In Our Winters

by Preson Phillips

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1.
I am a poor way faring stranger Traveling through this world alone And there's no sickness toil or danger In that great land to which I go I'm going home to see my Father I'm going home, no more to roam I'm only going over Jordan I'm only going over home I know dark clouds will gather round me I know my way is dark and steep But beautiful fields lie out before me Where God's redeemed, their vigils keep I'm coming home sisters and brothers! Rise up to meet me when I come home I'm only going over Jordan I'm only going over home I will be free from every trial My body sleeps in the church yard I'll drop the cross of self-denial And enter on my great reward I'm going home to see my savior. To sing His praise forevermore I am reborn through resurrection My Jesus bore it in my soul
2.
Open Seas 04:07
Behold, as fountains in the desert rise and bring us hope As manna feeds us from the skies And he is lighting up our night Leads the way in darkened times The King, from whom all virtue springs to life And solace brings A loving groom an unfaithful wife And he is calling back again A tattered bride adorned in shame Teach me of the your plan to tame this often sordid heart Touch me O’ sweet grace of God and I will not depart I’m coming home home home I’m coming home home home Oh, the hands that wrought this work for me It was my Lord Thou hast brought mine eyes to see And not a mite for you was gained Thou has saved, an unfaithful friend Teach me of your ways of love more vast than open seas Plant your image firmly on my life for all to see You’ve given hope, hope, hope You’ve given hope, hope, hope And Father let the courts allow just one more solemn plea When I was found and wanting Jesus paid the debt for me It was not owed, owed, owed
3.
He comes to me like water poured on a flower as it withers and fades. He comes to me like sunlight melting the frost and ushering the spring Come down Father, come like rain Judge with fire, bring warmth the same Purge transgressions, and hearts reclaim And we in stillness, Lord, will speak your name He comes like candles in our darkness, revealing our old broken world He comes like voices, shouting vic’try as angels, his banners, unfurl See our blindness, and behold our greed Heed our cries, Lord, discern our need Souls that hunger, bless and feed Til our hearts, Lord, plant grace; your seed He Comes! He Comes! Come down Father, come like rain Judge with fire, bring warmth the same Purge transgressions, and hearts reclaim And we in stillness, Lord, will speak your name
4.
Lift up your heads oh ancient doors This carnal temple, now the Lord’s Prepare for visitation unlike ever seen before This carnal house of earthly sin Where gates are low, and built for men Now renovations must occur, for glory this way comes Lift up your gates The King is entering Lift up the doors Oh, these ancient doors My Father walks the earth His feet they roam the sand My God he parts the seas And halts the waters with His hands But my people build His house so small With pious righteousness and pride And we stand atop our filthy rags Like towers built to reach the sky And my people paint cathedral walls That He can’t fit inside Lift up your gates The King is entering Oh ancient doors Prepare the way of our Lord Lift up your heads oh ancient doors Once pagan temples, now the Lord’s Prepare for visitation like you’ve never seen before These carnal hearts of earthly sin Where gates are low, and built for men Now renovations must occur, for glory this way comes
5.
When the days of transgression are over When the memories all that remain We will see When the deeds of the injustice have ended When the world all around us has changed We'll finally see Every prayer we pray We’re begging for redemption Every sound we make Is a window to our souls For a dampened world We call for resurrection In our winters, Lord, bring us spring We are looking through darkly lit mirrors Wishing only to see but the whole Let us see Though we walk through the valley dying Resurrection, it burns in our souls And the tomb it is open and empty Like the prophets before us foretold Wake up, Wake up, Wake up my soul When the future we’ve waited for enters When fullness of beauty has come When the firmaments round us are opened And Jerusalem’s city reborn With His spirit of peace oar’ the waters With His message of grace in our lungs With His angels we’re singing the chorus Sing forever the songs that we've always sung Wake up, Wake up, Wake up my soul! Every prayer we pray, We’re begging for redemption Every sound we make, Is a window to our souls For a dampened world we call for resurrection In our winters, Lord, bring us spring
6.
Awake my soul awake As morning starts to break Rising with our King Now comes eternal spring Come down from up on high And rescue far and wide All hearts once dead and gone Rising like a song And hear the mighty roar And feel the quake Removal of the dross Save what remains The day of resurrection tell abroad We see again the passover of God The deaf shall hear the crippled man shall walk As the mighty roar of creatures great and small Rises like a song
7.
Lamb Of God 04:25
Lamb of God when we behold thee In the form of human kind As a vagabond and stranger Humbled hands and human mind Lamb of God, where art thou going Keeping earthly joys at bay Wandering as a homeless stranger Asking not for earthly praise Armed with mighty words of wisdom All creation’s works proclaim All our souls awake, and the ground will shake At the simple words “I Am” Lamb of God, He walks between us Down this earthen dusty road As He hears our earthen folly He in love for sinners grows Lamb of God did we not notice You were walking by our side With our eyes short-sighted focused While eternity abides You have joined us at this table Who from seven places bled Now our cups are filled as the one once killed Sits before us breaking bread Lamb of God when are You coming Our offense in volumes grow Though in goodness once created Now rebellion is our home Lamb of God, we know your story As the pioneers of old Charging onward into darkness Where no earthly soul dare go Lamb of God we know you’re able Resurrect and set aright Cut a path for us to follow Into everlasting life
8.
I have heard you Oh Lord and the choice that you offered between blessing and curse for blessed are the ones who remain in You Lord stretch out Your hand and lay Caanan before me Ability is not what I have just Your tender mercies and Grace that falls like rain We will hold with our hands we will tie to our heads We will sing to our children the things we have read We will hail when we lie down and rise from our beds For as long as skies remain our king will reign I come to the garden alone while the dew is still on the roses and the voice that I hear the Son of God discloses ‘Twas the same voice that led me from bonds and frees all who follow from toil I’ve followed that sound through the wilderness it has led me to beautiful shores We will hold with our hands we will tie to our heads We will sing to our children the things we have read We will hail when we lie down and rise from our beds For as long as skies remain our king will reign I will sing of mercy love has proved me wrong there is still hope We will hold with our hands we will tie to our heads We will sing to our children the things we have read We will hail when we lie down and rise from our beds For as long as skies remain our king will reign
