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Story Behind the Song: By Your Hand

Gerard Faucheux writes:

By Your Hand is my interpretation of Matthew 6:25-34. After over twenty years of marriage (and just recently leaving my 30's behind) and constant employment with regular raises, I am still amazed that we seem to be doing just as well as when we first started out together. It doesn't seem to matter how much money I make, or how hard I work - we always seem to be making just enough. Sometimes things get tough, usually when I get so wrapped up in trying to handle everything on my own, but when I come to my senses and call out to God, things ALWAYS work out! I feel like God wants to keep me in a place where I know that I need Him as my provider, as my heavenly Father. Why do I forget so often?

Lord, I am SO thankful for the many blessings that You have given us throughout our lives. I had no choice of where or when I would be born. I know that because of You, well, I've got it pretty good. Thank you for being faithful to me, even when I lost my way. I hope that I am being a faithful servant with the gifts that I have been given. Thank you Lord!

By Your Hand
Words and music by Gerard C. Faucheux, Sr.

I could work from dawn till dusk, every minute I'm awake
I could work my fingers to the bone
It really doesn't matter how much money I could make
It would never be enough on my own.

By Your hand I am fed
By Your hand I am clothed
By Your hand I am sheltered
By Your hand I'm made whole
Where would I be without You Lord
For by Your hand I am. By Your hand I am.


Think about the birds they neither sow nor reap nor store
Yet we're worth so much more than them.
And think about the lilies they do not spin, they do no chores
But Solomon never dressed as well as them.

So I won't worry about what I eat or wear
I'll just put my trust in You.
I'll seek You first and Your righteousness
'cause that is all I have to do.

Copyright © 2005 Gerard C. Faucheux, Sr. Read Full Story >>>

Christ is King!

Nick Alexander here...

The Feast of Christ the King is upon us. To celebrate, I crafted a list of my favorite "Christ the King" songs. On this list are:

  1. Holy God We Praise Your Great Name, the "serious" song off my latest.
  2. Jesus Has Come, one of the highlights from John Michael and Terry Talbot
  3. He is the King of Glory, from News At Eleven
  4. Mighty King, a winner from Steve Angrisano
  5. My Lord and My God, an all out awesome song from Bob Filoramo
  6. As It Is In Heaven, from worship leader Matt Maher
  7. All Creatures of My God and King by awesome blues-artist Ashley Cleveland
  8. At the Name of Jesus by Ed Bolduc

... along with exceptional songs from Bob RiceSteve BellMatt RedmanPassionDavid Crowder BandMichael W Smith and Third Day.

Happy Feast Day, everyone.

What Are Your Favorite Thanksgiving Songs?

Thanksgiving is coming up in a week. If you were to choose your favorite songs that offer Thanks to God, what will they be?

Christmas Edition of Grapevine Magazine Out

Grapevine is a great magazine which highlights the efforts of Catholic Musicians from all styles and ministries. They have an online edition, or you can purchase a quality bound edition for your library.

This month features:

Donut Man
Merry Christmas New York City
Spirit Wing Records
Christ Music Kids
Bernie Choiniere
A new column about podcasts from the Catholic Mom

Plus news, reviews, artist updates. David Wang wrote an excellent column about artist's creativity in comparison with mainstream music. And I, Nick Alexander, got to write a column based on the Top 10 Traditional and Contemporary Advent Songs You Need to know. These lists will appear here shortly.

What is TopCatholicSongs?

What is "TopCatholicSongs"? TopCatholicSongs is a service to all Catholics, to provide a way to share the best that Catholic Music has to offer. This is a site to keep coming back to, to discover new artists, new songs, new styles, that speak to who you are as a dynamic Catholic Christian. To speak to issues that you are dealing with. To communicate our awesome beliefs about our faith, our love for Jesus Christ, our commitment to church teaching. It will be consistent with the myriad apsects of Catholic faith. It will reinforce themes on the liturgical calendar. It will speak to you, encourage you, bless you. If you have very little knowledge about the Catholic music "scene", this is the perfect place to start. It will open your doors to the incredible variety there is within Catholic artists, whether from contemporary flavors or from our ancient heritage. It will also cut to the chase, providing the best Catholic music can offer. The songs are chosen from a committed private group of lovers of Catholic music, whether from musicians themselves, to A&R reps, to radio/podcast djs, to the fans. The songs need to be nominated to be chosen, and the artists themselves nominate their own songs. Bookmark this page as it will continue to change over the next few months, as more lists come up. As artists share their story, or their influences, or their favorite songs, or insightful commentary. And if you are a Catholic musician that wants their music to be counted, the you have to join the forums. There is no initiation fee. There is no paperwork. But what you get out of it is a greater publicity for your music. It is the goal of this board that both the major Catholic labels and the indie Catholic musicians get to both benefit from the spirit of healthy competition, and that those interested in discovering Catholic music would benefit the most. Catholic music has lied dormant for too long now, and here is a tremendous opportunity to change things around. If you have any questions, feel free to email me, or to ask on the comment page.

