Beggar

by Luke Morton

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Beggar is a collection of retuned hymn texts and new songs written for the gathered body of Christ, the corporate voice.

Endless gratitude to my dear wife, Karen, for the countless hours of listening, feedback and doing essentially all the work of a producer.

A huge thanks to my friends and fellow musicians, Chad Lloyd, Brandon Vance, Caleb Walin; and most especially, Mark Ribera, who invested an obscene amount of musical exertion, creative energy and conversational decision making with me.

This project would not have been possible without the incredible generosity of dozens of people, in particular the following:
Nathan & Melinda Bell
Jonathon & Kaley Brammer
Jeff & Katrina Hostetter
Alan & Carol Karlak
Michael Leydig
Jon & Stephanie Simonson

50% of all proceeds go to Voice of the Martyrs' Families of Prisoners Fund, supporting families of those who have been imprisoned for their Christian witness. www.persecution.com

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released September 17, 2013

Chad Lloyd: Bass
Mark Ribera: Drums, percussion, piano
Luke Morton: Bass, guitar, percussion, trumpet, vocals
Brandon Vance: Violin - brandonvance.com
Caleb Walin: Viola

Producers: Karen Morton & Mark Ribera
Engineer: Scott Ross, Elliott Bay Recording Company - elliottbayrecording.com
Mixing: Seth Moore, Seth Moore Audio - sethmooreaudio.com
Mastering: Levi Seitz, Black Belt Mastering - blackbeltmastering.com
Photography: Spencer Folmar - spencetf.com

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Luke Morton Seattle, Washington

Luke Morton is Pastor of Worship at Green Lake Presbyterian Church in Seattle, WA. He labors to wake a sleeping giant, the church's corporate voice raised in song.

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Track Name: A Pilgrim & A Stranger
A pilgrim and a stranger,
I journey here below;
Far distant is my country,
The home to which I go.
Here I must toil and travail,
Oft weary and oppressed,
But there my God shall lead me
To everlasting rest.

There I shall dwell forever,
No more a stranger guest,
With all Thy blood-bought children
In everlasting rest,
The pilgrim toils forgotten,
The pilgrim conflicts o'er,
All earthly griefs behind us,
Eternal joys before!

So I must hasten forward, 
Thank God, the end will come!
This land of passing shadows
Is not my destined home
Oh everlasting city,
Jerusalem, descend!
There Jesus reigns in splendor
And glory without end. 
Oh everlasting city, 
Jerusalem, descend!
There Jesus reigns in splendor
And glory without end. 

Oh glory without end
Oh glory without end
Oh glory without end (Jesus, he’s my)
Glory without end!

Jane Borthwick, 1666,
Tr. Paul Gerhardt, 1858.
Track Name: Through the Night of Doubt & Sorrow
Through the night of doubt and sorrow,
Onward goes the pilgrim band,
Singing songs of expectation,
Marching to the promised land.
Clear before us through the darkness
Gleams and burns the guiding light:
In the Lord we march together
Stepping fearless through the night.

One the light of God's own presence,
O'er his ransomed people shed,
Chasing far the gloom and terror,
Brightening all the path we tread:
One the object of our journey,
One the faith which never tires,
One the earnest looking forward,
One the hope our God inspires.

Hallelujah, Hallelujah,
Through the night we roam
Hallelujah, Hallelujah,
We are marching home

One the strain the lips of thousands
Lift as from the heart of one;
One the conflict, one the peril,
One the march in God begun:
One the gladness of rejoicing
On the far eternal shore,
Where the one almighty Father
Reigns in love forevermore.

Hallelujah, Hallelujah,
Through the night we roam
Hallelujah, Hallelujah,
We are marching home (2x)

Bernhardt S. Ingemann, 1826
Track Name: Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies
Christ, whose glory fills the skies,

Christ, the true, the only Light,

Sun of Righteousness, arise,

Triumph o’er the shades of night;

Dayspring from on high, be near;

Day-star, in my heart appear.

Dark and cheerless is the morn

Unaccompanied by Thee;

Joyless is the day’s return

Till Thy mercy’s beams I see;

Till they inward light impart,

Glad my eyes, and warm my heart.

Visit then this soul of mine,

Pierce the gloom of sin and grief;

Fill me, Radiancy divine,

Scatter all my unbelief;

More and more Thyself display,

Shining to the perfect day.
More and more Thyself display,

Shining to the perfect day.

Charles Wesley, 1740
Track Name: Psalm 23
The Lord my Shepherd is,
I shall be well supplied;
Since he is mine and I am his,
What can I want beside?

He leads me to the place
Where heav'nly pasture grows,
Where living waters gently pass,
And full salvation flows.

If e'er I go astray,
He doth my Soul reclaim;
And guides me in his own right way,
For his most holy name.

While he affords his aid
I cannot yield to fear;
Though I should walk
Through death's dark shade,
My Shepherd's with me there.

In sight of all my foes,
Thou dost my table spread;
My cup with blessings overflows,
And joy exalts my head.

