Lighting a Candle

“May This Light” for voice and piano to accompany the kindling of a sacred flame; words by Max A. Coots:
May this light, as a beacon in the night, be an outward symbol of the light we kindle within to dispel the darkness we harbor inside ourselves.  ==>View PDF  ==>Hear Sample

“This Is the Fire” for voice and piano to accompany the kindling of a sacred flame; words by Canadian poet, Keith Wilkinson:
This is the fire of creation that first stirred the river of our being. This is the fire of life that smoulders deep within the cells of our watery bodies. This is the fire of care that warms our friendships and generates community. This is the fire of hope that shines its bright eyes up from the teary rivers of change.  ==>View PDF  ==>Hear Sample

“Let This Flame” for voice and piano to accompany the kindling of a sacred flame; ancient words adapted from the Jewish Gates of Prayer:
Let this flame be to us a symbol of the holiness we seek. Its brightness dispelling gloom, lighting a path to faith and hope; its glow reminding us of the sacred bonds which link us to all people; its radiance calling us to fulfill our destiny, to cast the light of freedom, justice and peace upon all the world.
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“We Bring Light” for voice and piano to accompany the kindling of a sacred flame; words by Brad Carrier:
We, the dust of stars reborn, bring light renewed into our midst. This fire is fresh yet ancient only now yet always as ever. Bring light into our lives, O fragile flame of beauty. Enlighten our minds, and brighten our hearts. Keep warm our fellowship and remind us what is truly real. May ancient stars, ever new, shine with love in our hearts.  ==>View PDF  ==>Hear Sample

“First Fire” a blessing of the light with words by Barbara J. Pescan:
High above you the sun shines and beyond its glory the stars of night hide in the daytime sky. Below your feet worms out of their bodies remake the soil and at the center the earth still simmers with its first fire. Somewhere between the stars and the earth’s core we live and weep, we ask and laugh and answer. How can we not be amazed? Let the light and darkness bless each other and bless us. Amen.  ==>View PDF  ==>Hear Sample

“Night and Day” for voice and piano to accompany the kindling of a sacred flame; words by Sir Thomas Brown:
Night and day divide the course of time. Life is pure flame and we live by an invisible sun within us.  ==>View PDF  ==>Hear Sample

“Deep Calls Unto Deep” for voice and piano to accompany the kindling of a sacred flame; words by Gordon McKeeman:
Deep calls unto deep. Joy calls unto joy. Light calls unto light. Let the kindling of this flame rekindle in us the inner light of love, of peace, of hope. And as one flame lights another nor grows the less, we pledge ourselves to be bearers of the light wherever we are.  ==>View PDF  ==>Hear Sample

“The Flame” a song of kindling for two voices:
The flame. It lights the dark. It speaks the truth. It touches gently and says: Come dance with me, my love, come dance with me.  ==>View PDF  ==>Hear Sample

“Sleepers, Awake!” for voice and piano to accompany the kindling of a sacred flame; words by Fred F. Keip:
Sleepers, awake! As we light our Chalice, grasp this new day. As night star fades, hold to this bright flame as a beacon for the day ahead. Seek it in another’s eye, and let its light, in your eye, brighten your day and the days of those you meet.  ==>View PDF  ==>Hear Sample

“Morning Haze” for choir and piano to accompany the kindling of a sacred flame; words by Andrew C. Backus:
Morning haze burns off. Bright day revealed. Young love bursts forth unexpected. Keep the flame. Keep the flame forever.  ==>View PDF  ==>Hear Sample

“At Times” for voice and piano to accompany the kindling of a sacred flame; words by Albert Schweitzer:
At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.  ==>View PDF  ==>Hear Sample

“The Light of Faith” for choir and piano to accompany the kindling of a sacred flame with words by Max A. Coots:
May God, the mind that sees our faults, the tears that sting our wounds, the laugh that soothes our aches, and the love that redeems us all, be revealed by the light that we kindle in this house of faith.  ==>View PDF  ==>Hear Sample

“Young Love” a kindling for choir and piano by Andrew C. Backus:
Morning haze burns off. Bright day revealed. Young love bursts forth unexpected. Keep the flame. Keep the flame forever.  ==>View PDF  ==>Hear Sample