Dave Stauffer and The Believers
Dave Stauffer and The Believers

Story

The Passion of Jesus, Christ, is caught from his actual words in the Garden of Gethsemane:  "Lord, take this cup (of suffering and death) from me...but not my will, but your will be done!"  Knowing that he would be killed in a bloody and ruthless way, Jesus did not flee, but rather, went courageously to endure that suffering and death.  Then, when he was suffering on the cross, the thief asked Jesus to remember the thief when Jesus came into Jesus' kingdom; Jesus told him--as he tells you and me--that "In (Heaven's) paradise, you shall be with me!"  Jesus' ultimate suffering is known from his cry to the Lord, "My God, why hast thou forsaken me?", but even with that terrible suffering, Jesus had the grace to ask pardon for those that killed him:  "Lord, forgive them, for they know not what they do!"  That passion showed that Jesus was a very real human being with the Grace of God before Jesus ascended to Heaven.

Lyrics

Easter Praise of the Passion of Jesus, Christ, On Good Friday

For A Church Choir Barbershop Quartet

Words and Music by Dave Stauffer

Intro:      E   B   A   E

    (Soprano solo; Tenor, Alto, and Bass sing “Oooohs”)

                    E                    B   E          A      B        E 

V. 1:  Pray in the garden  of Geth sem an e.

   B                  A          B                          E

Beside Lord Jesus, down on your knees.

  E                         B   E    A           B                E

See drops like blood  rolling down his cheeks.          

   B                        A                       B       B6    E

Kneel down beside him, as he faces Calvary. 

 

Chorus (Choir):

          E                          B                 A                          E

Our God heard his prayer, our God heard his prayer.

(Soprano and alto duet; Tenor and Bass sing ‘Ooooohs”)

           E                    B    E    A                 B             E

v. 2:  Hear as he pleads, Take this cup from me.

    B                  A                       B                       E

Knowing all along, what the answer would be.

     E                  B E            A             B        E

 “Not my will Lord, but your will be done!”

     B                       A              B       B6     E 

Knowing God’s Will, was cru ci  fix   ion.

Chorus (Choir):

        E                            B                 A                             E

Our Lord heard his prayer, our Lord heard his prayer.

(Soprano, Alto, and Tenor trio; Bass sings “Oooohs”)

                     E                          B  E               A             B     E 

V.3:  They nailed him to the cross in the company of thieves.

  B                          A            B                          E

One begged of Jesus, “Please remember me!”

             E                   B    E                   A            B       E

Christ gives us his promise that he gave to that thief,

           B                      A       B            B6           E

“In Heaven’s paradise, you shall be with me!”

 

Chorus (Choir):

         E                             B                  A                         E

Our Lord heard his prayer, our Lord heard his prayer.

Break (Choir):

 

  E      B  E     E           B E 

Hallelujah!  My Messiah!

 E               B         A     E    B   

Savior divine, of all mankind!

 E                   B           A        A                      B                E                    

As with the sinning thief, send me your wondrous peace,

          E            B             B6         E

And Lord, oh please remember me.

(Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass quartet)

V.4:

     E              B  E            A              B  E 

Again he prayed  in wretched agony,

  B                          A                 B                      E

“Why? Why? Oh Lord, hast thou forsaken me?”

                   E                                B         E                A              B           E

And he prayed for those that killed him, as he prays for me and you,

 

(retard + double forte)

    B                                 A      

 “Lord! (Pause)  Forgive them!

(p)              B              B6           E  

for they know not what they do!”   Chorus (Choir)(a tempo):

          E                            B                 A                          E

Our Lord heard his prayer, our Lord heard his prayer.

 

Finale:  (Choir) (Retard)

E     B               A             E

A-men.   A-men.  A-men.

Dave Stauffer and The Believers
Dave Stauffer and The Believers
Dave Stauffer and The Believers
Dave Stauffer and The Believers

Story

Who would ever have thought that the Savior of all mankind would be born as a baby--just like all human beings?  And who would have thought that an uneducated carpenter would speak the words that Jesus spoke, and that, upon hearing those words, billions of people, for over two thousand years, would believe in Jesus, God, and the Holy Spirit?  Without question, that is what happened, and it all began with Jesus' birth in Bethlehem!

