Music to prepare for worship and prayer

Music to prepare for worship and prayer

One of the established patterns at our Sunday liturgy is to open with a song intended to still the hearts, minds, and bodies of the gathered assembly. At 7pm the church bell is rung, and then just a few seconds later the musicians simply begin to play. Many of the people present still haven’t moved to their seats at that point – in fact, many are still arriving as the music is played – but the offering of this song helps to move us all into place, both literally and spiritually. You can hear the creaking of chairs and pews and floorboards, as we all begin to make that move.

For the Third Sunday in Easter, Larry Campbell introduced us to his arrangement of a simple monastic chant built around verse 15 of Psalm 51; words which are also the opening responses for the monastic “office” of evening prayer. Here Larry is accompanied by Rachel Penner on piano and vocals, Davis Plett on electric guitar, Tim Plett on bass and vocals, and Jodi Penner, Catherine Pate, and Krista Wiebe on vocals.

We offer this recording as both a sample of our music from the evening, but also to be used to help prepare you to move into stillness and personal prayer.

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O Lord, open my lips,

And I will proclaim Your praise.

O Lord, open my lips,

And I will proclaim Your praise.

 

And the wonderfully evocative photograph is the work of Sarah Kolisnyk-Hodges, and used with her permission.

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