21. We Thank You for Music

We thank you for music inviting us here,
assuring us, God, that your presence is near
as we come together in this holy place,
in search of your blessing, your peace, and your grace.

We thank you for instruments, played with great care,
and choirs that lead us in songs and in prayer;
for all who make music, and practice their art
with patience and joy, as a gift from the heart.

We thank you for voices that burst into song,
uplifting our spirits when life has gone wrong,
reminding us, God, on the darkest of days,
we still have good reason to offer our praise.

We thank you for hymns that allow us to bring
the needs of our heart to you, God, as we sing;
these words set to music composed with great skill
encourage us, challenge us, strengthen our will.

When worship has ended, and everyone's gone,
the room may be silent, the song lingers on
in words we remember, in tunes we still hum,
in faith that affirms, God, the life yet to come.

Text Information
First Line: We thank you for music inviting us here
Title: We Thank You for Music
Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn (1999)
Meter: 11.11.11.11
Scripture: Philippians 1:2; Philippians 1:9
Topic: Music: Role of music in worship
Source: The Song Lingers On
Notes: Alternate tune: ST. DENIO
Copyright: © 2003 Zimbel Press, www.zimbel.com
Tune Information
Name: GREENSBORO
Composer: John D. Horman (1999)
Meter: 11.11.11.11
Key: C Major
Source: The Song Lingers On
Copyright: Text and Music copyright ©2003 Zimbel Press, ww.zimbel.com