This week's message is coming to you direct from Guelph, Ontario where I have had the privilege of meeting with our Canadian colleagues for Canadian Ministry Days. I'm delighted to share the gift of music with you this week courtesy of one of our Canadian colleagues, the Rev. Wendy Luella Perkins.
Keeping Our Spirits Strong in Perilous Times
by Rev. Wendy Luella Perkins
I am a Canadian singer-songwriter and Unitarian Universalist community minister. I wrote the song "O We Give Thanks," which is in our teal hymnbook, at a collegial retreat early in my ministry. Today I offer you another song "Spirits Strong" that was created at a recent collegial gathering. Listen now to 20+ UU ministers of Canada join me in singing "Spirits Strong."
This recording was performed by me and the UU Ministers of Canada "Resistance and Resilience Pick Up Choir" May 23, 2017 particularly to share with you, dear colleagues across the continent.
"Spirits Strong" arose during a walking meditation, thus the first verse starts with "Walk with me....". As a zipper song, please feel free to swap-out/swap-in the word "walk" with words that inspire you such as sing, love, weep, pray, dream, roll, hope etc.
I hope that you will share "Spirits Strong" within your congregations and communities (giving me credit for its creation). I encourage you to use call and response, with no written words, to teach the song to others. To keep my spirit strong, please let me know how and where you sing it!
In solidarity, friendship and song,
The Rev. Wendy Luella Perkins
Rev. Wendy Luella Perkins (c) 2016
Walk with me, o friend, walk with me
Walk with me, o stranger, walk with me
Though the road is perilous
The journey's long
When we walk together
Makes our spirits strong
Stranger, friend, walk with me
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