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Shower of Grace, songs from a lifetime

by Paul Gioia

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Glory, glory and power Salvation belongs to our God Just and true are His judgements Hallelujah! Faithful and true Riding a white horse Eyes like a blazing fire And crowned with many crowns. Praise our God, all you His servants You who fear Him, great and small Come, rejoice! Give Him glory The wedding of the Lamb has come. Hear! His name is the Word of God Dressed in a robe dipped in blood He will rule with a rod of iron King of kings and Lord of Lords.
(Psalm 116) Why do you love me Even when I hurt you? Why do you hold me When I cry? Why will you love me Until the end of time? I love the Lord for he has heard my voice I will call on him as long as I live Cords of death entangled me I called on the Lord: O Lord save me! God has saved my soul from death My feet from stumbling, my eyes from tears That I may walk before the Lord In the land of the living How can I repay the Lord? For all his goodness to me, to me. I will honour my promise to God Freed from my chains I’ll praise the Lord!
He will judge your people with righteousness Your afflicted ones with justice From the mountains the people prosper From the hills: the fruit of righteousness He will defend the afflicted ones And save the children of the needy He will crush the tyrant He will be as enduring as the sun Long may he live. Long may he reign. Long may his name see the sun. Long may he live. Long may we pray. Long may we bless him all the day. Long may he live! He will rescue the needy who cry out The afflicted ones who have no-one He will pity the weak and needy He will save them - precious in his sight All the nations will be blessed through him And they will call him blessed Praise be to the God of Israel Praise be to his glorious name
(Mark 5: 21-34) Who can understand this man-messiah Who turns no-one away, turns no-one away? Who can understand how just a simple touch Can heal my wounded heart, heal my wounded heart. There’s nothing I can do To scare your grace away No foolish thing I do No foolish thing I say Under the shadow of a cross Under a shower of grace I feel the Father’s healing hands And touch His smiling face You don’t fear the things that make me hide in shame You love me as I am, love me as I am Take this burdened heart, lift these chains away Turn bitterness to peace, bitterness to peace. Where your Spirit leads, I know tears may follow The wind blows where it will, wind blows where it will Yet I trust in you and pray for tomorrow Turn sorrow into joy, sorrow into joy.
I look to you when I am stranded Under these dark and angry skies I reach for you when I am sinking And, step by step, I walk to you. If I should doubt you You would not turn from me You would not leave me, Would not abandon me. If I should trust you Then I might see your face, Then I might see your face and live. Jesus my Lord, my God and Saviour When will you come and rescue me? When will you wipe the tears of my suffering? When will you come and walk with me? You are my light, bright beacon in darkness, You are the flame that leads me through. You are my guide who moves me through sorrow And, step by step, I walk with you.
See Elijah in the shade of a tree See him praying that he would die. He is touched by the angel of God Under heaven’s eye Maybe that’s His shout in the thunder Maybe that’s His cry in the fire Maybe that’s the sound of the Father In that still small voice Drinking water and breaking bread With the desert all around Is encouraged by the angel of God On that holy ground Like a garden hidden in shifting sands God waits for his own In the desert where the demons abound Is the Father’s throne
I will exalt you O Lord You lifted me out of despair Lord God I called and you healed me You have spared me from the grave Sing unto the Lord you saints And praise his holy name For his anger lasts a moment But his love remains Weeping may linger for the night But morning brings cause to rejoice When I’m in your favour I am strong When your face is hid I’m dismayed Unto you O Lord I cried For mercy, Lord, I cried Is there gain in my destruction? Will my dust praise you? You have turned wailing into dancing You have turned sackcloth into joy
When your Spirit moves in grace and wonder Open up my heart of fear Let me take the steps across the water Keep my vision clear I am a child, a child in need of a father How can I be that close, so close to you? When I resist your touch I know you still love me When I run through the night Your love shines through As your Spirit moves amongst our numbers Heal us from our doubting minds Heal us from our straight and narrowed vision Let us be the signs As your Spirit moulds my circumstances Give me ears to hear your voice Let me know the risks, help me take the chances Make your will my choice
Sincere in love, devote yourselves to one another In brotherly love serve the Lord Have joy in hope, patience in grief, in God’s Spirit burn Forever faithful in prayer. Now the hour has come For you to awake from your slumber The night nearly gone, take God’s hand, Share the light Please not ourselves, build others up Their burdens we must bear Remember Christ’s suffering for us. The scriptures teach us to endure They give encouragement. So trust till that final day. So let’s accept each other in, As Christ received us. To love, use his strength not ours. Then with one heart, and with one mouth We’ll glorify God in Spirit of Unity
(Psalm 139) Lord you’ve searched me, and you know me And you know where I am You know what I’m thinking, where I’m going Lord you know what I am Where could I run from you? And hide from your Spirit’s stare Up into the heavens Down to the depths of night Wherever I go you are always there. You’re before me, and behind me I could hide in your hand. Oh such knowledge - who can know it? I just can’t understand. If I sailed across the ocean To a distant land You would still be there beside me Holding me in your hand
When I’m feeling frightened and small I don’t have to worry at all ‘Cause He makes me feel strong and tall Jesus and me He loves boys and girls just like me Even if they’re one, two or three I’d like to ask Jesus for tea Jesus and me I just want to sing and shout He loves me inside out That’s what it’s all about Jesus and me He’ll stay with me till the end He’s someone on whom I depend He’s certainly my special friend Jesus and me
(Isaiah 58) Shout aloud. Tell my people My lips are sealed While they look for me day after day Cryin’ Lord, Oh Lord, Oh Lord, Oh Lord Looking for me day after day. Yes, they ask me for wisdom They fast for a day But my heart cries out to the poor While you fast one day, one day, one day My heart cries out to the poor. Oh... Some day Lord, on some great day A light will shine Night will turn to day Loose the chains of injustice The poor, set them free Then the Lord will say "Here am I" Then your light will shine, will shine like the dawn The Lord will say "Here am I". Oh... Fight the yoke of oppression Love the poor Then you’ll find your joy in the Lord Finding joy, Oh joy, Oh joy, Oh joy You’ll find your joy in the Lord. Oh... Some day Lord, on some great day The only tears we’ll cry Are tears of joy
Without a leg to stand on firmly Without a hand to hold, to catch me from falling Without a shield to guard me safely from arrows All I can say is... Lord, Save me. Save me! Have mercy on a sinner. I see the prize away in the distance All I can say... Please comfort my trembling heart I think of Job and changing fortunes I think of all the prayers that wait for an answer I think about your mystery making me speechless All I can say is... I see your face in all creation Still takes my breath away, those distant constellations And I’m so small before your grand inspiration All I can say is...


