The Welcome Wagon is a married couple, the Reverend Thomas Vito Aiuto and his wife Monique, who execute a genre of gospel music that is refreshingly plain. Their hymns are modest and melodic takes on a vast history of sacred song traditions, delivered with the simple desire to know their Maker—and to know each other—more intimately. ———————————————————
Here is the official write up on the new cd from Asthmatic Kitty’s website which is a fantastic literary rollick through the albums song order.
The albums title “Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices” comes from the title of a puritan classic by Thomas Brooks. You can purchase the book HERE. You can read an interview with Vito by our friend Chris Breslin over at the Hopeful Realism blog.
The album offers us a curated movement through a worship service. We rose to the challenge and put together leadsheets with some simple liturgical suggestions on how to use many of the songs. Enjoy!
[Mucho thanks to Luke Brodine and Jess Alldredge for the charting help]
Track List and Liturgical Notes:
“I’m not fine, and you’re not fine, and we’re not fine together here.
I told you i was sorry doesn’t feel like its enough.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins”
This short song of confession would work in any number of places in a worship service. A Call to Worship song, during confession as a kyrie or as a communal confession before taking communion.
This epic two-part meditation on Psalm 22 is the most courageous song on the album. Working off of the lyrics from the 1912 psalter The Welcome Wagon explores the lament-song of Christ from the cross – even exploring the liturgical turn in the psalm from lament to praise with Monique’s single voice in Part 1 and Vito taking the mic for part 2. Love it! If you are interested in exploring how Christ uses this psalm then you have to read Reggie’s Kidd’s “With One Voice.” Lament, Psalm 22
Working off of the 18th century text by Samuel Medley The Welcome Wagon present a plaintive cry of joy in the great assurance we have in our ascended Savior. Great Easter, Resurrection, and Ascension text.
4. Rice and Beans (But No Beans)
5. High (The Cure)
We love this. A folky “re-tune” of a David Crowder text which presents a corporate confession of being real with ourselves before God and proclaiming the simple truth of the Gospel. Jesus is our remedy. Email us if you’d like the leadsheet.
7. Would You Come And See Me In New York
8. My Best Days, Parts 1 & 2
A popular hymn text for Advent by John Cennick and Charles Wesley.
A hymn for the Lord’s Supper derived from a late 7th century manuscript by Irish monks
A hymn recounting and celebrating the Resurrection. Great for Easter, and every Sunday!
A wonderful benediction and sending song. Use at church or teach it to your small group to sing.
13. Nature’s Goodnight