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We Walk Today in Darkness

Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn Hymnal: CAWM #13 (1998) Meter: 7.6.7.6 D Tune Title: BARDSLEY First Line: We walk today in darkness, Lyrics: We walk today in darkness, each waiting for the light of Love that works for justice and seeks to make things right. We wait, sometimes forgetting we do not wait alone, that others long for justice and blessings yet unknown. We walk today in darkness, our purpose unfulfilled. We do not do for others the good that God has willed. We do not offer kindness to those who wait in need, nor justice to our neighbors in every word and deed. We walk today in darkness, our vain hearts filled with shame. We follow our own footsteps and not the Spirit's flame. Self-love bedims our vision, self-interest clouds our sight, and good intentions vanish like shadows in the night. Lord Jesus, light our darkness; with joy dispel our gloom. Prepare us to receive you, and in our lives make room for humble, loving-kindness, for just and honest ways, that we might walk together in Love-illumined days. Topics: Prayer Paraphrase of General Confession Scripture: Isaiah 9:2 Languages: English
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Your Spirit, God, Moves Us to Pray

Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn Hymnal: CAWM #8 (1998) Meter: 8.8.8.8.8.8 with refrain Tune Title: CABIN JOHN Refrain First Line: God, bless the children, let them live Lyrics: Your Spirit, God, moves us to pray for children in the world today whose only home may be the street, who never have enough to eat, who fear the night, and dread the day, and cannot go outside to play: Refrain: God, bless the children, let them live. Teach our hearts and hands to give. Your Spirit, God, moves us to pray for children in the world today whose tongues must learn new ways to talk, who cannot see or hear or walk, who toil in shops ˜til hands are sore, who mourn their loved ones lost in war: Refrain Kind, gentle God, this is our prayer: that we might learn to love and share the blessings that you shower down, a loving home, a friendly town, good food to eat, warm clothes to wear, and when we're sick, a doctor's care: Refrain Topics: Children Concern for needs of Scripture: Galatians 5:16 Languages: English
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The People Came from Everywhere

Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn Hymnal: CAWM #7 (1998) Meter: 8.6.8.6 D Tune Title: CHILD'S PLAY Lyrics: The people came from everywhere to hear the Teacher's news. The blind, the lame, the poor were there, encouraged by his views. But those who brought the children near were quickly sent away: “The Teacher's far too busy now. Don't bother him today. When Jesus saw the children turn, their faces long and glum, he told his friends, "When will you learn that little ones must come?" He chided them indignantly, "God's love can't be denied! Let all the children come to me and sit here at my side." "The holy realm of God belongs to children such as these, who trust that God will right all wrongs, forgive, and bring us peace. If you would also now receive the love that never ends, come as a trusting child, believe in all that God intends." As once you took your hands and blessed the children on their way, now bless us, Jesus, in our quest to find your love, we pray. We long to feel your warm embrace, and hear your kindly word, that in the presence of your grace our faith might be assured. Topics: Jesus and Children; Children Faith model for adults Languages: English
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When People Learned of Jesus Christ

Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn Hymnal: CAWM #15 (1998) Meter: 8.6.8.6 D Tune Title: DEDICATION Lyrics: When people learned of Jesus Christ, they came to hear him preach. They longed to find out for themselves what Jesus had to teach. They pondered over parables, and gave his words much thought, but what they most remembered was the love that Jesus taught. He turned the water into wine and multiplied the bread, becalmed the heavy, stormy seas, and even raised the dead. The people wondered at the signs and miracles he wrought, but what they most remembered was the love that Jesus taught. He answered scribes and Pharisees who would with him contend. He healed the sick, the blind, the lame, and was the sinners' friend. They marveled at his prophecies, the healing that he brought, but what they most remembered was the love that Jesus taught. We may not work a miracle, fulfill a prophet's role, encourage sinners to repent, or make the wounded whole, but, as disciples, we can tell we've found what all have sought: the never-ending love of God, the love that Jesus taught. Dear God, at home, at work, at school, in all of life, we pray, help us be teachers who reveal your love for us today, that all the world may recognize the spirit that is caught when his disciples try to live the love that Jesus taught. Topics: Jesus as Master Teacher and role model; Jesus Ministry of preachingm teaching, healing, and miraculous acts; Christian Community Role as teachers following Jesus' model Scripture: Matthew 23:8-10 Languages: English
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Spirit, Falling Like A Dove

Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn Hymnal: CAWM #2 (1998) Meter: 7.7.7.7 Tune Title: ENGLISH ORCHARD Lyrics: Spirit falling like a dove, claim me for the Son of Love, call me through God's living Word, by the name of Christ my Lord. Water flowing over me, cleanse, refresh, and set me free, free to hear God's living Word, free to follow Christ my Lord. Spirit, breathe new life in me, fill my heart that I may be faithful to God's living Word, friend of Jesus Christ my Lord. Spirit, with your fire divine, seal me with your sacred sign, mark me with God's living Word, make me one with Christ my Lord. Topics: Baptism Symbols of, meaning of Scripture: Matthew 3:11 Languages: English
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When Quiet Peace Is Shattered

Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn Hymnal: CAWM #1 (1998) Meter: 7.6.7.6 with refrain Tune Title: HEALING VOICE Refrain First Line: Lord, break the silence of your word Lyrics: When quiet peace is shattered by dreadful noise of war, and we are bruised and battered by fighting's constant roar, Lord, break the silence of your Word and let your healing voice be heard. O let your healing voice be heard. When troubles still our love-song, and fear beats hard within, when anger drowns the dove's song, and life's a noisy din, Lord, break the silence of your Word and let your healing voice be heard. O let your healing voice be heard. When clashing wills divide us, and hearts refuse to mend, when feelings scream inside us, and agonies won't end, Lord, break the silence of your Word and let your healing voice be heard. O let your healing voice be heard. Topics: God Healing power of; Peace Prayer for; Conflicts Healing of; God Silence of Scripture: Psalm 83:1 Languages: English
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As Rachel Mourned the Children

Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn Hymnal: CAWM #11 (1998) Meter: 7.6.7.6 D Tune Title: HEROD'S LEGACY First Line: As Rachel mourned her children Lyrics: As Rachel mourned her children King Herod sent to die, good people stood there, silent, and no one questioned why, why children had to suffer to save a king his throne, why people stood by watching, and let them die alone. In every town and city the Herods of our day ignore the needs of children, so they can have their way. Good people still stand silent, few dare to pay the price; and mothers still are weeping at each new sacrifice. Above their cries of anguish a child's voice can be heard, the stable-child of Mary, God's living, loving Word: "Your children thirst and hunger. Now, tell us, tell us why You let the Herods triumph And sentence us to die?" Forgive us, Holy Jesus, we did not see you there among the countless children committed to our care. Stir us to break our silence to give your love a voice, till every weeping mother has reason to rejoice. Topics: Children Christ among the children whose needs are ignored today; Children Prayer for awareness of needs of children today Scripture: Matthew 5:6 Languages: English
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The Holy One of Israel

Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn Hymnal: CAWM #9 (1998) Meter: 8.6.8.6 D with refrain Tune Title: ISAIAH'S DREAM Refrain First Line: Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Lyrics: The Holy One of Israel has promised wars will end; the lion with the calf shall dwell, and wolf a lamb befriend. Let pruning hooks and plows be made from battle swords and spears, that people may be unafraid, and lay aside their fears. Refrain Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Pray for God's peace on the earth. The desert will be glad and bloom, the living water flow, the hope of peace will banish gloom, and wash away all woe. The blind shall see, the deaf will hear, the speechless find a voice, the lame shall leap now like a deer, and everyone rejoice. Refrain The Holy One of Israel will send a Prince of Peace, a wise and mighty one, to dwell with us, our joys increase. With justice he will make things right for all who suffer wrong, and peace shall dawn at end of night, and tears be turned to song. Refrain Topics: Peace Isaiah's vision of Scripture: Isaiah 2:2-4 Languages: English
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Emmanuel, Who Walked Among Us Here

Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn Hymnal: CAWM #4 (1998) Meter: 10.10.11.10 with refrain Tune Title: KENSINGTON First Line: Emmanuel, who walked among us here, Refrain First Line: May we walk, may we walk with each other Lyrics: Emmanuel, who walked among us here inspiring hope, removing doubt and fear, your friends are gathered now, so come as you said. Be known to us in cup and broken bread. Refrain: May we walk, may we walk with each other to life's end, not as servant nor as slave, but as a friend. As once you walked the Galilean shore and voiced a call your friends could not ignore, draw us to follow in your footsteps today. Good Teacher, lead us in Love's joyful way. Refrain Great Healer, as you walked each dusty lane dispensing love to those who suffered pain, grant us your gentle touch and soft-spoken phrase. Make us your healing body now, always. Refrain Dear Savior, as you walked up Calvary's hill to suffer there and feel death's awful chill, when Love demands of us such great sacrifice. give us your will and heart to pay the price. Refrain Lord, as you walked with friends Emmaus way, and turned their mourning into joy that day, in us such faith, such hope, such love now increase. Dear Risen Friend, grant us new life and peace. Refrain Topics: Jesus Jesus' role as Friend, Teacher, Healer, Savior, Risen Lord; Friend Discipleship as friendship Scripture: John 15:12-15 Languages: English

When It Seemed that Love Was Dying

Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn Hymnal: CAWM #14 (1998) Meter: 8.7.8.7 D Tune Title: KRISTA'S TUNE First Line: When it seemed that Love was dying, Topics: Jesus Burial and Resurrection; Mary Magdalene Burial and Resurrection of Jesus; Joseph of Arimathea Burial of Jesus; Nicodemus Burial of Jesus; Death and Resurrection Responses to Scripture: Matthew 27:55-61 Languages: English

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