The Joy

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We started in 1976, and, from the beginning, we specialized in Christmas, doing special Christmas concerts every year for years! We wrote a lot of original Christian songs and recorded several of them on multi-track for a cassette release in 1984 - those are here. Plus, we include some special live versions. Our prayer for you is that you will experience a new birth, and have a very Merry Christmas!

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released November 27, 2011

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Living Waters Bedford, New Hampshire

Winners of the September 2015 Akademia Award for Best EP,, Contemporary Christian.

On first Top Ten Countdown on Adoration Radio; reached #1.

"Peter the Rock", was presented to John Paul II by Ambassador Raymond Flynn.

The Platinum Auddy Songwriting Award was given to "Love's in a Name".

Living Waters was Nominated as "Best Rock Artist" for the 2014 Artists in Music Awards.
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Track Name: Glory
by Mark Lajoie
Copyright 2011, RN SR 679-889

[Introductory paraphrase of Luke's Christmas story]

CHORUS
Glory to God in the highest!
Glory to God in the highest!

Glory to God in the highest!

As the Bridegroom weds the Bride so I will marry you
My Morning Star will rise and all who seek me will find joy!
[CHORUS]

They'll come from every land to see my radiant light
And raising up their hands their songs will split the night with joy!
[CHORUS]

The deaf and blind and poor have seen a mighty light
For us a Child is born! Go sing it from the heights with joy!

[CHORUS (2x)]

Glory to God in the highest! (2x)
Peace to His people on earth
Track Name: City of Joy (live)
City of Joy
by Mark Lajoie
copyright 2011, RN SRu 1-004-340

There is a place to go
where joy will o-ver-flow I know, I know
There is a place to go
where joy will o-ver-flow I know, I know

God comes down to the Ci-ty of Joy
God comes down as a poor lit-tle boy
To die and rise a-bove

My faith will lead me where
My God will real-ly care
'Cause He's there,yeah, He's there, yeah,
My faith will lead me where
My God will real-ly care
'Cause He's there, yeah, He's there

God comes down to the Ci-ty of Joy
God comes down as a poor lit-tle boy
To die and rise a-bove

My God, your-self you take my place
I on-ly want to see your face
And now I see you there
My God, I know you real-ly care

O sweet ba-by Je-su
I give my life to you, I do, yeah, I do, yeah
O sweet ba-by Je-su
I give my life to you, I do, yeah, I do

God comes down to the Ci-ty of Joy
God comes down as a poor lit-tle boy
To die and rise a-bove
Rise a-bove
Track Name: Love's Beginning
written by Michael McBride
Copyright 2011, RN SR 679-889

Love's Beginning, This is Love's Beginning (2x)
Whoa-oooh

High above in the brightest sky
Shines a love that catches my eye
Like a rainbow I will follow
To find the treasure that it holds

Love's Beginning, This is Love's Beginning
(Feel it!)Love's Beginning, This is Love's Beginning
Whoa-oooh

Beneath the star I find a crowded stall
And there you are a Baby born that's Lord of all
I am in awe from what I saw
I have witnessed (I have witnessed)
Love beginning (I have witnessed)
Love beginning (I have witnessed)
Here under a star (I have witnessed)
Here, here you are!

CHORUS
This is love's beginning, the Savior's Birth
Feel it, love's beginning, he'll save your earth
This is love's beginning, the Savior's Birth
This is love's beginning, he'll save your earth

(Lead)

There I stood with three Kings and a Drummer Boy
Presidents and New World Kings should feel the joy
Animals were well aware and everybody standing there had chosen
We chose to follow you, follow you, ah

CHORUS

This is love's beginning! (4x)
Whoa-oooh
Track Name: Greatest Story (live)
Greatest Story
by Mark Lajoie
Copyright 2011, RN SR 679-889

If you're not in a hur-ry
No par-ti-cu-lar place to go
I could tell you a sto-ry
A sto-ry 'bout love long a-go

It's a sto-ry 'bout Je-sus
It's a sto-ry 'bout God made man
He died and rose to save us
And He's gon-na be com-in' back a-gain

'Cause they heard Him and seen Him
Ask Pe-ter and James and John
Now there's no need to wor-ry
'Cause the sto-ry will al-ways go on and

CHORUS
It's the great-est sto-ry e-ver told! (Repeat)
It's the great-est sto-ry e-ver told! (Repeat)
So let the sto-ry line en-fold you in-side His heart
It's the great-est sto-ry e-ver told!

