Your Love Covers All

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released April 25, 2018

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Christian McIvor Greensboro, North Carolina

Christian McIvor has been performing as a singer/songwriter since the late 1990s, performing at venues throughout New England, New York, and North Carolina. Influences include Ryan Adams, Nick Drake, Counting Crows, Bob Dylan, and Ellis Paul. He serves as a minister at College Park Church in Greensboro, NC, and his recent focus has been progressive Christian music. More info at the website below. ... more

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Track Name: The Song
The Song, it began with a single vibration
That went and sounded its way into every nation
Through the pathways and the channels which Your Spirit flows,
Giving hope and new life to each generation.

The tune, it changes with the times and the places
So it can find open ears and light up darkened spaces
In Your Word, a thousand songs all share the same refrain
To help us lift up our hearts, trading walls for embraces

This song You’ve given to me,
I’m gonna set it free
‘Cause in it, Your truth, love, and freedom ring,
So let all the people sing,

“Whoa—oh-oh-ohh-ohh-oh....”

The rhythm, it moves us in time with each other
We forget where we end and we become one another
It’s in the giving and the sharing where we can receive
With our hearts open wide, there’s nothing left to uncover

This song You’ve given to me,
I’m gonna set it free
‘Cause in it, Your truth, love, and freedom ring,
So let all the people sing,

“Whoa—oh-oh-ohh-ohh-oh....”

This song You’ve given to me,
I’m gonna set it free
‘Cause in it, Your truth, love, and freedom ring,
So let all the people sing,

“Whoa—oh-oh-ohh-ohh-oh....”
Track Name: Let My Life Be My Prayer
In the early morning sunrise, I can
See You
The colors and textures of Your wonder, they come
Shining through

And I can only shake my head
I catch my breath and thank You

Let my life be my prayer
That I might live to love
Let my prayer be my life
That’s the meaning of...

As the sun sets and the stars rise, I can
See You
The depth and the infinite bounds of Your glory, it comes
Shining through

And I can only shake my head
I catch my breath and thank You

Let my life be my prayer
That I might live to love
Let my prayer be my life
That’s the meaning of...

Let my life be my prayer
That I might live to love
Let my prayer be my life
That’s the meaning of...

My life, your life, our lives, life...
My love, your love, our love, love,
Love...
Track Name: River
I was tired and You took me off my feet
I was hungry and You gave me enough to eat
I was thirsty and You let me drink
And now I believe

You found me in the river, and You caught me in Your stream
I am delivered, yeah, I have been redeemed
In the ocean
Of Your love

You found me in the river, and You caught me in Your stream
I am delivered, yeah, I have been redeemed
In the ocean
Of Your love

Let Your living water flow, let it flow
Let it flow, let it flow...

I was lost and You gave me direction
I was weak and You offered Your protection
I was blind and You gave me eyes to see
And now I believe

You found me in the river, and You caught me in Your stream
I am delivered, yeah, I have been redeemed
In the ocean
Of Your love

You found me in the river, and You caught me in Your stream
I am delivered, yeah, I have been redeemed
In the ocean
Of Your love

Let Your living water flow, let it flow
Let it flow, let it flow...
Track Name: Your Love Covers All
Many are the roads that lead to You
Each one opens up a different view
Coming from the East and from the West
In countless forms your beauty is expressed

We’re all travelers on our way, in others’ stories every day
I see You

Your love covers all, Your love covers all
Your love covers all and knows no bounds
Your love covers all, Your love covers all
Your love covers all and draws me in

So let me shine the light of Your love...

All people of the earth, in every nation
Compose the endless lifesong of creation
Everywhere I go, I see Your reflection
And everyone I meet, I feel Your connection

‘Cause when I look into the face of the entire human race,
I see You

Your love covers all, Your love covers all
Your love covers all and knows no bounds
Your love covers all, Your love covers all
Your love covers all and draws me in

So let me shine the light of Your love...
Track Name: Show Me The Way
When I get caught out in the storm
And I’m just looking for a place that’s warm
I sometimes forget who’s in control
I need some help to redefine my role

The waves will break and the winds will blow, and
Through it all, You’re there
The rain, it falls so new life can grow,
So let this be my prayer...

