I wrote “Come to Me” for Cheryl and her mother when Dad died in 1994. As I see the Matthew text come around in the lectionary again I am reminded of what a comfort this song has been to us over the years. And the recording is 25 years old now! Enjoy, and share with your community.
We’re leading music these days for Living Interfaith Sanctuary, a contemplative community in Vancouver, BC, which meets every two weeks and lives the seasons by celebrating a faith festival close to the meeting date. This coming Saturday is a combined celebration of the Christian festival of Ascension along with an exploration of the Unity Consciousness tradition, presenting a challenge to us to provide songs which can support and feed both perspectives. Now is the Moment is an attempt to meet both needs, evoking the waiting for the presence of the Holy Spirit in the Ascension texts and the celebration of Now, the desire for true presence in the current moment which is one of the hallmarks of Unity Consciousness. Enjoy and share!
Psalm 47 is the lectionary psalm for the Day of Ascension, May 21, celebrated by many congregations on May 24 as Ascension Sunday. Here’s a revised score for our psalm refrain, God Has Gone Up With a Shout, with an instrumental interlude to accompany spoken reading of the psalm in between sung refrains. Enjoy!
We’ve always loved the festival of Pentecost, the ending of the great 50 days of the Easter season. Here are a few ideas for songs to celebrate on May 31, including a new score for the anthem “Breathe, Spirit”, adding in a simple keyboard accompaniment. Enjoy!
Here are a couple of new things for you to try in your community, an anthem arrangement of Keep Awake and a new hymn tune, SOUTH DYKE ROAD, written for Philip Doddridge’s 1738 hymn “Hark the glad sound”, a common meter (8686) tune which can be used with many texts of the same meter. Enjoy!