SONGS in a time of Covid-19
You may possibly recall singing 'On Eagles wings'
several times in Wellspring.
It's by Michael Joncas, an American Catholic
priest and composer who in March 2020
wrote a song especially to help us cope with Covid.
"These are difficult times for all of us, individually and globally. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted life as
normal and called for acts of corporate and individual
heroism in the face of present suffering and an uncertain future. People of faith may be struggling to articulate
their belief in an all-good and all-powerful God in this new era.
"Shelter Me is my attempt as a church composer to find
God’s presence even in these fraught times. Based on the beloved Psalm 23, my paraphrase adapts the psalmist’s sentiments to respond to our present anxieties. While the
text is clearly in the first-person singular, reflecting the intimacy of Psalm 23, I believe that, like many spirituals
also using “I” language, it can reflect our common experience when sung by an assembly sharing the same experiences".
The YouTube link is here (switch to full-screen)
Hold on, just a little while longer
This recording is of the Lichfield Gospel Choir singing
in the online virtual way that many choirs are now doing.
It's based on the Afro-American spiritual style of song and
the words are written specifically for lock-down encouragement.
Bless the Lord, O my soul
(no you haven't heard this before)
Old words, but a wonderful version -
gentle and meaningful. We need these reflective songs in lock-down times...
Words by Andraé Crouch
We will meet
(from the Iona Community)
See the YouTube here