Lyrics

My Jesus Was Born In Bethlehem Song

By David W. Stauffer

 

Oh my Jesus was

 

Chorus:             E     A     B             E

                    Born, born, born in Bethlehem.

                     E    A     B             E

My Jesus was:      Born, born, born in Bethlehem.

         E             A

V1.  My Jesus came to rescue me.

    E              B

My Jesus came, now my soul’s free.

    E               A         A       B   E

He came to save my soul from wretched misery.

    E          A         E        B

He changed my life, He changed my destiny.

    E             A   A  B     E

My Jesus came to set my soul free.

    E             A   A  B     E

My Jesus came to set my soul free.  After He was

 

Chorus:             E     A     B             E

                    Born, born, born in Bethlehem.

                     E    A     B             E

After He was:      Born, born, born in Bethlehem.

 

V.2

     E                 A               

For God so loved this world of ours,

         E       B

That He sent His only son,

      E          A                A    B  E

That all may be saved if they believe in Him.

       E             A           E        B     

That they should not perish, but have everlasting life.

      E             A         A  B    E       

Yes they will have life, life without end.

     E              A         A  B    E             

Yes they will have life, life without end. Cause Jesus was..

 

Chorus:             E     A     B             E

                    Born, born, born in Bethlehem.

                     E    A     B             E

Cause Jesus was:   Born, born, born in Bethlehem.

 

 

Break

B         A            B     A

Born as a babe, in the usual way

      B           A        A         E

With animals and hay, in a manger he laid.

 

V.3

       E     A          E     B  

God’s angels asked, “How can this be!”

E         A        A B   E

How will your son Jesus speak?

      E            A     E      B

God said, “That’s Easy! Trust in me!

               E           A            A    B     E

“He’ll have a voice that’s LOUD, and My Words he’ll speak.

                  E          A           A    B E

Yeh, He’ll have a voice that’s LOUD, and My Words he’ll speak.

 

After he is…

 

Chorus:             E     A     B             E

                    Born, born, born in Bethlehem.

                     E    A     B             E

After He is:          Born, born, born in Bethlehem.

(spoken against background of ooh’s and guitar picking)

 

V.4

E         A           E            B

He’ll be born with a voice that’s LOUD!

    E               A     A    B    E

So loud, he’ll be heard above the clouds.

    E             A        E        B

So loud He’ll be heard in all time zones.

 E    A       A  B  E

Even with no microphone.      Yeh,

 E    A       A  B  E

Even with no microphone.       Oh He’ll be

 

 

Chorus:             E     A     B             E

                    Born, born, born in Bethlehem.

                     E    A     B             E

Oh He’ll be:       Born, born, born in Bethlehem.

 

 

 

 

 

V.5 (singing again)

     E        A    E     B

So loud that two thousand years

 E          A                      A   B    E

after He’s left this earth, He’ll still be heard!

    E        A   E       B

So loud that he will be heard,

 E            A        A    B      E

heard throughout the whole damned world!  Yeh, he’ll be

 E            A        A    B      E

heard throughout the whole damned world!  Oh Jesus was

 

 

Chorus:        E     A     B             E

               Born, born, born in Bethlehem.

                E    A     B             E

Oh Jesus was: Born, born, born in Bethlehem.

(yelling)  REALLY LOUD!       

 

 

After he is

Chorus:             E     A     B             E

                    Born, born, born in Bethlehem.

                     E    A     B             E

                      Born, born, born in Bethlehem.

 

Finale: (Repeat ad nauseum)

               E   A         A       B     E

Our Jesus was born, born,     born in Bethlehem.

 

Vampires vamp on:  Jesus is born, born our savior, born in Bethlehem.

Jesus is born, born our savior, born in Bethlehem.

Jesus is born, born our sin-taker, born in Bethlehem.

Jesus is born, born our peace-maker, born in Bethlehem.

Jesus is born, the original love-maker, born in Bethlehem.

 

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