Category Archives: Lyrics

Communion of Saints

Communion of Saints

 

Courage profound and grace-filled ministries

Used by the saints to weave faith tapestry

And generations still the beauty see

Alleluia, Alleluia

 

God, bless the saints who show to us Your way

O make us like them for these gifts we pray

Compassion tender birthing brand new day

Alleluia, alleluia

 

Broken and dying people in the cold

We long to touch them yet have fears untold

Help us bring mercy may we be so bold

Alleluia, alleluia

 

Community of faith, communion sweet

Diverse our thinking, but in Christ we meet

Bless now these symbols of the grapes and wheat

Alleluia, alleluia

 

Sung to the tune of “For All the Saints”

© October 4, 1997      Cynthia Langston Kirk

 

Love’s Journey

Love’s Journey

 

  • Watermarked and named beloved

Ancient touchstone raining grace

Sacred worth each person’s birthright

Wellspring blessing joy-filled days

 

Chorus

Stirred by hope to work for justice

Mercy’s care God’s constant call

Fueled by feast of rich communion

Larger tables, no more walls

 

  • Bring deep longing to the desert

Open hearts hear Holy voice

Let sweet silence be the teacher

Time for awe, time to rejoice

 

  • Spirit serenades the summons

Hospitality’s embrace

Loving all as Christ still loves us

Ev’ry gender, ev’ry race

 

 

©January 18, 2016 Cynthia Langston Kirk,

Poem can be sung to the tune of “Joyful, Joyful”

Poem written and banner created by Cynthia Langston Kirk (Piecing Stories) for Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata

To use this or any writing by Cynthia Langston Kirk, please include the copyright and Rev. Cynthia Langston Kirk’s full name in your bulletin and/or screen. If you want to use the writing in any other way than one-time worship or one-time retreat/small group, please contact Cynthia at calkirk@aol.com.

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Baby Blessing Song

This blessing song was written for two sets of twins born to friends of ours within a month of each other. You can change the plurals to singular, if singing to just one baby or child. 🙂

Babies’ Blessing Song

Can be sung to tune of “Braham’s Lullaby”

 

 You are love, you are joy

You are grace overflowing

 Full of goodness, full of charm

Precious miracles you are

 Drink in love, drink in joy

Grow in wisdom and grace

 Drink in love, drink in joy

Grow in wisdom and grace

   ©March 2012 Cynthia Langston Kirk

Singing The Great Thanksgiving

Singing Communion

 

Pastor: The Lord be with you       Congregation: And also with you

Pastor: People lift your hearts, lift them to God

Congregation: We will all praise our loving Creator

All: Praise with our singing, praise with our lives

 

Pastor: It is a joy to offer our praises

Congregation: Joining the song our ancestors sang

Pastor: Heaven and earth both sing of your goodness

Congregation: Blessed are you the Wellspring of Life

 

Pastor: Jesus the teacher, Jesus the healer

Congregation: Welcoming all to table and home

Pastor: Let us proclaim the myst’ry of our faith

Congregation: Christ in his mercy, conquered all death

 

Pastor: Pour out your Spirit on wheat and chalice

Pastor: Bless those who hunger for you today

Congregation: Feed us and free us for faithful service

Congregation: Form us with courage, fill us with love

     

Pastor: Glory and honor are yours forever

Congregation: Wisdom, Compassion, Light of the World

All: Amen, amen, amen, amen, amen

All: Bound by the Spirit, may it be so

 

 ©September 15, 2012 Cynthia Langston Kirk

Can be sung to Traditional Gaelic Melody, Bunessan 55.54D

(You may recognize the tune as Morning Has Broken

If you print this in bulletins or on a screen for one time worshipping use,  please add  ©September 15, 2012 Cynthia Langston Kirk.

Godward — an Advent song

Friends and Colleagues, I know you are in the midst of Ordinary Days or Days after Pentecost, finance campaigns, pastoral care and such. And here I am offering lyrics for an Advent song.

Before long Advent will be upon us. Stores are already decking their halls for Christmas. Each year in many liturgical churches pastors strive to entice and educate that Christmas with its carols and baby does not come until Christmas Eve or Christmas Day; yet many people want to sing those dear songs all during Advent.

I offer this poem that can be sung to the tune of Away in a Manger that is reflective of Advent and still allows participants to connect with memory-rich music. I only ask that, if you use it, that you please add © June 24, 2012 Cynthia Langston Kirk to your bulletins and screens with the lyrics.

Godward

Stark desert that transforms and locust-fed John

Both voice the call clearly: turn, turn toward God

Strip all false pretenses and self-centered ways

Despite sacrifices and wilderness days

 

Courageous girl Mary said, “Yes, Holy One.

You’ll bless the wide circle as I birth your son.”

Let all those with burdens know your full release

As we reflect Jesus, grace-filled Prince of Peace

 

Devoted sheep keepers intrigued by the light

Responded to angel song that sacred night

Compelled into worship, embracing unknown

Let’s leave the familiar and find our way home

 

Long winding our journey, expectant each heart

Consumer bombarded before we can start

Let us prepare deeply to meet the Christ Child

Not rush to the manger, but take God’s sweet time

 

May we be like these folk, the Spirit-inspired

Lead us to the manger and always Godward

May our hearts be open and also our homes

For thousands are longing to be loved and known

 

Copyright June 24, 2012 Cynthia Langston Kirk

Can be sung to the tune of “Away in a Manger”

Also

Pamela Gonzalez has written a wonderful resource entitled It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas: Carols for the Advent Season. Rev. Gonzalez has penned new Advent lyrics for familiar Christmas tunes. This little gem can be purchased through Owl Mountain Music, Ft. Collins, CO.

 

 

 

 

Leaves for Healing

Leaves for Healing

 

There’s a tree that offers life

To all creation drawing breath

Gather now leaves of renewal

Choosing life instead of death

 

God is calling us to mend all

Broken nations on this globe

And the leaves provide the healing

Hope and wholeness, Christ-like love.

 

There’s a shrub supplying shade

To broken-hearted, desperate souls

Gather now leaves of compassion

Be with those cast out, alone

 

God is calling us to mend all

Broken nations on this globe

And the leaves provide the healing

Hope and wholeness, Christ-like love.

 

There’s a vine that flows forgiveness

Second chances, mercy grown

Gather now leaves of redemption

Share communion’s holy home

 

God is calling us to mend all

Broken nations on this globe

And the leaves provide the healing

Hope and wholeness, Christ-like love.

 

 

 

©June 7, 2012 Cynthia Langston Kirk

Can be sung to Holy Manna tune

Inspired by Genesis 2, Psalm 121:5,

Ezekiel 47:12, Jonah 4:6, Revelation 22:2