9.
Oh the wind of God was terrible and strong And it stripped me, like a building, of my beautiful facade To reveal what lies inside, a monument to pride And the hands of God were steady like tree As they fashioned, like an artist, what would be His masterpiece And he made me what he first declared me to be Behold, the Father And behold the architect Behold, the Founder And the stone on which we rest Who will build in us an edifice of love The truths of God are steadfast, they are sure, Making royalty of peasants, who were not of noble birth Choosing weak and foolish souls, and humbling the wise The heart of man is fashioning his gods Placing burdens on his soul and granting nothing that he ought Until he finally learns that its the kings own image he bares Father I’m already yours Father I’m already yours Open wide my doors My soul can rest assured Father I’m already yours Father I’m already yours Open wide my doors Open wide my doors Behold, the Father And behold the architect Behold, the Founder And the stone on which we rest Who will build in us an edifice of love
10.
The Riverbed 04:19
A river wrought by mercy flows and gathers at thy feet We launch upon repentance setting sail upon its sea The wind of words the prophets spoke The writings of the fathers They move us close They bring us close And He takes me to the riverbed and washes me beneath the waves And He takes me to the riverbed and washes me beneath the waves I will not be clean I will not be clean until you wash me A river wrought with mercy flows Now spring to life, thou guilty soul You’re already loved Came ye lame, who walk no more Arise and raise your bed this morn’ And stretch your knees, so worn And run to meet the shore So we gather at the river And we lay our burdens down And I feel my soul delivered And I drown beneath loves sound And He takes me to the riverbed and washes me beneath the waves And He takes me to the riverbed and washes me beneath the waves
11.
Open For Me 04:26
There is a King who’s blood brings forth new life. Who’s dwelling place gleams with bliss beyond measure, immortal and sweet. Is heaven so near? Does glory come nigh? It’s welcome I fear, as His holiness shines. And can it be? Oh the great depth of mercy cause there stands a gate left open for me, left open for me, left open for me, left open for me. Radiance gleamed from the doors and the windows, and there stands a gate, left open for me, left open for me, left open for me, left open for me. Sing, oh redeemed! Your Savior has vanquished what you were before, and given you peace. Your wandering soul, it will wander no more. Cause you’ve walked down a path, and it led to a tree, and it led by a tomb that was open and clean! And can it be? Oh the great depth of mercy cause there stands a gate left open for me, left open for me, left open for me, left open for me. Radiance gleamed from the doors and the windows, and there stands a gate, left open for me, left open for me, left open for me, left open for me. Ohhh, wandering soul!, enter His life, and enter His gates! No don’t be afraid, Don’t be afraid! Don’t be afraid! Don’t be afraid! Sing, oh redeemed!, and speak of the path, and point to the gate left open for thee, left open for thee, left open for thee, left open for thee!
12.
I am a poor way faring stranger Traveling through this world alone And there's no sickness toil or danger In that great land to which I go I'm going home to see my Father I'm going home, no more to roam I'm only going over Jordan I'm only going over home I know dark clouds will gather round me I know my way is dark and steep But beautiful fields lie out before me Where God's redeemed, their vigils keep I'm coming home sisters and brothers! Rise up to meet me when I come home I'm only going over Jordan I'm only going over home I will be free from every trial My body sleeps in the church yard I'll drop the cross of self-denial And enter on my great reward I'm going home to see my savior. To sing His praise forevermore I am reborn through resurrection My Jesus bore it in my soul
13.
He comes to me like water poured on a flower as it withers and fades. He comes to me like sunlight melting the frost and ushering the spring Come down Father, come like rain Judge with fire, bring warmth the same Purge transgressions, and hearts reclaim And we in stillness, Lord, will speak your name He comes like candles in our darkness, revealing our old broken world He comes like voices, shouting vic’try as angels, his banners, unfurl See our blindness, and behold our greed Heed our cries, Lord, discern our need Souls that hunger, bless and feed Til our hearts, Lord, plant grace; your seed He Comes! He Comes! Come down Father, come like rain Judge with fire, bring warmth the same Purge transgressions, and hearts reclaim And we in stillness, Lord, will speak your name
14.
Oh the wind of God was terrible and strong And it stripped me, like a building, of my beautiful facade To reveal what lies inside, a monument to pride And the hands of God were steady like tree As they fashioned, like an artist, what would be His masterpiece And he made me what he first declared me to be Behold, the Father And behold the architect Behold, the Founder And the stone on which we rest Who will build in us an edifice of love The truths of God are steadfast, they are sure, Making royalty of peasants, who were not of noble birth Choosing weak and foolish souls, and humbling the wise The heart of man is fashioning his gods Placing burdens on his soul and granting nothing that he ought Until he finally learns that its the kings own image he bares Father I’m already yours Father I’m already yours Open wide my doors My soul can rest assured Father I’m already yours Father I’m already yours Open wide my doors Open wide my doors Behold, the Father And behold the architect Behold, the Founder And the stone on which we rest Who will build in us an edifice of love
15.
When the days of transgression are over When the memories all that remain We will see When the deeds of the injustice have ended When the world all around us has changed We'll finally see Every prayer we pray We’re begging for redemption Every sound we make Is a window to our souls For a dampened world We call for resurrection In our winters, Lord, bring us spring We are looking through darkly lit mirrors Wishing only to see but the whole Let us see Though we walk through the valley dying Resurrection, it burns in our souls And the tomb it is open and empty Like the prophets before us foretold Wake up, Wake up, Wake up my soul When the future we’ve waited for enters When fullness of beauty has come When the firmaments round us are opened And Jerusalem’s city reborn With His spirit of peace oar’ the waters With His message of grace in our lungs With His angels we’re singing the chorus Sing forever the songs that we've always sung Wake up, Wake up, Wake up my soul! Every prayer we pray, We’re begging for redemption Every sound we make, Is a window to our souls For a dampened world we call for resurrection In our winters, Lord, bring us spring
16.
Let Me Walk 03:21
And even though the answers find escape I know my God will keep me ‘neath His wing And though a life of heathen calls to me Forever is a long time to be free Let me walk Placing only feet where prints are scarred Let me walk Throughout the Earth with feet of God

