Two From The Amazing Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

The six-time Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, an unlikely ensemble made up of people from various backgrounds, including attorneys, physicians and former street people, have now released three Christmas cd’s. I find all of them a bit spotty — but when they’re on, man o man — they’re on.
two songs from the choral group tonight:
Carol Of the Bells medley (carol of the bells, i wonder as i wander, o come all ye faithful, do you hear what i hear, little drummer boy) is simply a tremendous piece of work. If you’re not up on your feet at some point while listening, call 911 and have them check your pulse.
The second song is “Beneath Your Father’s Heaven,” an original song written by Carol Cymbala — founder of the group and wife of the Sr. Pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle (more on her and the group at the end of this post).

individual mp3 downloads are apparently not available from amazon, itunes nor from their website (www.brooklyntabernacle.org). The full cd’s are available from amazon and their website — only the most recent christmas cd is available from itunes.

Carol Of The Bells Medley

Beneath His Father’s Heaven

Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir – Beneath His Father’s Heaven lyrics
Verse 1
A lowly stable stood beneath a lonely star
A rugged manger embraced God’s almighty heart
He came into the world that did not understand
His only purpose was to save the fallen soul of man

Chorus
Beneath his father’s heaven
Hope was born one silent night
Beneath his father’s heaven
A baby brought the truth to light
A baby brought the truth to light

Verse 2
He came unto his own and they would not receive
But poor and sinful ones gladly heard him and believed
The word of God made flesh full of truth and of grace
The glory of the father shining bright upon his face

The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir is directed by Carol Cymbala, the wife of Senior Pastor Jim Cymbala and the daughter of the church founder, the late Rev. Clair Hutchins. Although the Choir is composed of vocally untrained church members, it has been used by the Lord to present the love of God all over the world. The 285-voice choir has recorded three videos, three DVDs, and numerous albums, winning six Grammy Awards. “The choir represents all different walks of life and every kind of sin,” Pastor Cymbala says. “You name it and we have someone who has been saved out of it, standing next to another one who has grown up in the church.”

In the early 1980’s, Carol Cymbala decided to “make a little tape for the church,” and when she had trouble finding enough appropriate songs, she began writing them. Although she cannot read or write music, the Lord has given her a special gift to direct and create from the heart through the power of the Holy Spirit. After over 25 years of recording and live performances, the Lord continues to use the Choir to carry the message of the Gospel around the world.

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