music...

Humble Hands was recorded in the summer of 2000 at Raptor Studios in Fargo, North Dakota, produced by Mike Coates. Truly a collaboration of family and friends, the album is a collection of originals, many featuring the vocal performing trio of Pat Ahlschlager, Lee Jensen and Jeff Tweten, as well as featured solos by each vocalist.

Other musicians include Don Ahlschlager, electric and acoustic guitar; Cindy Egge, keyboards; Bruce Nelson, bass; Ben Sass, drums; and Terry Jensen, pedal steel guitar. Additional percussion and keyboards: Tom Christianson, Mike and Linda Coates.

The musicians pictured (left to right, back row): Terry Jensen, Lee Jensen, Jeff Tweten, Bruce Nelson, Don Ahlschlager; (left to right, front row): Cindy Egge, Ben Sass, Pat.

 

Humble Hands is available at music, gift and Christian book stores in western Minnesota and eastern North Dakota, as well as online.

 

lyrics & sound clips...

EARTH'S HONORS, HEAVEN'S GOALS
Words and Music by Pat Ahlschlager
60-second MP3 sound clip

I know it's not fair, watch the news each night
People keep killing and everyone fights
The world it calls us to be beauty queens
To be the winner of all of life's games

Heaven's goals are not grounded
God's plans for us are sure
Earth's honors may impress us
But seldom last, seldom last a year

We gather up belongings, surround ourselves with stuff
Looking for the bargains, the easy way out
We compare ourselves to others
Judge and look for blame
The opportunity of honor
The times we blow out the flame

But I want to be like Jesus, stand upright, stand tall
Stop looking for honor, start serving others now
I need His help each day
To fight the earthly pull
To remember my honor
Is to be humble and follow heaven's goals

Vocals: Pat Ahlschlager, Jeff Tweten, Lee Jensen
Electric and Acoustic Guitar: Don Ahlschlager
Keyboard: Cindy Egge
Guiro & Tambourine: Linda Coates
Bass: Bruce Nelson
Drums: Ben Sass

 

LORD, TEACH ME TO LOVE
Words by Pat Ahlschlager, Music by Cindy Egge

Lord, teach me to love
Help me to pray
Give me the words
The wisdom of today

You lead me in the right path
When I listen to Your voice
You guide my footsteps patiently
Though I stumble and I fall
Many times I'm weak, and I don't listen to Your call
The world it pulls against me
Like a puppet on a string

The days I've spent in the desert
Have been painful and alone
I think that you've forsaken me
And have left me all alone
But just like the shepherd
Who tends the sheep and hears us all
You've been carrying me tenderly
As the footprints in the sand

I know You're with me always
And in everything I do
Your help I need to know Your words
And Your will for all my life
I ask for Your touch
In all I say and all I do
To be an instrument of love and of prayer to You

Vocals: Pat Ahlschlager, Lee Jensen, Jeff Tweten
Guitar: Don Ahlschlager
Keyboard: Cindy Egge
Keyboard: Mike Coates
Bass: Bruce Nelson
Drums: Ben Sass

 

I CAN SEE THE LORD
Words by Pat Ahlschlager, Music by Lisa Denzel

This was the first song Lisa and I wrote. On this song, she wrote the music and played it for me and I wrote the words after hearing it. The rest of our music we wrote together -- I wrote the words first and Lisa then composed the music.

I can see the Lord
Feel His presence surround me
I can see the Lord
In each face around me

Every place I go
His faithfulness, His armor protects me
His love for me is true
Is ever new
Look for the goodness, look for the peace
Feeling this joy now, feeling this praise now
See His angels when trouble surrounds me
Feel their wings battling around me
When I say yes Lord, when I say I will

When I face the world
The trials, the sadness abounding
I look to Him to see, a shining light
When I pray Lord, when I am humble
Feeling this joy now, feeling this praise now
See His angels when trouble surrounds me
Feel their wings battling around me
When I pray Lord, when I am humble

Today is all we have
To show the love we want to share
Tomorrow is too late,
Now not later, let's give
Give our lives to the Lord
Feeling this joy now, feeling this praise now
See His angels when trouble surrounds me
Feel their wings battling around me
When I say yes Lord, when I say I will

Vocals: Pat Ahlschlager, Jeff Tweten, Lee Jensen
Guitar: Don Ahlschlager
Keyboard: Cindy Egge
Organ and Clave: Mike Coates
Congas: Tom Christianson
Bass: Bruce Nelson
Drum: Ben Sass

 

GET YOUR HEART SET
Words by Pat Ahlschlager, Music by Lisa Denzel

The words for this song were inspired by one of my favorite passages in the Bible: Ephesians Chapter 6 verse 13-17.

