A Liturgy For the Perseverance of the Saints

by SueAnn Shiah

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In her debut album, A Liturgy for the Perseverance of the Saints, SueAnn Shiah reclaims hymns for the modern age of faith, invoking the connection between those who suffer at present with the stories and struggles of the saints and ancestors that have come before. She takes themes and songs from historical Christianity, the Protestant Reformation, combines them with her own experiences in the DIY punk and riot grrrl community, and her lifetime love of female singer-songwriters to produce A Liturgy for the Perseverance of the Saints.

"A Liturgy" is a worship album for this moment in history, for those who have been driven out of the Church because of their race, gender, or sexuality, a testament to the faithfulness of God in persecution, and a balm for those stranded in the wilderness seeking comfort as they exercise perseverance in exile who are ”working out their salvation in fear and trembling”. The boundaries between lamentation and praise find no limit here in the emotional outcry of Shiah's solo and stripped down worship, and it is in the presence of such palpable despair that hope rises from the silence.

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released June 22, 2018

Vocals, Piano, Electric Guitar: SueAnn Shiah
Producing, Engineering, & Mixing: SueAnn Shiah
Mastering: Trevor Richardson

All songs and scripture are public domain
Scripture readings are from the 1611 King James Version
℗ 2018 SueAnn Shiah
Scorched Rice Records

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SueAnn Shiah Nashville, Tennessee

SueAnn Shiah is a Taiwanese American musician, filmmaker, writer, and emerging theologian specializing in identity formation, racial justice, gender, and sexuality.

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Track Name: All Creatures of Our God & King
All creatures of our God and King,
Lift up your voice and with us sing,
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Thou burning sun with golden beam,
Thou silver moon with softer gleam,
O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Thou rushing wind that art so strong
Ye clouds that sail in Heaven along,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Thou rushing morn in praise rejoice,
Ye lights of evening find a voice,
O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia!
Alleluia!
Alleluia!

Let all things their Creator bless,
And worship Him in humbleness.
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son
And praise the Spirit, Three in One
O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia!
Alleluia!
Alleluia!
Track Name: Philippians 1:2-11
Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now; Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace.

For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ. Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
Track Name: The Solid Rock
1. My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

2. When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace.
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.

Refrain
On Christ, the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

3. His oath, His covenant, His blood,
Support me in the whelming flood.
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay.(Refrain)

4. When He shall come with trumpet sound
Oh may I then in Him be found.
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.(Refrain)
Track Name: I Surrender All (All to Jesus)
All to Jesus I surrender, all to Him I freely give.
I will ever love and trust Him, in His presence daily live.

Chorus
I surrender all, I surrender all.
All to Thee, my blessed Savior, I surrender all.

All to Jesus I surrender, humbly at His feet I bow
Worldly pleasures all forsaken, take me, Jesus, take me now.
Chorus

All to Jesus I surrender, make me, Savior, wholly Thine.
May Thy Holy Spirit fill me, May I know Thy power di-vine.
Chorus

All to Jesus I surrender, Lord, I give myself to Thee.
Fill me with Thy love and power, let Thy blessing fall on me.
Chorus

All to Jesus I surrender, now I feel the sacred flame
O the joy of full salvation, glory glory to His name
Chorus
Track Name: Philippians 1:19-30
For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.

For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you. And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith;

That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again. Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God. For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake; Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me.
Track Name: Come Ye Sinners
Come ye sinners, poor and needy
Weak and wounded, sick and sore
Jesus ready stands to heal you
Full of pity, love, and power

He is able, He is able;
He is willing; doubt no more.
He is able, He is able;
He is willing; doubt no more.


Come ye thirsty, come and welcome
God's free bounty glorify
True belief and true repentance
Every grace that brings you nigh

Without money, without money
Come to Jesus Christ and buy
Without money, without money
Come to Jesus Christ and buy


Come ye weary, heavy-laden
Bruised and broken by the fall
If you tarry until you're better
You will never come at all

Not the righteous, not the righteous;
Sinners Jesus came to call.
Not the righteous, not the righteous;
Sinners Jesus came to call.


Let not conscience make you linger,
Nor of fitness fondly dream;
All the fitness He requireth
Is to feel your need of Him

This He gives you, this He gives you,
'Tis the Spirit's rising beam.
This He gives you, this He gives you,
'Tis the Spirit's rising beam.
Track Name: A Living and Dying Prayer (Rock of Ages)
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee;
Let the water and the blood
From Thy wounded side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure;
Save from wrath and make me pure.

