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In "Sing to the Power," a Tapestry of Faith program
Participants learn the Sing to the Power theme song.
Begin by asking, "Do you think singing has any special power?" Prompt by reminding participants of the important role of singing in the Civil Rights Movement and other movements for social change. Ask if they can remember a time they sang together with a group, such as in your congregation, at a birthday party, or in a chorus at school, and how that felt. Then say:
In singing, everyone's voice can be heard at the same time; we are all leaders together. Singing with others involves putting yourself out there in the world. It also involves listening. These are two forms of power we will talk about more.
Sing to the Power has a theme song which will be part of our opening ritual each time we meet. It is a two-part song, and once we learn to sing both parts, some of you might volunteer to lead one part.
Point out that this is a "zipper" song, in which a single word is changed each verse. Say that in the future the children may suggest additional words to "zip" into the song. Explain that the first "zipper" will be to swap in the words "earth below" in place of "faith (hope, joy, love) within," because today we are talking about earth power.
Teach the song by singing one phrase at a time and having the participants sing the phrase back to you, then put the phrases together as a whole song. If you are singing the song in two parts, it helps to have a strong leader (child or adult) for each part. If your group has difficulty singing the song in two parts, you may choose to focus on the upper part first, and teach the lower part once the first part is very familiar.
Save the newsprint with song lyrics, for future sessions.
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Last updated on Tuesday, August 21, 2012.
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