Lately when I look around at trouble today
It feels like the devil's working overtime for pay
Pushing and a prodding us to be all we can be
Don't believe a word of it 'cause it's lies anyway
So get your heart set
Get ready clear a space
Let God's words be
Our armor for the race

When I think about the love He's got for you and me
I get a feeling deep inside peaceful serenity
Giving me the tools to fight the devil's sick game
The love God has doesn't need good deeds every day

Now I know you're troubled and anxious today
Doubt, fear and sadness are ready to prey
You feel so out of sorts and think you'll never get along
But remember Jesus died to beat down the foe

You don't need to do great things or triumph each day
Open up your heart and let Jesus lead the way
So be all you can be in God's great name
With Him guiding us our hearts will stay faithful we pray

Vocals: Pat Ahlschlager, Jeff Tweten, Lee Jensen
Guitar: Don Ahlschlager
Keyboard: Cindy Egge
Tambourine: Linda Coates
Bass: Bruce Nelson
Drums: Ben Sass

 

GOD'S WORK ON EARTH
Words by Pat Ahlschlager, Music by Lisa Denzel

Have you wondered about life
Who you've met along the way
Where you've been when a kind word was spoken
Does it matter, what is the point?
Are you getting through each day?
Look around and you'll find a way

For God's work on earth
Needs hearts and hands and voices
Thanks and praise oh God
For friends that help us through

All your needs, God knows them
He has planned for you good things
Sends friends to help along the way
Lifts you up in love and prayer
To help you with today
Look around and you've seen a friend

Now in our life there is one great truth
You've been touched by a friend
Turn your heart toward Jesus
And you will find a place to rest
And learn to be a friend
Look around and see love shining through

Vocals: Lee Jensen, Jeff Tweten, Pat Ahlschlager
Guitar: Pat Ahlschlager
Steel Guitar: Terry Jensen
Keyboards: Cindy Egge, Mike Coates
Bass: Bruce Nelson
Drums: Ben Sass

 

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
Words by Pat Ahlschlager, Music by Lisa Denzel

Tonight when I kneel at my bedside to pray
I'll sift through the thoughts of yet another day

A prayer of thanksgiving as each face appears
Who've entered my life, through the tapestry I wear

For the beauty of nature, the creatures of earth
The food that feeds us Your hand provides

To give homage to the Trinity, the Father and Son
And the gifts of the Spirit, all in one

The angels and saints, and Mary so dear,
Who guide and protect us throughout the year

For generations of faith, generations of love
That have shown us the path

The endurance of peace, the endurance of hope
And the warriors of prayer

For the good and the bad, each day brings
That I only do your will toward all living things
A prayer for my family, and the gift of children
With thanks for each day, as you show me the way

Tonight when I kneel at my bedside to pray
I'll praise the Lord Jesus for giving me this day

A prayer of thanksgiving, God show me the way

Vocals: Jeff Tweten, Pat Ahlschlager
Acoustic & Electric Guitar: Don Ahlschlager
Steel Guitar: Terry Jensen
Keyboard and Piano: Cindy Egge
Keyboard and Percussion: Mike Coates
Tambourine: Linda Coates
Bass: Bruce Nelson
Drums: Ben Sass

 

I STAND IN AWE
Words by Lee Jensen, Music by Lee Jensen and Cindy Egge

Humbly, I stand in awe of the breathtaking beauty of patients, friends and families that battle cancer. In the years I have worked at Roger Maris Cancer Center, I realize each of you who combat this silent war give me strength. With each glance from you I see the living God among us. Your grace in this journey places a breath of comfort upon me and this song is for you. It was inspired by your beauty and strength. It was also written for the caregivers that walk beside you, it is to praise God and His grace for your creation. I especially give this song to Val, Aunt Angie, Cousin Duane and Grandpa Don. For Preston, who is one of those angels who never takes the time to rest. To the Father, who shows His grace and blessings in every step of the journey. I truly stand in Awe. -Lee Jensen


I stand in awe, I stand in awe
Amid all the glory of the Lord
I see Your path, Your guiding light
I stand in awe

You give me strength, You make me whole
When I am weak, when I am cold
I ask of You to help me be,
The breath of life for all to see
You give me hope, again today
You call me back, You help me pray
I ask Your Spirit to touch my soul
With the fire of love Lord, make me whole

You are my hands, You are my tears
You've changed my life, and calmed my fears
I will sing your praise, and speak your love
I will lift my eyes to God above

Vocals: Lee Jensen, Pat Ahlschlager, Jeff Tweten
Guitar: Don Ahlschlager
Keyboard: Cindy Egge
Organ & Keyboard: Mike Coates
Bass: Bruce Nelson
Drums: Ben Sass

 

GOD'S PLACE
Words and Music by Pat Ahlschlager
60-second sound clip

There is a quiet place where I can go
Away from the world, away from the flow

A sanctuary of quiet, where candle light glows
Where angels and saints guard over God's house

