St Andrews Taize Style Contemplative Service and Lament from The Many.

by Christine Sine

by Christine Sine

As we all continue to struggle with the trauma of our current situation contemplation and lament are two of the powerful tools that people of faith have to sustain and strengthen them. Enjoy!

A contemplative service for the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost. Carrie Grace Littauer, Prayer Leader, with music by Kester Limner and Andy Myers.

Permission to podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-710-756, except as noted below.

“Christ Be With Me”, text from the Lorica, or the “Prayer of St. Patrick.” Song by Ruth Cunningham, used with permission. All rights reserved. Instagram: @ruthreid11

“Kyrie” and “Even in Sorrow,” text and music are composed by Kester Limner, shared under the Creative Commons License, Attribution (CC-BY).

This service of Lament was recorded on Wednesday.

Join us as we gather again tonight to lament what’s wrong, share our sorrows and our small gratitudes,  and pray for our country, and for our world. Back in March, so many of us thought by now things would be back to “normal.” But it’s not. As COVID-19 continues to rage on around the world, and as our nation has its racism and division thrown in its face once again, so many of us struggle with how to seek justice, love kindness and walk humbly with our God in this time and place where “normal” is being re-defined. But we don’t have to be alone in this.

The Many is a creative collective that believes there is power in singing together – it changes things inside us and around us – and their vision is to create music we can sing together that’s honest, full of questions, full of faith and doubt, full of longing. These are not songs about a God who only loves some of us. This is not head in the clouds “worship music” – but feet on the ground, heart in hands, scars revealed, wild and holy, liturgically-seasoned music of resistance, reconciliation and restoration. This is music made for people to sing with each other, in churches, in living rooms, in basements and bars…anywhere, everywhere… in spirit and in truth. The Many features vocalists, Darren Calhoun, Leslie Michele and Hannah Rand, along with guests and collaborators.

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Anya Almgren July 19, 2020 - 7:41 pm

Thank you for sharing these contemplative worship services, Christine. They were exactly what I’ve been needing to hear and participate in lately! Plus, Psalm 139 is one of my favorite portions of scripture. It’s a wonderful reminder that we are NEVER alone. God is ALWAYS with us! I’ve always wanted to write a children’s picture book based on this Psalm. Now seems like a good time to write it. Thanks again!

Christine Sine July 20, 2020 - 9:10 am

You’re welcome. My husband and I enjoy them each Sunday and I know others too.

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