bridge

All of this theology can be a bit confusin’

It’s enough to make your head spin ‘round and ‘round

But bottom line remember is that Jesus means God loves you

‘cause he’s God and man in perfect harmony

Master of Disguise

(Teresa of Calcutta)

Music and Lyrics © 2011 Kenneth L. O’Connor

 

Verse 1

 

Drain

There was a man in a drain

with dirt, and worms, oh that hell

What a life of suff’ring

Living like an animal in that way

 

Verse 2: 

 

Rats

She had been eaten by rats

Her face, her legs, oh that smell

Feelings of repugnance

Wanting not to see her and look away

But had I passed her by

I wouldn’t be who I am today

 

CHORUS:

 

‘Cause I saw Jesus 

in distressing disguise but

It was Jesus

And he opened my eyes of faith so to see 

the Lord, the Master of Disguise

 

Verse 3: 

 

Hard

It can at times be so hard

to serve the poorest of the poor

We can feel discouraged

in the face of sadness and decay

But had I passed them by

I wouldn’t be who I am today

 

Bridge:

 

That’s the mission of charity

finding Jesus in those we see

and he could be no more

present than he is in the poor

 

--Interlude--

 

Final Chorus:

 

Cause I saw Jesus

in distressing disguise but

It was Jesus

And he opened my eyes of faith so to see

The Lord, the Master of Disguise

in distressing disguise but

Will you see Jesus?

If he opens your eyes of faith you will see

The Lord, the Master of Disguise

Not My Will 

©2012 Music and Lyrics Kenneth L. O'Connor

 

Verse 1

A popular preacher

Five Thousand in one day

they were hanging on his every single word

A notable healer

His power from within

When she merely touched the corner of his cloak

He was welcomed by them

Into Jerusalem

They waved branches and sang Hosanna

 

Verse 2

But there in the garden

He turned to God in prayer

Where he said“God take this cup away from me”

And was there the question

There burning in his mind

Finding his salvific role one hard to fill

There was much to be done

Couldn’t God’s only Son

do more than die as a criminal?

 

Bridge:

Cause He was 33 and in his prime

How could it be this young man’s time?

 

Chorus:

 

Did he ask...

Why must I die 

when I could do so much more?

I could teach them, I could heal them

I’ve got so much in store

Why must I die 

when I could do so much more?

so your people may know you, Father,

yet not my will, but yours.

 

Verse 3:

He’s taken by the soldiers

Betrayed by a friend’s kiss

This is not the way that this should have played out

And facing the leaders

Degraded like a dog

flogged and whipped and mocked and given a cross

what an odd way to save

treated as if a slave

and rejected by those men of faith

 

to Bridge/Chorus

  

Final Bridge:

But since it’s what he preached he had to know

A seed must die so as to grow...


Final Chorus

Why I must die

‘cause I can do nothing more

than to give them all my whole life and 

it’s what I’ve been sent for

Why I must die

‘cause I can do nothing more

so your people may know your glory

not only mine, but yours.


One Man

Music and Lyrics © 2011, Kenneth L. O’Connor

Based on Romans 5:12-21


CHORUS:

It was through one man that sin entered the world

and it is through one man that we are saved

Because of one man’s transgression, so one man’s salvation

The power that is one man.

 

Verse 1:

In the beginning there was just one man

Before the law there still was sin

As that first man he chose to disobey the Lord

The reign of death was ushered in

 

CHORUS:

 

Verse 2:

A new beginning with a whole new man

The trespass nothing like this gift

And through obedience he brought us back to God

Salvation history’s great shift

 

Bridge:

It’s a new world we’re living in

Not slaves to death, not slaves to sin

Now we’ve the free gift of righteousness

and new life in Christ Jesus 

the world is transformed from within.

 

Pange Lingua

Words: St. Thomas Aquinas

Music: Kenneth L. O’Connor © 2012

Sing, my tongue, the Savior's glory,

of His flesh the mystery sing;
of the Blood, all price exceeding,

shed by our immortal King,

destined, for the world's redemption,

from a noble womb to spring.