Sometimes in the darkness, the quiet evening light
To ponder a problem, or rest for a while

It's a place of prayer, a peaceful respite
Where tears can be shed and feelings poured out

It's a house of joy of sadness and wonder
This house of God where incense fragrance hangs

Like a history book, if this place could speak
Of the prayer and praise, lifted by humble hands

There's a feeling I get when I come here to pray
A place of the quiet, of angels' comfort and love

There is a quiet place, a place you can go
It's God's love eternal, when you find it you'll know

Vocal: Pat Ahlschlager
Guitar: Pat Ahlschlager
Keyboard: Mike Coates


BREAD AND WINE
Words and music by Fr. David Maciej

The words of "Bread and Wine" came to me in a weather office on a naval air station in Key West, Florida, sometime in 1973. They originally were "friendship" words, directed at an individual who supported me a lot in my Catholic faith during my military time. Some of the words were singular (e.g.: "brother") rather than communal ("people") which they are at present. Some years later a Benedictine sister encouraged me to modify the words so they would speak to a wider community rather than only one person.
-- Fr. David

Enter and feel the silence
Deep and peaceful, this house of God
Enter, oh pilgrim people
We will find Him in bread and wine

See Him, Oh can you see Him
With eyes of faith, within your heart

Kneeling before His altar
Before His presence in bread and wine

Echoes of countless ages
These prayers are lifted, by priestly hands
Jesus, the silent witness
Of human longing in bread and wine
Voicing the prayer of travelers
Forgive us Father, Thy will be done

Cherish this golden moment
The host is humble, the love divine
Placing that love within us
He comes as Savior in bread and wine
Feeling a thousand questions
Yet just one answer is all I need

Homeward we turn our faces
The soul reflecting His presence within
Tell me what are you thinking
The thoughts He gave you when time stood still
I know because I love you
That He came to us in bread and wine

Vocals: Lee Jensen, Jeff Tweten, Pat Ahlschlager
Guitar: Don Ahlschlager
Steel Guitar: Terry Jensen
Keyboard: Cindy Egge
Organ: Mike Coates
Bass: Bruce Nelson
Drums: Ben Sass

 


PSALM 27
Words by Pat Ahlschlager, Music by Lisa Denzel

The Lord is my light, the Lord is my salvation
The Lord is my light, the Lord is my salvation
I shall not be afraid, the Lord is my light, I shall not be afraid

Though foes come at me to break down my defense
They camp against me but they stumble and fall
My heart does not fear, I shall not be afraid

Of the Lord I ask to be humble and meek
To seek His presence all the days I shall live
To keep me from trouble, set me high upon a rock

Show me, oh Lord, the path You have for me
Don't give up when I fall, have pity on me
For You are my helper, my Savior and my God

So let me sing Your praises with loud shouts of joy
Because I believe in You I know this day
I will see Your glory in the land of the living

Vocals: Pat Ahlschlager, Jeff Tweten, Lee Jensen
Keyboard: Cindy Egge
Organ: Mike Coates
Bass: Bruce Nelson
Drums: Ben Sass

 

 

SPIRIT'S FIRE
Words by Pat Ahlschlager, Music by Lisa Denzel

I'm not gonna tell you a story
Or paint you a picture with rose-colored glass
Life is not easy, it's sometimes very sad
Discouragement and fear the devil sells now
But I'll share my life with you
A light from above, that Jesus came to give
His forgiveness, His love

So keep the fire burning
Pray hard for faith and love
Read the word of Jesus
Live the life, walk the walk
The apostles knew the secret
Sent to calm their fears, the Holy SPIRIT'S fire
To burn down through the years
Now their lives were nothing easy
Hardship, fear and evil lurked at every turn
Now Peter, James, John, Matthew, on and on
You know their names, the key guys long ago
They gathered strength as they prayed

These saints of long ago told us
About the Lord Jesus and how to live our lives
Let's look to them as heroes, the example of their lives
They made it without riches, without hype
So ask for the SPIRIT'S Fire, the gifts from above
Feel the flame burning, a light to keep love

Vocals: Pat Ahlschlager, Jeff Tweten, Lee Jensen
Chorus: Steve, Amanda and Don Ahlschlager; Curt Jensen, Lisa Jensen, Linda Coates
Acoustic, Electric & Classical Guitar: Don Ahlschlager
Keyboard: Cindy Egge
Organ: Mike Coates
Steel Guitar: Terry Jensen
Bass: Bruce Nelson
Drums: Ben Sass


production...

Produced by Pat Ahlschlager and Mike Coates.
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Mike Coates at Raptor Studios in Fargo, North Dakota, in June and July 2000. Graphic design, hand-painted illustrations and layout by Linda Coates.

 

 

 

 

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