I: Contemporary – Catholic Music Project

MLJ Music


I: Contemporary – Catholic Music Project

  • Release date: 1995-07-01
  • Label: MLJ Music
  • Catalog #: CMP-1
  • 1

    Lord Of Glory

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    Lord of Glory
    Tim Manion © 1972 NALR

    Leaping the mountains
    bounding the hills,
    See how our God
    has come to meet us.
    His voice is lifted,
    his face is joy,
    now is the season to
    sing our song on high.

    Come then O Lord of glory
    show us your face.
    Speak, for we know your
    words are life.

    He pastures his flock
    among the wild flowers
    and leads them to the
    mountain of his love.


    All through the day
    all through the night
    Seek for the Lord
    and sing his love.


    Lord Of Glory
  • 2

    Canticle Of The Sun

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    Canticle of the Sun
    Marty Haugen
    Copyright: © 1983 GIA Publications

    Verse 1
    Praise for the sun, the bringer of day,
    he carries the light of the Lord in his rays;
    the moon and the stars who light up the way
    unto your throne.

    Verse 2
    Praise for the wind that blows through the trees,
    the seas mighty storms, the gentlest breeze;
    they blow where they will, they blow where they please
    to please the Lord.

    Verse 3
    Praise for the rain that waters our fields,
    and blesses our crops so all the earth yields;
    from death unto life her mystery revealed
    springs forth in joy.

    Verse 4
    Praise for the fire who gives us his light,
    the warmth of the sun to brighten our night;
    he dances with joy, his spirit so bright,
    he sings of you.

    Verse 5
    Praise for the earth who makes life to grow,
    the creatures you made to let your life show;
    the flowers and trees that help us to know
    the heart of love.

    Verse 6
    Praise for our death that makes our life real,
    the knowledge of loss that helps us to feel;
    the gift of your self, you presence revealed
    to bring us home.

    The heavens are telling the glory of God,
    and all creation is shouting for joy.
    Come dance in the forest, come, play in the field,
    and sing, sing to the glory of the Lord.

    Canticle Of The Sun
  • 3

    Taste And See

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    Taste and See
    James Moore, Jr.
    © 1983, GIA Publications

    Taste and see, taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
    O taste and see, taste and see the goodness of the Lord, of the Lord.

    I will bless the Lord at all times.
    Praise shall always be on my lips;
    my soul shall glory in the Lord
    for God has been so good to me.


    Glorify the Lord with me.
    Together let us all praise God's name.
    I called the Lord who answered me;
    from all my troubles I was set free.


    Worship the Lord, all you people.
    You'll want for nothing if you ask.
    Taste and see that the Lord is good;
    in God we need put all our trust.


    Taste And See
  • 4

    Sing A New Song

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    Sing a New Song
    Dan Schutte
    © 1972 Dan Schutte, Administered by New Dawn Music

    Sing a new song unto the Lord;
    let your song be sung from mountains high.
    Sing a new song unto the Lord, singing alleluia.
    Yahweh's people dance for joy.
    O come before the Lord,
    and play for him on glad tambourines,
    and let your trumpet sound.


    Rise, O children, from your sleep;
    your Savior now has come.
    He has turned your sorrow to joy
    and filled your soul with song.


    Glad my soul for I have seen
    the glory of the Lord.
    The trumpet sounds; the dead shall be raised.
    I know my Savior lives.


    Sing A New Song
  • 5

    Be Not Afraid

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    Be Not Afraid
    © 1975, Bob Dufford and New Dawn Music

    You shall cross the barren desert,
    But you shall not die of thirst.
    You shall wander far in safety,
    Though you do not know the way.
    You shall speak your words in foreign lands
    And all will understand.
    You shall see the face of God and live.

    Be not afraid.
    I go before you always.
    Come follow Me.
    And I will give you rest.

    If you pass through raging waters,
    In the sea you shall not drown.
    If you walk amid the burning flames,
    You shall not be harmed.
    If you stand before the power of hell,
    And death is at your side.
    Know that I am with you through it all.


    Blessed are your poor,
    For the kingdom shall be theirs.
    Blest are you that weep and mourn,
    For one day you shall laugh.
    And if wicked men insult and hate you,
    All because of Me.
    Blessed, blessed are you.\


    Be Not Afraid
  • 6

    Morning Prayer

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    Morning Prayer
    © 1995 Jon Sarta/MLJ Music

    God grant me an open mind and heart
    to sing you praises through the day.

