Shavat

by Natalie Kendel

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Following a narrative from the morning of Creation of Genesis, to the echoing words of Isaiah in the temple courts, the blindness of the Pharisees, the healing restoration of Jesus, and the table set for a wedding feast in Revelation, Shavat invites the listener to experience the Sabbath.

Shavat presents Sabbath as not as an exclusive experience for Jews or certain Christians, but an invitation to all mankind from God. It speaks of God’s will for human beings as being one of rest, revival, holistic restoration and trust in his care. And it all begins when we remembering who He is.


“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy…”
(Exodus 20:8, The Bible)

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released January 10, 2014

Music, lyrics, idea, editing, production © Natalie Kendel

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Natalie Kendel England, UK

Theologian, Natalie Kendel, works as an author, songwriter, and teacher in England.

Using an imaginative, narrative approach, Kendel musically communicates the biblical story.

Led through orchestral, neo-80s influence, & various genre blends, she evokes a rallying listening experience, with unique lyrics, based on in-depth study of the biblical texts in their original languages.
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Track Name: Zakhor
Zakhor et-yom ha Shabbat
Zakhor et-yom ha Shabbat
Zakhor et-yom ha Shabbat
lekad'sho

(Translated from Hebrew: Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.)

Remember the Sabbath
Remember the Sabbath
Remember the Sabbath
to keep it holy

Keep it holy
Track Name: Assemblies
“Why are all those sacrifices offered to me?”
asks Adonai
“I’m fed up with your burnt offerings
and the fat of your rams!
I get no pleasure when they die.

“Yes, you come to appear in my presence;
but who asked you to do this thing,
to trample through my courtyards?
Stop bringing worthless offerings!
They are disgusting incense to me!”

Worthless assemblies
worthless assemblies
Your leaders are rebels
and your friends are thieves
I cannot bear your worthless assemblies

Once you were filled with justice
but now you love a bribe
You run after gifts
but give no justice to orphans
You have no ear to the widow's sigh

Worthless assemblies
worthless assemblies
Your leaders are rebels
and your friends are thieves
I cannot bear your worthless assemblies

Rosh-Hodesh and Shabbat
and your calling convocations
How I hate your festivals
they are burden to me

Your worthless assemblies:
when your hands aren't clean
Your leaders are rebels and your friends are thieves
I cannot bear to hear the empty prayers that you speak
Can't you see that love and justice shown to the weak
are true sacrifice
and true worship of me

Let me heal your worthless assemblies
worthless assemblies
Your leaders are rebels
and your friends are thieves
but I am the One who truly heals
Track Name: Yud
Do not think I have come
to abolish the Torah
or the words the Prophets spoke
No, but to complete them.

Do not think that I have come
to abolish the Torah
or the words the Prophets spoke
No, but to complete them.

Truly I tell you
until Heaven and Earth passes away
not even the smallest letter
not the least stroke of a pen
will disappear

Truly I tell you
until Heaven and Earth passes away
not even the smallest letter
not the least stroke of a pen
will disappear
until it is accomplished
until it is accomplished -
everything

So whoever disobeys
the least of these commandments,
teaching others to do so,
will be the the least
in my Kingdom
Track Name: Jubilee
LYRICS

The Lord spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai,
saying, “Speak to the people and say:
When you come into the land I give you,
the land shall keep a Sabbath year of rest

For six years you shall do your sowing
For six years gather fruits and prune
But in the seventh year
you shall put aside your work
and trust the Lord to provide your food
For a year trust the Lord to care for you

Sing the joy of Jubilee
The year of rest and liberty
Trust the Lord with all you need
He will provide and set you free

This year was a chance for deliverance
A chance for the poor to gain their strength
Where debts between people was cancelled
And slaves were released as free men

Cycles of poverty were broken
A whole nation falling to their knees
Turning to God for atonement, to be cleansed
from social problems and from sins
from social problems and from sin

Sing the song of Jubilee
The year of rest and liberty
Trust the Lord with all you need
He will provide and set you free

But years after Israel was settled
they ceased to uphold the Lord's command
Exploiting each other in a system
with no release for the helpless or the land

And the voice of the prophets rose in protest
Calling out for justice and for grace
Retelling how the Lord delivered
them long ago
When they were only hopeless slaves
When they were hopeless slaves

Sing the song of Jubilee
The year of rest and liberty
Trust the Lord with all you need
He will provide and set you free

As was his custom on the Sabbath
A Nazarene goes to the synagogue
The room is hushed as the Rabbi steps up
unfurls the soft leather of a scroll

