Dale and I have written a reflective piece called We’ve Lit a Candle – for these COVID-19 times and directly inspired by the prayer the Scottish churches offered for a National Day of Prayer from 22 March 2020 – inviting folk to place a lit candle in their front window and offer this prayer:
For all that is good in life, thank you,
For the love of family and friends, thank you,
For the kindness of good neighbour and Samaritan stranger,
May those who are vulnerable, hungry or homeless, experience support,
May those who are sick, know healing,
May those who are anxious or bereaved, sense comfort.
Bless and guide political leaders and decision-makers, with wisdom,
Bless and guide health workers and key workers, with strength and well-being,
Bless and guide each one of us, as we adapt to a new way of living.
And may the light shining from our windows,
** across road and lane, hill and valley, channel and isle,
be reflected in our hearts and hands and hopes.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
** I’ve loosely translated the original Scottish English words through this line.
Together to Celebrate sees “contemporary” as a vast song sheet So – it offers musical selections across the breadth of contemporary Christian music, recognizing the various shades and textures of ‘contemporary’.
Together to Celebrate offers a wide range of song titles – Chris Tomlin, Iona Community, Taize’, Shirley Murray, Hillsong, Matt Redman, Graham Kendrick, Bernadette Farrell, Marty Haugen, Robin Mann, Malcolm Gordon, Paul Somerville … plus some of my own.
Resources for children are marked kids! or kid-friendly. Suggestions of songs and improvements are always welcomed. Just use the contact David page.
My own songs are offered as gift, usually with full piano score, lyric master and mp3 demo.
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Grace and peace,
scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, © the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA. All rights reserved. Used with permission. Together to Celebrate was born in early April 2000, with the support of Centenary Uniting Church (Brisbane, Australia) and the Uniting Church in Australia (Qld Synod)