An Offering

by Graham Ord

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Recorded in London England and Vancouver BC Canada

I was inspired by the biblical story of the widow who gave two tiny coins to God, which was deemed to be more costly than any other offering in the temple because the coins represented all she had. This recording is my widow's mite.
It is a record fashioned in some painful periods in my life. In sharing it, I hope it might bring encouragement to others going through such times.

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released September 23, 2002

Produced by Graham Ord and Rick Colhoun
Recorded by Calum Rees in London, England and Rick Colhoun at Sound Castle, Vancouver BC. Canada
Mixed by Rick Colhoun.
Mastered by Bud Bremner at Coastal Mastering, Vancouver BC
Cover Photography by Kevin Clark Photography, Vancouver BC
Model: Charis

Rob Alvis: Loops
Garth Bowen: Fiddle
Lori Bussani: Percussion
Rick Colhoun: Hammered Dulcimer
Zory Colhoun: Spoken Dialogue
Peter Davyduck: Bass
Adam Dickens: Keyboards
Rebekah Eakin: Backing Vocals
Marc James: Electric Guitar
Pauline Kirke: Cello
Dave Moore: Fretless Bass
Graham Ord: Guitars, Vocals, Synth, Mandolin, Percussion
Calum Rees: Drums and Percussion
Rosemary Reuss: Accordion
Tracy Rubuliak: Backing Vocals
Dean Salyn: Backing Vocals
Ray Stewart: 5 String Bass and Backing vocals
Tim Stewart: Flute
Eran Vooys: Drums
Johnny Wesley: Electric Guitar

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Knewsense Records Kelowna, British Columbia

Singer songwriter Graham Ord has garnered respect internationally, as a fine musician and engaging communicator. His music can be described as a blend of Soul, Blues, gospel and eclectic Roots music.

Graham now works as a full time musician and recording artist based out of Kelowna B.C. Canada.
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Track Name: Graham Ord - To You O Lord
To you O Lord
I lift my soul
In you I trust O God
To you O Lord
I lift my soul
In you I trust O God

No one whose hope is in you
Will ever be ashamed
Guide me and teach me your ways
O God who saves
Assign to me integrity
My hope is in you

Turn to me; be gracious to me
For I have been lonely and afflicted
But according to your love
Remember me
Assign to me integrity
My hope is in you.
Track Name: Love Lies Bleeding
The highest waves in the deepest sea
Couldn't wash away this memory
This feeling of intense unease
As love lies bleeding

I turn away in disbelief
With a hurricaine of fear in me
And a shattered sense of loyalty
As love lies bleeding

And my thoughts of bravery
Grew wings and flew away from me
Left me as a man bereaved
Feeling with his soul
Oh the agony
To see what I now see
Love lies bleeding
All alone

Helplessly I watch him bleed
The greatest man the world has ever seen
Made to look so small by hands just like these
My love lies bleeding
Track Name: You Pour Out Favour On The Earth
Creation proclaims you are almighty
The heavens declare your handiwork
With a love far deeper than the oceans
You pour out favour on the earth

The raging sun speaks of one who judges
The unfurling flower demonstrates your care
With a tenderness sung about by children
You pour out favour on the earth
Undeserved

What is man that you are mindful of him
Mere man that you should care?
You gave him rule over all your hands crafted
All the flocks and herds and the flying birds
And fish that swim the paths of the sea

O Lord our God how majestic is your name
And how great your renown is in all of the earth
O Lord our God how majestic is your name
And how great your renown is in all of the earth

The angels orchestral in their singing
Harmonize with lovers in their search
Every family name given by a father
Who pours out favour on the earth
Undeserved
Track Name: Man Of The Earth
Falling, failing, losing ground
Overwhelmed by who I am
So acute my incompleteness
Bitter tastes the fruit of weakness

Crying, lying, broken down
Capable of any crime
So alive the contradiction
Slaying what was deep conviction

I'm powerless to live what I believe
My human-ness hurts like a disease
I live with my denial, with this betrayal

Walking, running, further out
Into flames of tireless doubt
All alone with my excuses
And the shame that guilt produces

I'm powerless to live what I believe
My human-ness hurts like a disease
I live with my denial, with this betrayal

I'm a child in a mans body
I'm a whisper in an angry crowd
I'm a coward in an army of warriors
I'm a man, just a man of the earth
Track Name: You Are God (O Sweet Revelation)
You are God
I am not
Oh sweet revelation
You are God
I am not
Oh sweet revelation

I worship you
I revere you
I worship you
Oh holy God
Track Name: I'll Always Have Love Left
I'll always have love left
In my heart for you
I'll always have a soft spot for you
No matter how hard things prove
I'll always have respect and honour
Where respect is due
I'll always have a heartfelt reverence
For I'm in love with you

