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“Day by Day”

This is NOT the song from Godspell but an older hymn, with words by the Swedish poet Lina Sandell, and music by Swedish composer Oskar Ahnfelt, who wrote tunes for many of Lina Sandell’s hymns.The translation is by American composer Robert Leaf. Here are the words: Day by day, your mercies, Lord, attend me,Bringing comfort […]

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“Though the Earth Shall Change”

“Though the Earth Shall Change” is a lovely song by Tom Witt and Rolf Vegdahl. Here are the lyrics: Though the earth shall change,though the mountains tremble,though the waters rage,you God are here. Though the nations war,though the peoples battle,though the empire falters,we will not fear. And here’s a recording.

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Music for Christmas and Epiphany 2022-2023

Hello Song Leaders! Here is our menu of musical selections for the upcoming season: GATHERING SONG: Arise, Shine (shruti box on silver) CANDLE LIGHTING SONG: The Light of Christ (shruti box on silver) TABLE ACCLAMATION: Shelton Table Acclamation OFFERING SONG: Mxadana Alleluia FINAL HYMN: January — Star in the East  (American Traditional) Lyrics February — Be Thou My […]

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Music for Advent 2022

Welcome song leaders, voices of the congregation, and all who love to sing! Advent is here and so is our new menu of music for the season. Gathering song: “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” Candle lighting song: “Honor the Dark” or “Walking Into Darkness” Table acclamation:  Vasile Advent Table Acclamation Prayer song: Preference for “Yea, […]

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“Walking into Darkness”

“Walking into Darkness” is a song by Jacob Slichter, with words adapted from the poem “Love is a Stranger” by Sufi mystic and poet Jalāl al-Dīn Muḥammad Rūmī as well as line from the song “What a Wonderful World,” (written by Bob Thiele and George Weiss and originally performed by Louis Armstrong). Here are the […]

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“Honor the Dark”

“Honor the Dark” is a beautiful song in 4 parts, written and performed by Lea Morris. It’s a wonderful piece for advent and wintertime, featuring loving lyrics which embrace the warmth and power of darkness: 1. Honor the dark, honor the dark 2. Honor the darkness, honor the darkness 3. Honor the darkAs you do the lightReceive […]

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Songs for Fall 2022

Greetings Song Leaders and all who love to sing! Here is our list of songs for the fall. Gathering Song: Till the Moon is No More Candle-Lighting Song: Journey of a Thousand Miles Table Acclamation: Shelton Table Acclaimation (thanks Meave!) Regathering/Offering Song: Amen Final Hymn: Come Thou Fount Thank you for holding your community in song!

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Music for Pentecost and Pride — June 2022

Greetings song leaders and voices of the congregation!  Here is our menu of songs and hymns for Pentecost and Pride, June 2022. Gathering Song: “Come, Come, Whoever You Are” Table Acclamation:  Summer Table Acclamation Prayer Songs: Build a shelter / Let it Rest or . . . Down to the River to Pray Or any […]

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“Come, Come, Whoever You Are”

“Come, Come, Whoever You Are” is a beautiful setting of a Rumi poem by Unitarian Universalist pastor and poet Lynn Ungar.   It can be sung in a round of up to four parts. Here’s a recording. And here are the lyrics: Come, come, whoever you are,wanderer, worshipper, lover of leaving. Ours is no caravan of […]

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Build a Shelter / Let It Rest

Build a Shelter / Let it Rest is a beautiful prayer song with words by Pamela Grenfell Smith and tune by Conie Borchardt.  Pamela writes, “This is a lyric about giving permission to rest from one’s own inner struggle and pain.” Here’s a recording.  Note that the lyrics can change for new verses.  Thus, “Build […]

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