    Verse 1

    Let me be merciful, slow to judge,
    Abiding in your love for all;
    Grant me wisdom, a quiet tongue,
    A humble Spirit, but standing tall.

    Verse 2

    The many words we do hear,
    Tend to be forgotten through the year,
    Let the Word you speak today,
    Remain in my heart and mind
    Throughout the day.

    Verse 3

    We are one people in your sight,
    A common faith and sense of right,
    We have been chosen by You
    To life eternal and a world that’s new, so

    Morning Prayer
  • 7

    Sing To The Mountains

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    Sing to the Mountains
    Bob Dufford

    © 1975 New Dawn Music

    Sing to the mountains,
    sing to the sea.
    Raise your voices,
    lift your hearts.
    This is the day
    the Lord has made.
    Let all the earth rejoice.

    I will give thanks to you, my Lord.
    You have answered my plea.
    You have saved my soul from death.
    You are my strength and song.


    Holy, holy,
    holy Lord.
    Heaven and earth
    are full of your glory.


    This is the day that the Lord has made.
    let us be glad and rejoice.
    He has turned all death to life.
    Sing of the glory of God.


    Sing To The Mountains
  • 8

    Blest Be The Lord

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    Blest be the Lord
    Dan Schutte
    © 1976 Dan Schutte & New Dawn Music
    Blest be the Lord; Blest be the Lord,
    the God of mercy, the God who saves.
    I shall not fear the dark of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day.

    He will release me from the nets of all my foes.
    He will protect me from their wicked hands.
    Beneath the shadows of his wings I will rejoice
    to find a dwelling place secure.


    I need not shrink before the terrors of the night
    nor stand alone before the light of day.
    No harm shall come to me, no arrow strike me down,
    no evil settle in my soul.


    Although a thousand strong have fallen at my side,
    I'll not be shaken with the Lord at hand.
    His faithful love is all the armor that I need
    to wage my battle with the foe.


    Blest Be The Lord
  • 9

    Glory And Praise To Our God

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    Glory and Praise to Our God
    © 1975 Dan Schutte and New Dawn Music

    Glory and praise to our God, who alone gives light to our days.
    Many are the blessing he bears to those who trust in his ways.

    1. We, the daughters and sons of him who built the valleys
    and plains, praise the wonders our God has done in every
    heart that sings.

    2. In his wisdom he strengthens us, like gold that's tested in
    fire. Though the power of sin prevails, our God is there to save.

    3. Every moment of every day, our God is waiting to save,
    always ready to seek the lost, to answer those who pray.

    4. God has watered our barren land and spent his merciful
    rain. Now the rivers of life run full for anyone to drink.

    Glory And Praise To Our God
  • 10

    The Rock

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    The Rock
    © 1995 Jon Sarta/MLJ Music


    We are the rock against the storm of the changes
    We are the rock, against the flood of the tide
    The one true voice that speaks throughout the ages
    We are the church of Jesus Christ.

    Verse 1

    “Who do men say that I am?”
    Asked the Lord to his disciples.
    “And who do you say that I am?”
    That he asks each one of us.

    Verse 2

    “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God”
    That was the answer of Simon Peter.
    And the Lord said, “You are the Rock on which I’ll build my Church, and the gates of hell won’t prevail against it.”

    Verse 3
    We know the truth and we must never forget
    That this time will also come to pass.
    So be strong and very courageous
    Share your love it’s the only thing that will last.

    The Rock
  • 11

    Here I Am, Lord

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    Here I Am, Lord
    Dan Schutte
    1981, Dan Schutte & New Dawn Music

    I, the Lord of sea and sky
    I have heard my people cry
    All who dwell in dark and sin
    My hand will save.
    I who made the stars of night,
    I will make their darkness bright.
    Who will bear my light to them?
    Whom shall I send?

    Here I am, Lord
    Is it I, Lord?
    I have heard you calling in the night.
    I will go Lord, if you lead me.
    I will hold your people in my heart.

    I, the Lord of snow and rain,
    I have borne my people's pain.
    I have wept for love of them.
    They turn away.
    I will break their hearts of stone,
    Give them hearts for love alone.
    I will speak my word to them.
    Whom shall I send?