And those old, familiar words of Isaiah
roll of the tongue of Him who spoke them first
Oh the prophecy they looked to -
the Messiah's reign -
was poured out like showers for their thirst
He poured out like showers for their thirst

Sing the song of Jubilee
The year of rest and liberty
Trust the Lord with all you need
He will provide and set you free

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me
because He has anointed me to proclaim
good news to the poor, liberty to captives,
sight for the blind, freedom for the oppressed;
To proclaim the year of the Lord's favour

Jesus is the Jubilee
The source of rest and liberty
By His reign He sets us free
And all who trust in Him will live

Jesus is our Jubilee
Our Mashiach,
true liberty
All who trust in Him will see
the golden age of the Jubilee

Jesus is the Jubilee
Track Name: Oneg
“Why should we fast if no-one can see it
Humble ourselves unseen by His eyes?”
These are the words so blindly spoken
By those who claim to know God's mind

He says: What is the point of fasting or bowing
if it will lead to fighting or pride?
Can you not see its not your performance
that leads to your voice being heard on high

Do I want you to earn other's marvel
by hanging your head with sackcloth and ash?
Do you imagine that this could please me?
Is this what you would call a fast?

Here is the sort of fasting I'm seeking:
Go and release the unjustly bound!
Go breaks the chains,
Share food with the hungry,
taking the homeless into your house

Then will your light burst out like the morning
Then you will call, and I will reply
Go meet the needs of people in trouble
then you will taste His joy and delight

If you hold back your foot on the Shabbat
Calling it holy and a delight
And if you do not chase your own interests
Then into heights He'll cause you to rise

Suffering and pain is not what the Lord wants
but for His joy to cause us to serve.
Tell me how do you think He would want you
keeping his Sabbath day in Oneg?

Rejoice!
Rejoice!
Rejoice in the joy of the Lord
Track Name: Shalom
At the end of his life
with fear tugging his sleeve
Jesus took the time
to comfort his disciples

Speaking words that would float:
a life raft in the storm to come
Reminding them that fear is just a lie
That God would never leave their side

What I leave with you is Shalom
Giving you my Shalom
I don't give the way the world gives
Do not let yourselves be troubled
and do not be frightened
Remember I conquer the world

At the end of that day
with tumult blocking memories
Thomas said: “We don't know where
you are going, Lord”

Though many years since then
We still wonder where He is
But His reply remains the same,
He says: “I am the way”

What I leave with you is Shalom
Giving you my Shalom
I don't give the way the world gives
Do not let yourselves be troubled
and do not be frightened
Remember I have conquered the world

Ooo...
What I leave with you is Shalom
Giving you my Shalom
I don't give the way the world gives
Do not let yourselves be troubled
and do not be frightened

Remember I have conquered the world
Track Name: Mankind
A privilege, a benefit
An honour and intimate gift
An open door for everyone:
both for Jews and Gentiles

Not meant to be a drudgery
Not designed to be a task
For it's Maker did not plan
to make Sabbath a burden

The Sabbath was made for mankind,
not mankind made for the Sabbath
The Sabbath was made for mankind,
not mankind made for the Sabbath

So the Son of Man is the Lord of the Sabbath
is the Lord of the Sabbath
So the Son of Man is the of the Sabbath
is the Lord of the Sabbath

The Sabbath was made for mankind,
not mankind made for the Sabbath
The Sabbath was made for mankind,
not mankind made for the Sabbath

So the Son of Man is the Lord of the Sabbath
is the Lord of the Sabbath
So the Son of Man is the of the Sabbath
is the Lord of the Sabbath

If you think you guard this day
by burdening another soul
See! It's set apart for that
very soul to be restored!

The Sabbath was made for mankind,
not mankind made for the Sabbath
The Sabbath was made for mankind,
not mankind made for the Sabbath

So the Son of Man is the Lord of the Sabbath
is the Lord of the Sabbath
So the Son of Man is the of the Sabbath
is the Lord of the Sabbath
Track Name: By Remembering We Rest
(Genesis 2:3, Exodus 20:8-11)

On this Sabbath day we take the time
to persist from our own works,
and recall the day God rested from
all the beauty he had made.

Chorus:
And we ask that his restoring power
recreates his life inside of us,
for by remembering we rest
on this holy day.

When we recall that God is God,
and life depends on him,
we can stop pretending we're in charge,
and let the King be king.

It is more than just a cease from toil,
or a passive pause of work.
For we find true rest when we recall
that we have a Creator.