Not the labors of my hands
Can fulfill Thy law's demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears forever flow,
All for sin could not atone;
Thou must save, and Thou alone.

Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to the cross I cling;
Naked, come to Thee for dress;
Helpless, look to Thee for grace;
Foul, I to the fountain fly;
Wash me, Savior, or I die.

While I draw this fleeting breath,
When mine eyes shall close in death,
When I soar to worlds unknown,
See Thee on Thy judgment throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in thee
Let me hide myself in Thee.
Track Name: Give Me Jesus
In the morning, when I rise
In the morning, when I rise
In the morning, when I rise
Give me Jesus.

Give me Jesus,
Give me Jesus.
You can have all this world,
Just give me Jesus.

When I am alone,
When I am alone,
When I am alone,
Give me Jesus.

Give me Jesus,
Give me Jesus.
You can have all this world,
Just give me Jesus.

When I come to die,
When I come to die,
When I come to die,
Give me Jesus.

Give me Jesus,
Give me Jesus.
You can have all this world,
You can have all this world,
You can have all this world,
Just give me Jesus.
Track Name: Were You There
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
O! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble!
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?


Were you there when they nailed Him to the tree?
Were you there when they nailed Him to the tree?
O! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble!
Were you there when they nailed Him to the tree?

Were you there when they laid Him in the tomb?
Were you there when they laid Him in the tomb?
O! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble!
Were you there when they laid Him in the tomb?

Were you there when He rose up from the grave?
Were you there when He rose up from the grave?
O! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble!
Were you there when He rose up from the grave?
Track Name: Jude 1:20-25
But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference:

And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.
Track Name: This is My Father's World
This is my Father's world
And to my list'ning ears
All nature sings and 'round me rings
The music of the spheres

This is my Father's world
I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees of skies and seas
His hand the wonders wrought

This is my Father's world
The birds their carols raise
The morning light the lily white
Declare their Maker's praise

This is my Father's world
He shines in all that's fair
In the rust'ling grass I hear Him pass
He speaks to me ev'rywhere


This is my Father's world
O let me ne'er forget
that though the wrong seems oft so strong
God is the Ruler yet
that though the wrong seems oft so strong
God is the Ruler yet

This is my Father's world
Why should my heart be sad
The Lord is King let the heavens ring
God reigns let the earth be glad

This is my Father’s world
The battle is not done
Jesus who died shall be satisfied
And earth and heav’n be one
Jesus who died shall be satisfied
And earth and heav’n be one
Track Name: Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
O soul are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There's light for a look at the Saviour,
And life more abundant and free

Turn you eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face;
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace.

Through death into life everlasting
He passed, and we follow Him there
Over us sin no more hath dominion
For more than conqu'rors we are

Turn you eyes upon Je-sus,
Look full in His wonderful face;
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace.

His word shall not fail you He promised
Believe Him and all will be well.
Then go to a world that is dying,
His perfect salvation to tell

Turn you eyes upon Je-sus,
Look full in His wonderful face;
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace.
Track Name: Psalm 42
As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?
My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God? When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday.

Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance. O my God, my soul is cast down within me: therefore will I remember thee from the land of Jordan, and of the Hermonites, from the hill Mizar. Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.

Yet the Lord will command his lovingkindness in the day time, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.

I will say unto God my rock, Why hast thou forgotten me? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

As with a sword in my bones, mine enemies reproach me; while they say daily unto me, Where is thy God?

Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.
Track Name: Praise to the Lord the Almighty
1. Praise to the Lord, The Almighty, the King of creation!
O my soul, praise Him, For He is thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear now to His temple draw near;
Praise Him in glad adoration.

2. Praise to the Lord,Who over all things so wondrously reigneth,
Shelters thee under His wings,Yea, so gently sustaineth!
Hast thou not seen, How all your longings have been
Granted in what He ordaineth?

3. Praise to the Lord, Who doth prosper thy work and defend thee;
Surely His goodness And mercy here daily attend thee.
Ponder anew-What the Almighty can do,
Ponder anew-What the Almighty can do,
If with His love He befriend thee.

4. Praise to the Lord, O let all that is in me adore Him!
All that hath life and breath, Come now with praises before Him.
Let the Amen Sound from His people again,
Let the Amen Sound from His people again,
Gladly for aye
Gladly for aye
Gladly for aye we adore Him.

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