Here is a responsive reading by Carie J. Johnsen and the choir members of Unitarian Universalist Community Church (Augusta, ME).
Here is a link to a playlist on YouTube of UU hymns: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbJ32h-YpQA&list=PL6B257199CC44C6AB
May both of these serve as a reminder of how important music can be in our spiritual lives. What does music mean to you? What are some songs that provide inspiration? What are songs that provide you with hope?
Growing up United Methodist and a church choir member, hymns and songs were always something that inspired me. Finding new words to beloved hymns is one of the things that has moved me about being a UU. Here is a beautiful version of the traditional Irish hymn “Be Thou My Vision” with lyrics by Thomas Mikelson.
1. Wake, now, my senses, and hear the earth call;
Feel the deep power of being in all;
Keep, with the web of creation your vow,
Giving, receiving as love shows us how.
2. Wake, now my reason, reach out to the new;
Join with each pilgrim who quests for the true
Honor the beauty and wisdom of time;
Suffer thy limit, and praise the sublime.
3. Wake, now, compassion, give heed to the cry;
Voices of suffering fill the wide sky;
Take as your neighbor both stranger and friend,
Praying and striving their hardship to end.
4. Wake, now, my conscience, with justice thy guide
Join with all people whose rights are denied;
Take not for granted a privileged place;
God’s love embraces the whole human race.
5. Wake, now, my vision of ministry clear;
Brighten my pathway with radiance here;
Mingle my calling with all who will share;
Work toward a planet transformed by our care.
Hope it brings you peace and vision.