The bounties of thy love
Shall crown my following days;
Nor from thy house will I remove,
Nor cease to speak thy praise.
Nor cease to speak thy praise
Nor cease to speak thy praise

Isaac Watts
Track Name: As a Beggar, I Come to Thee
As a beggar, I come to Thee
As a beggar, I come to Thee
With empty hands, without one plea
As a beggar, I come to Thee

At Thy table I find a feast
At Thy table I find a feast
Here come the poor, the lame, the least
At Thy table I find a feast

Precious Savior, how can it be?
Precious Savior, how can it be?
Thine own dear blood was shed for me!
Precious Savior, how can it be?

All my days, Lord, Thy will be done
All my days, Lord, Thy will be done
Long I to see Thy kingdom come
All my days, Lord, Thy will be done

Come, Lord Jesus, O quickly come
Come, Lord Jesus, O quickly come
With lifted hearts, our prayer is sung,
Come, Lord Jesus, O quickly come

Luke Morton, 2012
Track Name: The Lamb has Overcome
The Lamb has overcome
The Lamb has overcome
The battle’s done
And the victory is won
For the Lamb has overcome

No grave could hold him down
No grave could hold him down
Up from the ground,
“He is risen!” was the sound
No grave could hold him down

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
Glory be unto his name

At God’s right hand is he
At God’s right hand is he
Our Perfect Plea,
How he lives to intercede!
At God’s right hand is he

The table now is spread
The table now is spread
This wine and bread
Broken body and blood shed
The table now is spread

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
Glory be unto his name

The day is drawing near
The day is drawing near
He shall appear
And will wipe away each tear
The day is drawing near

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
Glory be unto his name

The Lamb has overcome
The Lamb has overcome
The battle’s done
And the victory is won
For the Lamb has overcome

Luke Morton, 2011
Track Name: Whate'er My God Ordains is Right
Whate’er my God ordains is right:
His holy will abideth;
I will be still whate’er He doth;
And follow where He guideth;
He is my God; though dark my road,
He holds me that I shall not fall:
Wherefore to Him I leave it all.

Whate’er my God ordains is right:
He never will deceive me;

He leads me by the proper path:
I know He will not leave me.
I take, content, what He hath sent;
His hand can turn my griefs away,

And patiently I wait His day.
Whate’er my God ordains is right:
He is my Friend and Father;

He suffers naught to do me harm,
Though many storms may gather,

Now I may know both joy and woe,
Some day I shall see clearly

That He hath loved me dearly.

Whate’er my God ordains is right:
Though now this cup, in drinking,

May bitter seem to my faint heart,
I take it, all unshrinking.

My God is true; each morn anew
Sweet comfort yet shall fill my heart,

And pain and sorrow shall depart.

Whate’er my God ordains is right:
Here shall my stand be taken;

Though sorrow, need, or death be mine,
Yet I am not forsaken.

My Father’s care is round me there;
He holds me that I shall not fall:

And so to Him I leave it all.
My Father’s care is round me there;
He holds me that I shall not fall:

And so to Him I leave it all.

Samuel Rodigast, 1676
Track Name: Though Troubles Assail Us
Though troubles assail us,
And dangers affright,

Though friends should all fail us,
And foes all unite,

Yet one thing secures us,
Whatever betide,

The promise assures us,
"The Lord will provide."


The birds, without garner
Or storehouse, are fed;

From them let us learn
To trust God for our bread:

His saints what is fitting
Shall ne'er be denied

So long as 'tis written,
"The Lord will provide."


"I will not leave nor forsake you,"
Says the Lord

"I will not leave nor forsake you,"
Says the Lord,
Says the Lord


When Satan assails us
To stop up our path,

And courage all fails us,
We triumph by faith.

He cannot take from us,
Though oft he has tried,

This heart-cheering promise,
"The Lord will provide."


No strength of our own,
And no goodness we claim;

Yet, since we have known
Of the Saviour's great name,

In this our strong tower
For safety we hide:

The Lord is our power,
"The Lord will provide."

"

I will not leave nor forsake you,"
Says the Lord

"I will not leave nor forsake you,"
Says the Lord,
Says the Lord

John Newton, 1779
Track Name: O Lord, I Will Delight in Thee
O Lord, I will delight in Thee,
And on Thy care depend;

To Thee in every trouble flee.
My best my only Friend.
When all created streams are dried,
Thy fulness is the same; 

May I with this be satisfied,
And glory in Thy Name.

No good in creatures can be found,
But may be found in Thee;
I must have all things, and abound,
While God is God to me.
He that has made my heaven secure,
Will here all good provide;

While Christ is rich, can I be poor?
What can I want beside?

Hallelujah
Hallelujah

O Lord, help thou my unbelief
And still my every fear
;
That I may know Thy sweet relief
And feel Thy presence near.
O Lord, I cast my care on Thee;
I triumph and adore:

Henceforth my great concern shall be
To love and please Thee more.

Hallelujah
Hallelujah (2x)

John Ryland, 1777
Track Name: To You, O Lord, I Fly
To you, O Lord, I fly
And on your help depend;
You are my Lord, my King Most High;
Great God, my soul defend
A providence for me,
The Lord, he will remain;
My portion rich and full is he,
My life he will maintain.