I'm in love with you
And no matter how rough the road gets
I'll keep following you

If I'm a fool
Then I'm a fool for you
If I've been fooled
Then bring me back to you

I only want to please you
Track Name: With A Longing
I was down by the sea when the day got late
I sat on a wall just to contemplate
Why it is that Man things he's so great
With a longing

I saw children playing across the bay
Playing old games that their parents played
Using words meant to isolate
With a longing

There's a longing in me
That won't let me be
I can't sit back complacently
And applaud profanity
I have this longing

I've seen the despondency in teenage eyes
As they reach out for the unattainable prize
With no one there to wipe tears from their eyes
With a longing

A man said to me "the sea is just like a lake
It's a good day to fish, about as flat as a pancake"
And I thought how well it described our spiritual state
With a longing

There's a longing in me, a longing in me
To see the knowledge of your glory fill the earth
As the waters cover the sea

Is the tide coming in or is the tide going out?
Are the righteous still sleeping, do believers still doubt?
Will we sink in this mud or drown in his love?
Will we see this thing like a gauntlet?
Or wear it like a comfortable glove?
I have this longing
Track Name: If I Didn't Know You Better
If I didn't know you better
I'd think that you were cruel
If I didn't know you better
I'd say that I've been fooled

I look at all the suffering
The sickness and disease
And I wonder if you dance upon our graves

If I didn't know you better
I'd doubt if you were there
If I didn't know you better
I'd say your power's scarce

I look upon the misery
The humbled on their knees
And I wonder if you hear a word we say

If I didn't know you better
I'd hide these things I feel
If I didn't know you better
I'd stop being real
Track Name: Just Cry
Who do you run to in the dead of the night
When grief overwhelms you
And you can't find the light
Who do you turn to, where do you hide?

Who do you talk to when it all falls apart
Words seem to fail you
And the days seem so dark
Who do you turn to, where do you hide?
Who do you run to with the pain in your life?

You can go to the Lord and just cry
You can cry all night, that's all right
He understands you

Who do you scream to
When you don't understand
Who picks you up
When you hold out your hand
Who do you turn to, where do you hide?
Who do you turn to with the pain in your life?

He's a man of sorrows (He understands you)
He's acquainted with grief (He understands you)
He knows what you're going through
(He understands you)
Track Name: To Love
The need to love someone is so very strong
To touch and kiss and show some caring
But when the object of your love has gone
The love you feel still needs sharing

Oh the pain of holding all this love
They tell you love is such a sweet thing
And all the love I feel in all this pain
A life of dreams expressed by weeping

It's like a son needing to be mothered
By a mother who's not there
It's like a couple longing for their baby
And all they hold is air
To love can sometimes be such a painful feeling
To love and not be loved can just kill you dead

People say to me that your heart will mend
That time will heal the memories
But don't they know that when the tears all end
There's not much left here to hang on to
Track Name: Be Reconciled
Hearts inter-woven but one heart is frozen
Cold and unable to love
Love needs expression and makes no concessions
Yet finds no acceptance again

A pure heart is calling
To a world that is falling
Be reconciled

This desolation bares no relation
To the justice by which you've been named
The heart of creation desperately needs conciliation
To beat with the heart up above

Which cries come on
Come on take my hand
I'll take you to my wonderland
Be reconciled
Reconciliation

Life run's it's course and families end up in divorce
Spirits lying wounded in easy chairs

A pure heart is calling
To a world that is falling
Be reconciled
Track Name: When My Faith Seems So Small
The rain was lashing at my window this morning
Just like it did the day before
The wind was howling so relentlessly
Finding its way under my door

I liken that rain to the pain that strikes me
The wind reminds me of what fear can do
Even if the wind and rain came at a hurricane force
All will be calm when the sun finds its couse

Teach me to be peaceful
Even in the midst of a raging storm
Show me how to trust you
Even when my faith seems so small

A young boy says daddy the trees have blown over
They're on the path and they're blocking the road
Daddy exclaims 'oh God Almighty I hope that don't mean we cant get home'

I liken those trees to the doubt that strikes me
The road reminds me of the way to you
Even if a forest fell on the highway
All will be clear by the time the day is through

Teach me to be peaceful
Even in the midst of a raging storm
Show me how to trust you
Even when my faith seems so small
Track Name: I Give You All My Hopes
I give you all my hopes
My dreams, my yearnings
Knowing that my heart is safe with you
I trust you with my life
My role, my journey
Confident my future lies with you

Jesus my lover
My Lord and Saviour
I owe everything to you
I owe everything to you