Music

Total Praise

by Richard Smallwood

(a magnificent contemporary gospel evocation of trust in God)

Lord, I will lift mine eyes to the hills
Knowing my help is coming from You
Your peace you give me in time of the storm

You are the source of my strength
You are the strength of my life
I lift my hands in total praise to you

Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen

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Holy Place

by Debbie Friedman

These are the gifts that we bring

 that we may build a holy place.

 This is the spirit that we bring

 that we may build a holy place.

 We will bring all the goodness

 that comes from our hearts

 And the spirit of God will dwell within.....

 

These are the colours of our dreams

 we bring to make a holy place.

 This is the weaving of our lives

 we bring to make a holy place.

 We will bring all the goodness

 that comes from our hearts

 And the spirit of love will dwell within.....

 

 These are the prayers that we bring

 that we may make a holy place.

 These are the visions that we seek

 that we may build this holy place.

 Let our promise forever be strong,

 let our souls rise together in song,

 that the spirit of God

 and the spirit of love,

 Shechinah,

 will dwell within.

So far, we have been unable to link a recording of this beautiful song to our website, but you can find a number of performances of some of her best-known music on YouTube. 


Love knocks and waits for us to hear 

by Daniel Charles Damon

Love knocks and waits for us to hear 
To open and invite 
Love longs to quiet every fear 
And seeks to set things right

There are more lyrics, 3 more verses, but they not available online due to copyright. This lovely hymn is available in Singing the Journey: A Supplement to Singing the Living Tradition (Boston: Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, 2005) and directly through Hope Publishing Company. 

Freedom Is Coming

Words and music from South Africa (where equality is in the constitution!)

Oh freedom,
oh freedom,
oh freedom,
freedom is coming,
oh yes oh freedom,

Oh freedom,
oh freedom,
freedom is coming,
oh yes oh

Yes I know,
oh yes I know,
oh yes I know,
oh yes I know,
oh yes I

Yes I know,
oh yes I know,
oh yes I know,
oh yes I know,
oh yes I know.

You_Tube.jpgYou can listen to this in many versions online, but one of the most amazing and quite wonderful is by the Leipzig Gospel Choir (yes, in Germany). You can listen and watch here