 

Of a pure and spotless Virgin
born for us on earth below,
He, as Man, with man conversing,
stayed, the seeds of truth to sow;
then He closed in solemn order
wondrously His life of woe.

 

On the night of that Last Supper,
seated with His chosen band,
He the Pascal victim eating,
first fulfills the Law's command;
then as Food to His Apostles
gives Himself with His own hand.

 

Word-made-Flesh, the bread of nature
by His word to Flesh He turns;
wine into His Blood He changes;
what though sense no change discerns?
Only be the heart in earnest,
faith her lesson quickly learns.


Divine Mercy

Music and Lyrics © 2008/2009 Kenneth L. O’Connor

 

 

Verse 1: 

What did Peter deserve for his denial?

Rejecting the one that he said was God’s own Son?

Apostasy, it’s a crime in the Bible

And death would fit the bill for what he’d done.

So when Jesus re-appeared on the third day

He should have given Peter that which he was due.

But that’s not what he did on the third day

(No) He stretched his arms and said 

“Peace be with you.”

 

 

CHORUS

Divine mercy

That defines mercy

It’s God’s saving grace

when it seems so out of place

ooo  ooo ooo divine mercy.

 

 

Verse 2:

All the apostles, save one, had abandoned him

‘Twas only the women and John left standing by 

The others left him when things started looking grim

And left him on the cross alone to die

So when Jesus re-appeared on the third day

He could’ve told them he could abandon them too.

And send them all to Hell on the last day

But he stretched his arms and said,

“Peace be with you.”

 

 

CHORUS

 

--harmonica solo--

 

Verse 3

Thomas doubted that Christ was truly risen

He wasn’t there in the room when he appeared

He wanted proof and more than what was given

He had to touch the side that had been speared

So when Jesus re-appeared that very next week 

He said “Thomas you can touch these wounds of mine”

And Thomas hit the ground; his knees had gone weak

And he stretched out his arms said, 

“Lord you are Divine!”

 

CHORUS:

Mercy

that’s divine mercy

It’s God giving more 

than we could ever ask him for

ooo divine mercy..

That defines mercy

It’s God’s saving grace

when it seems so out of place

ooo  ooo ooo divine mercy.

 

Chorus

Divine mercy

Divine mercy

The Name

Music and Lyrics © 2010 Kenneth L O’Connor

Based on Philippians 2:6-11


Chorus

At the name of Jesus

Every knee shall bend

From those in the heavens to under the earth

And every tongue shall confess

That Jesus Christ is Lord

To the glory of God, Amen!

 

Verse 1

Though he was in the form of God

He did not deem equality with God

something to be grasped

But no, he emptied himself

and took the form of slave

born in the world like one of us.

 

Verse 2

He was known to be of human estate

Thus it was that he humbled himself

even unto death

And so, God exalted him

and gave to him the name

the name that’s above every name

Pentecost

Words and music © 2008 Kenneth L. O'Connor

 

Verse 1

And after forty days

You ascended into heaven

Leaving your disciples looking up into the sky

But you would not abandon them

Leave them to their own devices

Your great gift yet to give them.

 

CHORUS:

You sent your spirit, O Lord

upon your Church

your very living presence

who said that that you were not gone

you gave them power and courage 

to go out to the world

to carry your message on

 

Verse 2

For after your last meal

you had said to your disciples,

“There will be an Advocate who will come in my name

He will teach you everything

and remind you what I told you.

The best that I can give you

 

 

CHORUS:

I send my spirit to you

upon my Church

my very living presence

To know that I am not gone.

He’ll give you power and wisdom

to be out to the world

to carry my Good News on”

 

 Verse 3

And after many years

of those holy men and women

who’ve carried your Good News whether in season or not

The Church still needs your Spirit here

to inspire, help, and guide us

the best that you can spare us

 

 

CHORUS

Send your Spirit, O Lord,

upon your Church

Your living, breathing presence

that will allow us to be

your Holy Temple of living stones

to proclaim to the world

you’re the truth who sets us free


© 2008 Kenneth L. O'Connor

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