Be our Light

Be our Light

One of the songs that Jenny Moore gifted us with before she moved to the UK back in 2007 is “Be our Light.” There is a great version of it available on our We Will Not Be Silent CD, but over the years we’ve also integrated it into our Sunday evening music repertoire.

The ensemble led by Al Fehr has pretty made this song their own, and on Sunday August 11 it came across in a particularly powerful way. The recording was done on our little portable digital recorder, which was placed on the front pew close to the musicians. What this means is that what you’ll hear is neither a studio quality recording, nor is it properly balanced. The recorder picked up a bit too much percussion and guitar, and not enough of the vocals. Still, it is such a great song… which you can listen to by clicking the arrow.

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Featured on this version are Trish Vrolijk on lead vocal, Al Fehr on piano and vocals, Davis Plett on guitar, Larry Campbell on percussion and vocals, Charles Garinger on bass and vocals, and Andrew Colman on trumpet.

Incidentally, Jenny built the song based on the second verse of a hymn by Frederick W. Faber, written in 1852. She stumbled upon it while leafing through a battered copy of the 1938 Book of Common Praise of the Anglican Church of Canada, which she’d borrowed (more or less) from one of the pews at All Saints Church. You can see the original lyrics and even listen to the traditional organ setting by clicking here. Needless to say, it is an utterly different rendition!

 

The day has gone its hours have run

And you have taken count of all

Scanty triumphs grace has won

The broken vow, the frequent fall

Through life’s long day and death’s dark night

Be our light

 

In our midst the lonely sit

We’re painfully aware of it

Let the joyful song be lifted high

So we can find some peace of mind

Through life’s long day and death’s dark night

Be our light

 

Let the joyful song be lifted high

So we can find some peace of mind

Through life’s long day and death’s dark night

Be our light

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