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As We Sing of Hope and Joy

"Builder's Tea" by Anna Pike. www.annapike.co.uk

A poetic chorale with engaging inner voices and a message of social justice.
Poet/Lyricist: 
Elizabeth Alexander

A thoughtful and poetic chorale, with engaging inner voices and a message of social justice.  Concluding with a melismatic “alleluia,” this song is appropriate for concert or worship settings.

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As We Sing of Hope and Joy

As we sing of hope and joy today,
Some know only anguish and despair.
How can we lift our voices in this way
While some have pain and misery to spare?

If a crumbling world we would renew,
We must sing no ordinary song.
Peals from a noisy gong will never do!
We must compose a love-song, warm and strong.

Let this song our greatest hopes contain:
Laughter of a well-fed child its tune,
Roofs over every heartbeat its refrain,
Its harmony from peaceful cities hewn.

Let this song our every footstep guide.
No mere clanging cymbals shall we be!
Under a stone our light we'll never hide,
Nor sing our holy psalms indifferently.

Sing of joy while hammering each nail!
Sing of hope while pulling every weed!
So shall we sing together and prevail:
May every Alleluia bear a seed.

Performers: 

Unitarian Universalist Church of Middleboro - Jeanne Wolf-Gagne, conductor (Middleboro, MA)   * Premiere

Choir of Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church - Henry Sgrecci, conductor (Bethesda, MD)

Choir of Marquette Unitarian Universalist Church - Barbara Michaels, conductor (Marquette, MI)

Pacific Central District Assembly of the Unitarian-Universalist Association (Fremont, CA)

Waldon Hill Vocal Ensemble - Joe Mish, conductor ~  First Unitairan Universalist Church of Rochester (Rochester, MN)

 

 

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