Give me strength, give me patience
‘Cause in Your hands, my heart is clay,
Give me compassion, give me mercy,
Show me the Way

I get caught up in begging, “Please,
Help me set my worried mind at ease.”
But when I ask for what I think I need
I’m reminded to let You lead

Time goes on as the seasons turn
And You are with me still
Change my life, help me to discern,
Let me do Your will...

Give me strength, give me patience
‘Cause in Your hands, my heart is clay,
Give me compassion, give me mercy,
Show me the Way

Give me strength, give me patience
‘Cause in Your hands, my heart is clay,
Give me compassion, give me mercy,
Show me the Way
Track Name: Guide Me, River
I used to spend my time crossing desert trails
Chasing empty promises and memories gone stale
Lost and alone, dried out and broken
I could barely hear the voice of the Word being spoken

And then I heard you around the bend
Rolling free, with depths that have no end

Guide me, River, catch me in your flow, give the
Drink of life and lead me on Your Way
Guide me, River, I’m ready to let go
Shape me in the waters of Your love
And take me home

Now I roam the banks of your abundant shore
Where all things are made new, never wanting for more
Where roots run deep, and trees grow tall,
The fruit of which will never fail, and there’s enough for all

And still I hear you around the bend
Rolling free, with depths that have no end

Guide me, River, catch me in your flow, give the
Drink of life and lead me on Your Way
Guide me, River, I’m ready to let go
Shape me in the waters of Your love
And take me home

Guide me, River, catch me in your flow, give the
Drink of life and lead me on Your Way
Guide me, River, I’m ready to let go
Shape me in the waters of Your love
And take me home,
Take me home
Track Name: We Are Worthy
Sometimes I get tired, I feel uninspired
As the world spins around, I get run to the ground, and
‘Round in circles we go

And then I look to the sky, and I remember why
As we turn through these days, there’s only reason for praise
‘Cause from within me I know... that

We are worthy...

We are worthy of God’s love
So let it tear down your walls
‘Cause you are loved
We are worthy of God’s love
And in it, there’s still hope for all
‘Cause we are loved

Love is patient and kind, it gives sight to the blind
It hopes and believes, makes givers of thieves,
Love never ends

Let’s make a new resolution to spark a love revolution
Let it work in you, ‘till it’s shining through,
Now it’s yours to send... ‘cause

We are worthy...

We are worthy of God’s love
So let it tear down your walls
‘Cause you are loved
We are worthy of God’s love
And in it, there’s still hope for all
‘Cause we are loved

We are worthy...
Track Name: A Little Further On Down The Way
It doesn’t make you any taller holding that Book above your head
When you’re mowing people down with Scripture the way you have it read
Instead of faith, hope, and love “the likes of which you’ve never seen,” You’ve made hate, fear, and ignorance all part of the routine

You might change your call to war
If you’d just read a little more

“Fire and fury,”
Is called for by God, or so you say
But, “Love one another,”
Is what you’ll find a little further on down the Way

When will you be satisfied? When will you have won?
Or will you keep waving that Book in people’s faces like a loaded gun?
You’d better hope your God is with us when the missiles start to fly,
‘Cause I forget the part where Jesus said, “It’s your turn to die.”

“Fire and fury,”
Is called for by God, or so you say
But, “Love one another,”
Is what you’ll find a little further on down the Way

You might find
That love, it changes hearts and minds
Love always wins
A little further on down the Way
Track Name: This Is Us
I might not know the situation you’re in
And we might not share the same color or shade of skin
But in this space we’ve got nothing to hide
‘Cause we’re digging deeper, and looking further inside

Some of us are constantly oppressed
Out there in the world, every single day is a test
But here, black, white, brown, or LGBTQ
I’m free to be me and you can be fully you

We will look to find God in everything that we see,
Connected in creation’s unity
We will work for peace and fight for all that’s just
We’ll stand for love, this is us
We’ll stand for love, this is us

We may have come here from nations far away
And all of us have struggled in our own way
But here, we break bread together and give what we’re able
And there’s a place for everyone at the table