This memorial to his good work
now invites us to partake.
All humanity is welcomed in
to the blessings of this day.
Track Name: Blessing the Children (Interlude)
Instrumental
Track Name: Return
I love that Adonai heard
my voice when I prayed
Because he turned his ear to me,
I will call on him as long as I live
The cords of death were all around me
Shol's constrictions held me fast

But I called:
Adonai, come save me!
In my anguish and distress
I remembered your compassion
Saying: Adonai, please save me!
Return, oh my soul, to your rest

I was brought low down
In my panic I cried out:
“Every man's a liar!
Is there nothing I can trust, only doubt?”
But in all of your dealings with me, Lord
You have been generous,
How can I repay your good?

For I called:
Adonai, come save me!
In my anguish and distress
I remember your compassion
Saying: Adonai, please save me!
Return, oh my soul, to your rest

So I will keep on trusting
even when I afraid
I'm the child of a slave-girl
Oh Adonai, I am your slave!
I will keep my vows in your presence
In the courtyards of your house,
freed from chains, I keep my vow

“Adonai, come save me!”
In our anguish and distress
We remember your compassion
Saying: Adonai, please save me!
Return, oh my soul, to your rest

Adonai! Come save me!
In my anguish and distress
I remember your compassion
Saying: Adonai, come save me!
Return, oh my soul, to your rest

Return my soul to your rest
Track Name: Rest for the Wicked
(2 Corinthians 12:9)

The score of the day
strings me up like a deadman
A violin weeping
Each stroke is a dark sin
And I am confronted
once more with the truth that
I've secretly harboured
the thought “I'm not that bad”

Make my messes matter
Make this chaos count
The only hope I do have
is that in your hands
You turn dark to morning
yet another chance
to paint in big bold letters
across the pages of my life

There is rest for the wicked
There is rest for the wicked

The melody gapes
at my selfish behaviour
Told myself my ship
would safe in this harbour;
Sinking in deep waters
of my constant comparing;
The sum of my own faults
to the faults in others

Make my messes matter
Make this chaos count
The only hope I do have
is that in your hands
You turn dark to morning
yet another chance
to paint in big bold letters
across the pages of my life

There is rest for the wicked
There is rest for the wicked

The chasms they stand
like an army to wrestle
me out of the chance
that I might call your Name
The distance is screaming;
a desert, a tally
between who I am
and who I want to be

When I don't know who I am
but I know who I'm not
I feel less like a work of progress
than a stagnant cause
Just as I turn to those empty,
well-acquainted solutions
of earning my way back to you
I hear you...

I hear your voice, your whisper
above the chants of shame
The voice does not excuse me
but rather offers to forgive
For when we realise we
cannot save ourselves
that's when the door is opened
and lets our Hero in

He make your messes matter
makes your chaos count
the only we hope we do have
is that in his hand
He turns dark to morning
just another chance
to paint in big bold letters
across the pages of our lives
Track Name: Today
If Joshua had given Israel
the fullness of the rest that God had promised them
Then God would not have spoken of a day to come:
A Sabbath-rest that still remains

Because we have a Priest who understands
the depth of human suffering, experience
Who empathizes with our weak and tempted hearts
We have a true defence in Jesus Christ

Today if you hear His voice
do not harden your hearts
as you did in the rebellion
Today if you hear His voice
do not hide in your works
but rest from them

This will be a sign of who are His
Those who do not disobey but trust in this:
That nothing you could ever do could earn a thing
Only trust in all that Jesus does and is
But trust in all that Jesus does and is

Today if you hear His voice
do not harden your hearts
as you did in the rebellion
Today if you hear His voice
do not hide in your works
but rest from them

Today when you hear His voice
do not harden your hearts
as you did in the rebellion
Today when you hear His voice
do not hide in your works
but rest in His
Track Name: Wedding Feast
He lights a candle, pours the wine
Neither can recall the last time
He's been so busy, chained to work
Forgot to put his bride first

Now holding hands they watch the flame
Speaking soft each other's names
A promise he intends to keep,
made long ago at a wedding feast

Ooh...

She lights two candles, speaks the words
Light is peeking through her fingers
Praying for her family
for growth and warmth and safety

While Friday's sun is dying out
They all approach a table set
The old and young will have a piece
of a supper worthy of a wedding feast

Ooh...

He lights the city, pours the wine
He hasn't drunk it since that dark night
A thousand generations sit
A million promises He kept

And holding out His branded hands
He welcomes home His ransomed Bride
Once we were the very least
But now we attending
His wedding feast

Ooh...

Here is drink and here is food
There's a seat saved just for you
Let us sing and tell old tales
Here the times will melt away
He has infiltrated Death
at the sound of His footsteps
Only brothers, sisters here
At the feast of the Bridegroom

Come to the table!