Pipe a Tune and Beat the Drum

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Pipe a tune and beat the drum,
play upon the horn!
Gladly now we welcome you,
child of God, new-born.

Little bud upon the tree,
new leaf on the vine,
God has made you one of us.
Water is the sign.

Precious child of God, we pray
you will learn and grow,
nurtured by the love and faith
we have come to know.


Source: The Song Lingers On: new hymns for our journey of faith #11

Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn

Mary Nelson Keithahn, a retired United Church of Christ ordained pastor and church educator, has been a curriculum writer-editor, journalist, and lyricist for musical dramas and anthems. She still works out of her home in Rapid City, South Dakota, as a free-lance writer. In 2016 she published Elfie: Adventures on the Midwest Frontier, a chapter book for children, and Embracing the Light: Reflectioins on God’s Holy Word, a collection of meditations for individual or small group use. Augsburg Fortress also published Sing the Stories of God’s NEW People, the third in a trilogy of Bible story-based collections of songs for young children, written with her longtime colleague, John D. Horman. The two have written over a hundred hymns togethe… Go to person page >

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First Line: Pipe a tune and beat the drum
Title: Pipe a Tune and Beat the Drum
Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn (1999)
Meter: 7.5.7.5
Source: The Song Lingers On

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The Song Lingers On: new hymns for our journey of faith #11

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