Creature & Creator

by Tyler Stitt

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Creature & Creator proposes the hope to live truthfully in this life, and to reckon with the particular truth that we are derived from something - from Someone - Someone who is sovereign, holy, and good all once. How are we to understand this Creator? How are we to understand ourselves? The words of man, which strive after a great many things, often fail and fall short; but God’s words always strike true. And when our hearts hear him speak, his words never fail to change us.

Other thanks: My parents; you have always being ceaselessly supportive of me and my endeavors, Brad and Janet Chase for your home and love, Jake for your brotherhood and for being there is spirit when we did "Manna", Scott for your pedals and helpful input throughout, this last year's Evensong team, each of you are wonderful and tangible displays of the power of the gospel to me.

Recorded and produced by Luke Chase

Drums by Gabe Chase
Bass guitar by Luke Chase
Organ on "Ransom for Many" and "Manna" by Kristian Otten
Additional vocals on "Manna" by Olivia Baker, Scott Bennett, Alexandrea Brouwer, Luke Chase, Benjamin Hoppe, Jessica Jones, & Jennifer Rogan
Additional vocals on "Ransom for Many" and "Manna" by Emily Perschbacher
Photography by Kestrel Bailey
Cover design by James Fry
All songs written by Tyler Stitt

On creaturehood:
lifetides.tumblr.com/post/85220685502/creaturehood

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released July 24, 2014

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Track Name: Creature and Creator
The holy Lamb of God is seated on his throne
Christ's saving work complete,
and it cannot be undone

I stand beside the peerless Son of God,
not a stranger but a brother,
held by the one who tasted death for all
How fleeting is my fealty to my God;
Why should rival kings enchant me?
Why must their grasp contest the grace of God?

My legs grow tired in chase; oh, why do I run?
I search for what you've already given to me
Oh, let me not forget: in Your hands rest victory
And in you hands I find I have all that I need

In Your glory, You are sovereign
What is man that you're mindful of him?
The radiance of God's glory is shown in Christ's face
that all things will bow in humbled worship
Who is our God that he's pursued us?
Let all that we are strive after that rest!
Track Name: Unlatched
Time starts, and it don't know when to stop
And my feet are anchored to the floor
All my life I've been searching for something
to satisfy my restless mind

You are the one to whom I will bow,
though my inner cords try to break away
But you have fashioned all my bones
and you're sustained my every breath
My image is derived from yours,
and I am changed by the way
that you still call my name despite my deepest flaws

Ancient doors still come unlatched,
and only you can turn the key
The world restored as you have swallowed time and death
(I adore you)
All my heart longs for is found in your love - and only your love
Track Name: Ransom for Many
You formed me so long ago
Before I had a chance to meet you,
But you've known me through all these years
You've been calling me toward your life

You're the first and you are the last
It was you who hovered over the waters
And in the ugliness of who we can be
You showed you'd do anything for me

When you made yourself the least in this world of misguided thieves
Who didn't know how to love,
Who didn't know how good you are, Jesus
You looked right at me when you forfeit the last of your life
And took me upon your back
You showed me that your love conquers death
Father you,
You're so good to me

In the middle of our pain and fear
When my anguish was as deep as the ocean
You used the currents to bring me near
enclosed my hurt in your boundless love

You're holy; I love you so
And in loving you I've found my purpose
As your servant I'll ever be
In your story I get set free

Will you make me the least in this world of misguided thieves
And teach us how to love
And teach us how good you are, Jesus
You looked right at me when you forfeit the last of your life,
And took me upon your back
You showed me that your love conquers death
Father you,
You're so good to me
Track Name: Behind and Before
I have nowhere to run
I have nowhere to hide
I have nothing at all my own
When I felt far from you,
When you couldn't be seen -
I know now that you never left me

Where can I go from you Spirit?
Where can I run from your presence?
You pursue me into the deepest sea
How can I count every blessing?
Everything's grace, and I believe that
You will lead me into yourself evermore

When I sit, when I rise
You perceive my thoughts from afar
Before a word leave my tongue, you know it completely
On the wings of the dawn, on the far side of the sea
Even there your hand will guide me

You hem me in behind and before me
You lay your hand upon me

Where can I go from you Spirit?
Where can I run from your presence?
You pursue me into the deepest sea!
How can I count every blessing?
Everything's grace, and I believe that
You will lead me into yourself evermore
Track Name: For Whom We Long
That city looms; it's straight ahead
It's where I hope to one day lay my head
It has no sun, it needs no moon
For it's light is you, and I know I was made for it

That garden seems so familiar
I cannot say if I've been there for sure
But I know that I will be there soon,
when you are known forever as the Lord of all

I'm longing for those heavenly gates
When I will sing your praise face to face
You'll reign in power forevermore
As your reclaimed people sing your grace

So let us then cast off the dark;
Our bodies are the temples of the Lord
No worldly gain could ever compare
And so we make our lives a sacrifice right here

I'm longing for those heavenly gates
When I will sing your praise face to face
You'll reign in power forevermore
As your reclaimed people sing your grace

Praise the Lamb!
He has covered all our sin
His eternal love will hold
by the power of his blood
Track Name: Manna
The cloud of your glory leads us across the desert
Though our bodies are hungry, we trust in your provision, Lord
My trust finds rest in you, Father
My trust finds its rest

When our hearts wander from you,
your kindness to us doesn't change
Though our bodies are hungry, we trust in your provision, Lord
There's more than enough at the table,
There's more than enough

And you say come in
And you say come, sit
You sing my name;
You sing my name

Give me fire in my bones, God
My weakness is all I can feel
Because I want what you've offered,
but my body works against my will
I don't understand all these mysteries,
I don't understand

I don't understand all your mysteries,
I don't understand

But they take me in; they take me in
You sing my name;
You sing my name
And you give us manna