Artist Profile - Sean Clive

Sean Clive has been compared to CCM artists Chris Tomlin and Joel Hanson of PFR. Sean's fans always comment on the strength and beauty of his vocals and the sincerity of his message. Through his original music, Sean helps you feel and experience the power of God's love.

Sean has been performing contemporary Christian music in Central New York since 2002 in various churches and coffeehouses and has recorded three solo albums. His most recent CD, Amazed, contains 12 original songs with a contemporary pop sound.

Through Amazed, God has provided Sean opportunities to perform his music to a wider audience. The title track of the CD, Amazed, won several UNITY awards, was chosen as the 2006 Grand Award Winner in the Song Door International Songwriting Competition and earned 4th place in the Christian/Gospel category in the popular Unisong International Songwriting Competition. Read Full Story >>>

"They Think That I'm a Pastor"

Sean Clive writes: Something funny to share... So, I signed up with CCLI for a license to use copyrighted songs on lyric sheets, etc. They must have sold my name to some "respectable" companies - so I get some interesting mail - crusade invitations, etc... Also, I regularly get a package of no postage necessary postcards that I can send back for free samples and information for a variety of products and services. They must assume I am a "pastor" and therefore have a church for which I can buy... --- Great Big Signs with funny phrases to draw people in, --- Nice comfy chairs to seat people, --- Big Bucks Audio & Video Equipment with Big Savings, --- Church Software with which I can keep track of everyone's birthdays, anniversaries and financial giving, --- AND even a new text messaging service to text message all the cell phones of everyone in the choir that rehearsal will be cancelled or the all the kids in the church that the youth group meeting is tonight (must be tough to have 300 people to call to schedule something), Well, the best came this time with the Communion Package... I think I like being Catholic - we're messy and don't mind the unbelievable amount of cleanup time when it comes to Communion, we adapt to whatever setting and are willing to take our chances by receiving Our Lord from someone else (without sanitized gloves on - oh the horror). I think the best was the FAQ about the elderly, "Will the elderly have difficulty opening the cups? - The Celebration Cup has been designed with the cellophane lid extended beyond the foil lid to assist in opening the cup. Churches around the world have felt a new sense of "family" when asking their congregation to assist anyone having difficulty with taking Communion." Interesting family I guess ;-) I really like ours, don't you? Thank God for the Eucharist! Blessings and peace, Sean Sean Clive's website is www.seanclive.com

Artist Profile - Joel Stein

For this Odessa, MO, native, "Always Forward" is his motto...and the title of his new album.

Joel Stein released his first professionally recorded album in August of this year. Stein's interest in music began in Odessa, where he learned to play the guitar and started composing music, performing in small venues with his high school band. His musical pursuits blossomed at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he continued to write music and play live with his new college band, and at his church. However, it was not until Stein graduated and moved to St. Louis that he began writing the songs to be recorded on his first professional CD.

Stein began the recording project in earnest after participating in a "music mission" in Trinidad, where two women took an interest in his popular song, "Save the Family." These women donated the money for Stein to record his first track, and he chose David Smith of Icon Studios in Indiana to record his album. With the recording project underway but having no additional money for the rest of the CD, Stein began to fundraise. He came to Odessa for a concert to help pay for recording costs. He credits his hometown for helping to make the CD project become a reality. "I was touched by the support of the St. George community." Read Full Story >>>

A Wretch Like Me, Who Saved And Set Me Free

This morning at liturgy, the cantor directed us to sing "Amazing Grace." (There was no other instruction). As the entire congregation began, there was a definite derailment of the community-building that happened in the song: The entire congregation, sang: Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me... The cantor, however, went with the alternate version (printed in footnoted text): Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved and set me free... The result was cacophonious to the worst extent. People felt like they were competing with the cantor, not being led by him. And while I can understand some people's reservations to the term "wretch like me", these very words were most appropos for the reading today, about Zacheus, a scandalous tax collector being forgiven of His sins. Still, there is a cardinal rule: try to stick to the words on the page--it's what we're all singing from. To be set free does not mean we are to be set free from the constraints of the parish hymnal.

Top 10 Contemporary Christmas Songs

Here is the List of the Top Contemporary Christmas songs, as dictated by the friendly folks at TopCatholicSongs.com. These extraordinary renditions will transform your Christmas spirit. Be sure to check out what other great songs these artists have covered, and visit topCatholicSongs.com today!

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