My own listening tastes range from blues, jazz and gospel to celtic and reggae, though some of those styles are hard to incorporate into a community singing context. The songs I've written over the years reflect some of those tastes and include my best attempts to get people moving to a backbeat. I've found it inspiring and encouraging to help people get into something more than the normal Christian music fare, at least that used for community singing within our Christian subculture. I've also struggled to write lyrics that don't just talk about feeling good, but encompass the range of human emotions we bring before God, as well as talking about the injustices we see around us and bringing God into the struggle.


released January 1, 2001

Thanks to the following: my wife, Caryl, and Andrew and David for having to cope with an absent husband and father; Graham and Sandra for waking me up from a long sleep; my community for supporting and underwriting this project; my home group for many moments of insanity and insight, Glen Brooks and Richard Rohr for supplying the inspiration for the title track; Rochelle for all her love and support, and for many hours of proof-reading the book; all the wonderful musicians on the CD, many of whom gave up their time free of charge; Mark and Lindy for helping me to stay sane and recognise the love of God when it was there in my face; Ken Maley for the cover photo; Roger, who told me to never stop playing. I haven’t.

The recording was sponsored by Scope Music. Thanks to Ian and Adie and everyone at Scope Music (visit their website!), generous way past the call of duty. CD cover and music book design by The Globe.


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Paul Gioia Perth, Australia

For decades Paul Gioia performed a unique mix of pumped up blues and gospel piano, as well as accordion and hammond organ. With a background steeped in blues and jazz, Paul performed in a number of solo, duet and band configurations, including tin dog and the Paul Gioia Trio. Paul sadly passed away in 2019. ... more

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