The sun and stars are sing-in' the sto-ry
Day tells night; night tells day
All the seas are bring-in' Him glo-ry
Moun-tains and val-leys are mak-in' a way
And when it all is o-ver
When all cre-a-tion is done
There's no need to wor-ry
'Cause the sto-ry will al-ways go on and

CHORUS

Yeah! It's all right! It's O K!
(Ooooo don't worry! Ooooo don't worry!)
It's all right! All right!
'Cause it's a true sto-ry, a true sto-ry, yeah
It's a true sto-ry, a true sto-ry
A true sto-ry, yeah, yeah, yeah

CHORUS

It's the great-est sto-ry
It's the great-est sto-ry
It's the great-est sto-ry e-ver told!
Oooooo!
Track Name: God is With Us
by Mark Lajoie
Copyright 2011, RN SR 679-889

This moment's much more than this moment
The stars are pouring out light like they're new
I may be just a poor, lonely shepherd
But I think heaven is breaking through

I leave my sheep in the valley
I run to the cave, what else can I do?
And there He is a poor little baby
And I see heaven breaking through

CHORUS
God is with us! God is with us!
Now He's someone just like me! (2x)
God is with us! (4x)

Breaking through the darkness of my long and lonely night
Aching with the longing of the Song of Peace for good-willed men of right
Gloria, Gloria, Gloria in excelsis Deo

CHORUS

I'm back with my sheep in the valley
Things are the same but now I am new
I may be just a poor, lonely shepherd
But I know heaven's breaking through

God is with us!(4x)
Track Name: O Holy Night (live)
O Holy Night!
Placide Cappeau, 1847
tr. by John S. Dwight
copyright Public Domain
1. Oh, holy night, the stars are brightly shining;
It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth!
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope, the weary soul rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

Fall on your knees, oh, hear the angel voices!
Oh, night divine, oh, night when Christ was born!
Oh, night divine, oh, night, oh, night divine!
2. Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
So led by the light of a star sweetly gleaming,
Here came the wise men from Orient land.
The King of kings lay in a lowly manger,
In all our trials born to be our Friend!

He knows our need—to our weakness He is no stranger.
Behold your King; before Him lowly bend!
Behold your King; before Him lowly bend!

Christ is our Lord! Oh, praise His name forever!
His pow’r and glory evermore proclaim!
His pow’r and glory evermore proclaim!
Track Name: The Joy
by Mike McBride
Copyright 2011, RN SR 679-889

Streets are piled high with snow
Christmas trees are decorated till they glow
Put up in a window, beautiful to show
As we create, anticipate, we may not know

CHORUS
Jingle Bells never tells the Joy to the World
Noel will always tell the Joy to the World
The Lord is born

Greetings handed at the door
Christmas candy purchased from the Christmas store
Gifts exchanged with love but is there something more
We designate to concentrate on what this is for

CHORUS

Happy Birthday to you, Lord
Is there any kind of gift we can afford
We can give His love and live in His accord
Can you relate? Participate?
Today He is adored

Merry Christmas, Happy Birthday
Merry Christmas to the world
I know Jesus will show the Joy to the World

CHORUS

(lead)

Happy Birthday, Merry Christmas
Happy Birthday to you, Lord
Noel will always tell the Joy to the World

CHORUS (2x)

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, jingle all the way
Jingle Bells never tells Jesus is the Way
The First Noel the angels did tell
Joy to the World the Lord is born
The Lord is born
Track Name: O Little Town of Judah (live)
O Little Town of Judah
by Mark Lajoie
Copyright 2011, RN SR 679-889

O little town of Judah, O little town of Judah
Not so far away, a brightening night to day
Where shining down is found abounding light
A little Child to Mary born tonight

O little Child of Mary, O little Child of Mary
O so very small, so low to raise us all
Love's Child your smile is opening up the door
O little baby Jesus born for the poor

O little baby Jesus, O little baby Jesus
Born in Bethlehem, a 'House of Bread' for them
Your Body given free will one day die
And then our eyes will see you one day rise
One day rise so that we can be born again
born again

O little town of Judah, O little town of Judah
Not the least of towns
From you peace will abound, surround us
Track Name: Step Down (live 1987)
“Step Down”
by Mark A. Lajoie & Greg Loell
Copyright 2011, RN SR 679-889

You came from on high, you were born to live and die
You came to step down
Once and for all to rise for our fall
Born to step down

You love with such love
That born to die you step down, you step down

Now I must try to live and die in you
I want to step down
Come take my heart, be my end and my start
I want to step down

You love with such love
That born to rise I’ll step down, step down
Be my Lord!

Take, take my heart
Be my end and my start
Take, take my heart
Be my end and my start
Take my heart, ‘cause I step down
We all need to step down
Be the Lord!

[lead]

Take, take my heart
Be my end and my start
Take, take my heart
Be my end and my start
Take my heart, ‘cause I step down
Oh, please, step down
Step down!
Track Name: Merry Christmas
by Mike McBride
Copyright 2011, RN SR 679-889

Merry Christmas
Happy New Year, too
May Christ Jesus walk among you
May God's love reign
Reign upon us
May Christ Jesus' name
live among us

[Spoken greeting!]

Merry Christmas
Happy New Year, too
May Christ Jesus live among you
Walk with Jesus
He walks with you
Merry Christmas
Happy New Year, too