Who can know the different pathways
that have brought us to this day,
sharp felt scars, forgotten mem’ries
words affirm, or facts betray?
“Mother us gently, Father us lightly, God of our being, ground of our care…”read more
Hymn words from David Stevenson…”. Welcome doubt! Refine our thinking, Urge us further into light; Lead us to a greater dawning. From the shadows of our night…”read more
A new hymn from John Schimminger of St. John’s-Grace Episcopal Church, Buffalo NYread more
Increasingly aware that the words of traditional hymnody are challenging and even prohibitive for those whose faith does not include the dogmaread more
This collection offers a theologically rich and musically flexible resource for those who lead young children in music experiences in the church or at home.read more
Inclusive Hymns for Liberating Christians.read more
For the Honolulu OCCUPY movement 2012- sung to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphonyread more
Hymn lyrics – general version and wedding/union version
(Can be sung to: Regent Square (Angels from the realms of glory)—Henry Thomas Smart, Westminster Abbey (Christ is made a sure foundation)—Henry Purcell, or Cwm Rhondda (Guide me, O Thou Great Redeemer)—John Hughes)
God is less tangible than a neutrino
(taking a short-cut? Or faster than light?
We walk where reason may not tread
By faith’s audacious guiding,
Beyond the light by knowledge shed
We quest in grace confiding.
1. Eternal Love, your grace we praise Which shapes and comforts all our days, Evolves the world we know. Let worship, symbols come of age To help us read beneath the page And test the status quo! …read more
Tune: In Dulci Jubilo
1. Our world cries out to be reborn:
a world of pain, all tossed and torn.
Babies born to mothers
scarce old enough to yet conceive,
like Jesus born to Mary,
so young, so fearful, so naive;
he was there before us,
Jesus born that way.
2. Our world cries out to be reborn:
where power abused is now the norm.
Leaders lead with violence
where life and innocence are slain,
as Herod murdered children
through fear of challenge in his reign;
Christ was there before us,
Jesus lived that day.
3. Our world of greed must free itself
from worship of material wealth.
Kings brought gifts to Jesus
and laid their treasure at his feet;
but he grew rich in spirit,
in poverty he was complete.
He was there before us,
there to show the Way.
4. Our world saw light on Christmas Day
when love drew breath amid the hay.
In the Bible pages
full of long-remembered tales,
through metaphor and story
the truth of Christmas still prevails:
Jesus is before us,
here to show the Way.
Jesus is before us,
he is here to stay!
Chris Avis Nov 2010
Notes and suggestions
The tempo should be a little slower than for ‘Good Christian men rejoice’, to suit the reflective nature of the words.
In some verses, lines 4 and/or 5 have an extra syllable compared to the usual length, requiring the original first note of affected lines to be sung as two crotchets instead of a single minim. This is a simple modification musically and should pose no problem.
The extra two lines at the end of verse 4 repeat the tune of the previous two lines, perhaps with a suitable rallentando.
If this is sung by a choir, the following suggestions might be useful, though probably inadvisable for congregational singing!
1. It could be effective to sing verse 2 a semitone lower, returning to ‘normal’ for verse 3.
2. Similarly, the more upbeat feel of the last verse might be enhanced by singing it in a higher key.
Hymn to the tune Finlandia.
The world needs love; so many hearts are hurting. Lord, work through us, help us to spread your peace, bringing to all – through your forgiving spirit -freedom from guilt, from bitterness release.read more
http://kelmusic.com/home.htmlPianist-Composer, Spiritual explorer, meditator, mystic, chantsongs, vocal solos, ballads for piano, free improvisation. Celtic, jazz and classical influences in a personal blend. Please take a tour and check it out. If you resonate with my music, I'll be very pleased. If it enhances your living and growing as a human being, I'll be most honored. From Tucson, Arizona, USA, North America — in the bright sunshine and fertile soil of the Sonora Desert — I wish you deep peace as we share life on this little planet Earth.read more