We will look to find God in everything that we see,
Connected in creation’s unity
We will work for peace and fight for all that’s just
We’ll stand for love, this is us
We’ll stand for love, this is us

We all carry something in common that’s brought us together on this day
We’re all just trying to live and learn as faithful followers of the Way

We will look to find God in everything that we see,
Connected in creation’s unity
We will work for peace and fight for all that’s just
We’ll stand for love, this is us
We’ll stand for love, this is us
Track Name: Take Up My Call
I came to you in the dark of night, hoping to find my way
Half expecting that you just might tell me that I’d gone astray
I told you my eyes had been opened wide, to all the need and the pain
I could see things from every side, and didn’t want to turn back again

I thought I could help to set people’s hearts free
Then the truth in you reached out to the truth in me, and

You helped me find my voice, and you offered me a choice
To surrender my self and make all things new
So I’ll take up my call to shine God’s lovelight for all
I’ll sing the song I was meant to sing because of you.

Now colors glow brighter and everywhere I can taste it, smell it, feel it on my skin
Electricity in the air and the spark turns to fire within
You’ve crossed over rivers of hate and fear, building bridges of trust and love
Letting bells of justice ring loud and clear while compassion rains down from above

That’s the kind of architect I’d like to be
Tearing walls down for open road, and you saw the promise in me, and

You helped me find my voice, and you offered me a choice
To surrender my self and make all things new
So I’ll take up my call to shine God’s lovelight for all
I’ll sing the song I was meant to sing because of you.
I'll sing the song I was meant to sing because of you.
Track Name: Come Alive
Well we’re all gathered here
In the hope that You’ll open our eyes and ears
To the love, truth, and freedom that You speak
And that You’ll make us strong when we are weak

In these twelve stones we remember how You freed us
Now together we ask for You to feed us
You are the life from within, You are the way
And as I close my eyes and breathe, I hear You say,

“Come alive, come alive
Eat this bread, drink this wine
Remember me, I’ll show you how
Come alive, come alive
This is our time
Eternal spring is here and now”

A streak of light pours in from the window
It warms the plate, shines, and makes the cup glow
I feel Your love and presence at the table,
Where You call all to come who are able, to

“Come alive, come alive
Eat this bread, drink this wine
Remember me, I’ll show you how
Come alive, come alive
This is our time
Eternal spring is here and now”

“Come alive, come alive
Eat this bread, drink this wine
Remember me, I’ll show you how
Come alive, come alive
This is our time
Eternal spring is here and now”
Track Name: More Than A Name
Strong one, Lord God almighty
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace
Most high, everlasting
You are, You are

Holy One, Creator
My shepherd and my Savior
Master, Redeemer
The Way, the Truth, and the Life

These words You’ve given us can
Only go so far to take us where You are
‘Cause You’re right here with me, in my
Heart I feel Your flame, and I’ll never be the same
‘Cause You’re so much more than a name...

Wonderful Counselor
Faithful and true
You are the first, You are the last
Who is, Who was, Who is to come

These words You’ve given us can
Only go so far to take us where You are
‘Cause You’re right here with me, in my
Heart I feel Your flame, and I’ll never be the same
‘Cause You’re so much more than a name...

These words You’ve given us can
Only go so far to take us where You are
‘Cause You’re right here with me, in my
Heart I feel Your flame, and I’ll never be the same
‘Cause You’re so much more than a name...
Track Name: Wait For It
Here and now is where we are
As we spin around the morning star
But the road extends beyond the bend
And we long to see where it ends

Bring us joy and grant us peace
Let us love and give us hope that will not cease

We will wait for it, Your kingdom come,
When our hearts will all be opened into One
We will wait for it, time and space
Will be shed from us in Your eternal grace
We will wait for it

Come be with us, to make all things new
We’ll prepare the way and keep our candles lit for you
And as we wait, we’ll look within
And reflect on all the places we have been

We will wait for it, Your kingdom come,
When our hearts will all be opened into One
We will wait for it, time and space
Will be shed from us in Your eternal grace
We will wait for it

We will wait for it, Your kingdom come,
When our hearts will all be opened into One
We will wait for it, time and space
Will be shed from us in Your eternal grace
We will wait for it

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