Vespers

by Joel Rockey

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"The songs in this collection have been with me for about as long as I can remember. I’ve been singing their lyrics at Camp Olivet since I was a fetus in sneakers. It was at Olivet that I first began strumming the guitar to their often mislabeled chords. These songs and the meaning that they hold have evolved with me over the years. Today, some of the lyrics make me roll my eyes with their horrible theology. Some of them send a shiver up and down my spine. Some of them are simply beautiful meditations on the character of God and his kingdom. As a child, my cousins and I wrote verses for “Humble Yourself” to sing one Sunday morning. Those new verses found their way into the Camp Olivet songbook and have been synonymous with the tune ever since. At some point during my early adolescence it became expected of me to sing “Keep It On Going” every day at camp until my voice was no more. Now an adult with children of my own, I have returned to Camp Olivet to play my guitar and sing these songs. The sessions are loud, often goofy and sometimes surprisingly moving. I’ve found new life in these songs. I have accepted that like anyone who has a history with Camp Olivet, for better or worse, these songs are a part of me." -Joel Rockey, December 2014

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released December 24, 2014

All songs performed and recorded by Joel Rockey at Caleb's Room, October 2014

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Track Name: Closer Walk With Thee
Just a closer walk with Thee
Grant it Jesus is my plea
Daily walking close to Thee
Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.

I am weak but Thou art strong
Jesus, keep me from all wrong
I’ll be satisfied as long
As I walk, let me walk, close to Thee.

Through the days of toil and snare
If I fall, dear Lord, who cares
Who with me my burdens share
None but Thee, dear Lord, none but Thee

When my feeble life is over
And time for me will be no more
Guide me safely, gently over
To Thy Kingdom’s share, to Thy shore.
Track Name: Gospel Ship
Now I have good news to bring and that is why I sing,
All of my joys with you I’d like to share
Now I’m gonna take a trip in that good old gospel ship
And go sailing through the air.

Chorus:
Oh, I’m gonna take a trip in that good old gospel ship
I am going far beyond the sky
I’m gonna shout and sing until all heaven rings
When I bid this old world goodbye.

Now I can scarcely wait, well you know I don’t wanna be late
I wanna spend all my time in prayer
And when my ship comes in, I’m gonna leave this old world of sin
And go sailing through the air. (Chorus)

If you’re ashamed of me, you have no cause to be
For with Christ I am an heir
If too much fault you find, well you may be left behind
When I go sailing through the air. (Chorus)
Track Name: Humble Yourself
Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord
Humble yourself in the sight of the lord

Refrain:
And He will lift you up
Higher and higher
And he will lift you up

I love God and He loves me
I love God and He loves me (Refrain)

Jesus died on Calvary
Jesus died on Calvary (Refrain)

Three days later He rose again
Three days later He rose again (Refrain)
Track Name: He Is Lord
He is Lord, He is Lord,
He is risen from the dead and He is Lord

Refrain:
Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess
That Jesus Christ is Lord.

He is King, He is King,
He is risen from the dead and He is King. (Refrain)

He is God, He is God,
He is risen from the dead and He is God. (Refrain)
Track Name: Seek Ye First
Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness,
And all these things shall be added unto you,
Allelu, alleluia.

Ask and it shall be given unto you,
Seek and ye shall find.
Knock and the door shall be opened unto you,
Allelu, alleluia.

If anyone of you wants to be a follower of mine,
Let him deny himself,
Take up his cross and follow me,
Allelu, alleluia.
Track Name: They'll Know We Are Christians
We are one in the Spirit, we are on in the Lord,
We are one in the Spirit, we are on in the Lord,
And we pray that our unity may one day be restored.

Chorus:
And they’ll know we are Christians by our love.
Yes, they’ll know that we are Christians by our love.

We will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand,
We will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand,
And together we’ll spread the news that God is in our land. (Chorus)

We will work with each other, we will work side by side,
We will work with each other, we will work side by side,
And we’ll guard each man’s dignity and save each man’s pride. (Chorus)

All praise to the Father from whom all things come,
And all praise to Christ Jesus, His only Son,
And all praise to the Spirit who makes us one.
(Chorus)
Track Name: Father, I Adore You
Father, I adore you
And I lay my life before you.
How I love you.

Jesus…
Spirit…
Track Name: Love, Love, Love
Love, love, love, love
The Gospel in a word is love,
Love thy neighbor as thy brother
Love, love, love.

Peace, peace, peace, peace
Wars shall end and wars shall cease
We will learn to live together
Peace, peace, peace.

Jesus, Jesus
Let us tell you how we feel
You have given life eternal
We love you so.
Track Name: Have You Seen
Chorus:
Have you seen Jesus my Lord, He’s here in plain view.
Take a look, open your eyes, He’ll show it to you.

Have you ever looked at the sunset
With the sky mellowin’ red,
And the clouds suspended like feathers?
Then I’d say you’ve seen God’s hand at work. (Chorus)

Have you ever stood at the ocean
With the white foam at your feet,
Felt the endless thunderin’ motion?
Then I’d say you’ve seen God’s hand at work. (Chorus)

Have you ever looked at the cross
With a man hangin’ in pain,
And the look of love in His eyes?
Then I’d say you’ve seen Jesus my Lord. (Chorus)

Have you ever stood in the family
With the Lord there in your midst,
Seen the face of Christ on your brother?
Then I’d say you’ve seen Jesus my Lord. (Chorus)
Track Name: Peace Like a River
I’ve got peace like a river,
I’ve got peace like a river,
I’ve got peace like a river in my soul.
I’ve got peace like a river,
I’ve got peace like a river,
I’ve got peace like a river in my soul.

I’ve got joy like a fountain…

I’ve got love like an ocean…
Track Name: Keep It On Going
Someone’s got to keep it on going
Just as long as there are folks who haven’t heard,
So you can count on me ‘cause He’s showin’
That there are so many ways to spread His word.
Track Name: Walkin' In the Light
Chorus:
(Guys) Walkin’, walkin’, walkin’ in the light
Walkin’, walkin’, walkin’ in the light

(Girls) Walkin’ in the light, ooh, ooh
We can trust each other
Walkin’ in the light, ooh, ooh
We can see ourselves

It’s a sad situation; people running scared
It’s a crazy mixed up world
Where there’s nothing to fear but fear!
(2-3-4, whad’ya think those feet are for!) (Chorus)

We always walk in darkness, forget about the day
We’re afraid to face our problems
We’re hoping they’ll go away! (2-3-4…) (Chorus)

So we finally pull our heads up out of the sand
Where there’s light and warmth and sunshine
And it’s never dark again! (2-3-4…) (Chorus)
Track Name: 1 John 4
Beloved, let us love one another.
For love is of God and everyone who loveth
Is born of God and knoweth God
He that loveth not knoweth not God, for God is love
Beloved, let us love one another
–1 John 4:7&8