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Mercy Concert

St. Michael the Archangel, 14251 Nall Ave, Leawood, KS


Mercy Concert/Programa de Misericordia

Sacred Heart Church--TIME CHANGE, 2646 S. 34th Street, Kansas City, KS

Sponsored by the Prayer Group at Our Lady of Unity, this program will feature a lot of my material in Spanish. Patrocinado por el grupo de oración, este programa tendrá mucho en español.


Dooley Center Chapel

Dooley Center Chapel, Atchison, KS

This is a concert primarily for the residents of the Dooley Center. Thanks to Sr. Ann Diettrich for getting this arranged.

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Be Who You Are 

 Lyrics inspired by St. Francis deSales

1.  You cannot be what you are not/to thine own self be true/But you are more than what you got/God has a plan for you

Let us be what God wants for us/provided we are His/Not what we want or make a fuss/to what his vision is



 To bring honor to the Master/whose handiwork you are/And be who you are and be that well!



2. Maybe you’re this maybe you’re that/Maybe you’re born that way/They say you’re thin they say you’re fat/Or you’re so yesterday

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The Older 

Music/Lyrics © 2015 Kenneth L. O'Connor

1.  I’ve been faithful

I’ve done my chores

I’ve tried to do the things you wanted done

But my brother

hangs out with… unholy women

And you treat him as if he’s your favorite son


1st Chorus

It just doesn’t seem fair to me

This way that you are treating me

After all this time, you give me this cold shoulder.

Seems it’s all about the Prodigal, 

but what about the Older?


2. “You’ve been faithful,”

my father said

“And everything that I have belongs to you

but your…

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Love Means Sacrifice 

Music/lyrics ©2014 Kenneth L. O'Connor

1. Why would the Lord of all creation come down from up in heaven above?

Leaving his Father and perfection behind to dwell among us 

You might say that it’s crazy

I would say that’s love



Love means sacrifice 

Love is wanting the best for another

And giving yourself to achieve it

Love means sacrifice


2. Why would the Lord allow himself to be hung upon the wood of a tree?

Bearing upon his back the sins of the world, that we could be saved.

God stoops way…

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God Doesn't Need Us 

Music/Lyrics © 2014 Kenneth L. O'Connor


God doesn’t need us

but still He made us

and how that shows He

loves us

There’s no forcing 

nor coercing

simply giving freedom

oh freedom, freedom to love


Verse 1

In the beginning

there was nothing

but a loving


He wasn’t lonely

he wasn’t empty

yet He freely 


to create a space for us


Verse 2

So he could take us

and he could leave us

But he wants us


He’s prepared a space

in his warm embrace

to see him face

to face

yeah to see Him face to face

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Beyond Me 

Music by David C. Smith. Lyrics by David C. Smith and Sean Clive

Lyrics used with permission


Verse 1

I move ahead but then I’m sliding backwards

Seems no matter what I do I can’t move on

I work so hard to overcome temptation

But the demons won’t give up until I’m done



‘Cause it’s all beyond me, 

all beyond me

without your grace I don’t have a prayer

yeah it’s all beyond me

farther than I can see

and I need you to get me there


Verse 2

So many pleasures for me to partake of

They pull and tempt…

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Music/lyrics @ 2015 Kenneth L. O'Connor

Chorus inspired from Psalm 127


If the Lord does not build the house 

in vain to builders build

If the Lord does not watch the town

In vain do watchmen watch

In vain your early rising

your later goin’ to bed

if the Lord is not Lord of all

it’s all in vain.



So why would a man build his house on the sand

when the rock is far more steady

And why would a maiden let her lamp go a fadin’

Instead of trimmed and ready



The winds came and blew and tore that…

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The Brokenness 

Music/lyrics © 2015 Kenneth L. O'Connor

Verse 1

Another victim of the Lie

He said, “It’s forever you and I”

But once she gave in, “forever” caved in

And guess who’s left alone to cry?


Another alcoholic dad

Who thinks things really aren’t that bad

His wife is cryin’ and the kids are tryin’

to keep some piece of what they had



Over and again I find the brokenness

Hearts torn open, wounded souls

But if I can be, Lord let it be me

to be a means to heal the brokenness


Verse 2

Another couple in…

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Justice Will Be Done 

Music/lyrics © 2015 Kenneth L. O'Connor

Verse 1  

Where was God

Where was He?

Why would the Lord of Love take my love from me?

God ever present

God of power and might

Where was your power and presence on that painful night?

It’s enough to make me lose my faith




Justice will be done by a merciful God

Nothing goes unnoticed, nothing under the sun

His right hand has won the victory for us

And justice will be done.


Verse 2

Where are they?

All those stones

left on the ground leaving you…

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No Hay Otra Manera 

Musica/Letras © 2015 Kenneth L. O'Connor


¿De qué manera nos salvó Jesus?

¿De qué manera recibimos su gracia? 

Como la semilla, tuvo que morir

Para darnos la nueva vida



El camino de Jesus es el camino de la cruz

Es la verdad, es la vida, no hay otra manera

En esta vida que vivimos, tendrémos sufrimientos

Toma tu cruz con Jesus, no hay otra manera



¿De qué manera Jesus les instuyó?

“Tiene que negarse a si mismo

Tomar su cruz y luego sígame

Si alguien que ser mi discipulo”

Nunc Dimittis 

Music/Lyrics © 2013 Kenneth L. O'Connor

Lyrics based on Luke 2:29-32


Lord, now you let your servant go in peace

Your word has been fulfilled

My own eyes have seen the salvation

which you have prepared

in the sight of all

a light to reveal you

to the nations

and the glory of your people Israel.