Take, eat.

by Matt Elmore

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The summer of 2009, I worked and lived with Hispanic migrants on a blueberry farm. Most of them had very nice vehicles, but none had homes.

In August, they moved down to the Carolinas, and I moved back to Hudsonville. I had a handful of new songs about the Christian idea of home, so I invited my parents and a bunch of friends to make a record. We shared food and made music for two days.

Music and meals help me understand life. They make me aware of time as a gift instead of a constraint.

But gatherings like these, though they seem to be the concentrate of human living, do not last. Most of the friends on this album have moved away for grad school or work or some other thing.

In a sense, maybe everyone can identify with migrant workers. People don't settle down; we move. Or if we do settle down, we age, which is an unsettling movement toward death.

So I like the book of Revelation, because it describes heaven as a great homecoming of feast and song. If Jesus unites our gatherings before death, the resurrection will be our first gathering with no foreboding of separation.

Until then, we are homesick.


Matt Elmore, February 2011

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released April 1, 2011

Homemade by Matt Elmore, Andy Ferris, Sean and Leanne Harrell, John and Pam Elmore, Teri Quinn, Liz DuPont, Kris Rolls, Austin Porritt, and Zach Vinsen

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Track Name: To Jesus, King of Michigan
Who'd have guessed
The cold midwest
Is where You'd be
Shining down
Far from the towns
Of Galilee

O Jesus, help us listen
O Jesus, help us see
Your Kingdom come
Your will be done
On earth, Your Majesty

Lord, it hurts
Come break the curse
And heal this land
It's way too hard
It's battle-scarred
Like everyman

O Jesus, help us listen
O Jesus, help us see
Your Kingdom come
Your will be done
On earth, Your Majesty
Track Name: Patience Patience
Patience patience is what we need
For waiting without wasting time
Working working the soil with seed
To reap all the grain faith will find

Cuz it won't be long before we hear Him shout
And it won't be long before the trumpet sounds
And it won't be long before the dead in Christ will rise

Courage courage is what we need
For giving without giving in
Working working the soil with seed
To feast on the bread faith will win

Cuz it won't be long before we hear Him shout
And it won't be long before the trumpet sounds
And it won't be long before the dead in Christ will rise
Track Name: Isn't it Good?
Isn't it strange
How we miss a place we've never even seen
Cuz this wilderness is somewhere in between
The land we came from
And the land we will receive
Isn't it strange?

But isn't it good
That our slavery to sin was left behind
When He broke the bread and let us drink the wine
Of His forgiveness
And the water of His life
Isn't it good?

Isn't it good
Isn't it good
Isn't it good to be alive?

Isn't it hard
Resurrection never comes without the cross
And when you see the pain of people who are lost
Without the answer
That demands of them their life
Isn't it hard?

But isn't it good
The wages of our sin were fully paid
To the only one who never disobeyed
And it is finished
It's finished on that cross
Isn't it good?

Isn't it good
Isn't it good
Isn't it good to be alive
In Christ?
Track Name: Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!
Hallelujah! Praise the Lord
If He's raised you from the dead
If He's called you out of the darkness
And now you run to Him instead
Praise the Lord

Hallelujah! What a friend
He can keep you til the Day
Cuz He was tempted and He was abandoned
But He never turned away
Praise the Lord
Track Name: News for New Creations
When guilt comes back around
And pushes you down in the shadows
And tells you to stay there and hide
Because everyone knows
All the evidence shows
That you're really just posing and playing the part
While you're filthy inside

Don't believe it
Don't believe it
Don't believe it
Don't believe it

Cuz your guilt was nailed to the cross
You're no longer lost in the shadows
You're found in the favor of Christ
So let everyone know
Let the evidence show
That His Spirit is living and giving the love
Of His great sacrifice

Cuz you believe it
You believe it
You believe it
You believe it

Cuz He lives to make you his own
You're never alone in the shadows
You're safe in the kingdom of light
And the glory of God
Is the loss of His blood
Oh Father, great is Your love
Great is Your love
Track Name: When Every Eye Will See
We are voices, we are voices
With words from the past
In the desert preparing Your way
We are watching, we are waiting
For all that will last
In the kingdom revealed on that day

When every eye will see You
Even those who pierced You
And every knee will bow down
And every tongue will cry out
Jesus is Lord
Jesus is Lord of Lords

We are children, we are children
Alive from the dead
In the kingdom we seek and proclaim
We are watching, we are waiting
For all that You said
To reveal every heart for Your name

When every eye will see You
Even those who pierced You
And every knee will bow down
And every tongue will cry out
Jesus is Lord
Jesus is Lord of Lords