His goodness I will tell
How beautiful and fair;
The promises in which I dwell
Are good beyond compare.
I praise the Lord above
Whose counsel guides aright;
My heart instructs me in his love
In seasons of the night.

I keep before me still
The Lord whom I have proved;
At my right hand he guards from ill,
And I shall not be moved.
Life's pathway you will show,
To your right hand will guide,
Where streams of comfort ever flow,
And boundless joys abide.

To you, O Lord, I fly
My Lord, my King Most High (3x)

Psalm 16; The Psalter, 1912
Track Name: For Me to Live is Jesus
For me to live is Jesus,

To die is gain for me;

So when my Savior pleases,

I meet death willingly.



For Christ, my Lord, my brother,

I leave this world so dim

And gladly seek another,

Where I shall be with him.



O Jesus, my life, my all

O Jesus, my life, my all



My woes are nearly over,

Though long and dark the road;

His merits my sin cover, 

And I have peace with God.



O Jesus, my life, my all

O Jesus, my life, my all



In my last hour, oh, grant me

A slumber soft and still,

No doubts to vex or haunt me,

Safe anchored in your will.

O Jesus, my life, my all

O Jesus, my life, my all (2x)

Author unknown
Tr. Catherine Winkworth, 1850
Track Name: Jesus, Master, Whose I Am
Jesus, Master, whose I am,
Purchased, Thine alone to be,

By Thy blood, O spotless Lamb,
Shed so willingly for me,

Let my heart be all Thine own,
Let me live to Thee alone;
O, let me live to Thee alone.

Jesus, Master, I am Thine:
Keep me faithful, keep me near;

Let Thy presence in me shine,
All my homeward way to cheer,

Jesus, at Thy feet I fall,
O be Thou my All in all
O be Thou my All in all.

Jesus, Master, whom I serve,

Tho' so feebly and so ill,

Strengthen hand and heart and nerve

All Thy bidding to fulfill;

Open Thou mine eyes to see

All the work Thou hast for me
O all the work Thou hast for me.

Jesus, Master, wilt Thou use

One who owes Thee more than all?

As Thou wilt! I would not choose;

Only let me hear Thy call.

Jesus, let me always be

In Thy service glad and free
O in Thy service glad and free
Jesus, at Thy feet I fall,
O be Thou my All in all
O be Thou my All in all.

Frances R. Havergal, 1865
Track Name: Wake Awake for Night is Flying
Wake, awake, for night is flying;

The watchmen on the heights are crying:

Awake, Jerusalem, at last!

Midnight hears the welcome voices

And at the thrilling cry rejoices;

Come forth, beloved, night is past;

The Bridegroom comes, awake
The feast is spread, partake!
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

Zion hears the watchmen singing,

And all her heart with joy is springing;

She wakes, she rises from her gloom;
For her Lord comes down all glorious,

The strong in grace, in truth victorious.

Her Star is risen, her Light is come.
Ah come, Thou blessed One,
God’s own beloved Son:
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

Lamb of God, the heav’ns adore Thee,
And saints and angels sing before Thee,
Their anthem raised in clearest tone.
In that city, full of wonder
We’ll stand and join the voice of thunder
That echoes round Thy radiant throne:
All hail, our risen Lord
O Jesus, our reward
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

Philipp Nicolai, 1599
Track Name: O Praise the Lord, for He is Good
O praise the Lord, for He is good,
Let all in Heav’n above

And all His saints on earth proclaim
His everlasting love.

In my distress I called on God;
In grace He answered me,

Removed my bonds, redeemed my soul,
From trouble set me free.


The Lord with me, I will not fear,
Though human might oppose;

The Lord my Helper, I shall be,
Triumphant o’er my foes.

No trust in men, or kings of men,
Can confidence afford,

But they are strong, and sure their trust,
Whose hope is in the Lord.


I shall not die, but live to tell,
The wonders of the Lord;

He has not giv’n my soul to death,
But chastened and restored.

The Lord has helped and kept me safe,
When foes were fierce and strong; 

The Lord my Savior is my Rock,
He is my strength 

The Lord my Savior is my Rock,
He is my strength 

The Lord my Savior is my Rock,
He is my strength and song

Paraphrase of Psalm 118, author unknown
Track Name: Jerusalem, My Happy Home
Jerusalem, my happy home,
When shall I come to thee?

When shall my sorrows have an end?
Thy joys when shall I see?

O happy harbor of the saints!
O sweet and pleasant soil!

In thee no sorrow may be found,
No grief, no care, no toil.

In thee no sickness may be seen,
No hurt, no ache, no sore;

There death no longer menaces
There life is evermore.

Why should I shrink at pain and woe?
Or feel at death dismay?

I’ve Jesus and his land in view
With realms of endless day!

Jerusalem, my happy home,
Would God I were in thee!

Would God my woes were at an end
Thy joys that I might see!
Would God my woes were at an end
Thy joys that I might see!

Joseph Bromehead, 1795