A Kindling Glance

by Rachel Wilhelm

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This project started in 2012 in Wendell Kimbrough’s DC apartment. Our common goal was to record hymns with our friends, some new, some old, for our local churches where we led music. This particular project has four old hymns with new tunes, and two new hymns.

One of the passages in the Bible that speaks to me most is when Jesus says to Nathanael in John 1:48, “When you were under the fig tree, I saw you,” after Nathanael asks, “How do you know me?” There are times in life, I think, when we don’t feel seen, or we don’t know if God hears us, or cares. I titled this A Kindling Glance not only because I took it from a line in one of the hymns in this project, but because God gave me a special gift. He put me in a place to make something beautiful for Him with my friends and I felt His eyes on us. Jesus prophesies to Nathanael at the end of the passage by saying that he will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man. I hope these songs can be a glance through a window to that place that Nathanael---and we--will see in full someday.

A special thanks to: Wendell Kimbrough, Matthew Billingsley, Andy Zipf, Andrew & Dana Litke, Dorabella, Jameson & Paige Cunningham, Chuck Colson, Joel Wilhelm, Alexei Laushkin, Tim, Liam, and Eden Wilhelm, Jamie Brown at Truro Anglican Church, Fairfax, VA and Devin Pogue at City Church, Minneapolis, MN (for being my “ears”), Church of the Ascension in Arlington, VA, Church of the Advent in DC, and Anne McCracken and John Zipperian for hosting many of our hymn sings.


released March 16, 2016

Produced, Recorded, Mixed, and Engineered: Wendell Kimbrough at the WK Brookland Apartment & Asparagus Media Studios, Tacoma, MD.
Art Direction and Design: Matthew Billingsley
Photography: Rachel Wilhelm
Original painting detail: Wyatt Barnes


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Rachel Wilhelm is a singer-songwriter and Director of Worship Arts in Minneapolis, MN.

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Track Name: Robes and Rings, I Do Not Deserve
1. Robes and Rings, I Do Not Deserve
Text: Chuck Colson; Tune & Arrangement: Rachel Wilhelm

Robes and rings, I do not deserve, but still you clothe your son.
Grace relieves my debts and my fears, forgetting what was done.

Forsaking all, You run to us and receive our shame;
“The dead’s alive! the lost is found!” Jesus Christ proclaims, Jesus Christ proclaims.

You seek to share all you possess with a son not a slave
Mercy refuses my last hope to serve you and repay.

Angels join in rapturous song, while some sneer at the sight,
Of sinners coming to the feast, sharing joy and delight.
Track Name: Have Mercy
Have Mercy
Text: Joseph Carlyle, 1802 & Rachel Wilhelm, 2011.
Tune & Arrangement: Rachel Wilhelm

Lord when we bend before thy throne and our confessions pour,
Teach us to feel the sins we own and hate what we deplore
Refrain: Have mercy (4X)
Our broken spirits, pitying see, true penitence impart;
And let a kindling glance from thee light hope within the heart.
When we disclose our wants in prayer, may we our wills resign;
And not a thought our hearts will share that is not wholly thine.
Track Name: Go to Dark Gethsemane
Go to Dark Gethsemane
Text: James Montgomery (1825); Tune & Arrangement: Rachel Wilhelm

Go to dark Gethsemane, ye that feel the tempter’s power.
Your Redeemer’s conflict see, watch with Him one bitter hour.
Turn not from His grief’s away, learn of Jesus Christ to pray.

Follow to the judgment hall, view the Lord of Life arraigned.
Oh the wormwood and the gall! Oh the pangs His soul sustained.
Shun not suffering, shame or loss, learn of Him to bear the cross.

Calvary’s mournful mountain climb, there adoring at His feet.
Mark the miracle of time, God’s own sacrifice complete.
“It is finished!” hear Him cry, learn of Jesus Christ to die.
Track Name: Hosanna to the Prince of Light
Hosanna to the Prince of Light
Text: Isaac Watts (1707-9); Tune & Arrangement: Wendell Kimbrough.

Hosanna to the Prince of Light, that clothed himself in clay;
Entered the iron gates of death, and tore the bars away!
Death no more is the king of dread, since our Savior rose;
He took Satan's sting away, and spoiled our ancient foe.

See how the Conqu'er mounts aloft, and to his Father flies,
With scars of honor in his flesh and triumph in his eyes.
There, our Savior exalted reigns, blessings he scatters down;
Jesus sits at the Father's throne and wears the heav'nly crown.

Lift up your voices mortal tongues, to reach his blessed home;
Sweet is the music of your songs to our incarnate God.
Angels strike your loudest strings, sweet your voices raise;
Heav'n and all creation sings to join our Savior's praise!
Track Name: O Love with Heights Unknown
O Love with Heights Unknown
Text: Horatius Bonar (1861), Chuck Colson & Rachel Wilhelm; Tune & Arrangement: Rachel Wilhelm

O Love with heights unknown, you took a lowly throne,
With joy and willingly, you bore the cursed tree.
What now can separate, your love from my estate,
Oh speak your peace to me, Oh come and set us free.

Chorus: O Love, come fill my weary heart, speak peace unto my soul, and bid my fears depart!

O Love that casts out fear, O Love that casts out sin,
Tarry no more without, but come and dwell within.
True Sunlight of the soul, surround us as we go,
So shall our way be safe, our feet no straying know.

Great love of God come in. Well-Spring of heavenly peace,
Thou Living Water come, spring up and never cease.
Love of the Living God, of Father and of Son,
Love of the Holy Ghost, fill thou each needy one.
Track Name: Christ Our King Over All Reigns
Christ Our King Over All Reigns
Text: Chuck Colson; Tune & Arrangement: Andy Zipf, Rachel Wilhelm

In might, the Father of glory, raised Jesus out of the dead,
and seating our Lord in splendor, crowned him the exalted head.

chorus: Every tribe come bow in tribute; every tongue proclaim his praise.
Jesus, name above all names, Christ our King over all reigns.

Can a mortal name be spoken passing that on Him bestowed; Christ whose shame made his glory, His cross the way to the throne.

He reigns to break earth’s bondage, ending all futility; He will crush death’s dominion, and at long last set us free.

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