STLT#205-206, Amazing Grace

This is the second of what I realize now are three times when the same lyrics are applied to two different tunes. Now in the case of Light of Ages and of Nations, and later, O Little Town of Bethlehem, they are actually two completely different tunes. But here, we have two distinct versions of …

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STLT#185, Your Mercy, Oh Eternal One

This is a devotional prayer if ever I heard one. And I suspect this text, by Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore, would make some Unitarian Universalists squeamish, this whole-hearted surrender to the Divine. Yet it is a vital theological perspective found in our congregations – even if those who adhere to it might not say it …

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STLT#44, We Sing of Golden Mornings

I’m trying – I really am. These songs, tho’… We sing of golden mornings, we sing of sparkling seas, of prairies, valleys, mountains, and stately forest trees. We sing of flashing sunshine and life-bestowing rain, of birds among the branches, and springtime come again. We sing the heart courageous, the youthful, eager mind; we sing …

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STLT#38, Morning Has Broken

The Universe has a sense of humor. Morning has broken like the first morning, blackbird has spoken like the first bird. Praise for the singing! Praise for the morning! Praise for them, springing fresh from the Word! Sweet the rain’s new fall sunlit from heaven, like the first dewfall on the first grass. Praise for …

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STLT#36, When in Our Music

A meta celebration. When in our music God is glorified, and adoration leaves no room for pride, it is as though the whole creation cried Alleluia! How often, making music, we have found a new dimension in the world of sound, as worship moved us to a more profound Alleluia! So has the church, in …

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STLT#32, Now Thank We All Our God

That time I remembered my patrilineal ancestors were Lutherans… Now thank we all our God with hearts and hands and voices, who wondrous things hath done, in whom this world rejoices; who from our parents’ arms has blessed us on our way with countless gifts of love, and still is ours today. O may this …

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