    I, the Lord of wind and flame,
    I will tend the poor and lame.
    I will set a feast for them.
    My hand will save.
    Finest bread I will provide
    Till their hearts be satisfied.
    I will give my life to them.
    Whom shall I sent?

    Here I Am, Lord
  • 12


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    Gregory Norbert
    © 1972 The Benedictine Foundation of the State of Vermont

    Come back to me with all your heart.
    Don't let fear keep us apart.
    Trees do bend, though straight and tall
    so must we, to other's call.

    Long have I waited for your coming,
    home to me and living, deeply our new lives.

    The wilderness will lead you
    to your heart where I will speak.
    Integrity and justice,
    With tenderness, you shall know.

    Long have I waited for your coming,
    home to me and living, deeply our new lives.
    You shall sleep secure with peace;
    faithfulness will be your joy.

    Long have I waited for your coming,
    home to me and living, deeply our new lives.

  • 13

    We Are Many Parts

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    We Are Many Parts
    Marty Haugen
    © 1986 GIA Publications

    We are many parts, we are all one body.
    And the gifts we have we are given to share.
    May the Spirit of love, make us one indeed.
    One, the love that we share; one, our hope in despair,
    one, the cross that we bear.

    God of all, we look to you,
    we would be your servants true,
    let us be your love to all the world.

    So my pain is pain for you,
    in your joy is my joy too,
    all is brought together in the Lord!

    All you seekers great and small,
    seek the greatest gift of all
    if you love then you will know the Lord!

    We Are Many Parts
Album Notes

The Catholic Music Project Vol. I is a collection of contemporary worship music by some of the best known writers in the Catholic Church today, along with 2 original compositions. These songs have been recorded for a new generation of listeners, in a style that makes you want to stand up, dance, and praise the Lord. It is with this spirit of joy that The Catholic Music Project Vol. I was conceived.

A brief history of the project:

Jon and Sue teamed up for this project after meeting in the St. Mary Magdalen Contemporary Choir. The project was near completion when Sue came on board to do vocals, and the superior quality of her voice gave the recording the final touch it needed. The project was recorded “inhouse” all music was done on one keyboard with a minimum of equipment and vocal overdubs. Sue’s parts were done in a day, mostly on the first take. The music was arranged and recorded over a period of 3 months. “This project was born out of frustration; there were not any contemporary recordings of this great music”, says Sarta, who also wrote two original compositions on this recording. “This music needed a band and some good sounds. I didn’t have the money to pay for players, so I sequenced the whole project”. “I frequently use these tracks for School masses and for Sunday night, and they always get a great response. Children love them. They sing so much better than with just the piano or organ. I was tired of church music being held captive by the organ and traditional choirs. This is music for everyday people.

Some of the songs include:

* “Lord of Glory” A Bluegrass piece by Tim Manion, which is filled
with Hammer Dulcimers and Banjo
* “Taste and See” by James Moore Jr., is done as a blues piece with
organ and guitar. Very soulful
* “Be Not Afraid” by Bob Dufford, with strings and Rhythm section. Simple and tasteful
* “Morning Prayer” by Jon Sarta, is a daily request and reminder to
remember what is important.
* “We Are Many Parts” by Marty Haugen is a children’s favorite. A straight ahead rocker.

Our mission is to make music in the Catholic Church joyful and FUN, because Mass is a celebration, not a funeral service!


Jon Sarta who does keyboards, arranging, and vocals is originally from Ridgewood, New Jersey and is a resident of Clermont, Florida. He is currently Director of Music at St. Augustine Church in Casselberry, FL. and has been in the Music Ministry since 1992 serving at Catholic Churches with two years at New Jacob’s Chapel (Black Gospel) as Hammond Organist and Pianist. In the secular world, he is active in the Orlando music scene and performs regularly at Disney World and the Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel. He also has released four Boogie Woogie Piano CD’s

Susan Lewis, who is the vocalist on six songs has been involved in music in one form or the other since age seven. While attending the University of Detroit, Sue became involved in performing at coffee houses on and off campus, thus beginning her professional career. Sue has continues in her music ministry at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in Altamonte Springs.

Fran Sullivan, who is the vocalist on Canticle of the
Sun is a cantor at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Casselberry, FL. She graciously agreed to help in bringing this project to fruition.


Catholic Music Project 1

Available in CD & MP3 format

Mp3 Album 9.99 CD 12.97