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released June 3, 2014

Recorded & produced by Tim McTague for 715 Studios
Mixed by Tim McTague & Ray Jeffrey
Tracks 12-16 recorded & mixed by Seth Purcell
Mastering by Troy Glessner for Spectre Studio
Cover and interior photos by Daniel Davison isthmusstudio.com
Band photo by Nicole Kilbert elawgrrl.com
Design & layout by Nathan Murray everynewday.com

All songs by Tommy Preson Phillips, except ‘Wayfaring Stranger’
All words by Tommy Preson Phillips, except ‘Wayfaring Stranger’
Arranging & programming by Tim McTague
All tracks performed by Tommy Preson Phillips, Tim McTague,
Mickey Olaf Holm, Rachel Collins, Nathan Murray and Ashton Bajaranson

Additional keys, instrumentation and programming by Chris Dudley
Piano on ‘Open For Me’ performed by Taylor Vinson
These are songs we sing to our living God each week
with our community at Watermark Church in Tampa, FL

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Tampa Florida’s Preson Phillips has been called “a refreshing change from mainstream worship music [who’s] songs recall the wide-eyed fervor of the early 70s Jesus music artists” ~itunes review.

With an americana influenced sound ranging from folk to alt/country, newcomers should expect a real, almost personal, connection with the emotions and ancient spirituality of the music of Preson Phillips.
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