At Last Far Off + Lent Special

by Daniel Snoke

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In making this worship EP, I took creative priorities from the book of Hebrews chapter 12.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses… looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross…”

As we move in worship from darkness to light, from despair to hope, we are surrounded by other people. Each track highlights the human voice in harmony as a reflection of the cloud of witnesses that surround us. Worship is awkward, hard and uncomfortable. Worship challenges the status of our hearts and calls us to change. Thankfully, we do this together with other people and because of this, the human voice is an integral part of Christian worship.

“Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.”

As we move from darkness to light, from despair to hope; as we are brought near to the consuming fire, our hearts are purified.
Though our sin separates us from God, through worship we receive a taste of things to come. Though the consummation of our hope is far off, at last we can rejoice in the kingdom of God.

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released November 18, 2013

Recording and Production - Daniel Justice Snoke 2013

Vocals, Guitar and Mandolin - Daniel Justice Snoke
Rhodes - Anna Yong and Anna Schartner
Drums - Joel Chan and Peter Jackson
Banjo - Jeff Winkler
Clarinet - Alison Altman
Violin - Kristen Strom
Bass - Matthew Peterson and Jonathan Heins
Organ - Anna Yong and Dave Faith
Choir - Alexis Book, Kate Essig, Anna Schartner, Anna Yong, Andrew Gidley, Jonathan Heins, Joel Chan, Alisa Vickrey
Congregation - City Reformed Presbyterian Church congregation

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Daniel Snoke Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Currently, Daniel is both the music director at City Reformed Presbyterian Church and a campus minister with the CCO, a non-profit campus ministry organization. He seeks to understand and minister to wherever faith and the arts intersect.

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Track Name: See What We've Done
Oh my soul! Oh Lord Jesus,
Judas sold you for silver.
I neglect you for less.
Oh my soul! You, my Savior,
Felt the kiss of betrayal
From the lips of a friend.

Oh my God, see what we've done
Your Son, Jesus, betrayed.
Oh my God, see what we've done
Your Son, Jesus, denied.
Oh my God, see what we've done
Your Son Jesus, destroyed.

Oh my soul! Oh my Savior,
Three times Peter denied you,
Fearing man more than God.
Oh my Lord! When they mock you
I say, "I do not know him",
And try to prove that I don't.

Oh my soul! Oh Lord Jesus,
You were crushed and destroyed with
The weight of sin and our guilt.
Oh my soul! Oh my Savior,
You accomplished salvation.
"It is finished" for all.
Track Name: Stricken Smitten And Afflicted
Stricken, smitten, and afflicted,
See Him dying on the tree!
’Tis the Christ by man rejected;
Yes, my soul, ’tis He, ’tis He!
’Tis the long expected prophet,
David’s Son, yet David’s Lord;
By his Son, God now has spoken
’Tis the true and faithful Word.

Tell me, ye who hear Him groaning,
Was there ever grief like His?
Friends through fear His cause disowning,
Foes insulting his distress:
Many hands were raised to wound Him,
None would interpose to save;
But the deepest stroke that pierced Him
Was the stroke that Justice gave.

Ye who think of sin but lightly,
Nor suppose the evil great,
Here may view its nature rightly,
Here its guilt may estimate.
Mark the Sacrificed appointed!
See Who bears the awful load!
’Tis the Word, the Lord’s Anointed,
Son of Man, and Son of God.

Here we have a firm foundation,
Here the refuge of the lost.
Christ the Rock of our salvation,
His the Name of which we boast.
Lamb of God for sinners wounded!
Sacrifice to cancel guilt!
None shall ever be confounded
Who on Him their hope have built.
Track Name: Psalm 77
I cry aloud to God
And he will hear my call.
When troubles surround
I seek the Lord

My soul will not rest,
I seek God and moan;
And when I meditate
My spirit faints.
Track Name: Micah 7
What misery is mine?
The fruit that I desire
Does not remain.
The upright man is gone
And those who love your name
Can not be found.
But I will wait for God
And His forgiveness will
Hear my cry.

Who is a God like you,
Who tramples on our sins?
Who is a God like you,
Who’s anger will not last?
He will delight to show
The love He swore to us long ago.

I've sinned and I should bear
The indignation of
The LORD my God.
But Christ has plead my cause,
And He will satisfy
The debt I owe.
He’ll bring me to the light
And then I shall be free
To bless His name.
Track Name: At Last - Far Off
Lyrics by Tennyson In Memoriam A.H.H

Be near me when my light is low,
When the blood creeps, and the nerves prick
And tingle; and the heart is sick,
And all the wheels of Being, slow.
Be near me when the sensuous frame
Is Life, a Fury slinging flame.

But what of that? My darken'd ways
Shall ring with music all the same;
To breathe my loss is more than fame,
To utter love more sweet than praise.

Behold, we know not anything;
I can but trust that good shall fall
At last―far off―at last, to all,
And every winter change to spring.

Forgive what seem'd my sin in me;
What seem'd my worth since I began;
For merit lives from man to man,
And not from man, O Lord, to thee.

Ring out the want, the care, the sin,
The faithless coldness of the times;
Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes,
But ring the fuller minstrel in.

Ring in the valiant man and free,
The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.
Track Name: I Know That My Redeemer Lives
Words are from a 19th Century American Folk Hymn

I know that my Redeemer lives--
glory, hallelujah!
What comfort this sweet sentence gives--
glory, hallelujah!

Shout on, pray on, we're gaining ground--
glory, hallelujah!
The dead's alive and the lost is found--
glory, hallelujah!

He lives, he lives, who once was dead--
glory, hallelujah!
He lives, my everlasting Head--
glory, hallelujah!

He lives, to bless me with his love--
glory, hallelujah!
He lives to plead for me above--
glory, hallelujah!

He lives, all glory to his name!--
glory, hallelujah!
He lives, my Jesus, still the same--
glory, hallelujah!
Track Name: O Come And Mourn
Lyrics by John B Dykes, 1823-1876

O come and mourn with me awhile,
O come ye to the Savior’s side
O come, together let us mourn,
Jesus our Lord is crucified!

O break, O break, hard heart of mine!
Thy weak self-love and guilty pride
His Pilate and His Judas were:
Jesus our Lord is crucified!

A broken heart, a fount of tears,
Ask, and they will not be denied;
A broken heart love’s cradle is:
Jesus our Lord is crucified!

O love of God! O sin of man!
In this dread act Your strength is tried;
And victory remains with love;
Jesus our Lord is crucified!
Track Name: Bow Down
First two verse lyrics from Psalm 86:1-11 from the 1912 Psalter, and last two from Lift Up Your Voices Now, by John M. Neale (1854).

Bow down Thine ear, O Lord, and hear,
For I am poor and great my need;
Preserve my soul, for Thee I fear;
O God, Thy trusting servant heed.

For Thou, O Lord, art good and kind,
And ready to forgive Thou art;
Abundant mercy they shall find
Who call on Thee with all their heart.

Lift up, lift up your voices now
He binds in chains the ancient foe
Now heaven's portal open flys
For Christ has risen and man shall rise.

O Victor, aid us in the fight,
And lead through death to realms of light;
We safely pass where Thou hast trod;
In Thee we die to rise to God.