beloved songs, old and new and from many lands, is a gem. As a moral
foundation for our faith these songs link us deeply with the past and draw us
fervently into the future. But they come alive most vibrantly in the present
moment. Sing them joyously at times of worship, at intergenerational community
gatherings, in religious education classes, or with your family at
songs inspire us most when we honor the stories behind them and the folk
traditions from which they have evolved. Each song is accompanied by a brief
commentary that makes it come alive. “Siyahamba” speaks for millions of Black
South Africans marching in anger but also celebrates the Liberation Theology of
a Loving God. When you know that John Newton wrote “Amazing Grace” after he had
repented his life as a “wretch” slave ship captain and become an active
abolitionist in late eighteenth-century England, the song takes on a deep new
power. Celebrate and discuss the meaning behind the songs with your worship
community, students, or family.
songs, like Carolyn McDade's “Spirit of Life,” are woven deeply into the ritual
of our worship. Honor them as rituals which, like the lighting of our chalice,
connect us with each other and with our past and future.
living folk tradition gives us the freedom to sing songs creatively according to
our own spirit, while always honoring their history. “Soon the Day” is often
sung slowly in North America but in Israel people
sing it in upbeat fashion, rising to their feet. Add your own harmonies to songs like
“Circle Round for Freedom” or “I’ve Got Peace Like a River.” All the
accompaniments in this collection are purposely accessible so that the songs may
be sung with piano, guitar, or no instrument at all—just the sound of humble
Melodie Feather has
assembled for us a vital collection of songs.
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Last updated on Wednesday, June 2, 2010.
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